Foodie Heaven

Autumn is synonymous with bounty and the time of harvest, so what better time to celebrate the best in locally sourced, absolutely fresh and positively delicious food. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival returns for the fifth year from September 18 to 21 and you won’t want to miss a course!

The Sun Valley Festival is a collage of taste experiences you won't want to miss (photo visitsunvalley.com)

The Sun Valley Festival is a collage of taste experiences you won’t want to miss (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Billed by organizers as “a culinary celebration … the epitome of epicurean indulgence, an oenophile’s dream, and an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca,” the festival appeals to all palates. With a focus on seasonal, regional sustainable foods, it promises to be a fun-filled weekend featuring new events this year. These include highly anticipated Foodie Adventures, two new wine tastings at beautiful local venues, a Speakeasy-themed after-party in downtown Ketchum, as well as the first Hailey event, Swine, Wine & Dine.

Kick off the festival with friends in a casual atmosphere at the Taste of Ketchum on September 18

Kick off the festival with friends in a casual atmosphere at the Taste of Ketchum on September 18 (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

Other highlights include the very popular Taste of Ketchum. On Thursday evening, September 18, the festival kicks off with copious amounts of delicious food, served in a relaxed, sociable setting. The fun begins at Ketchum Town Square at 5 p.m. when you are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Ketchum stopping to sample regional fare and paired libations from participating eateries. The evening winds down at 7 p.m. at Memory Park with dessert and sparkling wine. Cheers!

Sun Valley Executive Chef and Culinary Director John Murcko will weave his magic at both the Martini and Caviar Party at Roundhouse at at the grand finale party at Trail Creek Cabin

Sun Valley Executive Chef and Culinary Director John Murcko will weave his magic at both the Martini and Caviar Party at Roundhouse at at the grand finale party at Trail Creek Cabin

Also on the agenda is the new and highly anticipated Taste of Sun Valley. Travel back in time to the rustic and historic Trail Creek Cabin where Sun Valley Resort’s own Culinary Director and Executive Chef John Murcko will create an evening you will never forget. On Sunday afternoon the 21st, soak in the beautiful fall day as the aspen trees surrounding Trail Creek Cabin begin to glow gold while sampling locally sourced foods and wines from Buried Cane, Cadaretta and Clayhouse Vineyards. Murcko, a James Beard Finalist, will work with other fine chefs from the Resort to ensure the grand finale to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival is simply amazing.

For more information about Chef Murcko please click here.

There is no place more beautiful in autumn than the historic Trail Creek Cabin. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival caps off an amazing weekend with a party here on September 21

There is no place more beautiful in autumn than the historic Trail Creek Cabin. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival caps off an amazing weekend with a party here on September 21

Feeling adventurous? Then be sure to check out the new Foodie Adventures offerings at the festival. On Saturday, September 20, tickets to two eating adventures are still available: one to Galena Lodge for bike adventure and one to Nighthawk Farm in Bellevue. At Galena, you will work up an appetite by enjoying a bike ride with some of the area’s top athletes and at Nighthawk Farm, all food served will come from the farm. Both events feature food prepared by top chefs paired with sublime wines.

Martinis and Caviar with a killer view has the makings of a truly memorable night (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Martinis and Caviar with a killer view has the makings of a truly memorable night (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Another very special way to savor and sip in Sun Valley is by signing up for the Martini and Caviar party at the Roundhouse Restaurant that is perched two-thirds of the way up Bald Mountain. On Saturday evening September 20, starting at 6 p.m., get whisked up the River Run side of the mountain on the gondola and start the memorable evening off with a scenic ride. You will be greeted at the base of the Roundhouse with a glass of Michelle Sparkling Wine. Again, Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko is in charge of the night and is sure to impress with his artfully crafted fare featuring sturgeon caviar and Idaho caviar. Popular mixologist Ryan Sullivan will craft cocktails featuring Idaho’s Square One organic vodkas to complement the food. This is one fun party that continues until 9 p.m. and magical and iconic setting at 7,700 feet above sea level simply can’t be beat!

Come, gather, eat and drink. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is almost here. Get your tickets today! (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

Come, gather, eat and drink. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is almost here. Get your tickets today! (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

There’s so much more to this weekend. For a full listing of events and to buy tickets, please click HERE.

