Spend Labor Day weekend like a Lake Tahoe local

Posted in Eat | August 19, 2013 | By Tahoe South

- Georgette Riley

Sample the Sierra -- South Lake Tahoe’s only Farm-to-Fork Festival -- continues to grow, year after year. Since starting out as a one day street festival in 2010, this event has expanded into an entire weekend of festivities celebrating the bounty and heritage of the Sierra Nevada region.

Winemakers’ Dinner
6-9 PM; Friday, August 30
Bumgarner Winery, Camino

After being greeted by beautiful views of a healthy vineyard and the breathtaking Crystal Ridge beyond it, enjoy five courses carefully selected, prepared, and served with Bumgarner’s wines. Tickets are $85. Space is extremely limited and reservations must be made by calling Chef Giovanni at 530.391.6980 or emailing ChefGiovanniGaudio at gmail dot com.

Olive Oil Tasting
11 AM – 7 PM; Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31
Red Poets & Skyhawk Lane, Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe

The Olive Oil tasting will be held at the South Lake Tahoe tasting room located in the Heavenly Village. All are invited to taste the brand new Lake Tahoe Olive Oil for free! Drop in for the olive oil, and stay for the wine.

Sip & Shop
2-5 PM; Saturday, August 31
Après Wine Company, South Lake Tahoe

Sip on wine from the Sierra Foothills and shop locally made gifts at Après Wine Company. Operating as a wine tasting room, a well-stocked bistro, and as a gift shop; Après is a more than worthy find for both tourists and locals alike. The custom tasting, including four C.G. Di Arie wines and a gourmet cheese sampler, is only $10 and no reservations are necessary.

Alpaca Farm Tour
Saturday, August 31
Retiredice Alpaca Ranch, Fairplay

Get hands-on at a working alpaca farm! Free tours will be offered to get up close and personal with the alpacas. Call (530) 620-1415 or email for a reservation, or just show up at the ranch located at 6899 Mount Aukum Road in Fairplay, California.

SUP & Sip
Saturday, August 31
South Tahoe Standup Paddle & Picchetti Winery, South Lake Tahoe

Try out a standup paddle board with South Tahoe Standup Paddle, and then take a stroll over to Picchetti’s tasting room. Established in 1896, Picchetti Winery is one of the oldest wineries in California and a local favorite in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy five wines and an hour of SUP including a mini-lesson for $30. Purchase tickets in advance online at

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4th Annual Sample the Sierra Farm-to-Fork Festival
1-5 PM; Sunday, September 1
Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe

The highlight of the weekend is the food and wine tasting festival on Ski Run Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

The festival attracts more than 1,500 food and wine lovers to sample delicious finger foods paired with the diverse flavors of El Dorado County wines. For the first time in the festival’s history, there will be a variety of beverages to sample including beer, spirits, and locally made kombucha.

Attendees will also enjoy live music performed by Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers, a chefs’ cooking competition, full marketplace of locally handmade goods, and the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. Festival admission is $30 and includes a full tasting ticket and commemorative tasting glass. For more festival information, visit or call 775.588.1728. 

Georgette is a South Lake Tahoe resident and the Tahoe South marketing manager. She loves life outdoors and is always up for drinking a glass (or two...) of local wine.


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