Head into the Sierra for a trio of food and wine events

Event organizers are planning on 3,000 foodies to bring their appetites to the 29th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 5-7. Maybe now’s the time to get in line. The crowd will converge on the Village at Northstar California Resort and the neighboring Ritz Carlton Hotel, in the high country near Truckee, and at other venues around the lake. Some events are free, others are ticketed ($12 to $95).

The “menu” will include a gourmet-foods marketplace and vendor fair, cooking demonstrations and competitions, farm-to-table dinners, food-, beer- and wine-tastings, wine-cheese pairings, hands-on classes (mozzarella cheese-making, the art of cocktail creation), a bike tour combined with a pinot noir tasting, a mountain hike with trailside tastings, and more.

The highlight will be the Sept. 7 Culinary Competition & Grand Tasting, at which 25 restaurant chefs pair their best dishes with wines from 25 vintners, to be judged by a panel of industry professionals and, of course, the public.

If that’s not enough food and wine in an alpine setting, don’t forget Tahoe Food and Wine Week, Aug. 30 through Sept. 7. It will feature food- and beverage-tastings, dinners, demonstrations and more, at various sites around the lake.

For details on both events (including special lodging packages) and to buy tickets, go to and

One more food festival is coming up, the 5th annual Sample the Sierra, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. Information: