Calling all intermediate mountain bike riders! Gear up for a guided downhill adventure from the top of Northstar's chairlifts through trails and down the Fiberboard Freeway. The group ride ends at Waterman's Landing in Carnelian Bay at the shores of Lake Tahoe. Paddleboards and kayaks will be available while cool beverages are served at a twilight beachside barbecue. A complimentary shuttle will transport participants back to Northstar.
Mountain bike rentals are available for an additional charge and must be reserved in advance by phone at 530.562.3523 or online.
Location: Northstar to Waterman's Landing
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce, Chef Steve Anderson skillfully prepares an al fresco dining experience under the stars. Escape on a gondola ride to mid-mountain for this multi-course family style meal, beer, wine and light beverages. Limited seating is available. Advance ticket purchase required.
Location: Lodge at Big Springs, Northstar
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Participants will journey back to pre-prohibition days when cocktails were the highlight and beer, wine and other beverages were not in fashion. This entertaining, educational experience will take place in the Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, and will feature three bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin cocktails paired with appetizers. Advance ticket purchase required.
Location: The Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sample some of the finest local and regional gourmet goodies at our open-air marketplace in the Village. Vendors display the best kitchen gadgets, fine linens and clothing, exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography, spa products and much more.
Location: Village at Northstar
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
What are raw foods? Why include them in your diet? To feel and look great, for natural weight loss, general wellness, increased energy and vitality, plus much more. Raw Chef Steph highlights the benefits of a raw diet, provides an introduction to raw food programs and chats about tips and tricks to get started. Find creative, satiating ways to add veggies and superfoods to your diet in this hour-long seminar.
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Anne Archery of Batch Cupcakery presents this hands-on, kid-friendly cupcake decorating seminar where participants will learn some fun decorating tips and tricks.
Trail food is taken to new heights on this trailside tasting and guided hike through the Tahoe National Forest. A professional trail guide explores the breathtaking wilderness and identifies the native flora and fauna. Trailside tasting stations will be set along the route and will be stocked with craft beer, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. All ability levels are encouraged to participate.
Location: Northstar Hike Park
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Chef Jason returns for one of the festival's most highly-anticipated events, year after year. An accomplished grill master who respects the power of the open flame, Chef Jason keeps it simple, creating mouthwatering recipes. He knows medium-rare isn't the only way to cook a steak, but believes it usually should be, and believes pork should be slow-smoked and pulled often. One thing he makes clear: marinating is not to be taken lightly. His contagiously high energy will have you rocking in your seat.
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Petra Owner and Wine Connoisseur Kali Kopley and Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards will host a delicious multicourse luncheon and award winning wines. Let the experts guide you through the delightful complexities and tastes of food and wine pairings. Menu details and wine selections to come. Limited seating is available.
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Join us for the Village Wine and Brew Walk Saturday to get your taste buds ready for the Sunday Grand Tasting. Leisurely taste, shop and visit with friends at this casual afternoon soiree. Sample wines from Napa, Sonoma, Eldorado, Lodi, Suisun Valley, the Foothills, Nevada City, Central Coast and beyond. Beer aficionados can look forward to fresh, cold craft beers from Stella, Goose Island, and more. Souvenir tasting glass is included. Must be 21-years-old to participate
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Games, face painting, balloon sculptures and a play area are located on the Overlook Deck for younger guests. Ticketed activities including bungee jumping, the STRIDER Adventure Zone, and more. Games, face painting, balloon sculptures and a play area are located on the Overlook Deck alongside bungee jumping and the STRIDER Adventure Zone for younger guests.
Tickets: FREE & Ticketed
Nyna Weatherson, co-owner of the wildly successful Restaurant Trokay in Downtown Truckee, makes her debut at the Festival. Nyna is a recognized cheese expert and former head cheese monger at the renowned Murray's Cheese in New York City. Nyna will team up with a Goose Island Beer brand ambassador for a series of craft beer and cheese pairings featuring Goose Island IPA, Honkers, Urban Wheat, Matilda Belgian Pale and a seasonal brew. Don't miss this high-spirited and savory seminar. Limited seating is available.
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
To continue our love affair with all things cheese, Chef Lara will teach 25 lucky guests how to make fresh Mozzarella cheese. The class is appropriate for children as young as 9-years-old. Chef Lara creates an atmosphere that is friendly, approachable, educational and delicious. Take away a finished product to taste. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Times: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Join Chocolate Bar's mixologist in an interactive seminar on how to mix a balanced sangria and how to perfect Chocolate Bar signature martinis. This exciting mini-course in mixology and bartending skills brings a new level of entertaining home. Limited seating is available.
