The lineup for the 6th Annual Sample the Sierra has been announced. Among the entertainment for the one-day festival is a cooking demonstration featuring Joanne Neft, a cookbook author and eat local advocate, live music from The Connor Party and the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge featuring four local chefs in an Iron Chef style cookoff. Festivalgoers will enjoy entertainment throughout Sunday, September 6 while sampling perfectly paired food and drink from dozens of vendors.
Kicking off the day at 12:30 p.m. will be “From Pit to Stem,” a cooking demonstration with Joanne Neft, the author of Placer County Real Food and The Art of Real Food, together which feature 600 seasonal recipes based on local, fresh and healthy produce available in the Sacramento region. Neft will demonstrate how to use every part of a fruit or vegetable to create a healthy and delicious meal. She will also be available for questions and to sign books following the demonstration.
From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., four local chefs will partake in one of the highlights of the festival – the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge. The Sierra Chef Challenge includes three heats of two chefs each cooking against one another with a mystery box of locally grown ingredients. In each heat, the two chefs will have 45 minutes to complete their dishes. If a chef is not done in the 45-minute time frame he will be disqualified from the judging. The chefs will have a commissary table that will be shared by all of the chefs for produce, dairy and dry goods needs. Each chef can bring three items from his restaurant to be used in their dishes. All items brought from individual chef’s restaurants will be shared at the commissary table. Each chef will be judged on creativity, presentation and taste. The two chefs with the best dishes will advance to the final round to face each other for the coveted Sierra Chef title. This year’s participating chefs are returning champion Chef Peter Brinckerhoff of Riva Grill on the Lake, Chef Salvador Delgado of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Glenn Simpson of Blue Angel Café and Justin Kaplan of Cold Water Brewery and Grill. Find out who wins this year by purchasing tickets to the 6th Annual Sample the Sierra.
The Connor Party will provide the soundtrack to Sample the Sierra throughout the day. Made up of musicians Jeff Connor and John Munroe, The Connor Party is “fueled by a love of authentic music” and inspired by their lives in the mountains.
Make sure to buy your tickets before the fest to experience all of the amazing talent in the Sierra Nevada!
Sample the Sierra is a collaborative effort on part of El Dorado County, Tahoe South and the Tahoe Chamber. This one-day festival focuses on geotourism in the Sierra Nevada with the goal to increase awareness of the region’s bounty, heritage, culture and activities.
This event is possible due to the support of our generous sponsors including our Festival Wine Glass Sponsor Cardinale Way; Festival Napkin Sponsors Camelot Party Rentals and South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts; Main Stage Sponsors Winters Construction Group, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Michael Hohl Motor Company and On Course Events; Sierra Stage Sponsors Granite Rocx, Deb Howard & Co., RPM Mortgage and South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services; Sierra Chef Challenge Sponsors Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Brooks’ Bar & Deck and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; and our Media Sponsors Getaway Reno/Tahoe, Sierra Heritage, Lake Tahoe Television and Tahoe Daily Tribune, KRLT/KOWL, K-Tahoe Radio and Tahoe Quarterly.