Back in the days when horses were high-tech transportation, everything revolved around the annual harvest. Whether you were picking it, storing it, preserving it or selling it, everything led up to the harvest. But we all know the best part has always been eating it.
It's a tradition that continues as people everywhere celebrate the harvest by stuffing themselves silly--but nowhere does it with as much style as the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23, foodies will gather for the third-annual festival filled with everything food--from a restaurant walk and cooking demos to a martini and caviar party.
Events kick off from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with a restaurant walk in Ketchum in which participants wander between eateries, sampling seasonal specials paired with beer or wine for $35.
Saturday, Sept. 22, is filled with cooking demonstrations from guest chefs, after which the audience will get to taste test the creations paired with wine. Boise Weekly's own Randy King will serve as master of ceremonies and demos cost $40 per session. A Harvest Market will also be held from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Dollar Lodge.
Things get swanky Saturday evening with the Martini and Caviar Party at Boca from 5:30-7:30 p.m. where attendees can swill artisanal cocktails on the rooftop while sampling Idaho sturgeon caviar and munchies for $75.
The party wraps up Sunday, Sept. 23, with the River Guide Cooking Demonstrations from 10 a.m.-noon at Dollar Lodge, followed by the Grand Tasting, during which the public can OD on tastings from some of the area's best chefs while sipping Idaho wine, beer and spirits. Tickets are $75 for the Grand Tasting. A full schedule and more details are available online.