Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival and its nonprofit have announced through its website that it will permanently shut down. The homepage of its website reads, “We here at Chow Chow have had to make the difficult and very unfortunate decision to shut down our festival and non-profit permanently.”
Chow Chow’s Board Chair Rhea Lidowski shared that although last year’s festival delivered on the organization’s mission of “celebrating and enriching the foodways of Southern Appalachia and Asheville’s creative economy” — bringing new faces and a positive response — there were challenges with finances and limited resources.
“It’s an unfortunate journey to reach here, but that doesn’t mean that Chow Chow can’t be something in the future in some way... right now it can’t continue to operate,” Lidowski said. In speaking with AVLtoday, she emphasized this decision was not made lightly and highlighted the contributions and passion of everyone involved in making the festival and nonprofit’s work possible.