ASHEVILLE – Wine and dine with local, regional and national chefs and sommeliers at a premier tasting event this fall.
USA TODAY will soon kick off its eight-city Wine & Food Experience that includes a stop in Asheville. The national tour festival series presents a sophisticated yet welcoming way to celebrate local chefs and restaurants, regional foodways and the robust wine offerings in communities across the US
The Asheville Wine & Food Experience will be 1-4 pm Oct. 8 at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive. It will be the event’s first time in the city, which continues to gain recognition as a food destination.
“We’re excited to bring the Wine & Food Experience to Asheville this year,” said Jason Taylor, president of USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. “The festival celebrates the local culinary scene and highlights many great businesses, and we’re proud to be a part of this event. Now, more than ever, local restaurants need the support of the community, and this event gives people the opportunity to sample food and drink they might not have previously experienced.”
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The gourmet tasting experience invites guests to sample cuisine that showcases local trends and regional traditions prepared by the city’s esteemed and emerging chefs and nationally renowned culinary leaders. Fine wines, craft beer and other beverages will be a part of the Grand Tasting exploration.
Guests may go further behind the scenes by attending any of the chef and sommelier demonstrations and seminars.
Asheville chefs on the roster include Collyn McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse, Clarence Robinson of Cooking with Comedy, Ben Krueger of Huli Sue’s BBQ and Grill, Peter Crockett of Isa’s French Bistro, Ryan Kline of Jargon, Santiago Vargas of Mikasa, Hector Diaz of Modesto Trat and Hunter Berry of Taco Billy. They will be joined by Ian Griffin of Griff’s Kitchen and Bar in Candler and Chris Looez of Fine Folk in Raleigh.
Okan Kizilbayir, executive chef at Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, will join as the national special guest. Kizilbayir is the former sous chef at Le Bernardin, the 3-Michelin Star fine-dining seafood restaurant led by Eric Ripert in Manhattan, as well as at Ripert’s Blue at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Tickets are on sale online at wineandfood.usatoday.com/events/asheville/.
The Grand Tasting ticket is $65 and includes unlimited samples prepared by local chefs and wine and craft beer tastings. Also, guests will have access to chef demonstrations on the Culinary Demonstration Stage and sommelier and mixology seminars on The Cellar Stage.
A VIP ticket is $100, which gives entry to the event one hour early, at 12 pm VIP ticketholders will receive the same offerings as the Grand Tasting, plus access to the VIP Lounge with exclusive samplings.
Ticket costs will increase by $15 on the day of the event, if available.
The Asheville event will benefit Food Connection, a local nonprofit with a mission to reduce food waste and ease hunger.
The event is for adults ages 21 and up only. Children and pets will not be permitted entry.
The 2022 Wine & Food Experience dates and cities are:
- Indianapolis – Sept. 24
- Louisville, Kentucky – Oct. 1
- Asheville – Oct. 8
- Naples, Florida – Oct. 15th
- Tampa, Florida – Oct. 22
- Scottsdale, Arizona – Nov. 5
- Ventura, California – Nov. 12
- Palm Springs, California – Nov. 19
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Asheville Wine & Food Experience
Where: Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive Asheville
When: 1-4 pm Oct. 8
Cost: $65 Grant Tasting, $100 VIP
Age: 21 and up
Info: Purchase tickets online at wineandfood.usatoday.com/events/asheville/.
Tiana Kennell is the food and dining reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this type of journalism with a subscription to the Citizen Times.