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2016 Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Join us for the 31st Annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival this Fall!

The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is considered one of Lake Tahoe’s premier gourmet events. Enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm to Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace, and more! 

Seminars for this year’s 31st celebration vary from a Progressive Picnic hike through the Sierra Nevada, to a Blazing Pans Mountain Cook-Off. The grand finale for the Autumn Food & Wine Festival is the Grand Tasting which features food and wine from the finest restaurants, caterers and chefs in the Lake Tahoe and Reno regions, paired with premium world-class wineries and breweries.

This is an incredible opportunity to sample the culinary and wine making talents of the chef’s and wineries you always wanted to try, including the newest restaurants in the area.


*Ticket purchases can only be made through Eventbrite and pricing noted does not include Eventbrite fees.  Credit cards only for this event. 


Vendors and Interested Vendors Register Here


31st Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
2016 Schedule of Events
September 9-11, 2016



Friday | September 9, 2016

Eventbrite - 2016 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California

9/9 ~ 4pm to 5pm
Art of Mixology featuring Charbay Artisan Distillery
The Backyard Bar & BBQ, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$50 Advance/$55 Day Of
This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. Guest will enjoy this workshop al fresco at The Backyard Bar & BBQ.  Advance ticket purchase recommended as seating will be limited. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. All guests must be 21 or older to participate.  

9/9 ~ 5pm to 8pm
Backyard Barbeque Family Cookout
The Backyard Bar & BBQ, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$39/Adult, $20/Child (Ages 3 -12)

Join us at The Backyard Bar & BBQ for a backyard cookout featuring traditional barbeque favorites such as tender,
juicy burgers, ribs, chicken, pulled pork and house-made desserts with live entertainment until 9:00 pm. Guests will be
welcomed the day of as advanced purchase is not necessary.

9/9 ~ 6pm to 9pm
Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner
The Zephyr Lodge, Northstar California Mountain
$100 Advance/$115 Day Of

The Northstar culinary team will create a delicious, multi-course dining experience featuring a menu using fresh,
sustainable and locally-sourced produce sure to please the palate. Guests will escape up the mountain at Northstar
California during an evening gondola ride delivering them to the iconic Zephyr Lodge. The menu will be enjoyed with
beer, wine and light beverages as guests enjoy live music and signature, floor-to-ceiling views of the Sierra Pacific
Crest. Advance purchase of tickets to this event is required as limited seating is available. All guests must be 21 or
older to participate.

9/9 ~ 8pm to 11pm
After8eight
The Living Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Unwind and relax in The Living Room and try a variety of specialty crafted cocktails, Champagne and a selection of
handpicked wines while enjoying the music of a Live DJ. Guests are welcome to enjoy After8eight at their leisure until
11 p.m. as no advanced purchase is necessary.


Saturday | September 10, 2016

Eventbrite - 2016 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California 
 
9/10 ~ 11am to 5pm
Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair
The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY

Meander through the cobblestone walkways of The Village at Northstar while sampling the finest local and regional
gourmet and artisan treasures in the Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair. The open-air marketplace displays kitchen
gadgets, fine linens and clothing, exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography, spa products and much more. 

9/10 11am to 1pm
BBQ & Brews Luncheon featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company
Overlook, The Village at Northstar
$55 Advance/$65 Day Of
An annual crowd favorite, accomplished grill master and Autumn Food and Wine celebrity, Chef Jason Gronlund makes his triumphant return to this year’s 31st annual Festival. His contagiously high-energy barbeque demonstration will have spectators on the edges of their seats from the first spark of his grill. This seminar will teach participants to incorporate beer into mouthwatering recipes and grilling techniques, culminating with the ultimate taste test as guests savor a delicious barbeque luncheon paired with a beer flight featuring a variety of flavors from the always popular, and delicious, Lagunitas Brewing Company – this event truly is a feast for the senses.

9/10 ~ 11am to 2pm
Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic featuring FiftyFifty Craft Brewery
Northstar Mountain
$65 Advance/$75 Day Of
Northstar California invites guests to savor gourmet bites and craft brews in the open air, taking in the mountain’s natural beauty as they enjoy a trailside beer tasting, progressive picnic and guided hike through the Tahoe National Forest. Accompanied by a professional trail guide, participants will explore the breathtaking wilderness and become familiarized with the native flora and fauna. Each trailside tasting station will guide guests further along the route as they sample various varietals of craft beers from the Truckee-based FiftyFifty Brewery perfectly paired with gourmet tapas. Hikers of all ability levels are encouraged to participate and secure tickets in advance; guests will be welcomed on a space-available basis the day of the event.

