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Foothills Celebration offers wine, food and music

On the Loose will play in the Alpha Building during the Foothills Celebration Saturday.
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Saturday’s second annual Foothills Celebration will include wine tasting, food tasting and music in downtown Grass Valley from 1 to 4 p.m.

Twenty-four wineries from Nevada, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin and Amador counties will set up tasting stations in various shops around town. Paired with the wineries will be 25 area restaurants offering tastes of its best dishes.

Five music groups will entertain with bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, Celtic and barbershop.



The Alpha Building will feature a wine barrel-making display by Tonnellerie Radoux, a cooperage from Santa Rosa; and works by California ARTwalk artists.

On the Loose, a five-piece band, will perform in the Alpha Building, playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass. RKX, another five-piece band, will perform original folk, rock ballads, country and blues tunes at Carlos’ Restaurant during the celebration. The Owl will host country duo Harmony & Company. Joyful Strings, the duo of Tim Kretzmann and Rick Toles, will play Celtic music at Grass Valley Courtyard Suites.




Barbershop quartet Foothill Express will entertain first at registration and then stroll around town.

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, good for unlimited wine-tasting and four food-tasting samples.

Tickets are at Music in the Mountains’ box office, Book Seller, Odyssey Books, Pleasant Valley Pharmacy, Mike’s Alta Sierra Market and the chambers of commerce in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

On Saturday, tickets will be at the Center for the Arts and the Old Post Office building.

Music in the Mountains and Grass Valley Downtown Association are co-producing the rain-or-shine event.

Call 274-1438 for more information.

– Carol Feineman

Participating wineries

Coulson Winery, d.k. cellars, Double Oak Vineyard & Winery, Frenz Vineyard & Winery, Granite Springs Winery & Vineyards, Green Family Winery, Indian Springs Winery, Iron Mountain Winery, Jodar Vineyards & Winery, Latcham Winery, Michael David Vineyards, Mt. Vernon Winery, Nevada City Winery, Nevada County Wine Guild, Oakstone Winery, Perry Creek Vineyards, Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, Sierra Knolls Vineyard & Winery, Sierra Vista Winery, Sierra Starr Winery, Truckee River Winery, Venezio Vineyards & Winery, Wolaver1s Organic Ale and ZAP-Zinfandel Advocates & Producers.

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Participating restaurants

212 Bistro at the Holbrooke, Alta Sierra Country Club, Asia Restaurant, Bear1s Cafe, Bret Harte Inn, Carlos1 Restaurant, Caroline1s Coffee Roasters, Confection-ately Yours, Country Rose, DarkHorse Country Club, Earth Song, Ike1s Quarter Cafe, Kirby1s, Main Street Cafe, Maria1s, Marshall1s Pasties, Sergio1s Restaurant, Sushi in the Raw, Szechwan Restaurant, The Cake Artist, The Owl Grill, The Truffle Shop, Tofanelli1s, Tom1s of Nevada City and Villa Venezia.


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