Taste the Idaho harvest at festivals in the Treasure Valley and beyond

doland@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

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Let the fall harvest tickle your tastebuds.

With so much delicious bounty available this time of year, eating can be a stellar event, especially at one of these delicious harvest festivals and dinners. This weekend opens the season with two flavorful festivals.

• Sip local with the Sunnyslope Wine Festival. You’ll find wine tastings, food pairings, harvest dinners and more to please your palate. Travel the Sunnyslope Wine Trail and stop in at Huston, Hat Ranch, Bitner, Fujishin, Hells Canyon, Koenig, Sawtooth, Williamson and Ste. Chapelle wineries on Sept. 20-21.

On Sept. 22, it all comes together with one big tasting party and concert at Ste. Chapelle, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell. It’s $30 per person or $50 per couple for the three-day pass; $20 per person and $35 per couple for Sept. 22 only.

Online: SunnySlopeWineTrail.com.

• Also this weekend, you can head out of town and check out the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. You’ll find chef demonstrations, panel discussions about food related issues, tasting events, markets and parties. Check out the Harvest Marketplace on Sept. 21 at Carol’s Dollar Lodge (free) and The 5B Party, Boots, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ at B, at 5:30-8 p.m at B. Restaurant and Bar ($50).

Phone: 450-6430, Online: SunValleyHarvestFestival.com.

• Enjoy a bountiful spread, multicultural entertainment, local crafts and Idaho wine at Taste of the Harvest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at The College of Idaho, Caldwell. This event benefits the college’s scholarship fund for the children of agricultural workers. It’s $15 at the door and free for 12 and younger.

Online: CollegeOfIdaho.edu/eventservices.

• Celebrate the season with the Idaho Botanical Garden Fall Harvest Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5-6, at the garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road in Boise.

You’ll find a farmers market, scarecrow displays, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, local food and art, music, beer and wine. It’s $6 general, $3 for members and ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger. Phone: 343-8649, Online: IdahoBotanicalGarden.org.

GRAB LUNCH AT ANGELL’S

Angell’s Renato, 999 W. Main St., in Downtown Boise, is adding lunch service from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Owner Russell Dawe also is launching catering services for corporate and private events. Reservations: 432-4900, Online: AngellsBarAndGrill.com.

B’ARC AND BREW

The second annual B’Arc and Brew Craft Beer Festival next week pulls together three things that are hard to beat in the Treasure Valley: artisan beers, dogs and a good cause.

You can sample brews from Payette, Sockeye, Highlands Hollow, Salmon River, Ninkasi, Kilted Dragon and Slanted Rock.

Your canine date can play doggie games, enter a costume contest and a parade. Willison Roos and The Oliphants will provide the music.

The good cause is the employment programs for The Arc, which finds jobs for people with disabilities. This event funds workers who make B’Arc Dog Bones, which the Arc sells at shops around the Valley.

It’s Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar and Grill, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise. Admission (21 and older only) is $15 and includes a tasting mug and eight beer tickets.

CHEF CHANGES

• Bella Aquila executive chef David Knickrehm has taken a job in the sales department with Sysco, a national food distribution company with an operation in Boise. He is still the head of Idaho Chefs of Cuisine, the Valley’s culinary association that supports chefs’ ongoing education and organizes benefits such as the Culinary Walkabout.

Certified Chef de Cuisine Jason Jones, who worked under Knickrehm for several years, has stepped into the lead chef role at Bella Aquila, 775 S. Rivershore Lane. He’s putting his touches on the specials, but for now the menu will remain the same.

Also, pastry chef Rachel Knickrehm moved into Jones’ former cuisine position.

• Chef David Shipley, formerly of Brick 29 Bistro and Angell’s Renato, is now at Pinnacle Sports Pub and Grill, 902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian.

OKTOBERFEST PARTY

Oktoberfest is another word for harvest. Celebrate German culture and beer at the sixth annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. South. You can polka to the Boise Edelweiss Band and enjoy authentic German beer and brats.

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