The 34th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival returns to Northstar in Truckee, Sept. 20-22, 2019. This event features culinary seminars, chef showdowns and lavish long-table dinners, showcasing experiential dining in the high Sierra. Presented by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and hosted by Northstar California, dozens of interactive events provide an elevated culinary experience with renowned winemakers and notable chefs among the pristine natural backdrop of North Lake Tahoe.
“From the views to the vendors, every aspect of this event is designed to enhance the experience of food, wine and spirits, paired with the majesty of North Lake Tahoe’s ‘secret season,’” said Amber Burke, Director of Marketing at North Lake Tahoe. “This is the first year we’ve moved the event from Labor Day weekend to late in September to capture the true essence of fall, and give travelers time to plan their escape among a busy travel season.”
Festival highlights include a progressive picnic through the Lake Tahoe National Forest; a vertical mountainside wine tasting at 7,870 feet; and a two-tiered gondola ride to a mountain top farm-to-table food and cocktail dinner. Other noteworthy events include the Charbay Distillery & Winery annual party, mixologist competition and family-style curated dinner; and the beloved Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition where more than 20 top chefs battle for the Best Marriage of Food and Beverage and Best Food Categories, plus the coveted People’s Choice Award.
Notable chefs, winemakers and distillers include Marko and Jenni Karakasevic, owners of Charbay Artisan Distillery; and Christopher Bently of Bently Ranch.
“With stunning trails as our backdrop, the mountain creates a rich atmosphere for appreciating and savoring the flavors of our region,” said Burke. “We invite locals and visitors alike to gain a new perspective on high-altitude dining.”
During the Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival, The Village at Northstar transforms into an immersive food and culinary experience where guests can enjoy samples at the Wine and Brew Walk, shop at the Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair and learn from experts in the food and beverage industry during Saturday’s Pop-Up Seminars. The Village at Northstar California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada, offers a unique backdrop and landscape to enjoy food, wine, and spirits, while also exploring the local flora and fauna.
Guests may purchase individual day passes, multi-day passes and unlimited add-on experiences. New this year is an enhanced day pass, which now includes the Saturday Wine & Brew Walk tastings and Pop-Up Seminars. Tickets are now available for purchase at Northstar California.
Content and photos provided by Liz Bowling, GoTahoeNorth