9/10 – 11:30am to 1:15pm
Sips & Salutations featuring Illanta Wines
Tahoe Yoga & Wellness, The Village at Northstar
$25 Advance/$30 Day Of
Find your balance and then sip the balanced flavors of small batch, limited production wines from Tahoe-based Illanta Wines!  Start the day with a flow-based yoga class followed by a guided wine tasting. This event is sure to help you find your Zen both inside and outside the classroom.


9/10 ~ 12pm to 4pm
Village Wine and Brew Walk
The Village at Northstar
$25 Advance/$30 Day Of

The Village at Northstar will transform into a mecca of delectable varietals during The Village Wine and Brew Walk.
Guests are invited to prep their taste buds for the Grand Tasting event as they leisurely taste and learn about
different wines and brews setup at stations throughout the boutique shops. Guests age 21 and over are invited to participate in the casual afternoon event which includes a souvenir tasting glass.


9/10 ~ 12pm to 4pm
Kid’s Zone
Overlook, The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY and TICKETED

Kids and kids-at-heart can delight in all kinds of fun activities located atop The Overlook, in the heart of The Village at
Northstar. Complimentary face painting and balloon sculptures will be available as well as arts & crafts projects and a
play area on The Overlook Deck for younger guests. Additional ticketed activities available throughout the weekend
include the bungee trampoline, rock wall, spider climbing web and slide, gem panning station and miniature golf
features located throughout The Village. 


9/10 – 12pm to 1:15pm
Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off Finals
Village Stage, The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY

New this year, the Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off challenge brought teams of 8 to 12 year old culinary artists to Northstar
California where they competed in two rounds of cuisine challenges to qualify for the final phase of competition taking
place during the Autumn Food and Wine Festival. The final two teams will compete head-to-head for the Champion
title and will walk away with the Golden Whisk trophy. The region’s youngest culinary artists not only are perfecting
their culinary technique as they create experiences of a lifetime, but also contributing to the Tahoe-based non-profit
Project MANA through ticket sales.

9/10 ~ 12pm to 2pm
Petra Winemaker Luncheon featuring Albatross Ridge
Petra, The Village at Northstar
$60 Advance/$70 Day Of
Petra Owner and Wine Connoisseur Kali Kopley and Albatross Ridge will host a delicious multi-course luncheon featuring award winning wines. Let the experts guide you through the delightful complexities and tastes of food and wine pairings. Limited seating is available. 


9/10 – 1pm to 2:15pm
Tavern 6330’ Mixology Class
Tavern 6330’, The Village at Northstar
$30 Advance/$40 Day Of

This hands-on class will have you moving and shaking in no time! Join Northstar’s Tavern 6330’ bartender Trever Lojka
as he teaches guests how to craft the perfect cocktail. Guests will learn about infused liquors, the perfect ingredient
combinations and how to incorporate seasonal ingredient into your next cocktail concoction. Guests will also taste
delicious treats from Tavern 6330’ Chef Chad Shrewsbury, who truly embodies the “farm-to-fork” culinary movement.

9/10- 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Vertical Mountainside Tasting featuring Bonterra Organic Vineyards
The Village at Northstar and Northstar Mountain
$45 Advance/$50 Day Of
Join Northstar and Bonterra Organic Vineyards on an adventure that truly elevates your taste buds as you ascend up the mountain. Guests start in the Village for their first tasting at 6330’ in elevation.  Then take the Big Springs Gondola to Mid-Mountain, located at 6850’, for a second tasting and some light snacks. The third and final tasting will take place at our picturesque Zephyr Lodge located at 7870’, accessed via the Zephyr Choldola. Guests will not only taste but then enjoy a glass of their favorite wine from the afternoon on the Zephyr Lodge deck while savoring the view of the Sawtooth Ridge.


9/10 – 2:15pm-3:15pm
Cooking Demonstration
Village Stage, The Village at Northstar
COMPLEMENTARY



9/10 ~ 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Hands-On Tortilla and Salsa Making with Chef Lara Ritchie of Nothing to It Culinary Center, Reno
Overlook, The Village at Northstar
$25 Advance/$30 Day Of

This year we’re going south of the border with Chef Lara! She will teach 25 guests how to make handmade tortillas
and mouth-watering salsa. The class is appropriate for children as young as 9-years-old. Chef Lara creates an
atmosphere that is friendly, approachable, educational and delicious! You’ll also get to taste your masterpiece once
you’re done. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Day-of tickets will be on a space availability basis.

