FOOD + DRINK

Lauryn Higgins
These are facts. Not thoughts and ideas conjured up in a liberal arts college classroom, but the harsh reality and wake-up call that our current food culture is destroying our planet and our bodies. And it's these facts and figures that made me rethink everything. So....guys. I am officially a vegan.

GritVegas Weekend Update October 10-13
Are you going out on the town this weekend? We have a few Asheville events to recommend!

The Elephant Hotel. Source: Daniel Case @ the English Language Wikipedia
Want to know how to shake off your tourist status in Asheville? Follow along with our helpful list!

Zombie GritVegas
From film festivals to the annual zombie walk, we've got a lot to tell you about this weekend in Asheville!

Gabe Pickard and Mike Karnowski
Gabe Pickard, of Weaverville's Zebulon Artisan Ales, integrates her holistic approach to life with creating great craft beers.

The Mayor of Brewgrass and Entourage!
Were you at Brewgrass 2016? Did you stop by the photo booth? Check out our gallery of favorite shots!

GritVegas Coffee Debate 2016
We've got special guests Stu Helm and Andrew Scotchie on this weekend to talk up some exciting events!

GritVegas Weekend Update
What are you up to on this beautiful weekend in Asheville? We've got the scoop on a few of our favorite things!

Brewgrass
We've got a pair of tickets for Brewgrass 2016, happening Saturday, 9/17 at Memorial Stadium! To enter, like our page on Facebook and leave a comment on the story tagging the friend you'd want to bring!

Huzzah!
We've got your weekend on tap! Check out what Asheville has to offer in this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

#mayorofbrewgrass20 nominees
We've narrowed the entrants of our Instagram contest down to a round of 5 Finalists! Vote here until midnight on September 14th, and we'll announce the new Mayor of Brewgrass on September 15th!

GritVegas Panthers
This weekend, Asheville is filled with all types of fun! From beer to crystals and river cleanups to pickle competitions, we've got something for everyone. Let us know what we missed!

Emily Epley, Jordan Boinest, and Audrey Whetten
Think you know Shelby, North Carolina? Think again. Brewing Up a Storm highlights the musical roots--and the brewing news--in this historic small town.

We've got your weekend events for Labor Day weekend in Asheville, from Thursday, September 1st through Labor Day!

Chris Pitsiokos
The first in a series of shows from Cotton Mill Studios' REVOLVE + the Asheville Guitar Bar brings the CP Quartet and Shane Parish to the stage.

Views from the Montford. Photo: Erin Fowler
Asheville's newest rooftop bar sits atop the new Hyatt Place at the corner of Montford Ave and Haywood St in downtown Asheville. Even though it's technically a hotel bar, it's got a big local focus, from its food and drinks to its targeted clientele.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 25
This weekend kicks off with the 100th birthday of our national parks, plus a ton of other fabulous events, from free music and dance at the Millroom to Queer Girls Reading at the Mothlight. Where will you be, Ashevillains?

Mayor of Brewgrass
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 17th.

AVL Music & Dance Night
This Thursday, the Millroom hosts the first night in their new monthly live music and dance night. The Juan Benavides Band will hold it down as you dance the night away. Asheville Grit is also giving away three free entries to Underground Sound to artists (or their representatives) who attend!

Vodka
Mary Rich Hill of Spirit Savvy argues for the appreciation of delicacy and holds a blind tasting of five vodkas. Which one came out on top?

Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
Asheville, how's your week been? What are you getting into this weekend? We have some ideas in our newest Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! And a special guest--Toybox, from Asheville Puppet Week! Check it out, and let us know what you're most excited about.

Hempeh
Local business Smiling Hara Tempeh celebrates the opening of their new facility in Barnardsville, NC. They're expanding their production of tempeh and soy-free "hempeh" products.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 11-14
Asheville, we love you. But you've got to chill out on the rain. We've got the full lineup of events that will keep you dry or just get you right into the French Broad River, which we know is what's really on your mind. From Anything That Floats to Geek Out AVL to a bluegrass and kitten brunch, GritVegas has you covered.

GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend's got everything: whether you're looking for live music of all genres, beer releases, unicorns, glitter wrestling, experimental theatre, arts and craft, film, or a new furry companion, there's something for you.

Audra with Sam Calagione and Luke Dickinson
Audra Gaiziunas, who cut her teeth at Dogfish Head and heads up Brewed For Her Ledger, talks with Brewing Up a Storm about the beer industry and beer culture in Asheville.

