Chow Chow in Asheville, North Carolina, is a culinary event series that returns for three weekends in 2022 for another three weekends of culinary events. This Asheville festival will occur over the weekends of June 23 to 26, August 4 to 7, and September 8 to 11.
Each weekend's festival includes workshops, dinners, demonstrations, thought-provoking discussions, and more in order to provide culinary experience to participants and enrich them about pressing issues within southern Appalachia and the culinary world. The event series is designed to start conversations about community issues such racial justice, climate change, and food justice. Simultaneously, the festival provides activities that amplify understanding and appreciation of the southern Appalachian cuisine and region.
After the success of the 2021 Chow Chow festival, the 2022 event series will highlight more than 100 different chefs, as well as other members of the culinary world, such as community activists, local gardeners, and craft beverage brewers. Talent being featured includes April Jones (director of Pinehurst Farmers Market), Jill Wasilewski (chef and owner of Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen), and Roy Harris (community activist).
Tickets for Chow Chow 2022 are available on their website. Although the June weekend has already passed, there are over a dozen activities over the August and September weekend to get involved in. You can purchase weekend passes for all activities or simply tickets for the activities that peak your interest. Activities include events such as a handmade tamale workshop during the August weekend, sowing seeds of equity dinner and discussion during the August weekend, or the dynamic women discussion over drinks during the September weekend.