Great Food, Great Wine, Great Times at the Foothills Celebration

Enjoy a taste of Western Nevada County from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in Downtown Grass Valley.  The Foothills Celebration, now in its 18th year, is jointly hosted by the Grass Valley Downtown Association and Sierra Vintners and showcases some of the finest Northern California wines, craft beer, local gourmet cuisine, and confectioners delights.

Photo by Charlotte Peterson

Event goers are invited to stroll, sip, sample, and shop their way through Downtown Grass Valley, with over 20 locations featuring food, wine, and good times. Tickets include unlimited wine and beer tasting, with over 30 varietals being poured, and five food tickets to allow you to sample local cuisine paired with the wine being offered at each location.

The Foothills Celebration is just the therapy you’ll need for a late winter weekend. Everyone is in good spirits and just glad to get out of the house. The great thing about this event is that rain or shine, it’s just as good. The wineries and restaurants are all paired with local downtown Grass Valley merchants who open their stores for this unique wine and food tasting affair.

Photo by Charlotte Peterson

Over the last several years, Nevada County has really come into its own as a Mecca for small wineries, with 48 different varietals planted locally and 18 + wineries producing over 40,000 cases of wine annually.  Recently, Grass Valley has expanded its selection of micro-breweries and tap houses, including Thirsty Barrel, The Pour House, Grass Valley Brewing Company, and 1849. Other local and Nevada County breweries are included in the Foothills Celebration location map this year.

Photo by Charlotte Peterson

More than just wine and beer tasting, the Foothills Celebration offers gourmet bites that you do not want to miss. BackPorch Market will be providing two of their popular items with antipasto skewers of salami, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, Italian cheese, and a basil leaf as well as a hot appetizer of bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates.  Diego’s will be serving up their popular steak sandwichitos on their fresh baked rolls with chimichurri or peach chipotle.  Emily’s Catering will be dishing up some comfort food with mini turkey pot pies with a buttermilk yest biscuit, a mini beef pot pie with a cheddar cheese biscuit, and a blackberry zinfandel mousse cup as a sweet finisher.  Stop by Tess’ Kitchen Store  for some delicious frittata cooked up by chef Alan Tangren in Tess’ beautiful kitchen.  Thirsty Barrel Taphouse will be serving up their popular endive boat appetizers, which a choice of beets or just beets.  When the sweet tooth hits, stop by Lazy Dog Chocolateria for some hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries.

In between tastes and bites, make sure to enjoy some shopping therapy as you stroll the streets. Choose from a variety of clothing boutiques, home stores, gift shops, jewelry stores, and more.

Many venues will also feature live music from some of our area’s most talented musicians.

Foothill Celebration begins at the Gold Miners Inn, where you’ll pick up your food tickets and tasting glasses. From there, it’s a treasure hunt for magnificent foods, wines, beer, music, art, shopping and fun throughout downtown Grass Valley!

Tickets are $40 in advance until February 25th and $50.00 after. Designated Driver tickets $10.  Additional food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the cross of Mill and Main Streets day of the event.  Tickets available at Sierra Vintners member wineries and online at sierravintners.com. Tickets available for purchase in downtown Grass Valley tasting rooms: Lucchesi, Avanguardia and Sierra Starr.  

Wineries who are taking part in the Foothills Celebration include:
Avanguardia Wines
Clavey Vineyards
Fawnridge Winery
Gray Pine Winery
Lone Buffalo Vineyards
Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery
Lucero Winery
Mead Hill
Mount Vernon Winery
Naggiar Vineyards
Nevada City Winery
Pilot Peak Winery
Sierra Starr Vineyard
Wise Villa Winery
And More….

All of our local breweries will be participating, as well, including:
1849 Brewing Company
Grass Valley Brewing Company
ol’ Republic Brewery
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
NC Kombuchery

Content provided by Marni Marshall, GVDA.  Photos by Charlotte Peterson.