Opening Party!

  • Thu, Sep 7, 2023 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Salvage Station

    468 Riverside Drive
    Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Ticket Price $100.00-$150.00 This event is now over

Chow Chow’s 2023 Opening Party celebrates the evolution of barbecue across time, history and heritages — from Indigenous traditions to cultural influences from around the world now calling Southern Appalachia home. Curated by James Beard Award-Winning Author and Historian Adrian Miller, pitmasters from all manner of backgrounds, cultural identities and culinary traditions will offer their take on the art and history of barbecue, with acknowledgement of the many unnamed and unrecognized fire and smoke geniuses who have come before. The variety will surprise you, not only in the styles of barbecue but also in the inventive use of regional ingredients to interpret beef, pork, lamb, goat, fish and seafood, bison, turkey and wild game. Creative beverages will reflect the evening’s diversity of voices as well.


**All attendees at this event must be 21+ years of age and show a government issued ID to verify.

Date & Time

Thu, Sep 7, 2023 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

Salvage Station

468 Riverside Drive
Asheville, North Carolina 28804 Salvage Station
Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival

Chow Chow's mission is to celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of the Southern Appalachian region. Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival is the organization's flagship annual event, held every year on the weekend after Labor Day. In 2023 we will gather September 7-10th to eat, drink, and be merry while we explore the themes of Cultivating, Preserving, Collborating, and Innovating with a robust line-up of presenters. 

As makers, chefs, artists, farmers and business owners, our vision is an equitable and thriving regional food system, where culinary and creative enterprise are central to community identity and resilience. We welcome the collective sum of differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, and talent our makers and guests bring to Chow Chow, and we look forward to celebrating together.

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