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Wood River Valley Harvestfest to Pair Local Chefs With Local Foods
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Dang’s Thai Cuisine served up its meal on a skewer at last year’s Harvestfest.
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Last year’s popular Wood River Valley Harvestfest is back.

And it will be bookended by a free Local Food Fair and River Street Party.

Sixteen Hailey restaurants will serve up bites during the Restaurant Walk from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.  The first 150 people to purchase wristbands will receive a free Vyykn metal water bottle worth $15. Ticket holders will also be entered into a raffle that boasts sixteen $50 gift certificates from each participating restaurant.

A free Local Food Fair will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. preceding the Restaurant Walk at the Wood River Sustainability Center in Hailey. Participants will get a chance to sample local appetizers and beer and learn what some are doing to make the local food system more resilient.

A free River Street Party sponsored by Atkinsons’ Market will be held at the Wood River Sustainability Center from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature music by the Kim Stocking Band, local handcrafted desserts and a cash bar.

Nearly 300 valley residents participated in last year’s inaugural Harvestfest on a busy evening that boasted a number of events. That was more than twice the number organizers had hoped for.

Tickets will be limited to 350 this year to ensure there’s enough food for everyone, said organizer Ali Long of the Local Food Alliance.

“The idea is to have restaurants source and serve food grown by local Idaho farmers and have diners try restaurants they might never have tried before,” said organizer Ali Long of the Local Food Alliance. “Participants can feel good because they’re enjoying the harvest season, trying foods made by Hailey chefs using foods produced by Idaho growers.”

Chefs are still concocting their menus as they wait to see what kind of fresh food will be available. But  the walk will include fish, vegetarian, game meat, lamb, beef and chicken entrees.

Last year, for instance, MuleShoe Tavern served up elk sliders with coleslaw. KB’s served up a Peruvian dish made of Yukon gold potatoes and a spicy chicken topping. And DaVinci served lamb kabobs featuring grilled halloumi cheese with edible flowers.

This year’s participating restaurants are the Wood River Sustainability Center, diVine, daVinci’s, Power House, Dang’s Thai Cuisine, Sawtooth Brewery, Restaurant 103, Season’s Steakhouse, Jersey Girl, Mule Show, Lago Azul, CK’s, Zou 75, KB’s, Smokey Bone BBQ and the Hailey Fire Department.

Jennifer Schwartz said last year’s Restaurant Walk was a great way to introduce diners who’d never tried DaVinci’s to the restaurant.

“And it’s great to showcase Idaho products—even the olive oil we used was made in Idaho,” she said.

The Local Food Fair will feature the Environmental Resource Center showcasing what they’re doing in regards to pesticides; Syringa Mountain School and its Farm and Garden program, Chrissie Huss’s Edible By Design program, Play Hard Give Back, which utilizes a lot of local ingredients, Sawtooth Brewery, a local brewer; Idahome, which uses food waste to produce dog food, and Matt Luck and his Pride of Bristol Bay salmon.

The fair is sponsored by Atkinsons’ Market.

Tickets for the Restaurant Walk are $35 for adults and include two beers. Families with up to four children under 18 can do the walk for $75. Tickets are $15 for youth ages 13 through 21 and $5 for kids 5 through 12. Kids under 5 can participate free of charge.

Tickets are available at the Wood River Sustainability Center.

Proceeds benefit the Local Food Alliance.

 

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