Lake Tahoe Food and Wine

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley: Drink In The Autumn Season!

Oktoberfest beer steins and Bavarian dancers at Squaw Valley

Grab your stein of beer and enjoy Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley!

This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!

What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!

Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)

Click here for more info, and be sure to check our site for the Manager’s Special rates during Oktoberfest. No drinking and driving, folks!


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


Master Cooking Class

Manzanita | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 5PM

Traci des Jardins, chef of Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is dedicated to sourcing organic, sustainable and locally grown meat and produce to create a signature French inspired California cuisine. Start with the Cheese & Charcuterier, try the classic Tuna Nicoise, or how about the Risotta with fresh summer truffle and wild mushrooms?

Is your mouth watering yet?

Then here’s your chance to try your hand at Manzanita’s finest cuisine! Definitely the premier of all cooking experiences, increase your culinary knowledge as you work alongside the chef de cuisine, Jacob Ramos, in their open kitchen, and learn how to be a savvy chef in your own home. The cost includes a three-course dinner for $70.

Class Dates:

September 8, 2012
October 20, 2012
November 17, 2012
December 14, 2012

Click here to learn more and reserve your (limited) spot!

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7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest

You won't be short of ale options at this local brew fest!

In a beautiful Lake Tahoe park setting, kick off the summer with refreshing libations from over 20 breweries and cider distributors at the 7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest on June 9th from 1-5pm! Enjoy live music by “Drop Theory” while diving into brats and sausages fresh off  the barbecue. Place your bid for the silent auction and be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt on your way out!

The cost of your ticket, $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door, also includes a commemorative beer tasting glass. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here for ticket locations, and to find out more!

If you’re wondering if your favorite microbrewery will be on site pouring a frothy one just for you, check out the list of past participating breweries:

Fifty Fifty Brewery, Great Basin Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Big Sky Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Anchor Brewing, Full Sail Brewing, Hoppy Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing, Wyder’s Cider, Rubicon Brewing, Lake Tahoe Brewing, Sam Adams, Fox Barrel Cider, Buckbean Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Mad River Brewing, New Belgium, and more.

What’s your ale of choice?


Lake Tahoe June Events: Tahoe City Wine Walk

What is better than summer-time shopping, sipping and eating along the beautiful streets of Tahoe City? Sponsored by the Tahoe City Downtown Association, the Tahoe City Wine Walk kicks off the Tahoe City Solstice Festival on June 23, 2012 from 12pm-4pm, rain or shine!

“Discover Wines with a View” while you stroll along the lakefront boardwalk through Tahoe City, entertained by live music, sampling local and regional wines and delectable food from local Tahoe restaurants and caterers. Check out what the Tahoe City Downtown Association has put together for The Solstice Festival:

“The Solstice Festival celebrates the start of summer by showcasing Tahoe City through a variety of events designed to encourage visitation in our beautiful downtown. The Tahoe City Wine Walk features wines of the Sierra and food tastings at local merchants and restaurants throughout downtown. Other festival events include a Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, PaddleFest on the shores of Lake Tahoe, and the opening of the summer series Concerts at Commons Beach. During the Wine Walk, outdoor live music will be at both ends of the lakefront boardwalk.”

The Lowdown on Tickets! 

Tickets $35 before June 23rd, $45 day of the event. Cash only.

Day-of-event tickets will be available at one of the 3 registration tables:

  • Boatworks Mall (East end of town)
  • Heritage Plaza (center of town);
  • North Tahoe Arts Center (West end of town).

There will be a band, tables, balloons and lots of people at each registration location so they will be easy to spot. Remember, cash only! Click here for more information!


Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

One of the greatest wine and food events of the year, The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is back with another spectacular venue of high profile chefs and wineries the region has to offer.

The festival is a flurry of live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and Sunday’s Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting at Northstar Resort. The finest local restaurants work diligently to bring delectable creations, utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers and proprietors.

If you think this festival is an adult-only affair, think again! There are several family oriented cooking workshops and seminars the little ones are sure to enjoy.

Book your seminars now before they sell out, and purchase tickets at Go Tahoe North. We promise you won’t regret it!


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