Foothills Celebration 2020

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19th Annual Foothills Celebration

Tickets $50 this year.  $55 week of the event starting 3/3-3/7

Purchase tickets online at Sierra Vintners Association

Group discounts available for parties of 20 or more.  Call 530-272-8315 at the Grass Valley Downtown Association for details.

Designated Driver tickets include 5 food tastings for $10

Have a large party of 20 or more?  Contact 530-272-8315 for group discount pricing.

A Unique Tasting Event – Stroll, Sip, Sample, Shop!

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 1-4pm

Your ticket includes:

  • Unlimited Beer and Wine Tasting of over 20 local & regional wineries & breweries
  • 5 Food Tastings
  • Commemorative Glass & Menu
  • Rain or Shine event/ no refunds.  When it rains we pour anyhow
  • Start at Gold Miners Inn to get your glass and program

Additional food tasting tickets may be purchased throughout the event $10 for 5 food tastings/ or 2 for $5 at Gold Miners Inn, Tofanelli’s, LaTeDa, M3 Mall

Thank you to our Title Sponsor

Sierra Food Wine Art!

Sierra FoodWineArt is a free, quarterly lifestyle magazine that is the go-to publication for restaurants, wineries, wine & beer, arts & music, and travel & tourism in the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe/Truckee, Reno and outlying Sacramento region.

We also have a companion website called


Gold Sponsor Tri Counties Bank

Thank you to our Delux Sponsor Gold Miners Inn

where you will pick up your tickets, glasses and program.


Gold Miners Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection has got you covered for Foothills Celebration with a special deal! For $250, plus tax, guest will receive 2 tickets to the Foothill Celebration and spend the night of March 7th in one of their standard rooms (king or two-queen). Reservations at Gold Miners Inn includes a complimentary manager’s reception and their hot breakfast buffet in the morning. Guest will need to call the hotel directly at 530-477-1700, option 2 and identify that they want the Foothill Celebration package. Make your reservations by February 26th. After February 26th, the package will no longer be available and guests will have to reserve a room and purchase their tickets separately.


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Hosted by the Grass Valley Downtown Association and Sierra Vintners, the Foothills Celebration event has continued to grow in popularity each and every year. Sample chef specialties and delectable sweets from some of the areas finest restaurants and confectioners while you sip fine wine from over 25 foothill wineries. Also enjoy fine art, and listen to great music as you shop and stroll through the streets of historic downtown Grass Valley.

Don’t delay, purchase your tickets here at (special deals for wine club members).

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Indian Springs pouring at Wild Plum Home & Garden.

The Foothills Celebration is just the therapy you’ll need for a late winter weekend. Everyone is in good spirits…just glad to get out of the house and the great thing about this event is rain or shine, it’s just as good. The wineries and restaurants are all paired with local downtown Grass Valley merchants who open their stores for this unique wine and food tasting affair.

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An assortment of wines at La Te Da Boutique.

Over the last several years, Nevada County has really come into its own as a mecca for small wineries with 48 different varietals planted locally and 18 wineries producing over 40,000 cases of wine annually.

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Singers entertain guests at Wild Plum Home & Garden.

Along with the tasting of fine wine and food, you’ll also be entertained by local musicians as you stroll the historic Grass Valley streets going from store to store. So picture yourself in an historic Grass Valley building where miners once bought and sold goods. Vintage hardwood grace the floors and bricks fired at local kilns adorn the walls.

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Sierra Knolls Winery pouring at Heart & Home.

Because of the diverse collection of stores found in downtown Grass Valley, you’ll be tasting fine wine and food while browsing an amazing collection of goods including antiques, locally made jewelry, home & garden decor, fine art, and men & women’s clothing, just to name a few.

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An assortment of wines at The Herb Shop.

When you’ve had your fill of fine wines and food, catch a show at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts or a movie at the Famous Del Oro Theatre. When you’re hungry again, dine at one of Grass Valley’s great restaurants and if you just don’t feel like driving home, stay at one of Grass Valley’s cozy bed & breakfast inns or hotels.



We are proud to be a Historic Cultural District

Thank you to our Title Sponsor



We appreciate all of our sponsors!


Venue Check In Sponsor

Media Partner





Looking to apply to be a food, libation or venue for Foothills Celebration 2020?

Here is our online application: Apply Online

Here are PDF versions of the application that can be turned into our office at 125 Neal St or to our PO Box 1986, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Applications are due no later than February 2nd and need to be fully completed to be accepted.

Venue: Cost is $100 to participate as a venue and includes ABC license, expenses for set-up/clean-up, advertising, 1/2 page ad in the program and 2 tickets to the event. Fee can be paid by check to the GVDA, cash or we can invoice you for online payment. A table and linens will be provided as well as signage outside your door. Specifics on who will be serving and pouring at your venue will be emailed to you once all applications are in.

Venue Application

Beverage Vendors: Please plan on at least 4 cases of wine or the equivalent. We expect 400 people. Each pour is limited by ABC to 1/2 ounce portions. Specific instructions, including location assignments will be sent to you via email. You are able to sell bottles of wine as well, there will be runners provided for pick up after the event at Gold Miners Inn. A low risk TFF Permit is mandated by the Environmental Health Dept, we will be using your contact info provided in order to fill it out.

Libation Vendor Application

Food Vendors: Please plan on supplying at least 400 tastes. Tickets to be collected to get reimbursed per taste at $1 per taste. Specific instructions, including location assignments will be sent to you via email. Space is provided on the next page to give a description of what you will be serving,\ which is mandatory to finish the application. All tasting supplies will be provided; plates, forks, napkins and hand washing station. It is mandatory to provide your permit numbers for the Environmental Health Dept.

Food Vendor Application

Cheers! Foothills Celebration
Photo by Marion Charlotte