Nearly 1500 people gather for the annual WNC Battle of the Burger held in July. Up to fifteen of Western North Carolina’s greatest chefs fire up their grills at Salvage Station on the beautiful French Broad River in  Asheville in hopes of winning the title of WNC’s Best Burger. T

What: 4th Annual WNC Battle of the Burger

When: July 9, 2017 2 – 6pm

Where: Salvage Station, Asheville, NC

How Much: $55 VIP (includes exclusive VIP area, a burger slider from every vendor and unlimited beer)

General Admission is $5

How it Works:

150 VIP tickets available for purchase and include burger samples and beer.

General admission attendees may purchase burger samples from each of the competing restaurants for $3-$5 per slider.

Beer is available for purchase from the Salvage Station.

Live Music By….

Josh Phillips Big Band

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After a long period of writing and mostly hiatus from performing live music, Josh Phillips is coming back big with his latest and most ambitious project yet. Josh Phillips Big Band, just like the ever evolving and collaborative Asheville music scene, is a merging of musicians from all the bands Josh has performed with over the last 12 years. Featuring members of the Folk Festival, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and the Overflow Jug Band; Empire Strikes Brass, The Digs, Devils and Dust, Ashley Heath, and many more, Josh Phillips Big Band is truly a collective of some of the baddest (as in goodest) musical veterans living in Asheville. Together at last.


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Chalwa is based out of Asheville, NC and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as the Asheville Horns, Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Biodesiel, and the Everydays. After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more. Chalwa released it’s first CD in 2009 and was voted one of the top World Music, Reggae bands by the MountainXress in 2010. In support of their CD the band performed a live set on-air interview on WNCW, along with radio air play on Dubatomic Particles and Local Color. In 2014 Chalwa is releasing their second CD on Pinnacle Records and giving the people what they want…live reggae music!

Yellow Feather

From a variety of backgrounds; dance, carpentry, meat-processing, armed forces (among others), Yellow Feather is gaining insight and broadening perspective with the upcoming release of their freshman album, “And Gold.” Thats just what singer/guitar player Hunter Begley finds most enjoyable about the experience, “Writing songs can be as personal or as impersonal as you allow. They’re still gonna shine insight and perspective into the creator and the listener,  and that’s the beauty of it.”  While waiting for the release of their record, due late summer ’17, Yellow Feather spends most their time in Old Fort, NC. Yellow Feather is: Hunter Begley, Casey Kristofferson, Charlie Willis, Rob Parks.


About Open Hearts Art Center

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Open Hearts Art Center is a community based nonprofit, providing opportunities for differently abled adults to express themselves through the arts. The program is committed to improving the quality of life for artists with disabilities and to recognizing these individuals and what they have to offer as a contribution. Open Hearts Art Center is a safe, loving community that is focused on supporting the individual needs and goals of people living with disabilities.

The WNC Battle of the Burger is one of a series of events produced by All American Food Fights. Learn more about us here.