After years at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival is relocating to the new Village at Northstar of Truckee. The change means the event will be held earlier than usual - Sept. 13-16 for this year's 22nd annual running - and will feature more outdoor activities. The program also has been expanded to include more tastings, seminars, special meals and cooking demonstrations.
More children's activities also are scheduled, including a cooking camp to be led by Lara Ritchie of Nothing To It! Culinary School in Reno. Other chefs to join this year's festival are Lars Kronmark of the Napa Valley campus of the Culinary Institute of America; Ron Siegel, executive chef of The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco; Joseph Keller of Bouchon in Napa Valley and Como's in Las Vegas; and Kotaro "Taro" Arai of the Mikuni family of restaurants in and about Sacramento. (Mikuni is to open a branch at the Village at Northstar this fall, probably in November.)
Returning activities include the "Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off," Charbay Vodka's annual release party of new distilled spirits, and the concluding tasting and competition involving the pairing of food and wine by some 20 restaurants and wineries.
For more information on the schedule and tickets, visit the dedicated Web site of the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau, or call toll-free (888) 229-2193.