The weather is getting nice and everyone is eagerly awaiting the outdoor festival season here in western North Carolina. Last year, Rhythm & Brews was introduced as a new summer festival in Hendersonville. Combining great music and great local beer from breweries such as Southern Appalachian and Sierra Nevada, Rhythm and Brews was a great hit. Back by popular demand, I give you the 2nd annual Rhythm and Brews 2014.
The venue is located between 3rd and 4th Avenues one block east of Main Street and starts at 5:00 pm. A stage featuring regional rock and bluegrass music provides the free entertainment, while tickets can be purchased for some delicious craft beer and wine. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and Sycamore Cycles will again be offering a “bike corral”, which provides free valet parking for people who wish to ride their bicycles and not worry about leaving them unattended. Dancing is encouraged and if this year’s event is anything like last year, there will be no shortage of participants.
The current music lineup is as follows:
- May 15 – The Broadcast
- June 19 – Balsam Range
- July 17 – The Fritz
- August 21 – Sol Drive Train
- September 18 – Blue Dogs
For more information and/or any changes, visit http://downtownhendersonville.org and https://www.facebook.com/RhythmAndBrewsHendersonville
Craft beer lovers were in a state of bliss this Saturday as Brewgrass Festival 2011 transformed Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Asheville, NC into a beer tasting paradise. Regional craft brewers Like Southern Appalachian Craft, Highland, and Green Man Ales teamed up with many other popular brewers such as New Belgium, Brooklyn and Lagunitas. Get the complete list here. Food was provided by local restaurants like Barley’s and Doc Chey’s, and a talented lineup of Bands kept the crowd energized.
One of the greatest things about Brewgrass is the festival goers. Everyone is there to have a good time and you always leave with new friends.; and the level of beer knowledge among the crowd is truly impressive. The brewers were equally friendly, and wouldn’t hesitate to discuss their brewing techniques, private reserves and plans for expansion. The economy may be struggling, but craft brewing continues to be a boon for Asheville, Hendersonville and other markets with a craft brew presence.
For those new to craft brew, it’s basically a dedication to making excellent beer with high quality ingredients, usually in much smaller quantities that mass produced beers. Love for the process is a big part of the craft brewing. Many beers adhere to the traditional Ale styles, Stouts and Belgians. Limited quantity cask brews were a big hit this year including Green Man Ale’s coconut firken. Southern Appalachian Brewery‘s IPA and Belgian Blonde were very popular along with the Copperhead Amber and Black Beer Stout.
Considering the 40+ brewers with an average of 4 to 6 beers per brewer, the only way to truly understand the beauty of craft beer is to be lucky enough to get a ticket to next year’s Brew Grass Festival. Tickets go fast, so once the sale is announced, you have to move fast. Hope to see you next year.
The NC Apple Festival is upon us once again. Always taking place over the Labor Day weekend, this year’s event runs from September 2 – 5, 2011 on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Apple Festival has been a tradition for family apple growers for some 60 years.
Henderson County is the largest producer of apples in the state of North Carolina with over 200 growers and 5000 acres. Gala, Golden, Fuji, Empire and Honey Crisp are but a few of the varieties grown here. You will be able to sample and purchase fresh apples, cider and many tasty dishes made with locally grown apples.
The NC Apple Festival is more than just produce. Crafts, free live entertainment and fun for the kids transforms Main Street into a pedestrian fair. Between the food court and downtown restaurants, there is something for every palette and budget. And you won’t want to miss the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.
Don’t let downtown parking keep you away. Shuttle service will be provided from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from parking lots at 1250 Seventh Ave. East., $2 for adults, $1 kids. Click here for the location. Hope to see you there!
Who is Bele Chere and how did she get her own festival? Belle Cher is some chick on Facebook, but Bele Chere is an annual event in Asheville, North Carolina. It is always held during the last weekend of July. According to the organizers, Bele Chere means “Beautiful Living” in an ancient Scottish dialect. I’m not ancient Scottish, so I’ll take their word for it. It’s a fitting name, however, as the event meanders through the blocked off streets of beautiful downtown Asheville.Free live music is a staple at Bele Chere. Multiple stages are setup at different points throughout the festival map. Genres of virtually every type can be heard at the 3 day event. The wide array of talent, offers something for everyone. As one attendee said, If you don’t find fun and music you like at Bele Chere, then you don’t like fun and music.
Asheville is known for it’s diversity, and people watching is part of the fun. A few dress in costumes and there is never a shortage of eclectic attire. Bele Chere has sort of a Mardi Gras air about it, but with a western North Carolina flair. Local Street musicians and performance artists display their talent as an integral part of downtown culture.
What you can expect to experience:
- Free Live Music
- Art In All Forms
- Local Craft Beer
- A Child Friendly Area
You are asked not to bring any pets to the festival. This sounds like a real drag as a dog lover, but after watching the City of Asheville’s video explanation, I fully support the position. The Ultimate Air Dogs attraction continues to bring enjoyment to the event, however.
A few pictures and a short write up can’t possibly describe such a wonderful event. The sounds, motion and mood is unique to Asheville. In short, if you have a festive spirit and don’t mind a good crowd, then the Bele Chere Festival should be your destination next July.
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