Thanks again, Asheville!

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Thanks for joining us once again for glorious day in celebration of unchained and independent Asheville!

For a look back at the day, check out these great photos, videos and wrap ups:

Videos by iamavl

The Scene’s 10 Reasons to Love Big Love

Citizen Times Photo Gallery

Bryan Peek Photography (Facebook)

Jennifer Mesk Photography (Facebook)

Photos from Asheville Grown

Photos from the The Big Crafty

Asheville man can’t believe girlfriend dumped him at Big Love festival (Citizen Thymes)

 

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Thanks for joining us once again for glorious day in celebration of unchained and independent Asheville! For a look back at the day, check out these great photos, videos and wrap ups: Videos by iamavl The Scene’s 10 Reasons to Love Big Love Citizen Times Photo Gallery Bryan Peek Photography (Facebook) Jennifer Mesk Photography (Facebook) Photos […]

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Indie Asheville Creations

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Big Love Beer is Brewing!

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Highland Brewing Company “wet-hopped” the Big Love beer this time with 5 gallons of Cascade hops grown on the deck this summer right outside the tasting room.

Big Love Beer is a a nice “copper ale”, sessionable and features locally farmed and artisan made Riverbend Malt.

They made an initial trial batch for our Go Local Card partners’ party on February 28th & have spent the past few months perfecting the balance and taste.

Carol Motsinger of the Asheville Citizen Times did a great write-up on our visit to watch them making the second batch of this new brew HERE.

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Drew Stevenson & Mark Conti (pictured) just brewed our third and tastiest batch.  We’ll have our signature pint glasses and the beer on tap for the Big Love Fest on Sept. 15th.

See you there!

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Highland Brewing Company “wet-hopped” the Big Love beer this time with 5 gallons of Cascade hops grown on the deck this summer right outside the tasting room. Big Love Beer is a a nice “copper ale”, sessionable and features locally farmed and artisan made Riverbend Malt. They made an initial trial batch for our Go Local Card partners’ party […]

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8/8 Fundraiser for Big Love

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We’re throwing a pre-party in anticipation of our fall festival and you’re invited!

Thursday August 8th at 5pm
@ The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC
 

Featuring live music by Pleasure Chest

The raffle features some incredible prizes including:

1 full year of e-mail marketing from MyNewsletterBuilder up to $2,500 in sending costs & matched small biz e-mail marketing & consulting fees total of up to a $5,000 value.

1 full year of free advertising for your business at Ray’s Weather

$100 Gift Certificate to Hip Replacements Clothing

Special gift packages from Highland Brewing, Asheville Grown & the Big Love Fest, a smattering of goodies from local businesses as well as hand-crafted items from our featured vendors including:

1 Dozen Cup Cakes from Short Street Cakes,

A 4-Hour Deep Clean from Organic Planet Cleaning ($120 value)

$50 Gift Certificate from Second Gear

Basket of Body Care Goodies from C & C Naturals

2 lbs. of Coffee Beans from Biltmore Coffee Traders

Gift Certificate for Dance with Lisa Zahiya

Vintage Jewelry Designed by Amber Hatchett Designs

1lb. of Dynamite Coffee from Ursa Minor

$25 Gift Certificate from Fernworks

Goodies from Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Each raffle ticket is only $2 and the proceeds go to creating the best Big Love Festival yet!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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We’re throwing a pre-party in anticipation of our fall festival and you’re invited! Thursday August 8th at 5pm @ The Bywater 796 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC   Featuring live music by Pleasure Chest The raffle features some incredible prizes including: 1 full year of e-mail marketing from MyNewsletterBuilder up to $2,500 in sending costs & matched […]

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September 15!

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FALL in LOVE with us!

After heavy rain and wind forestalled our planned May 5th celebration of unchained and independent Asheville, we are happy to announce a seasonal shift: Asheville’s 3rd annual Big Love Fest will be held on Sunday, September 15 from 1-8pm at Pack Square Park!

Huge thanks to the city for working with us to plan another big event during a busy season and to all who have reached out to offer support.

We’ll be hurriedly tweaking our lineup and plans for what we’ve no doubt will be an even more wondrous celebration of Asheville at its best and truest. Really, what’s better than Asheville in Spring? Asheville in FALL.

Interested vendors may complete this form to confirm spaces allotted for our May event or to be considered for spaces that may open up.

More soon & BIG LOVE!

Franzi, Justin & Brandy

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FALL in LOVE with us! After heavy rain and wind forestalled our planned May 5th celebration of unchained and independent Asheville, we are happy to announce a seasonal shift: Asheville’s 3rd annual Big Love Fest will be held on Sunday, September 15 from 1-8pm at Pack Square Park! Huge thanks to the city for working […]

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May 5th Event Cancelled

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Dear Asheville,

After consulting with city and safety officials as well as meteorologists and seasoned event organizers, it has become clear that we must cancel tomorrow’s Big Love Festival.

We had planned to hold the event rain or shine, but have decided to cancel based on reports of potentially dangerous weather. In addition to the likely torrential rain and potential for flooding, there is the even greater danger of probable heavy winds, which are a serious safety concern for outdoor events with tents that may become airborne.