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival was voted one of the top food festivals in America by Fodor’s. Come see why for yourself. Whether you prefer jeans and boots at a picnic or a cocktail dress on the deck at Roundhouse, you will find the perfect way to enjoy a glorious fall day or evening in Sun Valley.

–RES

Sun Valley Harvest Festival. September 18th – 21st, 2014.

“The Sun Valley Harvest Festival embraces the national movement toward sourcing and eating regional sustainable foods. Our goal is to bring food and wine travelers to Sun Valley, Idaho to experience our region during the most beautiful time of the year, enjoy delicious food, learn new trends and techniques, taste great wines, beers, and spirits, and meet some fun and interesting people along the way.” For more information please visit http://www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com

Ode to the Oenophile

The base of Dollar Mountain was the place to be Saturday night at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Grand Wine Tasting Picnic & Concert

The base of Dollar Mountain was the place to be Saturday night at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Grand Wine Tasting Picnic & Concert

Dionysus, the Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking, wine and ritual madness smiled down on Sun Valley last weekend. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts again pulled off an over-the-top, hugely successful Wine Auction weekend, raising critical funds to support arts programming in the Wood River Valley.

A big top was erected on the grassy lawn at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge under which hundreds gathered Friday night to raise their paddles and bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction items, all while enjoying sublime wine and fabulous food. The high-flying performance troupe Cirque Berzerk dazzled the capacity crowd and a great time was had for a great cause.

On Saturday night, the three-day event ended on a high note with the highly anticipated picnic that is always a locals’ favorite, though people come to Sun Valley from around the country and around the world for this weekend. Hosting a sell-out crowd of upwards of 1200, this year’s picnic switched things up a bit, offering a grand wine tasting as well as fabulous fare and a live concert.

The event offered a wide selection vintages to taste and to savor

The event offered a wide selection vintages to taste and to savor

Northwest and California wines were available for the sampling and enjoying and food from 20 local restaurants tempted the taste buds. Sun Valley was in on the action, too, as the Resort’s Executive Chef John Murcko donned his whites and helped prepare delicious hard spiced duck pastrami, served with a rye crisp, potato salad, grilled radicchio and apricot. Other food choices ran the gamut from Halibut Ceviche to wood-fired pizzas; Italian Gazpacho to Wagyu beef meatballs. There was an entire tent devoted to dessert.

Sun Valley Resort Executive Chef John Murcko helped feed well over 1000 people under the big tent

Sun Valley Resort Executive Chef John Murcko (right) helped feed well over 1000 people under the big tent

In past years, the Wine Auction weekend offered a separate wine tasting event. This year, however, seven vintners set up near the Quarter Dollar lift, offering insight and information on the wines they poured. It was evident that people enjoyed tasting vintages they don’t see every day.

Brooklyn-based funk band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds provided a dare-you-to-stay-seated soundtrack to the evening and was a highlight in a night full of highlights.

And if that wasn’t enough, on Thursday night, the weekend kicked off with Tapas and Tasting with the Junior Patrons Circle and exclusive Vintner Dinners at private area homes.

Sun Valley's Brad and Kirsten Cleveland called hosting a Vintner Dinner Thursday night a "fantastic" experience

Sun Valley's Brad and Kirsten Cleveland said hosting a Vintner Dinner Thursday night was a fantastic experience

The SVCA event is the second oldest charity wine auction in the U.S. and the Center’s primary fundraising event. In addition to funding vital programming, monies raised also support scholarships for art students and educators.

Elsewhere in the Resort over the weekend, things were also humming. The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club hosted hundreds of aspiring skaters at its Summer Championships and none other than Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek lit up Sun Valley on Ice Saturday night. Friday night, Silver Creek Outfitters offered a Fly Fishing Film Festival and on Saturday, a Prana yoga class was given on the River Run lawn.

Just another quiet weekend in the mountains …

–RES

Wine Tasting in the Sun Valley Deli Thursdays from 4-6pm

Free wine tastings in the Sun Valley Resort Deli every Thursday from 4-6pm this summer. Try new wines from different regions every Thursday.