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GRINDfest is Asheville’s celebration of Black Business and Entrepreneurship. It highlights the business acumen and contributions of Black people. We invite everyone to celebrate with a weekend of fun, food, learning, and connection.
Juneteenth is the time where we celebrate the timeframe where slavery was abolished. It took time for the word to spread so it is recognized as Juneteenth.
During the weekend of Juneteenth, we will have GRINDfest - a celebration of Black Business and entrepreneurship. After slavery was abolished, the people held as slaves began to use their skills and talents to do business in an economy that previously thought of them as property. Nonetheless, they made progress and became business owners.
GRINDfest will bring people together to celebrate Black Business and Black Entrepreneurs. It will highlight the progress made by people of color while also connecting people across cultures. Economies do not exist in a bubble. They include everyone.
During this weekend, we will have vendors, food, and events that facilitate the connection of what it means to be human.
Our commissioners just declared Juneteenth a Holiday in Buncombe county, the time that slavery was abolished. We know that the effects of slavery and white supremacy still torment our communities, but we have determined to celebrate the life and progress of the Black people in Asheville.
We wanted to highlight the work of Black people in the biggest way possible alongside other local events.
We will host GRINDfest on June 18th-20th, our celebration of Black Business and Entrepreneurship. Conveniently located in the River Arts District, we will have a weekend full of fun and learning: "Savagery" (the play), a poetry slam, local storytellers, game tournaments, a lip sync battle, vendors selling unique items, Black food from around the world and an outside dance party with local DJs. This event promises to be one of the most fun and enlightening of the year.
Participants must order their own DNA test results ahead of time.
If you or someone you know has what it takes to take the stage sign up now. The night’s winner gets a $500 prize package.
This in addition to local food vendors with West African cuisine, Jamaican Island cuisine, and a Seafood Boil/Fish Fry, we will host community awards given to people who have made significant progress and contributions such as "single fathers/mothers, blended families, people who had to switch careers, and those succeeding after recovery/re-entry.