From Sept. 24-25, Sun Valley, Idaho, will be presenting the First Annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival in celebration of Idaho’s epicurean offerings. The weekend of events will focus on regional and sustainable foods, wines, spirits and craft beers. Visitors can take part in cooking demonstrations and presentations led by local and guest chefs; sample beers from an extensive selection at the Sun Valley Magazine-sponsored beer garden; browse an eco-culinary trade show; and listen to live music performed at various venues.
Friday’s festivities kick off with the Harvest Marketplace at Carol’s Dollar Lodge. Food and wine presentations, wine tastings and chef demonstrations will take place there from noon to 5 p.m. Afterward, participants can get a taste of the city with the Harvest Restaurant Walk in Ketchum Town Plaza. The walk begins with a visit to Frenchman’s Gulch Winery before continuing around town to sample 14 local restaurants’ fall offerings and wine pairings.
Also that evening, Harvest Festival presenter and author Alan Minskoff will be signing his newly released book, “Idaho Wine Country” at Silver Creek Outfitters and live music will be performed at both the Roosevelt Tavern and The Sawtooth Club.
Saturday afternoon will feature the Harvest Festival Idaho Beer Garden, which will be centrally located in the Ketchum Town Plaza. The event will include lunch options offered by Rasberrys, Atkinsons’ Market and Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream. Visitors can watch bands perform on the beer garden’s stage as well as sample and purchase regional beers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sun Valley Nordic Ski Team.
When the beer garden shuts down at 4 p.m., chef Tom Nickel will give a class on expert grilling called, “Dry Rubs, Marinades and Sauces.” The session will take place on the roof of the Roosevelt Tavern and will showcase local Idaho meats.
Passes range from $125 to $195 per person. The standard pass includes entry to 13 cooking demonstrations and presentations; admission to the beer garden and eight free beer tastings; the Harvest Restaurant Walk; Chef Tom Nickel’s grilling class; and special discounts at select shops in the area.