GritVegas Weekend Update July 28-31
What's up Asheville? Be sure to check our our weekly GritVegas Weekend Update, with the scoop on LEAF and other AVL events. We're also doing a ticket giveaway on Instagram for the person who hits the most spots! Win 2 tickets to Asheville Fashion Week--all you have to do it go out and have fun. Happy weekend!

Medea Galligan. Photo: Erin Fowler
Medea Galligan, of Medea's Real Food Cafe in Asheville, sat down with us to talk health, wellness, and the importance of delicious things.

GritVegas Weekend Update
It's going to be hot this weekend, Asheville! We've got 5 tips to beat the heat, plus a whole bunch of events that will keep your weekend cool (in every sense of the word).

GritVegas Weekend Update 7/14-17
Welcome to your weekend in Asheville!

GritVegas Weekend Update June 7-10
This weekend, beat the heat with these awesome events. Live music, benefits, fundraisers, and fashion shows are just a few of the options. What are you going to do?

Erik Lars Myers as Twiggy Stardust
Erik Lars Myers, President of the NC Brewers' Guild, founder of Mystery Brewing, and author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, will be at Malaprop's Bookstore in downtown Asheville on Wednesday, July 6th.

Asheville Renaissance Hotel
A new video and piece on pollinators and/in the community (including Renaissance Asheville Hotel) from Climate Listening Project organizer/producer Dayna Reggero kicks off National Pollinator Week.

GritVegas 4th of July Update
It's 4th of July weekend in Asheville, and we've got a lot of ideas for how you can celebrate Independence Day--and all the days around it. From live music to independent bookstores to downtown shopping and, of course, brunch, we've pretty much covered all the bases. Happy 4th, y'all.

This weekend is All Go West! But there's lots more going on. Watch this week's GritVegas Weekend Update for the full scoop!

For the Love of Ryan and Brooke
A silent auction to benefit the Conrad family began yesterday and runs through June 26. It features handmade local and regional items, gift packages, and more. 100% of proceeds will go to the Conrad family.

Happy weekend everyone! This Sunday is Father's Day--check out our suggestions for how to celebrate! We also have some very special guests this week as part of our new Pet of the Month feature!

GritVegas Weekend Update June 10-12
From theatre to live music to a little bit of naughty dancing, this weekend is filled with plenty of choices!

LEAF Downtown Asheville
Breaking news: LEAF Downtown announces its theme and line-up! LEAF Downtown happens July 30 and 31st this year in the summer streets of downtown Asheville.

Kelsie Cole. Photo: Megan Dietz
A sneak peek behind Wilmington's Front Street Brewery and its head brewer, Kelsie Cole.

Negroni Week 2015. Photo: Katie Hild
All week long, celebrate classic cocktails during Negroni Week by visiting local bars and supporting area causes!

GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5
Your GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5 has arrived!

Oh golly Miss Molly, did we ever have some fun at Beer City Festival this year! Asheville Grit + Ashvegas paired with Massive Photobooth to offer ridiculous amounts of fun. Here are the results!

Joe Scully and Stu Helm are AVL Food Fans
AVL Food Fans, Asheville's only food-centric podcast, celebrates a year anniversary with their 26th show, airing May 31st!

Jason Sandford GritVegas Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of events that will help you celebrate the start of summer! From music to shopping, eating to antiquing, frisbee golf to making friends with squirrels. And, of course, floating.

Big Chief Juan Pardo
"Believe it or not, Asheville parties the way New Orleans does." Asheville Grit interviewed headliner Big Chief Juan Pardo (of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians) about what we can expect at this year's Beer City Festival!

The Resonant Rogues
Asheville's own Resonant Rogues play Beer City Festival 2016 this year. We talked with Sparrow about the festival, their performance, their tour plans, and their new Kickstarted album. Don't miss them at Beer City!

GritVegas Weekend Update 5/19-5/22
This weekend is all about art and music in Asheville, with events ranging from the first Downtown After 5 to the Spring Stroll in the RAD.

Burners & BBQ
This weekend, take a spring stroll around the River Arts District for the biannual Studio Stroll. This year, there's even more happening as the Stroll pairs up with the Foundation Hellraiser and Burners & BBQ!

GritVegas Weekend Update!
The GritVegas Weekend Update is here! Check out what's going on this weekend and enter to win two weekend passes to LEAF by sharing this post from either Asheville Grit's or Ashvegas's Facebook page. The contest runs until 5 pm TONIGHT (Thursday, May 12th!).

Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
This year's spring LEAF lineup highlights the bridge between WNC and Cuba with a variety of acts that exemplify the culture and music of both regions. We're giving away two tickets to LEAF on Sunday, May 15, on Facebook! To enter, leave a comment on our Facebook post when we share this story!

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