North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Autumn Food & Wine Festival

The 33rd Annual weekend of food, wine, seminars, celebrity chefs, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and more

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The 33rd Annual weekend of food, wine, seminars, celebrity chefs, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and more

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AFW Marketplace

2-Day Festival Pass + Charbay Release Party and Bartender Competition

This pass includes the Village Wine & Brew Walk, The Charbay Release Party and The Grand Tasting Culinary Competition
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Take a Hike!

Saturday Outdoor Explorer Pass

This pass includes Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic, Vertical Mountainside Tasting and Tahoe Star Tours
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Hands On!

Perfectly Paired Seminar Pass

This pass include Mountaintop Mantra, The Bently Ranch Luncheon, Hands on Workshop & The Charbay Release Party
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Savor

Tasters Choice Seminar Pass

This pass include Champagne Brunch at The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge, Bently Ranch Luncheon, Charbay Release Party & The Grand Tasting
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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Seminar Pass

This pass includes Art of Mixology, the Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner and The Grand Tasting Culinary Competition
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Wine and Brew Walk

The Wine & Brew Walk | Individual Ticket

Guests get access to wineries and breweries in this Saturday afternoon tasting event
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The Grand Tasting Culinary Competition

The Grand Tasting Culinary Event | Individual Ticket

An afternoon tasting featuring top chefs paired with premium wines, spirits and brews in a formally judged food and wine pairing competition
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Seminar

Schedule

From mixology classes to a mountaintop wine-tasting adventures, click Read More to see a complete schedule below. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Art of Mixology | 3:45pm - 5pm

Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, this entertaining and educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. You will enjoy this workshop al fresco at The Backyard Bar & BBQ.  Advance purchase of tickets is required. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Price inclusive of tax and gratuity. All guests must be 21 or older to participate.

The Backyard Brick Oven Experience | 5pm - 6pm

Our culinarians will teach your children the art of building their own pizzas this summer in our backyard! The young chefs will work with our culinary team to stretch dough, choose toppings and fire their creations in our backyard brick oven.  Parents must be present

Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner | 6pm - 9pm - SOLD OUT

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. Guests will 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.

Tahoe Star Tours and Wine Tasting | 8:15pm - 10:30pm


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, vineyard announce soon. 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.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Mountaintop Mantra, a mountain top hike and yoga class | 8:30am - 12:00pm

Hike up the mountain before it opens to the public and allow the crisp mountain air rejuvenate you and warm you up for a soul awakening yoga class. Strengthen your mind, body, and soul with a summit yoga class led by Tahoe Spa & Wellness, while overlooking wild flowers and an expansive view of the Sierra. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes and wear sunscreen.

 
Champagne Brunch presented by The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge and Copper Lane Café | 10am - 11:30am

The newest restaurant in the Village at Northstar, The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge, and it’s sister location, Copper Lane Café bring a 3 course brunch delectably paired with champagne. With Must be 21 or older to enjoy this brunch. Take a look at the Menu

Butter Knife Carving with Kelly Wallis from Atelier | 10am - 4pm

Learn how to use traditional Japanese tools to design, design, carve, shape and sharpen their very own butter knife. We also sand and oil your finished piece, just in time to butter a bite of fresh baked bread! This is a fun and easy process for anyone to learn. You’ll leave this workshop with your own custom-crafted knife, and the knowledge of how to make more for everyone who admires your creation.


Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair | 11am - 5pm

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. Click here to see a list of Participating Vendors. 

Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic | 11am - 1:30pm

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 perfectly paired with gourmet tapas.

Vertical Mountainside Tasting | 11:15am - 1:45pm


Join Northstar and partner winery 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 Chondola. 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.

Village and Brew Walk | 12pm - 4pm

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.

Mountain Kids Cook-off | 12pm - 1:15pm

The Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off challenge brought teams of 8 to 12 year old culinary artists to Northstar California where they compete in a head-to-head cuisine challenge for the Champion title. 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.

Bently Ranch Luncheon| 12pm - 2pm

Join Bently Ranch as we explore the benefits of sustainably raised, dry aged grass fed beef as it pairs perfectly with local beers. Join Woody Worthington, Ranch Operations Manager, and other team members from the Bently Enterprises to talk about how sustainability and quality beef are just the start to this amazing company located in The Carson Valley. This seminar includes a paired lunch of beef with craft beers

Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic | 2pm - 4:30pm

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 perfectly paired with gourmet tapas.

Sips & Salutations | 1pm - 3pm

Find your balance while balancing the flavors of hand-selected 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.

Cooking Demonstration with Shaun O'Neale | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Join Shaun O'Neale, winner of Master Chef season 7, as he coaches you through preparing a meal. Not only will your get valuable pointers from the pro, you will get to sample the recipe he is making on the stage. This is a complimentary seminar. 

Vertical Mountainside Tasting | 2:15pm - 4:45pm

Join Northstar and partner winery 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 Chondola. 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.

Hands-On Fermentation Workshop with Chef Lara Ritchie from Nothing To It Culinary Center | 3:15pm - 4:30pm 

Fermentation is a process in which food is exposed to bacteria and yeasts, either via inoculation or naturally through the air. Sound complicated? Come join Lara Ritchie, from Nothing to It Culinary Center , where she guides you through an approachable fermenting workshop creating your very own Homemade Sauerkraut. Learn of the benefits of consuming fermented foods as you create a jar full of probiotic - rich goodness you can take home to share with the family. There is no minimum age for this seminar. Advance tickets are recommended.
 

Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off © | 4:45pm - 6pm

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. 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.

Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner | 6pm - 9pm

Prepared by Executive Chef Mark Jeffers 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 Fireside Terrace paired with wines, al fresco amongst a mountainside setting.

Charbay Distillery & Winery Annual Release Party and Bartender Competition | 630:pm - 9pm

A highlight of the Autumn Food and Wine Festival, this year’s Charbay Annual Release Party turns the heat up with a bartender competition. Local bartenders will battle for the title of Autumn Food & Wine Master Mixologist. With 13th-generation Master Distiller and notorious hype-man, Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Artisan Distillery on site, you know this evening will be a blast. Guests will enjoy the cocktail creations alongside masterfully-prepared hors d’oeuvres. Party guests must be age 21 and over and should secure tickets in advance .


Tahoe Star Tours and Wine Tasting | 8:15pm - 10:30pm


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, vineyard announce soon. 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 9

Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair | 11am - 5pm 

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. Click here to see a list of Participating Vendors. 

Champagne Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 11:30am - 2:30pm 

Enjoy a seasonally-focused brunch menu featuring a chilled seafood display, a carving station, salads, cheese and charcuterie, along with breakfast favorites and desserts. Unlimited Champagne and Bloody Mary Bar included. Advance reservations are recommended by contacting Manzanita Reservations at (530) 562-3050.

Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition | 1:30pm - 4:30pm


The most anticipated food, wine, spirits and brew event of the year is back for the 33rd consecutive year. An al fresco afternoon tasting features more than 25 top chefs in the region paired with 25 premium wines, spirits 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 ticket holders to enjoy.

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