It’s that time again here in Asheville, North Carolina. Each year in our much celebrated city, we launch the largest, free, street music festival on the East Coast. Regular visitors to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will recognize this as Bele Chere. Those of you who have not experienced this street festival before are likely shaking their heads. I can actually hear your wheels turning and the first question on the tip of your tongue is,
“What does that mean?” It means the very thing that quantifies Asheville, the city I call home; beautiful living. It also means a ton of fun.
Attendees of this 3 day street festival can expect an awesome, original and diverse musical lineup. Some of the music will be old, toe tapping favorites and some will be original compositions. Actually there is great competition to be in the line up at Bele Chere. More than 750 applications are generally received and less than 1/7 of those will be chosen by the committee as performance artists for this event.
Some things you might wish to know before attending. It begins on Friday, July 23 this year and will finish Sunday evening.
For those wishing to engage in alcohol consumption, purchase will be available on both Friday and Saturday. No alcohol either purchased at Bele Chere or carried in will be permitted on Sunday. All those intending to enjoy libations must purchase a $2.00 I.D. bracelet which just lets the sellers know you are of age to consume alcohol. They will require photo I.D. and proof of date of birth to issue these bracelets so don’t forget to bring them with you.
Food is plentiful at Bele Chere and this year will be no exception. Some of the best restaurants in the city, many of whom the guests of At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn return to again and again, are participating this year. The Lobster Shack, Bouchon and The Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village and many more. Needing a bit of sweet after, our friends at French Broad Chocolate Lounge
can hook you up. Now, after all this delectable food, we in Asheville are not shy and don’t want you to be either. The music is playing, the food is extraordinary, the arts and crafts just what you were searching for and now it is time to release your inner self and shake your booty.
Gary and I have owned our Asheville Inn for 11 years now and if there has been one single year during that time when Bele Chere has not seen just a few moments of precipitation… we don’t remember it! Bring a slicker or an umbrella….Better yet, just go for it. Cool off and enjoy it. It’s only water and it will allow you to shake your tail feathers a bit longer. That is never a bad thing.
Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast