Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Letís eat local

Sun Valley Harvest Festival celebrates regional food and wine

Express Staff Writer

Raspberry’s in Ketchum will once again be participating in A Taste of Ketchum on Thursday night, part of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. The eatery’s Hailey location will participate in the festival’s Swine, Wine and Dine on Friday..
Courtesy photo by Ed Sinnott

    Sure, you could buy the Kraft Jet-Puffed ones. But the next time you’re in the mood for something to dunk in your cocoa, consider Camp Robber Marshmallows, made here in Sun Valley.
    These cube-shaped treats, available at Atkinsons’ Market, come in paper bags in flavors like huckleberry and maple pecan.
    Or how about a Bella Bite (made in Ketchum) instead of a Clif bar? Or some Fish Breeders of Idaho Caviar instead of the Russian stuff?
    Whether sweet, savory or sturgeon-y, the flavors at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival will be fresh, local and prepared with care instead of mass-packed into plastic.
    The fifth annual festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21.
Active eating
    This year the festival will offer four “Foodie Adventure” experiences that pair a lunch at scenic spots by local and guest chefs with excursions. All take place Saturday:  Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Adventure, Galena Lodge Bike Adventure, Swiftsure Ranch Fly Fishing Adventure and Nighthawk Farm Adventure.
Tasting times
    During A Taste of Ketchum on Thursday, the culinary masses will descend on downtown Ketchum to sample food and wine from 19 restaurants.
    On Friday, Hailey eateries get their turn during the family-friendly Swine, Wine and Dine. Attendees will stroll to sample fare from 14 restaurants. The evening’s highlight is a pig-carving demonstration by artisan butcher Joel Cox.
    The pig presentation “is not gory at all, it’s very civilized—trust me,” said event co-founder Heidi Ottley.
    The carved pig will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Bellevue.
    During A Taste of Sun Valley on Sunday, Sun Valley Resort executive chef and James Beard Award finalist John Murcko is in charge of the food.
Parties, please
    A Swingin’ Speakeasy on Friday at Cornerstone Bar & Grill is a 1920s retro-themed party featuring music, whiskey cocktails and appetizers including pimento-stuffed olives and crab-stuffed crepes.
    The Roundhouse on Bald Mountain will host a Martini and Caviar Party on Saturday.
Stein ways
    Local beers are the stars of Oktoberfest, presented by the Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum Town Square on Saturday.
Wine down
    The Picket Fence store will host a Wine Tasting on Friday night.
Local, local, local
    A Meet the Locals event at Atkinsons’ on Friday in Ketchum is a chance to connect with local food producers. Regional items will be marked in the store.

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Here’s the schedule for the fifth annual event, which takes place Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21:

Thursday, Sept. 18
4-7 p.m. A Taste of Ketchum. Check in at Ketchum Town Square. $45.
7-8 p.m. Dessert & Sparkling Wine at Memory Park (included with A Taste of Ketchum).

Friday, Sept. 19
1-4 p.m. Meet the Locals at Atkinsons’ Market in Ketchum. Free.
5-7 p.m. Wine Tasting at The Picket Fence in Ketchum. $40.
5-9 p.m. Swine, Wine and Dine in Hailey. $40 adults, $10 children 12 and younger with an adult.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Swingin’ Speakeasy at Cornerstone Bar & Grill in Ketchum. $30.

Saturday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Foodie Adventures. $150-$275.
Noon-10 p.m. Oktoberfest in Ketchum Town Square. Free admission. Steins cost $9 with fills at $8; pints cost $5 with fills at $5.
6-9 p.m. Martini and Caviar Party at The Roundhouse on Bald Mountain. $95.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Noon-3 p.m. A Taste of Sun Valley at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley. $40.

Passes that include multiple events cost $495-$1,200. For tickets or more information, visit


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