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Asheville’s Wine and Food Festival for 2014

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This will be the 6th year that Asheville is offering a Foodtopian experience to showcase just what these Western Mountains has to savor, enjoy and imbibe.  Asheville’s Wine and Food Festival is split into 3 days of heaven, Thursday, August 21 thru Saturday, August 23, 2014.  Tickets are available at

Each day is a separate theme: ELIXIR, on Thursday, August 21, from 6 to 8pm at a secret location somewhere in Asheville.  The focus is Cocktails and the wizardry of Mixology. It is a competition using the spirits only from North Carolina.  There will be live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres  as you sample each creation.

The theme for Friday: SWEET, August 22, from 8 to 10 pm in the Grove Arcade.  Explore tastes from local bakeries, patisseries, chocolatiers, wine vendors, local breweries and local distillers.  Music will be jazz performed by ONE LEG UP.  The shops in the Grove arcade will also keep their doors open during this event.

The final theme for Saturday: GRAND TASTING, August 23, from 1-5 pm for VIP entrance and 2 to 5 pm for General Admission in the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street.  There will be over 125 international and local wines, regional distilleries, farmers, restaurants and chefs, local Beer City Breweries.  All located on the arena floor and on the concourse and for your individual tasting.




Mount Everest in the Blue Ridge

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Asheville has a long history as a health retreat. Multiple Native American tribes designated this area as “neutral ground” for their sick, due to both ideal environmental conditions and a plethora of medicinal plants. In the late nineteenth century, several famous individuals initially sought Asheville’s healing and ultimately remained as residents, including George Washington Vanderbilt, of the Biltmore Estate. This trend continues as modern-day Asheville boasts a booming health industry, proffering both conventional and alternative resources.

One of the lesser known healing sanctuaries tucked inconspicuously into a downtown side street is the Asheville Salt Cave. You can take a 15 minute stroll from Applewood Manor Inn to the cave, located at 12 Eagle Street. Stop in on Saturday evenings to enjoy a relaxing meditation, as you allow your body to soak in the benefits of pink Himalayan sea salt. Salt caves have been used for centuries to improve respiration, skin tone and mood.

Continue indulging your Himalayan inspired adventure by stopping into Kathmandu Cafe, on Patton Avenue. Just blocks from the salt cave, Kathmandu’s lunch buffet is a a local favorite and their evening menu showcases traditional Nepalese favorites.

Who knew?… A taste of Mount Everest, right here in the Blue Ridge!