TRUCKEE, Calif. — After attending last year’s Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass Festival, South Shore resident Rus Wilson said his musical appetite was satisfied.“It was Charlie ‘Daniel-icious,’” he said. “It was the best event I attended all year.”Wilson along with a group of friends again will attend the “brew-grass” extravaganza from 3 p.m. to 7 Saturday, July 14 at Northstar California Resort.The Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass Festival will feature music from the nation’s top bluegrass bands, more than 25 of the finest local and regional breweries, special children’s treats and activities on the skating rink.This year’s Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass Festival features the Sweetwater String Band, delivering traditional mountain music from the High Sierra and Grant Farm, a refreshing harvest of a band featuring Tyler Grant, one of the hottest and best-known guitar players on the scene today. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy a beer garden filled with local and regional breweries including Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Great Basin Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company. To complement the expansive brew selection, a tasty barbecue will also be available for purchase. Advance purchase tickets are now available for $30 at the Tickets and Season Pass Office, or online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. On-site day-of tickets will be available for $38. All tickets include a commemorative pint glass to enjoy the day’s tastings.Guests who want to prep their palate in advance of the Beerfest are invited to warm up with the Northstar Brewmaster Dinner on Friday, July 13. Northstar’s Debbie Finn will team up with five local breweries and will prepare a five-course interactive meal. The pairing will be comprised of fresh, seasonal ingredients to excite and delight the taste buds, partnered with a variety of beers to entice the flavors. Seating is limited for this exclusive event taking place on the skating rink in the Village at Northstar from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $55 at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. Tickets will also be available the evening of the event for $65.For those who want to make a weekend of it and are interested in a guided tour of the starry skies above, Tahoe Star Tours – Saturn Seeks Virgo takes place at Northstar on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. On select dates throughout the summer, Tony Berendsen, president of the Nevada Science Coalition, offers a unique and educational experience featuring a laser tour of the night sky. Toy Inventor David Small will make a special appearance on Saturday, July 14. Advance purchase tickets are available online for $30 for ages 13 and older, and $15 for children ages 12 and under.To purchase tickets call 800-GO-NORTH or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
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