Tahoe’s Own Farm to Fork Festival Returns for Its 6th Year

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South for Labor Day. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most consider the last weekend of summer, 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.

Sunday, Sept. 6 head over to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. and treat your taste buds to local goodness. 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 Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Here are a few names you might recognize that are participating in the 2015 Sample the Sierra: Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Boeger Winery, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Great Basin Brewing Co., Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyrds, 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. In addition to live music throughout the event, Joanne Neft, starter of the first PlacerGROWN Farmers Market over 25 years ago, will be putting on cooking demonstrations at the Sierra Chef Stage.

Speaking of the Sierra Chef Stage, make sure you find your way back there for the 4th 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. This year’s contenders include: Chef Peter Brinckerhoff, Riva Grill; Chef Salvador Delgado, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; Chef Glenn Simpson, Blue Angel Café; and Chef Justin Kaplan, Cold Water Brewery & Grill.

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 and are $40 or $30 if someone is under 21. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at the event and by the majority of the vendors.

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