Change Food Fest “Regenerating Southern Food Systems”

Sunset from Cowee Mountains Overlook, on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

WHAT: Change Food Fest: Regenerating Southern Food Systems
WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
WHERE: Kittredge Community Arts Center, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
TICKETS: On sale now!

Warren Wilson College and Change Food are partnering to present an evening of talks celebrating and exploring food and farming in the Southeast.

Local food and farming experts and emerging leaders will give short talks on food and farming topics related to regenerating food and food systems in the Southeastern U.S. with a focus on Asheville and Western North Carolina.  But the evening is more than just talks! 

The Change Food Fest “Celebrating the Southeast” will consist of:

  • Time to network and mingle before the event
  • Talks from leaders and experts in food and farming
  • Tabling and food sampling from local producers and companies
  • An after party!

Our goal is to raise national awareness of the great work being done with food and farming in Asheville and the western North Carolina area, while also helping bring together the local community to foster future collaborations.

The evening will run approximately 3 hours and will include time to network, mingle and sample delicious local food and drink. An after-party will be held immediately after at a local brewery. 

All talks will be filmed, housed and promoted through the Change Food Video Library.

Want to join us and be part of the event? Check out our partner deck below for more information.  There are many ways you and your company can join us. Check out – Ways to Sponsor the Change Food Fest “Celebrating the Southeast”

Find out how you can be part of the Change Food Fest!

Please note: We’ve changed the date of the Fest to December out of respect for the residents of North Carolina and all the damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone suffering and in need.


Speakers include (we are currently reconfirming all speakers due to event date change):

  • A fireside chat about the state of farming with Paul Willis, Founder of the Niman Ranch Pork Company and Jeremiah Jones founder of Grassroots Pork Company and North Carolina Hog Growers Association. He was part of Niman Ranch when the company operated in NC. Moderated by Loren Cardeli, head of A Growing Culture and Asheville native.
  • Ann SitlerHickory Nut Gap Farm on how creating their own meat brand is allowing for farmers in the area to do what they do best – farm.
  • Danny Keaton, Danny’s Dumpster – Recycling food
  • Flori Pate, Food Connection – How can we end food waste while offering healthy food to those in need, all with the push of a button?
  • Lee WarrenOrganic Growers School – Soil health
  • Mark DeMarco, Estate Executive Chef, The Biltmore
  • Meredith Leigh, Living Web Farms – topic to come
  • Nicole Hinebaugh, Bountiful Cities – if you’re going to landscape your lawn or surrounding area, why not make it edible?
  • Sally ReeskeSeasons of Grace – How can a prison farm change lives?
  • Sheila Neal, NC Choices and Women Working in Meat
  • Hosts for the evening are Asher Wright, Farm Manager at the Warren Wilson Collge Farm and Diane Hatz, Founder & Executive Director, Change Food




Many thanks to all those helping support the event – and the food community in Asheville!

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Community Supporters

  • Buchi
  • Lusty Monk Mustard
  • Roots Hummus


If you’d like to make a donation to help cover costs and to be part of the event, please make checks payable to SOCIAL GOOD FUND (our fiscal sponsor) with Change Food in the memo lineBe part of creating a new fair food system for everyone.

Mail to:
Social Good Fund
PO Box 5473
Richmond, CA 94805

For information about donating with credit card, please visit our donation page.

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