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French Broad Fall Fest Features Area Breweries, Music, Outdoors

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – After 14 successful years hosting the French Broad River Festival, the organizers have planned a fall festival in the same incredible setting that will feature a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival- goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer, but while the spring festival features a whitewater raft race, mountain bike race and other activities, the fall festival will be all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included, which sets it apart from other “brew” festivals.

Date: Sept. 24 – 25, 2011

Beer: 12+ area breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from 4 pm – 11 pm on Sat. Sept 24.

Entertainment: The musical lineup is outstanding, featuring: The Lee Boys, whose sacred steel style is rooted in gospel, but is infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and world music genres in a powerful jamming mix. Yarn, back by popular demand from the spring festival, whose lead singer Blake Christiana mines his heavy Americana sound from lyrics shaped by the genteel sincerity of Gram Parsons. Josh Phillips Folk Festival, definitely one of the best live area bands whose music seamlessly bounces between folk, world, reggae, and R&B. Eyes of the Elders, voted “Best Band in Charlotte” (2009), another returning artist that has lit up the river fest stage as it spreads the hip-hop genre over a toasted piece of Southern Rock, sprinkles itself with a touch of Classical, puts on slice of jazz and tops it all off with a dash of psychedelic jam. Woody Wood, a legend in the making, this local famed musician delivers his music with all the soul, power, and energy that have made him renowned as a musician’s musician. Sons of Ralph, another outstanding live band featuring a bluegrass legend (Ralph Lewis) and his two sons. Voted “Best Band of WNC” 8 out of the last 10 years.

Environment: Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . .

Relax: No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds. Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town. In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks. If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com.

Location: The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, just 45 minutes north of Asheville, and sits on the edge of this historic town that is surrounded by national forest and is a crossroads of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

Food vendors and more: Great food will be available at the festival or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs restaurants. From here you can hike the AT, paddle the French Broad, fish, shop, visit the adjacent spa, hot tubs . . . camping is included, sleeping is optional.

Good Cause: Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $75,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  A portion of the Fall Fest proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.

Tickets are $75 and include a 5oz. commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings (from over 12 area breweries) between 4pm-11pm on Sept. 24 in the exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).

www.FrenchBroadFallFest.com provides ticket purchase info, lineup, directions and more

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Go to www.nchotsprings.com for information about campground, spa reservations, directions.

Asheville Downtown Association Announces Oktoberfest

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Oktoberfest

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Downtown Association is excited to announce its inaugural Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 10 from 1-5pm on Wall Street.

“Our Oktoberfest will mix Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe,” says Adrian Vassallo, event organizer and ADA treasurer. He adds, “With Asheville’s recent recognition as ‘Beer City USA,’ the timing couldn’t be more perfect to celebrate our local beer scene. Plus, Wall Street is an ideal venue for this event with its old world feel and original cobblestones.”

The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.

Also, Wall Street restaurants Cucina 24, Jack of the Wood, and The Market Place will be preparing authentic German food fare served with local mustard from the Lusty Monk.

Entertainment will cross the Bavarian-Asheville divide as well with the traditional from The Stratton Mountain Boys and the eclectic from Asheville’s own The Goodies. The Stratton Mountain Boys have brought the haunting sounds of four alphorns, happy yodeling songs, shoe slapping dances, and lively spirited Polka music to audiences across the U.S for more than 30 years. The Goodies are the epitome of Asheville’s funky and diverse music scene playing a gypsy-style eclectic hard rock and funk. Their live performances are known for being theatric and vaudevillian.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there. Festival-goers can participate in one or more of the many fun contests including yodeling, a costume contest, a stein race, and more. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $25 and include beer samples and a commemorative Oktoberfest glass. Tickets will be available August 31 at ashevilledowntown.org. Space is limited, so purchase early.

The Asheville Downtown Association is a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown.

Humane Society Hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ at Earthfare

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Humane Society will be hosting its next Yappy Hour will on July 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Earthfare Westgate (66 Westgate Parkway).

Bring your favorite doggie companion(s) and enjoy arf d’oevres, doggie daiquiris, vegetarian appetizers, beer, wine and soda!

Doggy treats are being donated by Three Dog Bakery and the beer will be sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.

Music will be provided by Casey Parker and James O’Neil.

Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds will go to the Asheville Humane Society.