Culinary adventures at Autumn Food & Wine Festival

courtesy Ryan Salm

The 33nd annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival combines premier local cuisine, renowned chefs and live cooking demonstrations in a full-sensory experience from Sept. 7 to 9 at Northstar California featuring more than 20 culinary events showcasing immersive ways to experience fine food, wine, art and the natural landscape.

An annual weekend of food, wine, seminars, gourmet marketplace vendors, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings and the Sunday Grand Tasting and Culinary Competition. The festival features a mix of free and ticketed events, and space is limited for some events. All events take place in the Village at Northstar; unless otherwise noted. | Register eventbrite.com

Friday, Sept. 7

Art of Mixology | 3:45-5 p.m. | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
This entertaining and educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers.

The Backyard Brick Oven Experience | 5-6 p.m. | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Kids will learn the art of building their own pizzas. The young chefs will stretch dough, choose toppings and fire their creations in our backyard brick oven. Parents must be present.

Tahoe Star Tours & Wine Tasting | 8:15-10:30 p.m. | Northstar’s Dark Skies Cosmoarium
Experience the wonder and awe of the dark skies above Northstar will enjoying a guided wine tasting.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Mountaintop Mantra | 8:30 a.m.-noon
Hike up the mountain before it opens to the public and enjoy a soul-awakening yoga class.

Butter Knife Carving | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Learn how to use traditional Japanese tools to design, design, carve, shape and sharpen a butter knife.

Take a Hike Progressive Picnic | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Savor gourmet bites and craft brews in the open air, taking in the mountain’s natural beauty while enjoying a trailside beer tasting, progressive picnic and guided hike.

Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meander through The Village at Northstar while sampling the finest local and regional gourmet and artisan treasures.

Vertical Mountainside Tasting | 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Guests start in the Village at 6,330 feet, and then take the Big Springs Gondola to Mid-Mountain at 6,850 feet for a second tasting and light snacks. The third and final tasting will be at Zephyr Lodge at 7,870 feet accessed by the Zephyr Gondola.

Village and Brew Walk | Noon-4 p.m.
Leisurely taste and learn about different wines and brews setup at stations throughout the shops.

Mountain Kids Cook-off | Noon-1:15 p.m.
The Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off challenge brought teams of 8- to 12-year-old culinary artists to compete in a head-to-head cuisine challenge for the Champion title.

Bently Ranch Luncheon | Noon -2 p.m.
Explore the benefits of sustainably-raised, dry-aged grass fed beef paired with local beers.

Sips & Salutations | 1 -3 p.m.
Find your balance while balancing the flavors of hand-selected wines. Start with a flow-based yoga class followed by a guided wine tasting.

Cooking Demonstration | 2:15 -3:15 p.m.
Join Shaun O’Neale, winner of “MasterChef” Season 7, as he coaches participants through preparing a meal.

Vertical Mountainside Tasting | 2:15-4:45 p.m.
Guests start in the Village at 6,330 feet, and then take the Big Springs Gondola to Mid-Mountain at 6,850 feet for a second tasting and light snacks. The third and final tasting will be at Zephyr Lodge at 7,870 feet accessed by the Zephyr Gondola.

Fermentation Workshop | 3:15 -4:30 p.m.
Join Lara Ritchie from Nothing to It Culinary Center, in this approachable fermenting workshop to create your sauerkraut.

Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off | 4:45-6 p.m.
Two renowned local chefs will prepare two courses of restaurant-quality dishes within 45 minutes. Each chef will have to incorporate a secret ingredient, which will be revealed before the clock starts ticking.

Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner | 6-9 p.m.
Enjoy a family-style dinner of a special harvest menu that incorporates the freshest, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients from Executive Chef Mark Jeffers of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Charbay Distillery & Winery Release Party & Bartender Competition | 6:30-9 p.m.
Local bartenders will battle for the title of Autumn Food & Wine Master Mixologist.

Tahoe Star Tours & Wine Tasting | 8:15-10:30 p.m.
Experience the wonder and awe of the dark skies above Northstar will enjoying a guided wine tasting.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meander through The Village at Northstar while sampling the finest local and regional gourmet and artisan treasures.

Champagne Brunch | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Enjoy a seasonally-focused brunch menu and unlimited Champagne and Bloody Mary Bar

Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition | 1:30-4:30 p.m.
The most anticipated food, wine, spirits and brew event of the year is back for the 33rd consecutive year. An al fresco afternoon tasting features more than 25 top chefs in the region paired with 25 premium wines, spirits and brews in a formally judged food and wine pairing competition.