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French Broad Brew Fest Celebrates Fall by the River

Friday, August 29th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the Spa by the river.  With the festival grounds located on the banks of the French Broad and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, what better way to celebrate Fall in the Mountains?   Beautiful scenery, live music, great craft beer, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included!  See details below:
Brew15+ breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from noon to 10 pm on Sat. Sept 27.  Breweries include Asheville Brewing, New Belgium, One World Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Catawba, Highland, Oskar Blues, Foothills, Sierra Nevada, R.J. Rockers, Natty Greene’s, Lagunitas, Sweetwater, French Broad Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Widmer Brothers, Shock Top, Abita, and don’t forget about the FBBF Homebrew Invitational organized by “The Godfather”!
 
EntertainmentSee Lineup with bios including Yarn, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tony Trischka & Territory, Hymn for Her, Wick-it the Instigator, Empire Strikes Bass, and the Mountain Top Polka Band in the Brew Tent . . . and more! (see band info below)  Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, soaking in hot tubs, and spa appointments are optional.
 
Environment:  Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . . beautiful campsites included (see Relax).
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 (to reserve your spot), go to www.nchotsprings.com or call 828-622-7676.
Check out our YouTube page to see what it’s all about!

Details about campground, parking, etc.
  • Festival gates open at 8 am Sat. 9/28 and tickets include camping for Sat. night, but if you want to arrive earlier (and secure a prime campsite) you can reserve a site for Friday 9/27 or earlier by calling the Hot Springs Campground & Resortat 828-622-7676.  Note: If designated sites fill up, there will still be plenty of room to camp!
  • The brew tent will be open from noon to 10 pm
  • You will be allowed to enter the campground and unload your vehicle at your campsite, but will need to buy a $25 parking pass to remain parked in the festival grounds.  Unloading and parking in parking area is free
  • If you don’t want to camp, check out other accomodations in Hot Springs here.
  • As of now, RV spots are still available but it is recommended that you call and reserve a spot through the campground for Friday night to ensure a site.  On Sat. all sites are 1st come 1st serve.
  • Sorry but NO DOGS allowed in festival grounds!
  • If you have any questions, send email to frenchbroadfest@gmail.com or be sure to like us on Facebook for updates also.

Fall outdoors in Hot Springs
Earn your brew.  What a perfect fall weekend it will be to enjoy the outdoors and all Hot Springs has to offer.
  • Hiking:  Hot Springs is a favorite with hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), which runs through town and right by the festival grounds.  Lovers Leap Rock , one of the most popular AT side hikes in the area, offers a grand view of the French Broad River and the festival 500 feet below!
  • Biking:  Follow the French Broad about 7 miles down River Road to Paint Rock or head up to the Mills Ridge Bike Trail for singletrack.  An informal pre-festival bike ride is being organized Sat. morning around 9 am.  If interested call 828-230-4054.
  • Whitewater:  It is a River Festival, and Section 9 from Barnard to Hot Springs is what the Cherokee called “Tahkeyostee” or “where they race”.  For a much calmer float but still very scenic, put in at Hot Springs and float to Paint Rock (Section 10).  Check out French Broad Rafting in Hot Springs for a guided trip
  • Fishing:  The French Broad River has great Smallmouth Bass fishing, or catch Trout in nearby Spring Creek or The Laurel River.
  • Spa / Hot Tubs:  The Hot Springs Spa, located across from the festival grounds, features modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River; the tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of World Famous Natural Hot Mineral Water. They have a nationally certified & state licensed staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks or for separate service altogether.
For more details or for shuttle services, check out Bluff Mtn Outfitters (http://www.bluffmountain.com/) in downtown Hot Springs

New Belgium Brewery Tour Schedule

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing announced its 2014 national schedule for Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year. From May to November the tour will travel coast-to-coast for its fifth season. Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised nearly $370,000 for nonprofits nationwide.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 18 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith sereis, as well as brewery classics.

New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there’s plenty of fun to be had alongside a host of traveling tricks and contests. Food from local vendors will also be available.

“Clips inspires an atmosphere that celebrates creativity and gives people a fun way to enjoy an evening out,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “We set the stage for people to come together, enjoy some beer, friends, films and donate to their community – all under the stars in a local park. It’s a great time for all.”

New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season from an online film competition. During each stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental footprint as possible. Since its inception, Clips has diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills, and partners with local organizations in each city to keep the events clean and green.

