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Celebrity chefs, culinary cuisine highlight Tahoe food, wine festival

Staff report
Much of this weekend's festival will focus on fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce, grains and meats.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — One of the most celebrated culinary experiences in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee region, The Autumn Food and Wine Festival, will return to the region for its 30th anniversary this weekend.

Connoisseurs of wine and cuisine delicacies are invited to savor new flavors and expand their culinary knowledge on the mountain and in The Village at Northstar California, as well as at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

“The Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a very special and exciting time here at Northstar,” said Beth Howard, vice president and general manager of Northstar California Resort. “Each of the talented chefs featured throughout the weekend create delectable treats for every palate and The Village is bustling with excitement and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

“It is a unique experience sure to satisfy locals and visitors to our beautiful area.”

Renowned chefs will compete head-to-head for the coveted first place award during the “Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting,” held on the final day of the festival, Sunday, Sept. 13.

Leading up to the grand finale are special events and seminars, including a “Vintner-Inspired Painting Class” held at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; the popular “Farm to Tahoe Dinner” hosted in the iconic Zephyr Lodge; and the much anticipated “Blazing Pans Mountain Cook Off,” featuring executive chefs Robb Wyss of Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge and Jason Friendy of the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Celebrity chef Joseph Keller will emcee the event.

Stella Artois, Frei Brothers Reserve Wines, Edna Valley Vineyard, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, and Charbay Family Distillery & Winery are this year’s event sponsors.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. ­with the “Art of Mixology” at­ The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, and includes 20 other events Friday, Saturday and Sunday before wrapping with Sunday’s culinary competition.

Tickets are going fast, and some events already are sold out; visit northstarcalifornia.com to learn more about the entire weekend.