9/10 ~ 4:45pm to 6pm
Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off ©
William Burns, Executive Chef, Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats vs. Brett Moseley, Executive Chef, Martis Camp
Village Stage, The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY
Guests of the Autumn Food and Wine Festival are encouraged to spectate at one of the most anticipated events of the weekend – the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off.  This year William Burns, Executive Chef of Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats will face off against Brett Moseley, Executive Chef of Martis Camp for the 2016 title of Blazing Pans Winner.  Seated in costume and equipped with noisemakers and air horns, guests are encouraged to show off their style as they holler and cheer on their favorite competitor during the heated battle. Two renowned local chefs will prepare two courses of restaurant-quality dishes within 45 minutes. Each chef will have to incorporate a secret ingredient which will be revealed just before the clock starts ticking. The winner of the coveted title will receive an award and forever bragging-rights.  And Charbay Artisan Distillery will be on-site pouring a delicious cocktail available for purchase.  


9/10 – 6pm to 9pm
Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
The Manzanita Terrace, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$135 Advance/$145 Day Of

Prepared by Executive Chef Dwayne Edwards of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
will feature a family-style dinner presentation of a special harvest menu that incorporates the freshest, locally sourced,
sustainable ingredients. This farm-to-table dinner will seat guests together at a long table on the Manzanita Terrace to
enjoy six courses paired with wines from Napa Valley Pahlmeyer Winery al fresco amongst a mountainside setting.

9/10 ~ 6:30pm to 9pm
Charbay Distillery & Winery Annual Release Party
Featuring Marko & Jenni Karakasevic of Charbay Artisan Distillery and Chef Jason Gronlund
Zephyr Lodge, Northstar California Mountain
$95 Advance/$105 Day Of
A highlight of the Autumn Food and Wine Festival, the Charbay Annual Release Party, invites guests to spend the evening on the mountain with the 13th-generation Master Distiller and notorious hype-man, Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Artisan Distillery preparing a variety of handcrafted cocktails. Guests will enjoy the cocktail creations alongside masterfully-prepared hors d’oeuvres presented by culinary master Chef Jason Gronlund, President of the non-profit Chef Relief and champion of the famed Garlic Showdown at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. The flavors are only matched by the ambiance guests will experience riding two gondolas to arrive at The Zephyr Lodge, perched on-mountain and showcasing an unforgettable sunset. Party guests must be age 21 and over and should secure tickets in advance as seating is limited. 


9/10 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Wine’d Down Movie Night
Northstar Village
COMPLIMENTARY

Families and friends are invited to sit back, relax and sip wine during a complementary, al fresco showing of the
culinary classic and kid-approved, Ratatouille. A limited number of chairs will be available for guests to use, please also
feel free to bring personal, low-back chairs and blankets to make for a cozy evening.

9/10 – 8:15pm to 10pm
Tahoe Star Tour & Tin Barn Vineyards Wine Tasting
Northstar Cosmoarium, Castle Peak Parking Lot
$40/Adult, $20/Child
Experience the wonder and awe of the dark skies above Northstar California during the final Tahoe Star Tour event of the season. For this special night only, guests will enjoy a guided wine tasting featuring varietals from the Sonoma County based Tin Barn Vineyards. Our Star Guide will educate the crowd with an informative astronomy presentation including a laser-tour of the sky and telescopic viewing of the cosmos through state-of-the-art computerized Celestron telescopes. Kids are welcome to this event featuring fireside seating, s’mores treats and hot chocolate while adults enjoy delicious wine. 



Sunday | September 11, 2016


Eventbrite - 2016 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California


9/11 ~ 1pm to 4pm
Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition
The Village at Northstar and The Overlook
$75 Advance/$95 Day Of

The most anticipated food, wine, spirits and brew event of the year is back for the 31st consecutive year. An al fresco
afternoon tasting features more than 25 top chefs in the region paired with 25 premium wines, sprits and brews in a
formally judged food and wine pairing competition. Each chef’s dish is paired with a varietal and vintage from the
winery or brewery of their choice. It’s a culinary throw-down and the chefs compete for the Best Marriage of Food and
Wine/Beverage and Best Food categories in addition to the coveted People’s Choice Awards. The offerings are
judged by a panel of food and wine industry experts, and then the pairings are opened for ticketholders to enjoy.
Guest tickets also allow them to sample from additional wineries pouring their finest varietals and vintages. In 2015,
more than 70 wines were poured at this event. Guests age 21 and over can expect to find great weather, spectacular
food and fine wines, craft beers, artisan spirits and live music with good friends – all in the mountain setting of Lake
Tahoe in The Village at Northstar.

