“Foodies” gathered from near and far to enjoy the inaugural ‘Chow Chow’ culinary festival from Sept. 12 – 15 in Asheville. It was a resounding success.

The four-day food and beverage extravaganza was the brainchild of Asheville culinary royalty, including Curate’s Katie Button, French Broad Chocolate’s Jael Rattigan and Chai Pani’s Meherwan Irani.

With 45 events covering everything from grand tastings at Pack Square Park to chef demonstrations large and small, Chow Chow was designed to shine a light on the Asheville food scene.

Attendees raved about the Pickled in the Park grand tastings, held for three days in Pack Square Park. A highlight was watching celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés and chef Katie Button make a large paella in the park for all to enjoy.

Andrés also spoke about the food relief he and his crew are providing to hurricane victims in the Northern Bahamas and praised Asheville for its vibrant culinary scene and community-minded spirit.

“The plate of food is a way to create community,” Andrés told the crowd.

From the opening party at Highland Brewing, to the small seminars, to the closing party at Salvage Station, Chow Chow received rave reviews.

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