2016 Music and Arts Festival Heralds Spring

Saturday, May 21, 10am – 7pm, Montford Avenue

Jerry Connor

It’s that time again and are we in for an even greater neighborhood treat. As reported in the last newsletter, the new festival layout will stretch down Montford Avenue from Chestnut to Waneta. Moving to one street isn’t the only big news. Here’s what to expect this year:

  • A larger children’s area with activities, games of chance, balloon art, face painting, the bookmobile, and an interactive art project for both kids and adults.
  • The largest gathering of food vendors since Bele Chere, offering everything from empanadas, crepes, BBQ, fire-baked pizzas, specialty meals and sandwiches and snacks, from funnel cakes to deep fried Oreo’s, French Pastries and our home favorite Greek spanakopita and pastries. The new Food Plaza will stretch from Waneta to Cullowhee with expanded seating. And don’t forget Nine Mile, Chiesa, and Tod’s Tasties, as they are also part of this festival.
  • More artists and craft persons displaying their gallery-quality work between Chestnut and Cullowhee along with plants and shrubs for sale.
  • Another addition this year will be “Montford Square,” a performance place on Montford Avenue, noon to 5pm, with the Asheville Morris Men, the Ashgrove Garland Dancers, the Mountain Lion Chinese Dragon, Ninja Kids Club Karate exhibition, and others.

Plan to come and stay for the day, bring your appetites, your kids, your friends and love of music and art. The Montford Music and Arts Festival is an annual project of neighborhood volunteers and the Montford Neighborhood Association. It is funded through donations, sponsorships, and vendor fees. For complete list of vendors visit montfordfestival.org.