The Made in Tahoe Festival will be hosted at Squaw Valley on May 27-28, and celebrates all things Tahoe | SierraSun.com

The Made in Tahoe Festival will be hosted at Squaw Valley on May 27-28, and celebrates all things Tahoe

The fifth annual Made in Tahoe Festival will return to Squaw Valley on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28.

Guests of the festival can expect to be entertained all weekend long. Meandering through Squaw's village, guests will get to check out over 100 vendor booths, as well as live performances scheduled across three stages throughout the weekend.

"We have so much passion behind Made in Tahoe and have been working so hard putting it together since January," Caroline Ross said of the event.

Ross is the executive director of the Squaw Village Neighborhood Company, which is a nonprofit company responsible for putting on flawless events both on the mountain and in the Village at Squaw, year-round.

"We're thrilled by the interest of our local community and about receiving increasing interest from the South Shore," Ross said.

This year, the festival has branched out further from North Lake Tahoe and will incorporate artists from the South Shore.

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Adding new talent remains true to the festival's mission: to celebrate all things Tahoe.

"It's more than just a festival," Ross said. "Made in Tahoe supports our shop-local initiative — if I can get all of my Christmas shopping done this weekend I'll be happy," she said.

"Really though, we're giving the artists and vendors a space to showcase their work and collaborate. We want local vendors to be inspired by their peers' work; it's a platform for growth, getting everyone in one place and supporting each other," Ross said.

The Made in Tahoe Festival welcomed around 20,000 people to Squaw last year, and Ross says they are expecting another large turnout this weekend at the family friendly event.

"Last year, we were still skiing as well," Ross said.

"So this weekend, we will certainly have skiers and Sunday will be just as big as Saturday since Squaw has their annual Cushing Crossing event as well."

Whether skiing or simply looking to appreciate local art, guests have a weekend filled with exciting activities ahead. The Tahoe Flow Artists and Creative Space will put on a Wizard of Oz inspired performance along with showcases from the Truckee Dance Factory and Tahoe Truckee School of Music.

There will be no shortage of food and drink to be had this weekend, and of course, they're all local, too.

"We've really tried to tap into every avenue, all the creative sides of the Tahoe community," Ross said.

"From performance art to the food, everything is local and we really do try our very best to change it up every year to keep it fresh. It's nice because we just have so much local talent everywhere around here."

Starkey's, MTN Roots Café, Crepe Hearts, EATS Cooking company, Empanash, Cheri's Hand Dipped Ice Creams, Swiss Chalet Fine Foods, and more will keep guests stomach's satisfied while brews are poured from Folk Brewing Company, Alibi Ale Works, Fifty Fifty Brewing Company, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Tahoe Teas, and the Truckee River Winery.

The fifth annual Made in Tahoe Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. The festival venue is located at 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Village. For more information call 1-800-403-0206.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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The Made in Tahoe Festival returns to the Village at Squaw Valley to celebrate all things local.

Visit http://www.squawalpine.com for a complete schedule of this weekend’s events.