9/11 ~ 11am to 4pm
Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair
The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY

Meander through the cobblestone walkways of The Village at Northstar while sampling the finest local and regional
gourmet and artisan treasures in the Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair. The open-air marketplace displays kitchen
gadgets, fine linens and clothing, exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography, spa products and much more.




Marketplace 
Saturday:
  • Abazart
  • Arctic Fox Jewelry Design
  • Art Naturally Speaking
  • Artistic Woodcrafts, Inc.
  • Aunt Stella's
  • Cutco Cutlery
  • Dharma Love
  • Double Diamond Jewelry
  • Eko Kreations
  • Flint & Flame
  • Fukkit Clothing
  • Global Good Fair Trade
  • Gourmet Temptations/Nan's Pastamore
  • Images by Doug Jones
  • Infinite Trading Inc
  • Lala Jewelry
  • Lively Linens & Lavender
  • Marich Premium Chocolate
  • Mrs. Martin Psychic
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
  • Nick’s Cove
  • PineBlossoms Repurposed Goods
  • Rebecca Lynn Designs
  • Rivka Knit Designs
  • Sierra Essentials
  • Simply Tahoe
  • Stella & Dot
  • Tahoe Mountain Soap Company
  • Tahoe Husky Rescue
  • Tahoe Wood Maps
  • Tamacino
  • The Sunflower of Provence
  • The Villager Candle Shop
  • Tuscan Olive Oil & Specialty Market
Sunday:
  • Abazart
  • Arctic Fox Jewelry Design
  • Art Naturally Speaking
  • Artistic Woodcrafts, Inc.
  • Aunt Stella's
  • Cutco Cutlery
  • Dharma Love
  • Double Diamond Jewelry
  • Eko Kreations
  • Flint & Flame
  • Global Good Fair Trade
  • Gourmet Temptations/Nan's Pastamore
  • Images by Doug Jones
  • Infinite Trading Inc
  • Lala Jewelry
  • Mrs. Martin Psychic
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
  • Nick’s Cove
  • PineBlossoms Repurposed Goods
  • Rivka Knit Designs
  • Sierra Essentials
  • Stella & Dot
  • Tahoe Mountain Soap Company
  • Tahoe Husky Rescue
  • Tahoe Wood Maps
  • Tamacino
  • The Sunflower of Provence
  • The Villager Candle Shop
  • Tuscan Olive Oil & Specialty Market
   
Wineries & Breweries

Saturday:
  • Boeger Winery
  • Blue Frog Brewing Company
  • Bonterra Organic Vineyards
  • Gekkeikan Sake
  • MacLeod Family Vineyard
  • Mount Aukum Winery
  • Nick’s Cove
  • Sierra Vintners
  • Silkwood Wines
  • Skinner Vineyards Winery
  • St. Archer Brewery
  • Tin Barn Vinyards
  • VGS Chateau Potelle
Sunday:
  • Albatross Ridge
  • Big Tar Wine Company
  • Blue Frog Brewing Company
  • Boeger Winery
  • Bonterra Organic Vineyards
  • Charbay Artisan Distillery
  • Chateau Gassier
  • Easton Winery
  • FiftyFifty Brewing Company
  • Frank Family Vineyards
  • Gekkeikan Sake
  • Handley Cellars
  • Hanger 24 Brewery
  • Illanta Wines
  • MacLeod Family Vineyard
  • Mount Aukum Winery
  • Nick’s Cove
  • Orin Swift Cellars
  • Paul Hobbs Crossbarn
  • Pride Mountain Vineyards
  • Sierra Vintners
  • Silkwood Wines
  • Skinner Vineyards Winery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Co.
  • Tin Barn Vinyards
  • Tozai “Typhoon” Premium Japanese Sake
  • VGS Chateau Potelle
  • Vino Noceto
  • ZD Wines
  • Zipang Sake
   
Restaurants
  • Mendocino Gold Honey
  • Cherry Bomb Catering
  • D’lish Catering
  • Farm to Belly Catering
  • Granlibbaken Tahoe
  • Jake’s on the Lake
  • Longboards Bar & Grill
  • MakiAli Sushi | Asian Pub
  • Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
  • Marich Confectionery Company
  • Martis Camp
  • Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats
  • Monterey Chocolate Company
  • Tavern 6330’
  • Petra
  • PlumpJack Café
  • Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows featuring Rocker @ Squaw
  • Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
  • Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique 

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