Sun Valley Harvest Festival, 2010

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It's a tough life when you’re asked to do a cooking demonstration and then attend a caviar/martini party. Especially when it's in Sun Valley.

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Such was my life last weekend at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. For a first-time event, it was a tremendous success. Hundreds of people converged on a restaurant walk in downtown Ketchum and the next day was filled with cooking demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and food … lots of glorious food.

Viking and Snake River Farms sponsored the cooking demonstration tent at the Dollar Lodge. I cooked a whole rabbit in front of a group of dedicated foodies, old friends and colleagues.

The beer garden downtown had local brewers and food stalls. I indulged myself on a less than modest amount of Bitch Creek ESB and wild salmon tacos from Raspberries.

My personal highlight was my time at Sego. Chef Taite Pearson prepared a spread entirely based on local food and local caviar. He made cucumber rolls, mini-smoked trout sandwiches and a multitude of other creative concoctions. My only regret is that I did not actually eat dinner at the restaurant. (I watched the Boise State game in a condo at the Sun Valley Resort.)

In all, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival was a great tribute to local and sustainable food. For 2011, I plan on returning. I will sacrifice myself to the Sun Valley gods any day if this past weekend is an indication of how they will repay me.

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