Sep 12, 2011

Fall Harvest of Local Flavors to Kick Off FVCC's Largest Scholarship Fundraiser

Highly acclaimed Chef Andy Blanton, owner and executive chef of Whitefish’s Café Kandahar and former FVCC professional chef instructor, will join local farmers, Flathead Valley Community College artisans, local food vendors, brewers and winemakers on the FVCC campus September 29 to kick-off the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year. 

The fourth annual Festival of Flavors will feature 13 events highlighting eight of the Flathead Valley’s finest chefs and FVCC culinary arts students and faculty and will culminate with a grand wine tasting event October 8.  Proceeds from all events will support student scholarships and programs at Flathead Valley Community College.

Tickets to the kick-off event are $30 per person and include tastings from various local mobile food vendors including Amazing Crepes, Cuisine Machine, Maria’s Big Green Roaster and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream; appetizers prepared by Blanton; apple cobbler prepared by the college’s Eagle’s Nest Café; tastings of local beers crafted by Flathead Brewery of Bigfork, Tamarack Brewery of Lakeside, Great Northern Brewery of Whitefish and Glacier Brewery of Polson; and tastings of local wines produced by Flathead Lake Winery of Columbia Falls, The Apple Barrel Inc. Sun Glacier Winery of Kalispell and Mission Mountain Winery of Rollins.

The kick-off event also will feature a Farmer’s Market.  Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase fresh produce from the FVCC Campus Garden, the FVCC Community Garden, Purple Frog Gardens of Whitefish and Ten Lakes Farm in Eureka.  Artwork from FVCC Art Club students and faculty and college staff also will be available for purchase.

In addition, the kick-off event will feature a pie auction of seasonal fruit pies handcrafted by FVCC Culinary Arts Instructor and Chef Hillary Ginepra and the college’s culinary arts students, live music and a Farm to Table presentation by Blanton and a local farmer.

Patrons must be at least 21 years of age or must be accompanied by an adult.  To purchase tickets and to obtain a complete list of Festival of Flavors events and featured chefs, visit, or call the FVCC Foundation Office at 756-3632.