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Chef Nathan Lyon is known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Lyon was recently nominated for an Emmy as an Outstanding Culinary Host for his show, "Good Food America" on Veria Living and is the chef and co-host on "Growing A Greener World" on PBS. His new cookbook, "Great Food Starts Fresh" is a seasonal cookbook featuring 135 recipes broken down into the 5 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and chocolate! For this free cooking demonstration, Chef Nathan will prepare one dish to say farewell to summer and another to welcome the start of fall, both from his cookbook. Book signing to follow.
Time: 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Jump into your Lycra and grab your road bike! A new and heart-healthy addition to this year's schedule combines a tasting room tour with a scenic ride through Martis Valley. The tour starts in the Village at Northstar and winds through Historic Truckee for a delightful tasting of pinots at The Pour House and Uncorked Wine Bar. The tour backtracks to the beautiful Truckee River Winery for its final stop to include light appetizers, bocce ball and outdoor reprieve. Shuttle rides will transport participants back to Northstar for the evening's festivities.
Location: Northstar to Truckee
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off ©
Champion Elsa Corrigan, Chef and Owner of Mamasake in The Village at Squaw vs. Mark Estee, Chef and Owner of Campo in Downtown Reno
Emcee: Chef Nathan Lyon
2012 Blazing Pans Champion Elsa Corrigan faces off with the talented and wildly popular Chef Mark Estee of Campo Restaurant in Reno. These two fearless competitors will prepare four courses of restaurant-quality dishes in the hour-long battle featuring a secret ingredient that is revealed at the very last second. Last year, Elsa took the crown using crawfish from Lake Tahoe. The event features a classic handcrafted Charbay Cocktail shaken by Marko Karakasevic, 13th generation Master Distiller from Charbay Artisan Winery & Distillery, St. Helena, Calif. The winner of Blazing Pans receives an award and forever bragging rights. Costumes, noisemakers, and air horns are encouraged. Teams should rally to cheer on their favorite chef. This must-see signature event will be emceed by our special guest, Chef Nathan Lyon.
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Charbay Annual Release Party & Joe Craven Concert
Guests will celebrate with Charbay Artisan Winery & Distiller for the release of Whiskey S cocktails paired with appetizers prepared by Chef Jason Gronlund. Charbay Owner Marko Karakasevic will gift every guest with a bottle of his signature whiskey to take home. Charbay Whiskey S is distilled from bottle-ready Big Bear Black Stout beer from Bear Republic Brewery in Northern California. Big Bear Black Stout boasts a bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops. Chef Jason is an expert at whiskey pairing and preparing amazing dishes to highlight the characteristics of the blend.
Time: 6:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Live Concert with Joe Craven
This no-holds barred, intimate, live concert features the irrepressible and extremely talented Joe Craven. Joe is noted for his uncanny ability to play almost any instrument from drums, violin, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and a series of unique homemade instruments including his "canjo." An accomplished vocalist as well, Joe masterfully weaves folk, rock, roots, Cajun, bluegrass, Americana, jazz and classical into a tapestry of incredible sounds. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: Tavern 6330' in the Village at Northstar
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance. $20 day of event.
Winemaker for a Day
In this seminar, participants ages 21+ will learn the intricacies of blending various wines as they create their own bottle of wine to take home and enjoy. Hosted by seasoned wine expert, Phil McKenney, the “Winemaker for a Day” seminar offers guests the opportunity to taste single-varietal wines such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc before blending in a classroom-style format. Participants experiment with different proportions of varietals, discuss the characteristics of each grape, and talk about what each varietal brings to the blend before bottling, corking and labeling their own individual wine to take home. Advance ticket purchase required.
Location: The Pines Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
Prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Executive Chef Stanley Miller, the Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner will feature a family-style dinner presentation of a special harvest menu that incorporates the freshest, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. This farm-to-table dinner will seat guests together at a long table on the Pines Terrace to enjoy six courses with wine pairings al fresco amongst a mountainside setting with views overlooking Martis Valley. For those interested in participating in both the “Winemaker for a Day” seminar, along with the “Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner,” a package is also available for $175 per person. Advance ticket purchase required.
Location: The Pines Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
The Grand Finale: Culinary Competition & Grand Tasting
The most anticipated food, wine, spirits and brew event of the year. An al fresco afternoon tasting features more than 30 top chefs in the region paired with 30 premium wines, spirits and brews in a formally judged food and wine pairing competition. Each chef's dish is paired with a varietal and vintage from the winery of their choice. It's a culinary throw-down and the chefs compete for the Best Marriage of Food and Wine/Beverage and Best Food categories. The offerings are judged by a panel of food and wine industry experts, then the pairings are opened for ticketholders to enjoy. The Gourmet Marketplace continues in full swing, presenting additional wineries to pour their finest varietals and vintages.
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 in advance. $95 day of event.