CALDWELL – Celebrate the bountiful fall harvest at Saturday’s 11th annual Taste of the Harvest. The event will be held on the Morrison Quad on The College of Idaho campus.

The family-friendly event pays homage to the growers and producers from the Treasure Valley and throughout the Gem State and features specialty foods, wine, art, craft beer, live music, children’s activities and educational materials about Idaho agriculture.

“Taste of the Harvest has been a great way for the college, alumni, campus community, and the greater community to show support and appreciation of life in Idaho,” Tracylea Balmer, assistant director of special events and conference services at The C of I, said. “Not only does the event support local and regional farmers, wineries and artisans, but it also provides important scholarship dollars to first-generation college students of migrant farm workers.”

While the event boasts a myriad of activities, the centerpiece is always the culinary sampling experience prepared so expertly by Bon Appétit, the Taste of the Harvest’s largest sponsor since its inception. Bon Appétit donates all of the food served at the event.

This year’s sumptuous menu features items like grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters (individual grilled cheese with Ballard Farms white cheddar cheese on Zeppole’s Kalamata olive ciabatta bread served with tomato bisque) Indian spiced, yogurt marinated Robbins Family Farm Turkey served with a cumin-scented sweet corn relish and fresh chile plum chutney on grilled naan; and a red wine and herb braised beef sandwich with horseradish aioli and truffled potato chips.

Another must-try offering is the Buck Snort root beer float with house-made ginger ice cream.

New this year, patrons can sample and purchase Petaluma, Calif.-based Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Signature IPA and Czech-style pilsner. Balmer said the brewer took an interest in the event and has graciously donated cases of their craft beers.

Live entertainment will also be featured with the Taiko Japanese drummers and the Fleet Street Klezmer Band.

The event also includes wine tasting from several of Idaho’s small wineries. These “boutique” wineries are making a reputation for themselves among wine connoisseurs worldwide.

History of the ‘Harvest’

Taste of the Harvest is the brainchild of The College Idaho alumnus Ron Bitner. The local grape grower saw an opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate Canyon County and Idaho’s agricultural harvest on the campus of The C of I.

The event is modeled after several others in Northwest college towns.

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