Ashvegas Hot Sheet: HempX at Highland Brewing starts today


Some of what’s going around:

HempX is a two-day educational festival on the uses and opportunities of industrial hemp that starts today with sponsor Highland Brewing Company. The event includes a special dinner, panel discussions, music and here’s more:

The second annual event highlighting the uses and opportunities of industrial hemp and featuring thought leaders in the industry from across the country. North Carolina and neighboring states have recently legalized hemp farming and the first panel will discuss current legislation and future possibilities for farmers. Additionally, there will be panels on hemp farming, CBD and a hemp fashion show. Noted hemp expert and bestselling author Doug Fine will be speaking on Saturday. A Taste of Hemp is the only ticketed event; the rest of the programming at the festival is free, including music in the Highland Meadow Friday and Saturday nights. HempX Asheville is a family-friendly.

-A new gym called F45 Training has opened in a strip shopping center near the airport in South Asheville (near the Cracker Barrel). In the same center, a new jewelry store called Professional Jewelers has opened, and two other new tenants – an antiques store and a chiropractor – are all planning to open.

Big Frog Asheville, which sells custom apparel and promotional items and specializes in direct-to-garment (digital) printing, will celebrate its grand opening from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 1 at its 336 Rockwood Road location. With Big Frog, there are no minimum orders and no design or set-up fees, according to a press release. Owners David and Christina Riddell attended Western Carolina University, have kids in the local school system and family in the area, the release states. The store opened in May, according to a press release.

-Visit a participating Asheville food truck on Saturday to help benefit Meals on Wheels. The names of the food trucks, their locations and times are listed here. (Hint: the food trucks are The Real Food Truck, Smash Box, Chef Daddy’s, Belly Up, Out of the Blue and Deli Lammma.)

Downtown After Five is set for tonight on North Lexington Avenue. It will feature Asheville musicians known as the Asheville All-Stars, as well as Asheville Music School students. It will be streamed live at

-The annual WNC Battle of the Burger is teaming up with the Salvage Station this year for its big event at the Salvage Station on Sunday, and this year, general admission is free. The burgers, as well as beer and cocktails, are available for purchase, and live music will be provided by Jim Arrendell and the Cheap Suits as well as headliner, Don Clayton. The participants in the burger battle are: The Real Food Truck, The Rankin Vault, D.O.G.S, Ambrozia Bar & Bistro, Salvage Station, Kitchen 743 at Isis Music Hall, Out of the Blue Peruvian Cuisine, Sovereign Remedies, Taste & See Food Truck and Black Mountain Ale House.

-The Hop owners Greg and Ashley Garrison will be celebrating their ninth anniversary as owners of the popular ice cream shop on Tuesday by giving away free kiddie scoops at their Merrimon Avenue location all day. Stop by and congratulate them.

-The 8th Annual Hellbilly Hootenanny is set for Oct. 1 at New Mountain AVL. The car and bike show will also a full day of music, live tattooing, raffles and more.

Aloft Asheville Downtown will host its next Sundays Live@Aloft event from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 28. The event will feature Juan Benavides Group, a local favorite that blends traditional and new Flamenco and Middle Eastern styles with a modern soul and rock edge, according to a press release. The event is open to the public and a suggested $5 donation will benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe.

Michael Hickerson has been hired as general manager for its AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, and Marie Dalis has been hired as market director of sales for McKibbon’s downtown Asheville properties, which include the Aloft Asheville Downtown and AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, according to a press release. The AC Hotel is slated to open in late 2016 and will be McKibbon Hospitality’s second downtown Asheville hotel in addition to the Aloft, which opened in 2012.

Buncombe County Schools has announced that the official dedication of the new Enka Intermediate School will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. The school located at 125 Asheville Commerce Parkway in Candler. More:

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting will follow a short program, which will feature student representatives from the four Enka District feeder schools: Candler Elementary, Hominy Valley Elementary, Pisgah Elementary, and Sand-Hill Venable Elementary. Student ambassadors will lead general public tours of the school immediately following the dedication until about 1:30 p.m.