How spicy is yours
Twin Bridges
Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts a Salsa Showdown on April 22 at the Golden Bear Terrace. Participants can enter their salsas, traditional or fruity, win a 2017-18 season pass. Competition is capped at the first 25 salsas entered. While judges are looking for the No. 1 salsa, there will be a taco-eating contest, piñata, food specials and Spanish jams playing. Fill out a form on the Web site to enter. |

Crawl, don’t walk
Reno, Nev.
Reno, the crawl capital of the world, announces its upcoming events. On April 22, the Steampunk Stroll will take place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The fee is $10 for a premium mug and map. There will be a costume contest and entertainment.

Upcoming crawls include: Epic Crawl/Lightsaber Battle on June 3, Pirate Crawl on Aug. 19, Zombie Crawl/Thriller Dance on Oct. 21 and Pajama Crawl on Nov. 18. | Register

Time for growing
Reno, Nev.
River School Farm announces the 2017 Homesteading Workshops held at Verdant Connections Urban Farm once a month: composting is on April 22, backyard animal husbandry is on May 13, herbal remedies is on June 10, backyard beekeeping is on July 22, high tunneling on Aug. 19 and preserving your harvest on Sept. 9. The two-hour morning workshops are for 15 people. The fee is $30 per workshop. |

DIY gardening
Truckee Roundhouse in collaboration with Slow Food Lake Tahoe offers How to Build A Critter-Proof Garden Bed on April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. During this interactive workshop, participants will be led through basic safety precautions and carpentry skills, then have an opportunity to build and take home a raised bed. Participants should expect to work hard and get messy. All parts will be assembled on site, with final assembly at home. No experience is necessary. Participants are also invited to attend an Organic Gardening 101 Workshop the following day free of charge.

Participants must select the $75 class fee, which lid or bed they wish to build. |

Tahoe casual
Tahoe City
The Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting hosted by Kiwanis Club North Lake Tahoe is on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge. More than $50,000 in goods and services will be offered along with premium wines and sumptuous appetizers. Proceeds benefit local youth and social service programs. Dress is Tahoe casual with spring flair.

Ticket prices this year are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member, Mother Nature’s Cabin Fever or

Down-home produce
Area venues
Nothing says summer like a trip to the local farmer’s market. Enjoy the sunshine, fresh local produce, great food and people who help make this community special. Tahoe City farmers’ market opens May 19 and Truckee Regional Park’s market open in mid-May. Other regional markets from South Lake Tahoe to Carson City, Nev., to Beckwourth open in June.

Back the truck up
Reno, Nev.
Reno Street Food presents Food Truck Fridays from May 19 to Sept. 29 at Idlewild Park from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday. There will be 30 deliciously packed food trucks, pop-up restaurants and food trailers along with local bands and artists featured each week. | Reno Street Food on Facebook

Best of the best
Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation presents the 18th annual Best of Tahoe Chefs: Evening in White on May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The fundraiser will benefit Patient & Family Programs at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. Mobile bidding on the silent auction items from cell phones will be open on May 19 at noon. |

Take a stroll along the river
Reno, Nev.
Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District is on May 20 and June 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Every third Saturday of the month visit any of the participating Riverwalk District merchants to get a map of Wine Walk merchants. Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, for a $20 wine-tasting fee and valid photo ID, receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet to sample wine at any participating merchant. Strollers and pets are not advised because of large crowds. |

Chili in the hills
Virginia City, Nev.
The 34th annual Chili on the Comstock returns to the historic town May 20 to 21 along C Street in Virginia City. The event promises all the favorite chili flavors and brings the return of the Fireball Saloon Crawl, Fun with the Runs 5K, music and family friendly activities. |

Gardening tips for free
South Lake Tahoe
Friends of the Library offer two UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener of Lake Tahoe workshops this May. Participants receive instruction on cultivation techniques and history/background of the plants. Everyone will leave with free plants. These are family-friendly workshops with hands-on opportunities.

On May 20, the Asparagus Workshop is at 10 a.m. This hardy perennial vegetable can become part of an edible landscape and a mainstay in the garden.

On May 30, Tomatoes Workshop is at 6 p.m. Learn the techniques required to grow these plants in our cool summers. Topics include proper varietal selection, location in the garden or container, planting options and methods for protecting the young plants. Free and open and all. |

Beer geeks allowed
Reno, Nev.
The Strange Brew Festival is on May 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Brewer’s Cabinet. This is a celebration of uniquely crafted brews from local breweries. Expect the unexpected. Most of the offerings from more than 20 local breweries will only be available at this festival — uncommon beer, in many cases, specially crafted for this event. These brews will challenge taste buds and sensibilities. There will be live music and food from Liberty Food & Wine. |

Explore a world of wines
Olympic Valley
Dive into the cellar at PlumpJack Bar & Cafe and learn about wine varietals, regions and discover new worldly wines to love. Each Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Wine Voyage will showcase different wine regions from around the globe.

