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Bele Chere Festival 2008
Held July 25 - 27, 2008, Bele Chere Festival was a must-attend event for everyone. Celebrating its third decade as the Southeast's largest free street festival, Bele Chere spans the entirety of downtown Asheville. As central downtown is barricaded off, innumerable street vendors will have booths selling everything from antiques to zarapes. Not only does Bele Chere promise a good time for you and your family, but also has countless activities and venues from which to choose. Among the variety at the Festival: great food, excellent music, fun events, arts & crafts areas, and of course a beautiful view of the Western North Carolina mountains.
The many facets of Bele Chere
The MusicAs always, the music at Bele Chere will make even the most shy patrons dance with joy. With music ongoing practically the entire time that Bele Chere is open, there is never a shortage of great performers to entertain. Among the lineup in 2008 were Afromotive, Cowboy Mouth, De Lions of Jah, Edwin McCain, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wailers and so many more.
The smell that permeates the air at Bele Chere Festival is unforgettable. Along with some of the best local Asheville restaurants, there are also a great variety of street vendors all over the Festival. Among the many varieties of food are: Greek, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Indian and countless others. Truly a taste of world cuisine, the vendors selling gyros, pizza, chicken-on-a-stick, burgers and more offer flavors that will leave you satisfied.
There are always a vast array of events at Bele Chere. To highlight a few:
Q: What does "Bele Chere" mean?
Q: Is parking available downtown?
Q: Are we allowed to drink beer?
Q: What about pets?
As always, enjoy the festival!
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