2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Kansas City, MO                     May 22                      Theis Park
Bloomington, IN                     May 30                      Bryan Park
Chicago, IL                               June 6                       Eckhart Park

Milwaukee, WI                       June 12                     Veteran’s Park
Madison, WI                           June 19                     Olin Park
Grand Rapids, MI                  June 27                     Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Boulder, CO                            July 11                      29th Street Mall
Colorado Springs, CO           July 17                      America the Beautiful Park
Seattle, WA                            July 25                      Gas Works Park
Davis, CA                                August 1                   Community Park
Berkeley, CA                          August 9                   Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Santa Barbara, CA                August 15                  Chase Palm Park
Asheville, NC                         September 5              Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green
Charlottesville, VA               September 12            Washington Park: Lower Field
Atlanta, GA                            September 19            Fourth Ward Skatepark Field
Charleston, SC                      September 25            Marion Square
Charlotte, NC                        October 3                  Independence Park
Nashville, TN                        October 9                  Centennial Park
Tampa, FL                             October 17                 Curtis Hixon Park
Miami, FL                              October 24                 TBD
Austin, TX                             November 6               Republic Square ParkFor the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgium.com/clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Come Enjoy New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to your backyard. The nationwide tour is coming to Asheville on Friday, September 6 at Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 16 beer varieties will be on tap, including selections from the Lips of Faith series and some brewery classics. The best part is that 100 percent of beer sale proceeds on Friday night will go to local nonprofit Asheville on Bikes, supported by the Asheville Downtown Association.

When:

Friday, September 6Time:
7:00 p.m.

Where:          
Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green

Proceeds Benefit:  
Asheville on Bikes, supported by the Asheville Downtown Association
Asheville on Bikes is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy.

Recycling By:
Asheville Greenworks (www.ashevillegreenworks.org)

Cost:
Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.25
12 oz. beer –  $5.00

Other tips:
Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us)
Bring low chairs or blankets to lounge on the grass
Entire families are welcome
Bring your I.D. if you plan to sample beers!

For the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgiumclips.com. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Asheville Wing War II Scheduled for March 10

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Lush Life Productions and G Social Media are partnering together once again for an event in which local bars or restaurants in Asheville battle it out for the title  of “Asheville’s Best Buffalo Wings”. With a ticket that includes unlimited beer, wings (while supplies last) and great local music, this event has sold out in the past and is sure to sell out again.

The competition will heat up at Asheville Music Hall at 4pm on March 10. The wings will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges in two categories: specialty and traditional buffalo style. There will also be a people’s choice award in which attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

Beer

All of the beer will be provided by Sierra Nevada and Pisgah Brewing and will be included in the ticket price.

About the Band

Southbound Turnaround has been booked to play this event. Touted as the “the smoothest low down grit to hit your ears,” this band will bringing their high energy show of classic rockabilly to the stage to help dance off those wings and brews.

Formed in 2011 by friends with a deep appreciation for classic rockabilly and honky tonk music, the boys quickly started writing music for their first ep entitled, What Happened to the Jukebox?. Since its release the band has shared stages with Dale Watson, Wayne Hancok, JP Harris, Junior Brown, and Unknown Hinson among others.

Tickets for the event, which go on sale Tuesday, January 29 at www.ashevillefoodfights.com, will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

What: Asheville Wing War II

When: March 10, 2013

What time: 4pm

Where: Asheville Music Hall

How Much: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Website: www.ashevillefoodfights.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ashevillefoodfights

Nominations are still being accepted and can be sent to kelly@lushlifetoday.com

Want to read more about Wing War 2011?

http://www.mountainx.com/article/3873/Asheville-Wing-War-heats-up-The-Garage-at-Biltmore

http://www.mountainx.com/article/3940/WNC-Wellness-review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc6CxS_FeeQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsLioS73uo

https://www.facebook.com/events/206441682733443/

http://www.lushlifetoday.com/restaurants/the-2011-asheville-wing-war-results

http://www.asheville.com/news/ww0711.html

Asheville Food Fights

The competition will be the second event of its kind and the first in a 2013 Series called The Asheville Food Fights. Asheville Food Fights will also include the third installment of The Pizza Showdown in August and The Inaugural Chili Challenge in November which will be a benefit to help provide travel expenses to Asheville’s touring musicians.

The Asheville Food Fights are a more light hearted take on the Asheville Foodie Scene and celebrate some of the more “fun foods” in our lives.

About Lush Life Productions

Lush Life Productions is a marketing and PR firm that increases brand awareness for businesses with the use of innovative tools such as video and events that fully engage their target consumer. Collaborations with local and national companies assure that every aspect of a company’s marketing and PR plan can be managed.

About G Social Media

G Social Media is a relationship building company based out of Asheville NC. Their team focuses on online marketing which includes social networking and media, SEO and other key items to build, enhance and grow your business.

AIR/Taste of Asheville Event November 14

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) will celebrate a big evening of what makes Asheville a culinary destination beginning at 7 p.m. November 14th at The Venue. Not only will 40 talented chefs ,the most ever in the event’s history-dazzle attendees at AIR’s Taste of Asheville event, there are also plans to announce an exciting new marketing initiative for the organization that will be launched in early 2013.