While we have few details now, we hope to reschedule for a day of independent and unchained celebration later this summer, and we can’t wait to see you then.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to the city, for being a great help and advisor throughout this process, and our deepest apologies to those who (like us) are disappointed by this outcome.

Regretfully and with love,
Justin, Franzi and Brandy

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Dear Asheville, After consulting with city and safety officials as well as meteorologists and seasoned event organizers, it has become clear that we must cancel tomorrow’s Big Love Festival. We had planned to hold the event rain or shine, but have decided to cancel based on reports of potentially dangerous weather. In addition to the […]

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So close!

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Can you Hear the Love?

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Due to some BIG LOVE from the LEAF Festival, we are delighted to bring The Megaphone Project to the Big Love Fest. These artists have produced an interactive sound field, and as an installation allows people to discover a game of sound and physical play: a world of private and public broadcast. Twenty-five striking red megaphones of different shapes and sizes recreate the miracle of wireless tincan telephones, and the joyful manipulations of voices that are naturally reinforced through simple acoustics. Voices then mysteriously and ambiguously return via our custom wireless audio network. The megaphones create an interactive performance field for both the public and the artists. In the field of megaphones, the audience creates a lively environment of play and enjoyment that is all their own invention.

Enjoy them outside the Asheville Arts Museum during our festival and you can also catch the megaphones at the Dr. Wesley Grant Center May 1st – 3rd and at the LEAF Festival May 9th – 12th.

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Due to some BIG LOVE from the LEAF Festival, we are delighted to bring The Megaphone Project to the Big Love Fest. These artists have produced an interactive sound field, and as an installation allows people to discover a game of sound and physical play: a world of private and public broadcast. Twenty-five striking red megaphones […]

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Big Love Beer

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Guess what Highland Brewing has up their sleeves for the Big Love Fest?

“We’re still working on the description, but it is a session beer, a copper colored ale at just over 5% alcohol.  Perfect for the warm, sunny May day that we are hoping for” per Drew Stevenson, communication manager and head of community outreach at Highland.

They made an initial trial batch for our Go Local Card partners’ party on February 28th & are now perfecting the balance and taste.

Carol Motsinger of the Asheville Citizen Times did a great write-up on our visit to watch them making the new brew HERE.

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Guess what Highland Brewing has up their sleeves for the Big Love Fest? “We’re still working on the description, but it is a session beer, a copper colored ale at just over 5% alcohol.  Perfect for the warm, sunny May day that we are hoping for” per Drew Stevenson, communication manager and head of community […]

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Big Love Fest 2013

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Big Love Fest 2012 Asheville, NCAre you ready for the 3rd annual celebration of unchained and independent Asheville?

Mark your calendars!  It is happening

Sunday, May 5th
noon –  8pm
Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

The application process has closed. All applicants including locally owned  and independent businesses including makers, crafters, artisans, culinary businesses & non-profits will be notified of their acceptance status by March 22nd .

We are looking forward to you helping to make this the Best Big Love Fest yet!

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Are you ready for the 3rd annual celebration of unchained and independent Asheville? Mark your calendars!  It is happening Sunday, May 5th noon –  8pm Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville The application process has closed. All applicants including locally owned  and independent businesses including makers, crafters, artisans, culinary businesses & non-profits will be notified of their […]

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We fell in love all over again

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Our first anniversary was as dreamy as our first date.

Here are a few event image galleries, videos & wrap-ups to remember it by:
Big Love Fest 2012 (Asheville Grown video)
Big Love Fest 2012 (Big Crafty photo gallery)
The Big Love Fest (Image Asheville photo gallery)
Some highlights from Big Love Festival 2012 featuring the Swayback Sisters (Mountain Xpress)
Big Love Fest in Asheville (Citizen-Times photo gallery)
Black Mountain News (photo gallery)
Big Love fills Pack Square
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Lots of fun and love at the Big Love Fest in Asheville, North Carolina
Big Love Fest by Sweet Mess
Pleasure Chest (video)
Moodees (video)
Kovacs & the Polar Bear (video)

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Our first anniversary was as dreamy as our first date. Here are a few event image galleries, videos & wrap-ups to remember it by: Big Love Fest 2012 (Asheville Grown video) Big Love Fest 2012 (Big Crafty photo gallery) The Big Love Fest (Image Asheville photo gallery) Some highlights from Big Love Festival 2012 featuring […]

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BIG LOVE for Asheville

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Big Love Fest 2012
Sunday May 6, 2012
1pm – 8pm
Pack Square Park


Free & Fun for all ages

MUSIC, FOOD, LOCAL BEER & LOTS OF INDEPENDENT CRAFTERS, MAKERS & SMALL BUSINESSES!

Look for LOVE ASHEVILLE-GO LOCAL CARD deals throughout the event!

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Sunday May 6, 2012 1pm – 8pm Pack Square Park Free & Fun for all ages MUSIC, FOOD, LOCAL BEER & LOTS OF INDEPENDENT CRAFTERS, MAKERS & SMALL BUSINESSES! Look for LOVE ASHEVILLE-GO LOCAL CARD deals throughout the event!

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