Capture the Taste of Tahoe with the Annual Sample the Sierra

By: Karin Sharon

Sample the Sierra is the official kick-off to fall at Tahoe South on Saturday, September 14, 2019, celebrating the best of the harvest season in the local region. The crowd favorite farm-to-fork festival brings together local food, wine, spirits, and brews showcasing the finest samplings from South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County. Whether guests are first-time visitors or regular attendees, there is much to be enjoyed as local restaurants and establishments highlight their best dishes and beverages.

The fest will include over 20 booths featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery expertly paired with a restaurant utilizing local produce in signature dishes. A commemorative anniversary canvas tote bag will be available for purchase online for $7, or for $10 at the gate, ideal for stowing goods purchased from the numerous artists and artisans at the festival marketplace (full list available online).

Food providers include Burger Lounge, Café Fiore, Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery, Lake Tahoe AleWorX, MacDuff’s Public House, Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Revive Coffee & Wine, Riva Grill on the Lake, Solid Ground Brewing, Stateline Brewery, Tahoe Pops, Ten Crows BBQ, The Cork & More, and The Loft Tahoe.

Drink providers include Bella Grace Vineyards, Boeger Winery, Booch Craft, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Crystal Basin Cellars, E16 Winery, Hart 2 Hart Vineyards & Everhart Cellars, Findleton Estate Winery, Lake Tahoe AleWorX, Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyards, Mediterranean Vineyards, Nello Olivo Winery, Rosa-Lucca Estates, Rucksack Cellars, Sentivo Vineyards, Shadow Ranch, Sidellis Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sierra Vintners, Solid Ground Brewing, South Lake Brewing Company, South of North Brewing Co., Stateline Brewery, Tahoe Blue Vodka, and The Brewery.

Pairings will be announced online closer to the festival date.

A crowd favorite event is the Sierra Chef Challenge, which is a “Masterchef” style cooking competition featuring the best talents in Tahoe South. The 45-minute mystery box challenge always leaves the crowd on their toes and in awe. Sample the Sierra also has live music from local bands providing the soundtrack for the event.

Sample the Sierra Lake Tahoe

Both visitors and locals look forward to the Sample the Sierra weekend, planning a fun trip around it. Families can savor the lasting days of beautiful weather with a bike ride, hike or beach day to accompany the event at Bijou Community Park. Tickets are only $50 for adults for unlimited tastings and $40 for under 21 year-olds, while children under three can attend free. Tickets can be purchased at

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