If eating lamb is your thing, you're in for a treat when the Trailing of the Sheep Festival comes to the Wood River Valley.
You can learn to cook it, too. Just call the College of Southern Idaho at 788-2033 and sign up for the "Cooking With Lamb" workshop put on by Scott Mason, the Ketchum Grill's owner and chef. The workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50.
But for those who just want to eat lamb, there will be plenty of opportunities and lots of different culinary presentations.
They can get started Friday evening from 5-7:30 p.m. in Ketchum at the Art and Lamb Foodie Fest, an event featuring local chefs providing free lamb tastings and local photographers and artists sharing their sheep photography and paintings. Participating restaurants are Roosevelt Grille, Christina's Restaurant & Bakery, Rasberrys, The Cornerstone Bar and Grill and Moose Girls. Nexstage Theatre will also be participating with a smokehouse, and the Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski and Heritage Museum will serve lamb prepared by chef Tim Filgate.
Fine food can be found in Hailey, too, at the Folklife Fair at McKercher Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. "Chef Tim" will be serving lamb burgers, CK's Real Food will provide lamb ribs and Fresshies will have lamb and apple sausage. Full Moon Catering will feature lamb-filled pastries, Guerry's Authentic Basque will serve sausages, chorizos and lamb sandwiches, Powerhouse will provide lamb carnitas and 310 Main will serve lamb tacos.
The Trailing of the Sheep Barbecue will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Irving's Hill on Main Street in Ketchum. It will feature authentic ranch-style barbecue.
If you can't make it to any of those events, there are still lots of opportunities to chow down on lamb as restaurants throughout the valley feature their lamb specialties.
Apple's Bar and Grill in Warm Springs is serving lamb and pig roast dinners, The Cellar Pub in Ketchum will have lamb sliders and CK's Real Food in Hailey will have lamb ribs, lamb ragu and rack of lamb.
Christina's Restaurant and Bakery in Ketchum will serve lamb burgers all week. Dashi in Ketchum will feature Malaysian crusted rack of lamb, lamb shank ramen and braised lamb. Despo's in Ketchum will serve lamb tacos, Fresshies in Hailey will have rack of lamb and Globus in Ketchum will feature marinated grilled lamb chops and roasted boneless lamb loin.
People can eat lamb stew at the Golden Elk in Hailey, lamb tacos at KB's in Ketchum and Hailey and braised lamb Bolognese or lamb and Guinness stew at il Naso in Ketchum.
The Ketchum Grill is serving lamb shanks, lamb and wild rice meatballs and curried lamb top round. Knob Hill Inn Restaurant in Ketchum will have rack of lamb and Perry's Restaurant in Ketchum will feature grilled lamb burgers, lamb stew and lamb chili.
The Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum will serve lamb loin chops, the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley will have lamb sausage and the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum will feature lamb shank.
The Sawtooth Club in Ketchum will feature fire-grilled rack of lamb and marinated lamb. Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley is serving "lamb osso bucco" and beef and lamb meatloaf. Smokey Mountain Pizzeria Grill in Ketchum will have char-grilled lamb chops.
Sushi on Second in Ketchum will be serving Asian lamb skewers and Zaney's River Street Coffee House in Hailey will feature lamb fajitas sandwiches and lamb samosas.
Are you hungry yet?
Terry Smith: email@example.com