Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events

Sample the Sierra: South Lake Tahoe's Signature Food & Wine Festival


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Art, wine and exceptional dining - South Lake Tahoe will host Sample the Sierra, a festival featuring the region's best farm-to-fork cuisine and libations, Sept. 17, 2016.

The gastronomic special returns for its seventh year to celebrate locally sourced food, wine, beer, and artisanal products, as well as the area's growing culinary scene.

Just over 100 miles from Sacramento, "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital," South Lake Tahoe has become more active in the sustainable food revolution sweeping the nation. Area restaurants regularly take advantage of the bountiful resources available in El Dorado County by utilizing regional produce to craft fresh and flavorful menus for memorable dining experiences. These entrepreneurs have also tapped into the craft beer and spirits industry, creating immersive dining events that last from the first sip to the last bite. Sample the Sierra continues this trend by brightening residents' and visitors' palates with approximately 20 booths each featuring one winery, distillery or brewery, one restaurant and one farm for perfectly paired food and drink unique to the region. Some of the Tahoe South favorites returning this year include Cold Water Brewery, Riva Grill, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Blue Angel Café.

The popular event has moved to Sept. 17, 12-5 p.m. enabling more local businesses and vendors to participate. In addition to sampling paired dishes and drinks throughout the day, attendees will be treated to live music and painting, and the Sierra Chef Challenge, a cooking faceoff similar to "Iron Chef."

"Sample the Sierra is a festive event with a significant initiative," said Emily Abernathy, event director. "Our goal is to expand upon the farm-to-fork movement by introducing residents and visitors to ingredients and products, as well as building alliances between South Lake Tahoe restaurateurs and El Dorado County growers and wineries."

Festival attendees are encouraged to broaden their experience of cuisine, produce and spirits during and beyond the event by developing relationships with growers, wineries and restaurants.

"A visit to one of the farms, such as Rainbow Orchards or Hooverville Orchards, means so much in helping us become a more sustainable region," said Abernathy. "The hope is to introduce more people to produce or wines that are available next door and encourage ongoing business."

Sample the Sierra is located at Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for under 21, and free for children three years old and younger and available online.

 For information about Sample the Sierra, tickets and participation, visit

About Travel and Entertainment

Unique and insightful experiences of destinations throughout California and the west. Schedule a visit from our Travel & Entertainment editors.
Make It Happen!

Placer County News Headlines

7 Things You Can Do Today to Reduce Anxiety and Increase JoyRoseville, CA- Are you experiencing higher levels of stress or anxiety lately? You can approach your stress/anxiety with your mind, body, spirit, and emotional health in mind.

Volkswagen Jetta more simplified for 2017Roseville, CA- The diversity that was the calling card of the Volkswagen Jetta for many years has been diluted a bit in the wake of last year's emissions-cheating scandal.

10 Lowest Gas Prices in RosevilleRoseville, CA- If you closely follow gas prices in Roseville or regularly read this weekly column, you realize the low gas price leaderboard is often comprised

Suspect Arrested in Connection with CHP Officer's DeathCHP Valley Division officers arrested Alberto Quiroz, 26, of Sacramento in connection with the death of CHP Officer Lucas Chellew

2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley[Olympic Valley, Calif.] - The 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley will mark the return of World Cup ski racing to the area after nearly 50 years,

Autism Grant Aims at Helping Schools and ClinicsAubyn Stahmer, director of community-based treatment research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

Mom Serves Dementia ResidentsLast week, I introduced you to Tish and Joe Griffin, mother and son, of Destin, Florida.

Rocklin Burglary Suspect Killed by PoliceRocklin, CA- This morning February 25th, 2017 at 10:01 AM, The Rocklin Police Department responded to a residential burglary in progress on the 4900 block of Bradford Place

Roseville Police Activity Weekly Update (2.23.17)The City of Roseville police activity weekly update for the period covering February 17-23, 2017

Fine Forgiveness at Sacramento Public LibrarySacramento Public Library is waiving all overdue book and material fines through Wednesday, March 15 as part of its new Fine Forgiveness promotion

Public Meeting: Sierra Joint Consortium for Adult Education(AUBURN, CA) The public is invited to attend the Sierra Joint Consortium for Adult Education (SJCAE) public meeting on March 15, 2017,

Seniors First Represents Capital Region in National Campaign(Auburn, CA) - Surprisingly to some, individuals age 60 and older in our area continue to experience an increasing rate of hunger.

NEWS: In Case You Missed It