Tahoe’s Annual Farm to Fork Festival Returns in September

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South this fall. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most locals consider the best time of the year, and one in particular you won’t want to miss. Sample the Sierra. This event highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada through food, wine, beer, spirits and arts.

This annual event takes place at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and features custom creations from local restaurants, paired with local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. We recommend getting there early so you can try everything. Twice.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Here are a few names you might recognize that have participated in Sample the Sierra:

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries

Boeger Winery, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Great Basin Brewing Co., Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyards, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Tahoe Moonshine Distillery.

Restaurants & Chefs

Beach Hut Deli, Blue Angel Café, Boathouse on the Pier, Coldwater Brewery & Grill, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Kalani’s, MacDuffs Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, Sierra Pizza and The Getaway Café.

There will be no shortage of deliciousness. But we know it’s not all about the food. Sample the Sierra brings some of the best local entertainment to the party. Stop in and enjoy live music and featured artists.

Speaking of the Sierra Chef Stage, make sure you find your way back there for the Annual Sierra Chef Challenge. Four competing chefs will be given mystery boxes filled with local ingredients. They’ll have 45 minutes to come up with a delicious, creative and confident dish where presentation matters.

The festival marketplace includes locally made goods such as jam, soap, honey and olive oil along with specialty products.


Tickets can be purchased online or at the event. Early bird tickets, purchased before the day of the event, are $50 for a full-tasting ticket and $40 for a designated driver or under-21 ticket. Tickets the day of the event are $55 for full-tasting and $45 for designated driver or under-21 tickets. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at the event and by the majority of the vendors.

A version of this post appeared August 2015.

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