Taste of Gold, Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s beer and wine tasting fundraiser, returns
Tahoe is becoming quite the scene for beer, wine and food tasting, and Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year — which contributes proceeds to LTCC student scholarships and programs — embraces the region’s culinary ensemble.
Taste of Gold returns to the LTCC campus for its sixth year on Saturday, July 22, and features a mix of local breweries, regional wines from El Dorado and Amador counties and bites from Lake Tahoe restaurants and the LTCC culinary department.
As guests meander through the campus’ Ledbetter Terrace and Demonstration Garden, they will come across booths of participating vendors — which this year have expanded to include South Shore’s new breweries.
“The event is spread out over a pretty good sized area,” said Nancy Harrison, executive director of the foundation. “You wander the paths and there will be a winery, so you can stop and try some wine, wander a little more and find a restaurant — it’s nice that it’s not all in one spot.”
But there are also two main hubs: One a dance floor that features live jazz music, the other a beer and barbecue garden.
For Taste of Gold regulars, this year will run similarly to the 2016 event.
“We took it up a notch last year — net revenue doubled from the prior year,” Harrison noted. “It went really well, so we figured don’t fix what isn’t broken.”
Last year, Taste of Gold raised $53,000. Approximately 400 attendees turned out for the 2016 event, and according to Harrison, current ticket sales point to similar numbers this year.
In addition to indulging throughout the evening, guests can look forward to a silent auction, live music from Josh Pfeiffer Band and more.
Tickets are $75 in advance and go up to $85 on the day of the event. They can be purchased online at http://www.ltcc.edu/tasteofgold.
Due to current construction on the LTCC campus, attendees are advised to park in the main lot and take provided shuttles to the event location.
Taste of Gold is held from 6-9 p.m. at LTCC, found at 1 College Drive.