Autumn Food & Wine Fest coming to Northstar

This Friday through Sunday, some 3,500 foodies are expected to converge on the Village at Northstar and the neighboring Ritz-Carlton Highlands hotel near Truckee for the 28th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

On offer will be food-, wine-, craft brews- and spirits-tastings, cheesemaking and mixology classes, cooking seminars and demonstrations, a gourmet-foods marketplace, culinary competitions and a celebrity chef cook-off.

The three-day celebration of tasting and sipping will culminate with Sunday's Grand Tasting, at which 30 restaurants will team with 30 wineries to vie for the best pairings of food and wine.

“The festival will focus on the amazing diversity of dining options and culinary talent in our region,” said Judy Laverty, special event programs manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “Also, we’re focusing on our outdoor active lifestyle, so three new events have been added — Pedal & Pinot Tasting Room Tour, Bike to the Beach Bash & BBQ, and Trailside Hike and Tastings.”

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