Sample the Sierra is all about the food, wine, and fresh produce, but that’s not all you’ll find at this year’s festival!
2018 Entertainment Schedule
12 p.m. — FESTIVAL OPENS!
12:05 p.m. — Main Stage, Live Music: The Roemers
1-3:15 p.m. — Sierra Stage, 6th annual Sierra Chef Challenge
- Chef Patrick Harrity (Cold Water Brewery & Grill)
- Chef Jimi Nakamatsu (The Lake House)
- Chef Glenn Simpson (Tallac Catering Co.)
- Chef Lonnie Huot (Edgewood Tahoe)
3 p.m. — Main Stage, Live Music: Worn Out Welcome
4 p.m. — Festival tasting booths close
4:30 p.m. — Main Stage
- Winner of the Sierra Chef Challenge announced
- Winner of the Best Tasting Experience announced
5 p.m. — FESTIVAL CLOSES
Worn Out Welcome, a South Shore string band featuring Josh Sweigert (guitar, vocals), C.J. Cooney (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Cassidy (resonator guitar, backup vocals), and Aaron Craig (bass, backup vocals), will headline this year’s lineup of live music at Sample the Sierra!
With decades of combined experience performing live music in and beyond the Tahoe basin, this band brings a wide range of musical influences, playing up-tempo Americana music with plenty of picking and lots of fun for the whole family.
Worn Out Welcome formed in 2014, with the goal of playing high-quality bluegrass and folk music for live audiences. WoW was a weekly fixture on the South Lake Tahoe music scene for a few years, appearing regularly at venues like Base Camp Pizza Co., Cold Water Brewery, Steamers and more. The group has performed at Live at Lakeview, the Village at Squaw Valley, the Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series, and Carson Valley Days, as well as at numerous weddings and private events. While the group separated in 2016 due to timing and scheduling conflicts, its members have each continued to play regularly around town, both as solo performers and with other bands.
Sample the Sierra’s live music opening act will be South Lake Tahoe’s own, The Roemers. Formed in 2012, this high-energy band has rock, blues and funk influences. The band consists of guitarist Joe Roemer, his daughter and lead singer Beth Tschantre, his son Ryan on guitar, his nephew Matt on base, and Mike McCollum on drums. Beth has competed on the famous competitions “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and the “X-Factor.” The band has performed all over the South Shore, playing live at McP’s Taphouse Grill, Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, Lakeside Inn & Casino, and more.
The field has been set for the Sierra Chef Challenge and it will feature four of the top culinary talents in South Lake Tahoe! Competing in the Chopped-style cooking competition will be the reigning champion, a former runner-up and two newcomers to the contest. The contest begins at 1 p.m. on the Sierra Stage and will conclude around 3:15 p.m.
Patrick Harrity, the Executive Chef at Cold Water Brewery and Grill, topped the competition last year and secured Cold Water’s third straight Sierra Chef Challenge victory. Also returning to the competition is Jimi Nakamatsu, the Executive Chef at The Lake House. Chef Nakamatsu competed in the 2016 Sierra Chef Challenge and placed runner-up.
Entering the competition for the first time is a newcomer to the South Shore, Lonny Huot, the Assistant Executive Chef at Edgewood Tahoe. A native of New Hampshire, Chef Huot joined Edgewood earlier this year. Also competing in the challenge for the first time is Glenn Simpson, co-owner of Tallac Catering Co. In addition to owning his own catering company, Chef Simpson also teaches courses through the culinary programs offered at Lake Tahoe Community College.