Although a street full of sheep might not inspire a sense of adventure (or fear) in quite the same manner as a street full of bulls, in Idaho, this annual event brings people of all ages together to celebrate with fun, food, wine, and apparently: sheepdog races.
Voted MSN’s Top 10 Festivals of the World, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a world-renowned celebration of history, heritage, culture, sheep, wool and lamb.
The 17th annual event will take place October 10 – 13, 2013 in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho. This unique event celebrates the history and cultures of families and individual men and women in Idaho sheep ranching, and honors their contributions to the development of Idaho and the west. The four-day event includes an authentic Folklife Fair, a multitude of culinary events featuring lamb, cheese and local foods, historical exhibits, multicultural experiences of Scottish, Basque, Polish and Peruvian dancers and musicians, demonstrations, cooking, fiber and photography workshops, and the Trailing of the Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep sauntering down Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.
The Lamb Dine Around features menu items like:
- Lemongrass marinated Idaho lamb tenderloin satay, picked baby beets, thai curry, and mint coconut emulsion.
- Grilled boneless Idaho lamb loin, Idaho wild huckleberries, caramelized delicata squash, port reduction, with five spice bubbles.
- “Sheepherder pizza” with spicy ground Lamb, garlic, olive oil, mozzarella, caramelized onions, roma tomatoes and arugula.
The Festival was named One of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel, received the Governor’s Award for Cultural Tourism and is honored as One of the Top 100 Festivals in North America by the American Bus Association. www.trailingofthesheep.org (208) 720-0585