Feast for the senses: Foothills Celebration offers the area’s best in food, wine and beer | TheUnion.com

Feast for the senses: Foothills Celebration offers the area’s best in food, wine and beer

“The cornucopia of flavorful delights are boggling,” says Grass Valley Downtown Association executive director Howard Levine of the Saturday’s Foothills Celebration. The popular event pulls people from as far away as Reno and the Valley.

They come from far and near to partake of fragrant wines, lusty ales, and food of all tastes and descriptions. Two dozen shops, tasting rooms and restaurants, and almost as many Sierra Foothills and El Dorado wineries are doing their best to delight their guests. It is truly a gourmand’s paradise.

For $25 per person, people receive their glass, a wrist band, and four food tickets, and then are free to wander in and out of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, stores and art galleries, sampling the edible wares and enjoying the sights. These sights include fine art at a handful of nearby galleries. And sound, well there is a range – Celtic, blue grass, ragtime, western, and even an a capella singing group walking around serenading.

The popularity of the Foothills Celebration has certainly caught on if the numbers are any indication. From the first year, 2001, when, Levine says, they were happy to get 250 to attend, the event has grown to about 650 this year. That number is more like 850 when you total in the army of volunteers required to put something like this on. Music in the Mountains’ 400-member volunteer arm, Allegro Alliance, sends out more than a quarter of its members to do everything from putting up balloons to cleaning up and all the scurrying around on various missions in between – an invaluable asset, that.

Lucky winners of the raffle (drawing at 3:30 p.m. at the Mill Street Wine Tasting Room) will receive a bed-and-breakfast overnight stay at the Peacock Inn, dinner at The Stonehouse Restaurant, and lunches from the Country Rose Cafe, Posh Nosh and the South Pine Café.

Organizers are happy to point out that participants not only have an excellent time, but are also supporting our local economy and the arts. For Music in the Mountains, 22 percent of its income comes from these kinds of benefit events and fund-raisers. Says Levine, “Of our (Grass Valley Downtown Association’s) $146,000 budget, $55,000 comes in from events such as these.”

Levine enjoys seeing reactions. “People tell me that they have so much fun. They love the food, wine, shopping, art and great music. Everyone is relaxed and has a smile on their face.”


WHAT: 4th Annual Foothills Celebration: A Benefit for Music in the Mountains and Grass Valley Downtown Association

WHEN: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $25 in advance in Grass Valley at Citizens Bank, Odyssey Books, The Bookseller and the GVNC Chamber of Commerce; in Nevada City at Citizens Bank, Music in the Mountains and the Chamber of Commerce; in Penn Valley at Citizens Bank; in Alta Sierra at Mike’s Alta Sierra Market; in Lake of the Pines at Citizens Bank; and in Auburn at Cherry Records.

On the day of the event, tickets for $30 are on sale starting at noon in Grass Valley at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main Street, and at the Old Post Office Building, 131 South Auburn St. (across from Caroline’s Coffee Roasters).

To order online: http://www.musicinthemountains.org.

INFORMATION: Call 272-8315 (GVDA), or 265-6124 and 800-218-2188 (MIM) for information or tickets.

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