2023 Chow Chow food festival announces new dates, venue in Asheville

2023 Chow Chow food festival announces new dates, venue in Asheville
The 2023 Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival is slated for Sept. 7–10 and will consist of dinners, workshops, performances, tastings, talks and demonstrations that will be hosted across the city of Asheville and downtown at Pack Square Park.

ASHEVILLE – A collective of local creatives are hatching plans for how best to showcase and celebrate the flavors of the Southern Appalachians.

This year, the chef-driven event formerly known as Chow Chow Culinary Festival will return with a new name, new dates and a different venue. And the organizers are introducing a contemporary approach to build support for the local, independent and creative food and beverage community that’s driving the region’s industry “to empower economic resilience.”

“The number one thing that sets us apart is our genuinely intense focus on the Southern Appalachian foodways and the history ― the arc — of that narrative. How did we get there and where are we going?” said Chow Chow’s new executive director, Melissa Scheiderer.

Melissa Scheiderer, the executive director for Chow Chow Food and Culture Festival in Asheville.

Scheiderer shared details about what the nonprofit organization’s cooking up for Chow Chow 2023, and why it’s an event weekend not to be missed.

Here are five things to know about this year’s homegrown culinary extravaganza.

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