Project MANA is so grateful to have been named as this year's non-profit beneficiary at the 32nd Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. We will be in the vendor village on Saturday, September 9th - come visit with us!
The 32nd annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival combines premier local cuisine, renowned chefs and live cooking demonstrations in a full-sensory dining experience, September 8-10 at Northstar California Resort. Presented by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Northstar California, more than twenty culinary events showcase immersive ways to experience fine food, wine, art and the natural landscape of North Lake Tahoe.
“This is a destination culinary experience, and food is only one element. We want the flavors of premier food, wine and spirits to be enhanced by the mountain air,” Amber Burke, Events and Communications Manager at North Lake Tahoe. “The Autumn Food and Wine Festival is about the integration of flavors within the natural majesty of this high-altitude venue.”
Festival highlights include a vertical mountainside wine tasting at 7,870 feet; a progressive picnic through the Lake Tahoe National Forest; and a gondola ride to a mountain-top farm-to-table dinner.
Other notable events include the Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off Finals where teams of culinary artists, ages 8-12, compete for a champion title; the Charbay Distillery & Winery annual party and food pairing; and the Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition where top chefs battle for best marriage of food and beverage.
Notable chefs, winemakers and distillers include Chef Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique; Northstar Executive Chef Steve Anderson; Chef Jason Gronlund, president of the non-profit Chef Relief and champion of the famed Garlic Showdown at the Gilroy Garlic Festival; Marko and Jenni Karakasevic, owners of Charbay Artisan Distillery; and Executive Chef Mark Jeffers of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
“The mountain itself is a multi-course pairing experience,” said Burke. “By juxtaposing fine cuisine with diverse scenery, our guests will receive an integrated approach to high-altitude gastronomy.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe hosts Art of Mixology, a Backyard Brick-Oven pizza-making class, Mountainside Stargazing Tour, family-style Harvest Dinner by Chef Jeffers and a Champagne Brunch. The Village at Northstar offers yoga and wine tastings, a Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair with plein air artists, a Wine and Brew Walk, Kid’s Zone activities, culinary classes and the fan-favorite Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off.
Event proceeds benefit Project MANA, a hunger-relief non-profit that supports 3,000 individuals across three counties in Nevada and California within the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.
For more information or to buy tickets for specific events, please visit: TahoeFoodandWine.com