Sample the Sierra to Award Best Tasting Experience on August 31

South Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – Festivalgoers will have their say this Labor Day weekend as Sample the Sierra adds a competitive edge to the food and wine festival with the introduction of a new award – Best Tasting Experience! Attendees will vote for the booth that has their favorite flavorful creation that includes fresh ingredients that are prepared by a local chef or restaurant and then paired with regional wine, beer or spirits. The booth with the most votes will be awarded the Best Tasting Experience of 2014.


Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival celebrates its fifth anniversary on August 31 at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, CA. From 12pm to 4pm, Sample the Sierra attendees will taste expertly paired dishes and beverages showcasing the bounty of the Sierra Nevada region. This is the only food and wine festival that pairs regional growers and producers with chefs and restaurants and wineries, distilleries and breweries to create a unique tasting trifecta. Tastings may end at 4pm, but the fun continues throughout the day until 5pm as attendees are treated to live music from local talent and also have the opportunity to peruse a marketplace of local handmade goods. The one-day festival will be preceded by ancillary events including a pop-up dinner and farm-to-fork bus tour through El Dorado County. If you are curious to experience the unique flavors and talent of the Sierra Nevada, this is your chance!

Sample the Sierra is presented in partnership with TahoeChamber, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and El Dorado County. Sample the Sierra is made possible through the support of our sponsors, including Festival Wine Glass Sponsors Corporate Nevada and Mann Urrutia Nelson, CPAs and Associates, LLP; Festival Napkin Sponsor South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts; Main Stage Sponsors Winters Construction Group, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Tahoe Beach & Ski Club and Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruises; Sierra Chefs Challenge Sponsors Sierra Meat and Seafood and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; Sierra Stage Sponsors South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling Services, South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association, Granite Rocx, Deb Howard & Co. and One Trust Home Loans. It is also presented with support from Media Sponsors Edible Sacramento, KOWL/KRLT, Sierra Heritage, Lake Tahoe Television, K-TAHOE and Sierra FoodWineArt.


Tickets and lodging packages are currently available for Sample the Sierra at Tickets are $30 through July 31and $40 August 1 through August 31. Vendor opportunities are still available. Contact Emily Abernathy, Event Director, at (775) 558-1728 ext. 303 or for more information.