The 13th annual Ketchum Arts Festival will take place from July 13th -15th, 2012 from 10am to 6 pm every day. Come enjoy the performances, taste some great food and beer, sign the kids in at the kids’ activity tent, and shop the wares of 125 local artists and craft makers. Admission and parking are free (so is the kids’ tent). The Festival is located at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road, close enough to walk from either Ketchum or Sun Valley. Come for the day or stay and play for the weekend!
Enjoying good brews and good food over Trail Creek at the Sawtooth Brewery Brewer's Reception Sunday.
Historically Trail Creek Cabin was the hotspot of Sun Valley Resort. The cabin in the woods was built in 1937 by Sun Valley’s founder Averell Harriman as a place for his fancy East Coast socialite friends and glamorous, raucous Hollywood buddies to mingle over meat and music.
Manager Matt Robinson is hoping to resurect some of that sophisticated party atmosphere by launching a series of beer tasting dinners. “Beer fits well with the relaxed atmosphere up here,” he said, while pouring some tasty local brews from a mobile chiller. This past Sunday night, Mr. Sun and I abandoned the little ones and headed up to the cabin to sample the goods at the Sawtooth Brewery Brewer’s Reception.
Mr. Sun samples the Sunnyside Summer Ale. Matt Robinson pours the Last Chair Stout and Sawtooth Brewery founders Paul Holle and Kevin Jones toast the evening's success with their better halves.
Mr. Sun, who is an accomplished all-grain home-brewer, has very discerning tastes when it comes to beer and traditional Western food. The combination of a great brew and a perfectly smoked pork rib is as important to him as the particular pairing of a sweet Sauternes with a slice of foie gras is to a sommelier. So you can imagine his delight as we tucked into the four course extravaganza starting out with appetizers of shrimp ceviche and elk tartar complimented by a Sunnyside Summer Ale. Next came the first course of False Summit Amber Ale with grilled artichoke and romesco sauce, then a salad of asparagus and arugula salad and a sampling of Flow Trail Pale Ale. The main course was a hoppy Freeheeler Rye IPA accompanied by Trail Creek’s sumptuous house smoked baby back pork ribs, then finally a molten chocolate cake topped with ancho chile ice cream, washed down with a healthy dollop of Last Chair Stout.
Chef Wendy Little and Sawtooth Brewery’s head brewer Paul Holle collaborated on the menu to achieve the perfect balance of malt, hop and yeast with meat, vegetable and manchego cheese. Accompanying our beverage and barbecue feast was a running commentary from Paul and his business partner, Kevin, on the nuances of each libation, including the story behind the bubbly brews.
Sawtooth Brewery's beers paired with Wendy Little's divine asparagus and arugula salad, baby back pork ribs and molten chocolate cake with ancho chili ice cream. Spicy!
As we supped under clear skies, serenaded by the gurgling Trial Creek beneath our feet and surround by the ghosts of Trail Creek, one could just imagine the erstwhile regular Ernest Hemingway discarding his signature Mojito and digging into one of Wendy’s grilled artichokes with a Sawtooth Brewery Amber Ale clasped firmly in his hand.
Matt will be hosting brewer’s receptions throughout the summer, from $47 per person. Check sunvalley.com or call 622.2019 for details. There will also be regular beer and wine tasting on Tuesdays at the Cabin, as well as live music on the deck Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. For more of Paul’s crafty creations visit sawtoothbrewery.com or stop into the tap room on Main and 6th streets in downtown Ketchum.
The big news on Saturday, according to Shannon Boffeli at MTBracenews.com, was the presence of California-based team Sho-Air at The Grinder. “Several of the Sho-Air riders chose the marathon event as part of their national championship preparation,” he wrote in his detailed review of the day’s riding and results. “The men’s race included Sho-Air teammates Brendon Davids and Eric Bostrom as well as other national-level big hitters like Jason Siegle (SDG) and Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt).” Team Sho-Air posted some great pictures of the day on their Facebook page and USA Cycling also posted this review of the day’s race.
Team Sho-Air turned up from California to sweep the Grinder and posted this picture on Facebook
Grinder winner Pua Mata (of Team Sho-Air) broadcast her thoughts on twitter: @moniquepua Just finished the Galena Grinder and was able to take the win! It was definitely a grinder…but such gorgeous country and great race!
While Sun Valley locals haven’t been the quickest to jump on the social media bandwagon, there are some forward-thinking ladies and gentleman who are broadcasting the fun to the twitter-sphere and facebook-verse and the Festival picked up a fair amount of activity this weekend. Sun Valley’s unofficial social media maven and current Master’s XC mountain biking world champion, Rebecca Rusch (@TheQueenOfPain), kept her followers up with the details on The Grinder and Sunday’s Super Duper D on Baldy:
“Galena Grinder XC by rebarusch at Garmin Connect – Details:http://bit.ly/MmeLJ1 Our local XC race in Idaho. Hard and fun.” “EPIC weekend planned with Galena Grinder and Super Duper D. Full suspension, Reverb and fat tires. FATE has the weekend off” “Sun Valley Super Duper D by rebarusch at Garmin Connect – Details: http://bit.ly/MmeANV Tall socks, Reverb seat post and baggies! So FUN” “Smooth is fast! That’s my mantra for today’s super duper D in sun valley.”
