During any given week in Asheville, North Carolina there likely is a festival going on where you might see a top-notch film, enjoy gourmet food and fine wines, listen to music, or laugh at the jokes of a standup comedian.
Asheville’s tag line, Any Way You Like It, aptly describes the many events locals and visitors alike can take advantage of during the course of a year.
One of Asheville’s newest offerings is set at the spectacular Biltmore Estate. The inaugural Field to Table Festival was held Sept. 19-28, 2008, honoring Biltmore owner George Vanderbilt’s determination to make his estate self-sustaining. The event featured cheese making, canning, sorghum making, bluegrass music and demonstrations by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project at River Bend Farm. Then, at the Biltmore Winery, cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine and cheese tasting and talks by noted Southern cookbook authors brought participants “to the table.”
The respected Asheville Film Festival celebrated its sixth anniversary Nov. 6-9, 2008, screening about 80 films at a variety of venues within walking distance of each other downtown. Character actor Brad Dourif, known as the voice of the doll Chucky in Child’s Play and for his role in the HBO series “Deadwood,” was honored with a career achievement award.
“The Asheville Film Festival is a way to highlight Asheville as a venue for films, but also to highlight some of the talent that exists here,” says Diane Ruggiero, superintendent of cultural arts in the city’s parks, recreation and cultural arts department.
Oter popular festivals include the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival in July; the Goombay Festival, celebrating African and Caribbean culture, in August; the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Brewgrass Festival in September; and for the calendar-conscious, the Trinumeral Festival, a music and arts festival held on the date the day, month and year align.