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 7, in Downtown Grass Valley.  The Foothills Celebration, now in its 19th 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 29 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 libations being offered at each location.  Some venues will have beer, cider, hard kombucha and new this year is local South Fork Vodka offering one tasting per patron.

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, and Grass Valley Brewing Company. 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.

Watershed at the Owl will feature Gray Pine Winery with their own food: Vitelloni Kofta-Gremolata, Israeli couscous, black cured olive

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro will feature their own Italian deep fried cheese ravioli, caesar salad, garlic bread, crab cakes, seafood gazpacho and host Naggiar Winery.

Thirsty Barrel Taphouse & Grill will host Montoliva Winery and the restaurant’s polenta bites.

Tess’s Kitchen with the cuisine of renowned Chez Panisse Chef Alan Tangren

Kane’s Bar & Grill will host Szabo Vineyards telling the story of Zinfandel.  Kane’s will serve “Kahlúa Wontons” : slow smoked pork, bbq sauce, pineapple salsa topped w/ scallions on crispy won-ton.

Cafe Corvus, a gluten free eatery, will serve their tomato soup with herbed focaccia bread and will host Chacewater Winery.

Lucchesi Vineyards and tasting room will serve Lucchesi wine with favorite, Maria’s Mexican Restaurant’s carnitas soft tacos, chips & salsa.

Stucki Jewelers & Phoenix Humidor will showcase South Fork Vodka.  One tasting per patron.

Cork 49 will serve a variety of their wines paired with Back Porch Market’s Mini Meatballs with Marinara Sauce, Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates.

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.

Foothills Celebration music

Enjoy live music at various locations. Photo by GVDA

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 $50 in advance until March 2, and $55 after. Designated Driver tickets $10.  Tickets available at Sierra Vintners member wineries and online at Tickets available for purchase in downtown Grass Valley tasting rooms: Lucchesi, Avanguardia, Cork 49, and Sierra Starr, as well as The Book Seller.

Wineries who are taking part in the Foothills Celebration include:
Avanguardia Wines
Bonitata Boutique Winery
Cork 49
Gray Pine Winery
Haven Stead
Lone Buffalo Vineyards
Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery
Lucero Winery
Mead Hill
Mount Vernon Winery
Naggiar Vineyards
Nevada City Winery
Pilot Peak Winery
Purple Line Urban Winery
Sierra Starr Vineyard
Vian Estates
Wise Villa Winery
Zinfandel Advocates Producers
And More….

Additional libations will be provided by:
Grass Valley Brewing Company
South Fork Vodka
Gold Vibe Hard Kombucha
Common Cider

Coming from out of town?

Gold Miners Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection has got you covered for Foothills Celebration with a special deal! For $250, plus tax, guests will receive 2 tickets to the Foothill Celebration and spend the night of March 7th in one of their standard rooms (king or two-queen). Reservations at Gold Miners Inn includes a complimentary manager’s reception and their hot breakfast buffet in the morning. Guests will need to call the hotel directly at 530-477-1700, option 2 and identify that they want the Foothill Celebration package. Make your reservations by February 26th. After February 26th, the package will no longer be available and guests will have to reserve a room and purchase their tickets separately.

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites offering a package which includes a room and 2 event tickets starting at $256 plus tax.

Have a large party of 15 or more?  Contact 530-272-8315 for group discount pricing.

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