The latter half of July will be a busy time in Asheville. Next Thursday July 19 the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands begins and goes through the Sunday. This is not your local Church bizarre/craft show. This craft show features highly accomplished craftspeople from the Appalachian region. Each member is accepted into the Guild through a meticulous process. Membership is open to artists living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. Visitors get to meet with these talented craftspeople, check out and even purchase their work. This allows the visitor to learn more about their process and the inspiration behind their works. Traditional and contemporary crafts highlight the fair. The fair includes scheduled demonstrations, individual exhibits, entertainment and local musicians honor traditional and bluegrass mountain music.
The following weekend Asheville swings wide the welcome gates to the city for Bele Chere the largest outdoor street festival in the south. Downtown streets will be closed to motor traffic and jam packed with good music, food and art. Let’s just hope we get some relief from this heat wave we have been experiencing. No worries though –there will be plenty of opportunities to satisfy any thirst or cool down. The festival begins on July 27 and goes for two days with something for everyone. This year’s musical lineup has changed a bit from years past and appears to be more focused on local and regional bands, which in my opinion beats resurrecting Cheap trick any day, just sayin’…..no offense to the Cheap Trick fans out there. Some of the local favorite acts appearing on multiple stages throughout downtown include: Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Lucero, David Holt, Larry Keel, Stephanie’s Id and Michael Reno Harrell. For a complete list of the performers, go to: www.belechere.com.
Asheville is fast becoming a renowned food destination and this year the festival will also highlight many of the local restaurants that have been a force behind the city’s successful farm-to-table and local food approaches. At the Taste of Asheville, you can sample local creations and meet many of the local chefs responsible for lifting Asheville’s food scene.
As you may have heard, Asheville is also the reigning king of Beer City USA. The local brew scene is HUGE and getting larger with the announcement that New Belgium and Sierra Nevada are adding facilities. Some of the region’s best craft beers will be represented at this year’s festival – all for your drinking pleasure. Fun fact: Benjamin Franklin’s oft-misquoted saying that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” has been altered through the years – no doubt by beer drinkers. There is no doubt that this historical character did imbibe in a frosty lager on occasion, but what did cross old Ben’s lips between sips was actually a tribute to rain which nurtured grape vines to prosper and ultimately become wine.
Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
Regardless of your leaning, you will want to sample some of the regions best craft beer or beverage of your choice while at the festival. Take in the festivities while staying at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Reserve your room online at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 877-811-3058 to book your room.