We also got a glimpse of the Queen on her way up the mountain:
Pro mountain bike racer Yuri Hauswald tweeted "Hanging w/ @thequeenofpain on the Christmas Lift, on our way to #sunvalley Super Duper D." pic.twitter.com/9SZIDNyq
Facebook was busy after the day’s energies were expended, with competitors such as Matt McCourtney, Drew Edsall and Michael Shaw taking the site to dish on their day. See their posts and other tweets on this Storify I whipped up.
The Festival is well underway and there’s a slew of events and activities to keep competitors and spectators busy this week. The Sun Family will be diving in too. This evening we’ll check out the Idaho Pump Track State Championships at the Ketchum Bike Park. Mr. Sun might try his brand-spanking-second-hand mountain bike out at some Local Stoker Rides (starting tomorrow), and we’ll all head up for the Fat Tire Criterium Tuesday evening. I’m pondering signing Little Sun up for the Kids Race on July 6 (that is if I can teach him how to ride a bike with pedals by then). But the Sun Valley Shakedown on July 7 sounds like more my single-speed (and keeps me on two feet rather than two wheels).
Beretta Demo Shooting at Sun Valley Gun Club – Sept 21th
Friday, September 21th 2012, 12:00pm
Spend your afternoon with us at the Sun Valley Gun Club. Practice your target shooting with any demo gun in the Beretta Mobile Showroom. Dealer representatives will be on hand to show you the full line of Beretta guns and shooting accessories.
We will be pouring 5 different Sawtooth beers paired with some delicious food. Paul and Kevin from Sawtooth Brewery will be on hand to talk about the beers and some history of the brewery. Sunday, July 1, 2012
Come check out the latest in the bike industry. Ride the bike you have been curious about, learn about the latest in bike technology, get your photo with a pro at the Consumer Expo located at the River Run venue, the hub of RSV action.
Hailey, Idaho is rocking on the 4th of July. Start out the day with your classic apple pie, flag waving hometown parade in downtown Hailey at noon. Then gear up for the 4th of July Crit race, starting right after the parade. A four-corner course of action and excitement. This event has loads of cash primes and is spectator-heavy. On site registration, so show up in Hailey on the 4th and tear it up.
Event sponsored by The Powerhouse, BCRD, and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce.
Packed along the sides of this twisting course through downtown Ketchum are literally thousands of screaming fans cheering on pros, amateurs, and goofball relay teams vying for cold hard cash. Beer gardens, courseside eats, and unbridled enthusiasm make it a great night out on the town.
The Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Criterium marks at long last the arrival of the Thunderdome to the streets of downtown Ketchum. Held on a fast, technical and spectator-stupefying course, this is the race which will make everyone cling to the edge of their seat. Like Evel Knievel said, “Some folks just want to see a man die.”
Starting in front of the Sun Valley Visitor Center with races beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday night July 3rd, the Fat Tire Criterium is a multi lap race with amateur and pro categories, kids races and perhaps the most exciting of all, the Ride Sun Valley Stand Off: a four person per team relay race which pits businesses and teams of locals against each other in a quest for Mad Max glory. Prizes will be awarded in both cash and merchandise in all races.
Over a hundred kids and half as many big kids turned out last year to take each other down in this timed race on the Ketchum Bike Park’s buttery smooth track. Adults and kids pack the infield in a great family night of racing and fun.
The classes are divided into different age groups with boy’s and girl’s categories:
-Mini Racing (4 & Under)
-9 & Under
-13 & Under
Based on one run of two timed laps, competitors ‘pump’ their bikes to maintain speed around the course. Three second penalty for any pedal stroke (Open Class, and 13 and Under Class). The fastest two lap time wins.
Registration and Practice at 5pm. Mini Racing Class begins at 6pm, followed by 9 & Under Girls, 9 & Under Boys, 13 & Under Girls, 13 & Under Boys, Open Women, and Open Men. Start times for individual classes based on number of participants.
BIKE PARK DESCRIPTION
Built in October 2009 by Alpine Bike Parks, the Ketchum Bike Park is one of the nation’s premiere public pump track facilities. With an open layout similar to a skatepark, the Ketchum Bike Park features full irrigation for perfect dirt, native landscaping, and a large spectator area for families. The park is owned by the Blaine County School District and maintained by the Ketchum Parks and Recreation and a dedicated group of volunteers.