Greetings Gastronomes of Asheville and beyond, often overshadowed in our Foodtopia by ubiquitous farm to table fare and craft beer omnipresence are all of our amazing Asheville bars making craft cocktails. Some of these are dedicated bar concepts where food is the accompaniment and some of the best bars in Asheville are in the best restaurants in Asheville, playing a complimentary role to the cuisine. The American craft cocktail scene has matured in recent years, moving away from grandiloquent sometimes superfluous drinks and focusing more and more on the quality and uniqueness of ingredients, and Asheville bars have followed suit. Trying a craft cocktail these days is a meaningful experience wherein you get the chance to try something that is homemade, local and seasonal, teaches some history and that may feature a really unique spirit that you haven’t had before. A proper cocktail these days usually only combines a few ingredients, giving you the chance to pay attention to the components.
Recognizing this evolution, the folks at Asheville Wine & Food Fest have decided to give Asheville bars their own stage this year. May 4-8 is the first ever Asheville Cocktail Week, featuring a series of events both educational and epicurean all focused on Asheville bars and the craft cocktail. This week is going to be a smash, and we here at Eating Asheville are proud to announce that we are going to be Drinking Asheville as a part of the festivities!
Our Asheville Cocktail Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th starting at 2:30pm. Originally, all of the tickets were pre-sold, but we’re happy to let you know that all tickets were not claimed and we are now making them available to the public! This tour will be THE way to get an insider’s view of four of the best Asheville bars hands down, featuring MG Road, Cucina 24, The Imperial Life and Sovereign Remedies. Tickets are only available by contacting Eating Asheville directly at (828)489-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll get to tip tipple at four nationally recognized Asheville bars and meet folks at these fine establishments who will share their insights into craft cocktails, what makes a good drink and how they got into the art of mixing libations. And make sure to check out the rest of the Asheville Cocktail Week schedule, which includes celebrations of Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby along with a Cocktail Theatre, Knob Creek Dinner at Rhubarb, a Southeastern Distilling Expo and of course, the ELIXIR Competition, pitting a who’s who of Asheville bartenders against each other, each representing a different distillery. There’s a lot more going on, so if you plan to be in Asheville May 4-8, bring your drinking cap, and hit us up for a spot on what will surely be a tour of Asheville bars to remember(or not, depending on how much you participate in Asheville Cocktail Week)!