Get a Taste of Tahoe

Fall’s Official, Delicious Kickoff

Celebrate Lake Tahoe’s bounty at Sample the Sierra. Enjoy small bites from the region’s best chefs and restaurants, thoughtfully paired with tastings from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

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Tahoe’s Original Farm-to-Fork Festival

Love local libations and farm-to-table cuisine? Let us introduce you to Sample the Sierra. It’s considered the official kick-off to fall at Lake Tahoe and celebrates the best of the region’s harvest season. The crowd favorite farm-to-fork festival features local food, wine, spirits, and brews showcasing the finest samplings from South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular attendee, you’ll find a cornucopia of flavors as local restaurants and establishments highlight their best dishes and beverages.

The festival typically includes over 20 booths featuring a different winery, distillery, or brewery expertly paired with a restaurant using local produce in signature dishes. You’ll also find artists and artisans offering their wares, ranging from jewelry to home décor. 

Sample the Sierra makes for an idyllic fall weekend, a perfect time to savor the beautiful weather. Throw in a bike ride, hike, or beach day to accompany the event to cap off your weekend. 

People who love to eat are always the best people.

Julia Child

Tahoe’s Own Masterchef

Sierra Chef Challenge

No need to wait for the next season of Food Network. Watch local chefs compete for the coveted Sierra Chef Title at Sample the Sierra! The popular 45-minute Sierra Chef Challenge is one of the event’s highlights and features four chefs as they cook against each other armed only with a mystery box of locally grown and produced ingredients – and their wits.

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Sample the Sierra Chef Challenge

Insider Tips

Why September is a Great Month to Visit Lake Tahoe

Sure, summer – and winter – get all the glory here, but if you’ve never been to South Lake Tahoe during the fall, you’re missing out. See what makes September a most excellent time to visit.

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Why September is a Great Month to Visit Lake Tahoe

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Capture the Taste of Tahoe with the Annual Sample the Sierra

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Celebrating “Sumtumn” – the Close of Summer in Tahoe

The sun is out. ☀️
The temperature is 60°F.
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