Starting to salivate over the Sun Valley Harvest Festival


Second Annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival Celebrates Local Cuisine

Festival focuses on sustainable food practices and 

seasonal bounty of the Wood River Valley.

            BOISE, ID (August 15, 2011) ??? Beginning Friday September 23, Sun Valley, Idaho will host the second annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival will be a seasonal celebration of local cuisine and culinary expertise featuring local, regional, and celebrity chefs, as well as regionally sourced food, wine, beer and spirits. The Harvest Festival will focus on sustainable cuisine and responsible culinary practices, and celebrate the epicurean beauty of the Wood River Valley as the seasons begin their shift from summer to fall.


As a highlight, the Harvest Festival will feature Top Chef semi-finalists Sam Talbot and Dave Martin. Chef Talbot and Chef Martin will participate in the Harvest Festival???s Cooking Demonstrations where they will display their signature cooking techniques using organic, Idaho-grown ingredients, while sharing tips and speaking about their experiences. A variety of visiting chefs will also participate in the cooking demonstrations including Clay Conley of Buccan in Palm Beach, Melissa Costello of Karma Chow in Los Angeles, and Cathy Whims of Nostrana in Portland. Local chefs participating the in the demonstrations will include Chris and Rebecca Kastner of CK???s Real Food in Hailey, Taite Pearson of Sego in Ketchum, and Judith McQueen of Judith McQueen Entertaining in Ketchum.

            In addition to demonstrations by talented and critically acclaimed chefs, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival will partner with a wide variety of local restaurants for the Restaurant Walk and Harvest Dinners. Restaurants that participate in Friday???s Restaurant Walk or Saturday???s Harvest Dinner have the opportunity to display their finest culinary efforts for sampling, using regional and seasonal ingredients. Regional beer and wine will be paired with various dishes as well.

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival???s full weekend of events will also feature a Martini and Caviar Party and River Guide Cooking Competition.  For the Martini and Caviar Party, Chef Taite Pearson of Sego will prepare Idaho caviar in unique and innovative ways while a master mixologist creates classic martinis with a modern twist. The fun continues on Saturday morning as four Idaho River Companies compete for the title of the Idaho River???s Top Cook demonstrating Dutch Oven cooking techniques and ways to cook outdoors without leaving a trace. A Marketplace Walk and the Red Sky Grand Tasting that benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation?? of Idaho round out the weekend with opportunities to shop and sample regional food, wine, beer and spirits.

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is a fun travel opportunity for food and wine lovers that are sure to be thought provoking, as well as delicious. Come taste, experience, learn and enjoy with us at the second annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival this September. 

 For more information about the Sun Valley Harvest Festival, or to purchase tickets ranging from individual events to all access passes, visit the Festival website at Also, be sure to ???like??? Sun Valley Harvest Festival on facebook for the chance to win great prizes!

(Full disclosure, my company Red Sky is working with the Sun Valley Harvest Festival as a partner to help promote the event. Tho I must also admit, I’d still make the trek over to sample, ogle the Top Chefs and indulge!)