On sale Oct. 1st, ticket entry to the event includes small plate tastings of 40 local, independent restaurants as well as beer and wine samplings. In addition,  AIR’s new Taste of Asheville Passport for the year 2013 will be available for purchase on-site, a coupon booklet representing over $1000 in dining savings at AIR restaurants, for the cost of $50. Fans of Asheville’s many independent restaurants will want to purchase a Taste of Asheville Passport, regardless of their ability to attend the November 14 event since the $1000 in savings – a tremendous value — is good for one year. Passports will also available for sale after the event at www.airasheville.org.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening ticket sales every year benefit various programming and outreach efforts, some of which include AIR’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships for culinary students at AB-Tech, as well as the GO! Kitchen Ready Training Program- an initiative started by AIR and past AIR board members.

“We have a lot to be excited about with the event this year,” said AIR President Anthony Cerrato, “this is the largest participation of member restaurants we have ever had for Taste Of Asheville and we are proud of our momentum as an organization – there are good things happening in our community as Asheville continues to be recognized as a great place to eat, drink and enjoy.”

Participating restaurants for the 2012 Taste of Asheville event are Acropolis Pizza, Avenue M, Blue Water Seafood Co., Boca, Bouchon, Burgerworx,  Carmels, Chai Pani, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, D.I. Hospitality, Edna’s Of Asheville, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Green Sage, Homegrown , Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella’s BBQ, Mamacitas Baja Kitchen, Mela, Neo Burrito, Neo Cantina, Pack’s Tavern, Plant, Pomodoros, Sazerac, Scully’s, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Local Joint, The Glass Onion, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos and Vinnies Neighborhood Italian. The event also features wines and beer from AIR industry partners.

For Taste of Asheville tickets and 2013 Passports, visit www.airasheville.org.

WNC Highlands Celtic Festival at Pisgah Brewing

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival returns to Black Mountain for its third year, bringing its biggest lineup yet of the hottest bands on the Celtic festival circuit.  Headlining the event are the powerful and tribal Scottish band Albannach, along with international Celtic supergroup Rathkeltair.  Rounding out the entertainment lineup are Marcille Wallis & Friends, the Thistledown Tinkers, Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, My Three Kilts, Pipapelli, the Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums, and the Moynihan School of Irish Dance.   Scheduled for Father’s Day Weekend 2012 (Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16), WNC Highlands Celtic Festival turns Pisgah Brewing Company into a Celtic feast for the senses, with samplings of Celtic culture including athletics and dance, authentic foods and crafts.  Drawing fans from all across the country to Black Mountain, the family-friendly WNC Highlands Celtic Festival has furthered Western Carolina’s reputation as a Father’s Day weekend destination and the Festival itself as a new holiday tradition.

“Festival-goers will be treated to an eclectic mix of traditional Celtic music, its offshoots such as bluegrass, and fusions of the ancient Celtic sounds with modern styles such as rock and blues,” said a spokesperson from Celtic Heritage, producers/directors of the Festival.  “Western Carolina, and Black Mountain in particular, were once the destination of many Scottish and Irish immigrants seeking to make a life in the New World.  They brought their customs and their music with them, and that’s the root of the unique vibe in this area.  It seemed only natural to bring their descendants back ‘home’ to participate in a festival, almost a family reunion, celebrating those immigrants and their contributions.”

Returning to headline the festival is the popular Scottish band Albannach.  Their lone piper, surrounded by four drummers, creates a fierce and intense yet danceable sound that has won them a devoted following across the United States.  Scottish natives all, Albannach’s stated purpose in life is to share Scotland’s intriguing culture through music.  Their invigorating approach to the traditional music of the Highlands and Islands quickly brings audiences to their feet and always leaves them begging for more.

Rathkeltair is one of North America’s premier Celtic rock bands, featuring a powerful quartet of musicians from Ireland, England and America.  Their cross-generational appeal lies in their ability to take listeners on a musical journey through time and space, weaving traditional bagpipe tunes together with tunes from Steely Dan or The Beatles.  They are story-tellers as well, delivering compelling original vocals that are exciting, audience-friendly, and great fun.

“Marcille Wallis & Friends” has as its nucleus touring and recording artist Marcille Wallis, one of the nation’s top hammer dulcimer players.  Wallis’s group also includes award-winning Scottish dancers, a vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, and fiery Celtic/bluegrass fiddler Matt Miller, winner of numerous fiddle championships.  The Thistledown Tinkers is a duo of seasoned music veterans from North Carolina, who play not the fragile, romanticized Celtic music heard in movie soundtracks but music that makes listeners sing along and stomp their feet.  Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, My Three Kilts, and Pipapelli are fixtures not only on the Celtic festival/Highland games circuit, but in Celtic pubs across the southeastern US.

The Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums band has entertained thousands during its 30+ years of existence.  Based out of the Asheville area, the band includes members from Avery, Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Jackson Counties in North Carolina.  The Moynihan School of Irish Dance is fronted by lead dancer and choreographer Gillian Moynihan, also of the Asheville area.

Advance tickets are $20, and cover all festival activites both days.  They can be ordered from www.celticheritageproductions.com/wnc.htm or by calling (828) 280-3355.  Tickets at the gate are $25, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.  Hours for the festival are 6pm-Midnight, Friday June 15, and 10am-Midnight, Saturday June 16.  Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged, though coolers are not permitted.  Parking is free.

Moog Brews Asheville Moogfest 2011 Beer Partnerships

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Cheers! Moogfest has partnered with Empire and Budweiser of Asheville to provide you with some delicious drink choices to sip on during the Fest. While you’re in Asheville, try a few of the great brews: Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Ale, Bud Light, Magic Hat #9, Magic Hat Howl, Moog Filtered Ale, Shock Top, Shock Top Pumpkin, Starr Hill Dark Stout, Starr Hill Northern Lights, Sweetwater 420, and Sweetwater IPA.

Find out more about Asheville brews, Asheville bars, and Asheville music.

“Clips of Faith Beer and Film Tour” Returns to Asheville

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – New Belgium Brewing’s traveling beer and film festival, “Clips of Faith,” returns to Asheville‘s Pack Square Park on Friday, September 9 beginning at 7pm.

The national tour showcases short films made by New Belgium’s fans accompanied by tastings from the brewery’s popular Lips of Faith series as well as New Belgium favorites. While films cross the genre divide, they highlight New Belgium’s main follies: craft beer, sustainability and whimsy.

The 2011 winners are Bottles by Geoff Maddaford (CO), Tiny Day in Jackson Hole Backcountry by Tristan Greszko (WY) and Assisted Migration by Dusan Harminc (WI). Three honorable mentions were awarded as well to BLOB by Trevor Hawkins (MO), The Millionaires Club by Sam Nuttmann (WA) and Ski and Chalk by Chris Dickey (WY).

“We’re committed to bringing great events to all of downtown especially Pack Square Park. This is the second year for the film tour and it shows a unique way to use the space. Plus, Asheville on Bikes benefits from the event and will use the proceeds to expand our greenway system,” said Byron Greiner, ADA board president.

Each stop along the tour features a free outdoor screening of the collected films, a full tasting of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers and food from local vendors. In Asheville, all proceeds from beer sales benefit Asheville on Bikes and the event is supported by Asheville Downtown Association. Recycling at the event will be handled by Asheville GreenWorks. For more event information, go to www.clipsoffaith.com.

The Asheville Downtown Association is a membership organization committed to issues and advocacy, as well as events that stimulate economic prosperity in the Downtown central business district. Annual events include Downtown After 5, Oktoberfest, the Asheville Holiday Parade and the State of Downtown. For more information, please visit www.ashevilledowntown.org.

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

www.facebook.com/frenchbroadriverfestival

www.twitter.com/frenchbroadfest

www.myspace.com/frenchbroadriverfestival.com

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

Tourists to Throw Thirsty Thursday Kickoff Party at Highland Brewing Company, March 31st

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists and Highland Brewing Company will lead off the baseball season by hosting a Thirsty Thursday Kickoff Party at the brewery, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville. The special event, sponsored by the Tourists, Highland Brewing, Rock 104.9 and Star 104.3, will be held Thursday, March 31, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Numerous special events will be featured at the event, including the unveiling of the Tourists’ new uniforms. Highland Brewing will offer many of their special beers for only $2 each, while the team will have $2 ballpark food specials. The first 100 people through the door will receive a commemorative T-shirt. In addition to offering tickets to most games for the 2011 season, the Tourists will also have available special Thirsty Thursday packages that include a ticket to all 10 Thursday home games at McCormick Field for only $50.

“We have proudly partnered with Highland Brewing for more than 15 years and we look forward to working with them on this event, which is a first for our team,” said Tourists general manager Larry Hawkins. “This should be a fun-filled evening in which baseball fans will have a chance to get together, be the first to see our new uniforms, and make some preparations for the 2011 season.”

Single-game tickets are also on sale at the McCormick Field ticket office, with the exception of the Fireworks Extravaganzas, slated for Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 5. Those tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 23, starting at 10 a.m. The Tourists open their home schedule on Friday, April 15th against the Lexington Legends. Season ticket packages are still available at the McCormick Field box office. For more information, contact the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.