It is no secret that Haywood County has a robust culinary scene. You can enjoy the ability to dine at year-round farm-to-table restaurants, shop at specialty retail shops featuring delicious Haywood-centric products like trout caviar and pickled ramps, sample fresh brews at local microbreweries and take the opportunity to embark on an agri-adventure across the county thanks to local agritourism initiative, Buy Haywood. And to top it off, you’ll find a number of incredible foodie events through out the season that will leave your taste buds watering for more. Kicking off these events every year is highlight of the spring season, Melange of the Mountains.
Mélange of the Mountains is Haywood’s premier culinary event launching the spring tourism season. It is a uniquely local epicurean partnership of innovative chefs, sustainable producers, crafty microbrewers and local farms. Visitors, from near and far, will discover that Haywood County is a vibrant and diverse destination for foodies of all ages – well worth a gold star on the regional gastronomy map!
Make plans to attend the event and enjoy all the tasty delights of the 12th Annual Culinary Gala held at Laurel Ridge Country Club on Thursday, March 10th. Experience some of Western North Carolina’s most regarded restaurants, microbreweries, artisan producers and culinary talent as participants compete in categories ranging from salad to seafood to dessert. After the competition, participants will offer expertly plated samples of specialty items inspired by their own menus and culinary point of view. Find a great place to stay while you are in town for the Melange from our great mix of hotels, cabins, bed and breakfasts and more on our lodging page.
To further promote Haywood County as a culinary destination, the Gala event will extend to a Culinary Weekend filled with a wealth of specialty dinners, culinary demos, and tastings hosted by participating restaurants and other local businesses.
Some events are free and open to the public while others are ticketed requiring reservations.
Reserve your ticket for the Gala NOW! Limited availability. More details coming soon about the Culinary Weekend schedule of events. Visit www.HaywoodChamber.com to reserve tickets and event information.