Participants can enjoy a taste of three wines and wine fact cards. Old World Regions are featured until April 27. Prices vary. |

Free on Wednesdays
South Lake Tahoe
Wine Wednesdays are at The Loft in Heavenly. Free wine tasting from different featured winery each week, with a guest speaker and/or tasting notes from the featured winery. | (530) 523-8024

Pop in for a Pop Up
Stella at Cedar House Sport Hotel offers a Pop Up Dinner Series several times per month. Designed and formatted like a spirited dinner party, a Stella Pop Up event is an exploration into creative cooking. Guests are encouraged to walk around the kitchen, joining conversations that are free flowing and educational. There is one tasting menu for each gathering, seating is communal and each course is served at the same time with commentary from the Stella kitchen team. The cost is $97 per person. The dinners include Series 3 Pop Up on April 22 and Series IV on April 29. |

Sip, savor, smile
Tahoe Donner
The 43rd annual Soroptimist Wine Restaurant Faire Fundraiser is on June 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Coyote Moon Golf Course. There will be wine and beer tastings, music, culinary delights from area restaurants, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door from Dickson Realty, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Truckee Physical Therapy. |

Cheer for beer
Sparks, Nev.
The homegrown celebration of local beer, Reno Craft Beer Week, is set for its third year from June 2 to 10. The festival will promote the thriving craft beer culture, enhance beer knowledge and build local beer appreciation.

The festival will again kickoff with the biggest little home-brew competition, Backwash, on June 2 and close with the Nevada Craft Brewers Association CollaBREWation Gala in downtown Sparks on June 10. The popular Reno Craft Beer Week Brewery Tour is set to return thanks to the new Reno Booze Bus. |

What’s brewing again
The Truckee Optimist Club’s 12th Annual Truckee Brew Fest on June 10 at Truckee Regional Park will feature tasting of specialty brews, craft beers and select ciders from California and Nevada breweries. There will be music, dancing, a barbecue, a silent auction and more. Entry fee includes tastings until 5 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $30 or $35 at the gate. Ticket outlets include Coffee Bar, Dickson Realty, Tuff Beanz, Auto Glass Express Truckee, Mellow Fellow, Zanders and Truckee Optimist members. Designated drivers are admitted free and taxis will be available. All proceeds benefit youth sponsorships. |

Brewfest announced
South Lake Tahoe
The inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest presented by Cold Water Brewery and FNTCN has been announced for June 10 at Cold Water. Brewfest will feature craft brew tastings from breweries from around Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, a home brewers’ competition, live music, arts and crafts, food and more. | Lake Tahoe Brewfest on Facebook

Step back in time
Virginia City, Nev.
Sample savory bites of Virginia City’s finest fare, experience the way it was on the Comstock and encounter the life of the upper echelon in the VIP whiskey lounge all at Taste of the Comstock on June 10. In its heyday, when silver was pouring from the hills, Virginia City was well known as a town of riches, elegance and fine dining. |

Wine, wine everywhere
Incline Village, Nev.
Wine on the Water is on June 11 at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. The benefit event for the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe will offer tastings from more than 30 wineries and 12 restaurants. Participants must be age 21 and older to attend. Tickets are on sale now. |

Sip, Shop, Nosh
Tahoe City
Tahoe City Wine Walk will be on June 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. This alfresco event features more than 20 tasting locations that showcase regional wineries and gourmet bites from top North Lake Tahoe restaurants and caterers. The event also includes craft brews and spirits, as well as non-alcoholic tasting options. Tahoe City’s boutique shops will be open for shopping and live music will provide entertainment and opportunities for dancing.

Tickets are $45 per person in advance or $50 at the event. The price includes admittance, wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic tastings, commemorative wine glass, bite-sized morsels and complimentary on-site parking. Designated driver tickets are $20 and include food sampling only. | Tickets

Rock on ribs
Reno, Nev.
The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival returns on June 16 and 17 as the unofficial kickoff to summer. The annual event is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event and music festival with free, nonstop rock and blues throughout the weekend. Last year, more than 60 microbreweries participated including the Eldorado’s own The Brew Brothers, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Pyramid and Magic Hat Breweries, Stoneyhead Brewery and Blue Moon Brewing Company. |

So scent-sational
Sparks, Nev.
Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival on June 25 is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Victorian Square. This new event for all ages will feature all things lavender and honey along with arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, music and entertainment. |    

Little wings party hearty
Reno, Nev.
The Biggest Little City Wing Fest will celebrate its fifth year in downtown Reno from June 30 to July 1. Each year, 80,000 attendees kicked off Fourth of July weekend by eating more than 20,000 pounds of chicken wings slathered in sauce from more than 20 local and regional wing cookers, washed down with ice cold beer and craft cocktails and to the tune of free live entertainment. |

Celebrating all things garlic
Reno, Nev.
The Reno Garlic Festival is July 29, 2017, at Pat Baker Park featuring a fun-filled family event showcasing locally grown garlic, garlicky foods, garlic-based medicinals and featuring music, games and gardening resources.

The mission of the Reno Garlic Festival is to support and develop local farmers, to build community and strengthen neighborhood ties through food, and to demonstrate an alternative market for locally raised foods.

The event will be the culmination of a year of planning, growing and in some cases mentoring local growers, including several from the diverse Pat Baker Park neighborhood itself. The Local Food Network and the Be the Change Project see the RGF as a powerful tool to help create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world by encouraging localism. |

Mama mia, that’s a festival
Reno, Nev.
For more than 35 years, the Eldorado Great Italian Festival has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno and this year’s event will continue to do just that on Oct. 7 and 8. The outdoor festival is a celebration of Italian culture and tradition when the Biggest Little City is transformed into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cooking competition, wine walk, Italian farmer’s market, gelato-eating contest, an Italian buffet and free, live entertainment. |