33rd ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 7 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 AT NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA

Celebrate Lake Tahoe’s most prestigious food, wine, spirit and brew festival in the outdoor splendor of Northstar California Resort.  Including food, wine, seminars, celebrity chefs, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, outdoor activities and more!

Festival passes and individual tickets are available now!

SCHEDULE OF EVENT

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

9/7 ~ 3:45pm to 5pm
Art of Mixology
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$60 per person

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 purchase of tickets is required. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Price inclusive of tax and gratuity, minimum age applies for participation. 

9/7 ~ 5pm to 6pm
The Backyard Brick Oven Experience
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$15 per child pizza (ages 12 and under)

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.

9/7 ~ 6pm to 9pm
Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner
The Zephyr Lodge, Northstar California Mountain
$115 Advance/$130 Day Of
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.

9/7 ~ 8:15pm to 10:30pm
Tahoe Star Tour & 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, 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.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

9/8 ~ 8:30am to 10am
Mountaintop Mantra, a mountaintop yoga class with Tahoe Spa & Wellness
Zephyr Lodge
$35 per person

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.

9/8 ~ 10am to 11:30am
Champagne Brunch presented by The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge and Copper Lane Cafe
The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge
$85 per person

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.

9/8 ~ 10am to 4pm
Butter Knife Carving with Kelly Wallis from Atelier
The Village at Northstar
$80 Advance/$75 Day Of 

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.

9/8 ~ 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.

9/8 ~ 11am to 1:30pm
Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic
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 perfectly paired with gourmet tapas.
Ticketed event | Max: 30

9/8- 11:15am – 1:45pm
Vertical Mountainside Tasting
The Village at Northstar and Northstar Mountain
$45 Advance/$50 Day of

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 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.

 9/8 ~ 12pm to 4pm
Village Wine and Brew Walk
The Village at Northstar
$35 Advance/$40 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.

9/8 ~ 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 Village Overlook 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 at Northstar.

9/8 – 12pm to 1:15pm
Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off
The Beach, The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY

The Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off challenge brings teams of 8 to 12 year old culinary artists to Northstar California where they’ll 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.

9/8 – 12pm to 2pm
Bently Ranch Luncheon
The Village at Northstar
$60 Advance/$70 Day Of

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.

9/8 – 1pm to 3pm
Sips & Salutations
Tahoe Yoga & Wellness, The Village at Northstar
$25 Advance/$30 Day Of

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.

9/8 ~ 2pm to 4:30pm
Take a Hike! Progressive Picnic
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 perfectly paired with gourmet tapas.

9/8- 2:15pm – 4:45pm
Vertical Mountainside Tasting
The Village at Northstar and Northstar Mountain
$45 Advance/$50 Day Of

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 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.

9/8- 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Hands-On Fermenting with Chef Lara Ritchie of Nothing To It Culinary Center, Reno
Overlook, The Village at Northstar
$30 Advance/$35 Day Of

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.

9/8 – 4:45pm to 6pm
Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off ©
Chef William Burns, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats
VS.
Chef Tiffany Swan, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Beach, 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.  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.

9/8 – 6pm to 9pm
Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$155 per person

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, in an al fresco amongst a mountainside setting.

9/8 – 6:30pm to 9pm
Charbay Distillery & Winery Annual Release Party & Bartender Competition
Featuring Marko & Jenni Karakasevic of Charbay Artisan Distillery
Martis Valley Grill, Northstar California
$55 Advance/$65 Day Of

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. 

9/8 – 8:15pm to 10:30pm
Tahoe Star Tour & 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, 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.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

9/9 ~ 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.

9/9 ~ 11:30am to 2:30pm
Champagne Brunch
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
$79 Adults/$29 Children (ages 3 to 12)

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.

9/9 ~ 1pm to 4:30pm
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 33rd 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 ticket holders to enjoy.

9/9 ~ 4:30pm to 5pm
Autumn Food & Wine Awards Ceremony
The Village Stage, The Village at Northstar
COMPLIMENTARY

Join us at the Village Stage to see who takes home the awards for both the formal judging and people’s choice. The winner from the Grand Tasting Raffle will be drawn as well.  

 

VENDORS, WINERIES, RESTAURANTS AND SEMINARS

The open-air marketplace displays kitchen gadgets, fine linens and clothing, exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography, spa products and much more.

Saturday Marketplace:

  • Art Naturally Speaking
  • Artistic Woodcrafts, Inc.
  • Barrels and Beyond
  • Clairvoyant Psychic Temple/Rocklin Psychic
  • Cruise Planners – Hollingsworth Holidays
  • Dharma Love
  • Double Diamond Jewelry
  • elizabeth & marin
  • Flint & Flame
  • Found By Intrepid
  • From My Hands
  • Global Good Fair Trade
  • Kiwi Kamera
  • Lala Jewelry
  • Lovin Lake Tahoe
  • Lularoe Danielle Noble
  • MK Designs
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Visitor Services
  • Sierra Essentials
  • Stella & Dot
  • Tahoe Mountain Soap Company
  • Tahoe Quarterly
  • Tahoe Wood Maps
  • Tamacino
  • The Sunflower of Provence
  • The U Fashion
  • Vacasa

Sunday Marketplace:

  • Art Naturally Speaking
  • Artistic Woodcrafts, Inc.
  • Barrels and Beyond
  • Clairvoyant Psychic Temple/Rocklin Psychic
  • Cruise Planners – Hollingsworth Holidays
  • Dharma Love
  • Double Diamond Jewelry
  • elizabeth & marin
  • Flint & Flame
  • Found By Intrepid
  • From My Hands
  • Global Good Fair Trade
  • Kiwi Kamera
  • Lala Jewelry
  • Lovin Lake Tahoe
  • Lularoe Danielle Noble
  • MK Designs
  • Sierra Essentials
  • Stella & Dot
  • Tahoe Mountain Soap Company
  • Tahoe Wood Maps
  • Tamacino
  • The Sunflower of Provence
  • Vacasa
  • With my Tribe

Saturday Wineries & Breweries:

  • Acumen Wines
  • DeWitt Vineyard
  • Huge Bear Wines
  • Nevada City Winery
  • Prospect Cellars
  • and more!

Sunday Wineries

  • Acumen Wines
  • Boochcraft
  • C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
  • Charbay Distillery
  • DeWitt Vineyard
  • Helwig Winery
  • Illanta Wines
  • Patz & Hall
  • Prospect Cellars
  • and more!

FOR 2018 VENDOR REGISTRATION PLEASE SEE LINKS: 

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