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All posts tagged Food & Wine Festival

Up Next: Asheville Wine & Food Festival August 20-22


We continue our adventures in good taste exploring the country’s best wine and food festivals. One to add to the list is the Asheville Wine and Food Festival, set in the beautiful backdrop of the North Carolina Mountains. In its 7th year, this year’s festivities kick off with ELIXIR, a craft cocktail contest which reveals the area’s best mixologists. Local distilleries including Blue Ridge Distilling, Davis Valley Distillery, and TOPO Distillery will be present.


On Friday evening, enter Candyland , with the festival’s SWEET event celebrating desserts, champagne, wine, spirits, and shopping. We’re most excited about Saturday’s Grand Tasting, a three-tier tastings taking place at the U.S. Cellular Center located in downtown Asheville. Local and international wineries, area breweries, regional distilleries, restaurants, artisan food producers, chefs, and more will all be present showcasing the best delectable eats and quenchy drinks. We can not wait!

Photo courtesy of the Hotel Indigo

Photo courtesy of the Hotel Indigo

Fantastic accommodations at the nearby Hotel Indigo put us right in the center of the action. I’m especially excited for this decadent weekend as a celebration of the big 4 0 -1 as I like to call it, i.e. turning 39. Hoping to cheers and celebrate with you there. For more information and for tickets, please visit Asheville Wine & Food.


Where We’re Going Next – Seed Food & Wine Festival Oct 15-19

VODA Magazine SEED

When we caught wind of the first-ever healthy food and wine festival, our bags were packed before we could blink. Next week, in Miami (one of our favorite cities), the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival will take over the streets of midtown bringing health, food, fun, and wine. We knew it will be great when Whole Foods Market signed on as the presenting sponsor. Events start on Thursday, October 15th with a showing of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, accompanied with healthy bites, juices, and craft beers. The film is followed by a VIP cocktail reception.  Read more…


We’ve Got Your Labor Day Plans Covered in Pinehurst – 25th Annual Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival

VODA Magazine 25th Annual Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival

Get to town (or if you’re a local, stay in town) this Labor Day holiday.  Moore County has some fabulous events going on the weekend of August 30 – September 2 that you won’t want to miss.  On actual Labor Day come on down for the Sandhills Cycling 24th Annual Tour de Moore Classic North Carolina Bike Ride benefitting Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. New to the ride this year – and note this is a ride open to all ages and athletic ability – is that they have partnered with Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, for some fabulous food.  Even more good eating will be had with restaurant partner, Elliotts on Linden and live music by Tony Barnes.

For an equally wonderful time make your way to Pinehurst for the 25th Annual Food & Wine Festival.  Some big name chefs will be on hand and wonderful wineries to match.  This year’s Silver Anniversary theme is “A Passport To The World,” a weekend full of wine tastings, seminars and gourmet cuisine from across the globe. The world-class Resort, where the festivities are held, are offering overnight accommodations including tickets to the festival’s three-day events. Tickets are on sale now and you can learn about participating chefs, wineries, the weekend’s itinerary and more by clicking here.