Sample the Sierra to celebrate Tahoe flavors for a sixth year |

Sample the Sierra to celebrate Tahoe flavors for a sixth year

Adam Jensen
Attendees peruse the local offerings at a previous Sample the Sierra.
Courtesy / Tahoe South |

If you go

What: Sample the Sierra

When: 12 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 6

Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $40


The Sierra Nevada region is mostly known for its forests, mountains, rivers and lakes; but it’s the area’s chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, brewers and craftsmen who will take center stage at Sample the Sierra this weekend.

The 6th annual farm-to-fork festival returns to South Lake Tahoe’s Bijou Community Park Sunday.

Offerings from about 50 restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries will be featured at the event, along with around 30 artists and craftsmen who will display handmade goods ranging from body care products to fine art, said Shannon Earley, spokeswoman for the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Lake Tahoe musical acts Little Town and the Connor Party will perform at the event.

Sample the Sierra focuses on showcasing a wide range of unique talents in the region, Earley said.

“We want people to get a taste of what’s here and come back,” she said of the popular event.

Earley encouraged people to get to Sample the Sierra with enough time to check out all of the vendors at the festival and cast their vote for the best tasting experience. MacDuff’s Public House’s bread pudding and kombucha on tap from FOLK Brewing Co. are among some of the likely favorites at this year’s festival, she said.

“But you really want to taste all of them because we have a lot of great restaurants and breweries,” Earley added.

Local cookbook author Joanne Neft will present “From Pit To Stem” at 12:30 p.m. at the festival. During the cooking demonstration she will discuss the benefits of eating locally and offer attendees innovative ways to use all parts of a fruit or vegetable in a recipe.

The Sierra Chef Challenge is also back at the festival this year. The challenge pits four local chefs against one another in an competition reminiscent of “Iron Chef.” Beginning at 3 p.m. chefs will be presented with a mystery box of locally grown ingredients to create a dish that will be judged on creativity, presentation and taste. Chefs Glenn Simpson of Blue Angel Café, Sal Delgado of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and Justin Kaplan of Cold Water Brewery and Grill will face off against two-time champion Peter Brinckerhoff of Riva Grill during this year’s competition.

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