Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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Farm to Table Dining on the Square
August 27, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - August 28, 2017 @ 1:00 am$125
Diners will enjoy a multicourse alfresco meal in downtown Burnsville prepared by a team of expert chefs using local ingredients. For its second annual Farm to Fork Dining on Town Square event, the agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR has partnered with Biltmore chefs.
Executive Chef Kirk Fiore will prepare four courses using local ingredients purchased from area farms.
TRACTOR works with more than 50 small farms throughout Yancey, Mitchell, Burke, McDowell, Madison, Buncombe, Rutherford and Avery counties to collect and distribute local product to retailers and restaurants. The organization began working with Biltmore two years ago.
Menu highlights include braised pork belly plated with roasted peaches and fried okra, a salad of fresh, braised and pickled vegetables with sweet corn vinaigrette, and tableside carved roast beef with smoked butter and lemon baby potatoes. Dessert combines sweet and savory flavors with sweet corn crème caramel, honey-roasted tomatoes and basil-lime shortbread.
Before dinner, hors doeuvres and cocktails will be served on the Nu Wray Inn porch. Homeplace Beer Co. which opened in June as Yancey Countys first brewery will donate beer. Debbie Phillips and The 42nd Street Jazz Band will provide live entertainment.
Proceeds support TRACTORs mission to spread awareness of local agriculture, broaden access to fresh food and increase farm income in the community. The dinner is the nonprofits only fundraiser.