Now in it’s 30th year, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival is one of Northstar’s most anticipated events. The festival is three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a farm-to-Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace and more in The Village at Northstar.
On Friday, September 11 the main events are focused up on Northstar mountain. The Ritz Carlton is hosting the Art of Mixology and a wine inspired Painted Vine event. Another option would be to take a ride on the Big Springs gondola and meet at Zephyr Lodge for the Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner featuring fresh, sustainable and locally sourced produce with Northstar’s executive chef Chad Shrewsbury.
Saturday, 9/12 will be packed with events to choose from. Cooking demonstrations like mozzarella cheese making, grilling, Autumn salad cooking and fall harvest desserts where you will learn how to incorporate the season’s best fall harvest fruits into delicious desserts. These events are all free and hosted by very talented chefs. The progressive picnic for lunch sounds like a winner with beer and tapas tastings along with a professionally guided wilderness hike on Northstar mountain with breathtaking views and expert knowledge of the flora and fauna found on the trail. For the afternoon, kick back and relax as you make your way through the Village at Northstar for the wine and brew walk. Don’t miss the highly anticipated event that will top the night off, Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off with celebrity chef Joseph Keller.
On Sunday 9/13, top chefs from the region will come together in the heart of the Village at Northstar for a Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting. Each chef’s dish is paired with a perfect compliment from the winery or brewery of their choice. Chefs will compete for the best marriage of food and wine/beverage and best food categories and the coveted Peoples Choice awards. The pairings are open for ticket holders to enjoy.