Kick off a weekend of munching tonight when the annual A Taste of Ashland gets things going an evening early with an "Eat Dessert First" event.

Kick off a weekend of munching tonight when the annual A Taste of Ashland gets things going an evening early with an "Eat Dessert First" event.

It's at 7 p.m. at Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. Admission is $10 and free to people holding tickets to the weekend events.

It features the fourth annaul artists' Quick Draw, where regional artists create artwork as patrons watch. Ashland's Flat 5 String Bandwill perform, and patrons will eat desserts, coffee, tea and wines from regional restaurants and wineries.

Taste of Ashland gets under way in earnest the following day with 17 galleries paired with 17 regional restaurants and 17 wineries, breweries and distilleries. A shuttle will transport tasters from downtown galleries to venues in the railroad district during the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $55 for the whole weekend, $40 for Saturday only and $30 for Sunday only. Details: www.atasteofashland.com.