Food & Wine Events

Courtesy Northstar California

Wine walk among the pines
Northstar hosts an alpine-style Wine Walk on the final Saturday of the month from June to August at 3 p.m. Pick up a souvenir tasting glass before weaving throughout the Village shops, sipping wine and snacking on paired hors d’oeuvres. The wine selection and pairings offer a new experience each month with a different theme. The walks are on June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26. |

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. | Sierra NV Lavender & Honey Festival on Facebook

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. |

Festival for firefighter funds
The Kirkwood Summer Festival is on July 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Village Plaza will come alive for a day of wine and beer tasting, incredible food, music featuring Mo’z Motley Blues, a silent auction and activities for the kids. Funds raised will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus devices worn by firefighters for access to breathable air in emergency situations. The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase six devices. Tickets for adults are $40 before June 30, $20 for ages 15 to 20 and $10 for ages 14 and younger. | Register

Downtown Wine Walk
Carson City, Nev.
Take pleasure in a stroll through historic downtown while enjoying a wine walk on the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. Summer dates are on July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. |

Just say B
Beerfest & Bluegrass at Northstar California on July 2 will include beer tastings from more than 25 breweries and two premier bluegrass bands. Breweries will be featured on the Village Overlook and guests who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative pint glass and be able to sample all the different beers. |

Classic drinks
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe offers Art of Mixology at Manzanita on July 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients, such as bitters and infused liquors, to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. Participants must be age 21 and older. Advance registration is required. The cost is $50 per person. |

Summer winemaker dinner

Ritz-Carton Lake Tahoe presents a summer winemaker dinner series at Manzanita at 6:30 p.m. on July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4 and Sept. 9. Guests can experience a four-course culinary and wine-pairing adventure in the mountains featuring regional and Northern California wineries and fresh local ingredients prepared by our chefs. | RSVP

¡Ole tequila!
Kings Beach
Caliente offers tequila tastings on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary if you purchase one full-priced cocktail from the bar before the tasting. Participants must be age 21 and older to attend. Complimentary appetizers are included. |

Slow food gardening
Slow Food Lake Tahoe offers a free workshop series at the Truckee Demonstration Garden throughout summer. The mission is to cultivate a community committed to local food production and increased food security. Mindful Gardening is on July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Food as Medicine is on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. High Sierra Edible Garden Tour is on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Allium Phenology is on Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. |

Fundraising winemaker dinners
East Shore
Thunderbird Lodge Winemaker Dinner Series for the summer pairs renowned chefs and vintners to create memorable special events. These popular fundraisers offer a unique composition of wine, cuisine, castle and grounds tours, panoramic sunsets and auction and raffle opportunities. On July 9, Thunderbird’s executive chef Darren Weston creates a melodious dinner with Arietta Winery. On Aug. 13, Thunderfaire: Grape and Gourmet on the Lake showcases 12 purveyors of California wines, craft brews and distilled spirits accompanied by bites from eight area chefs. On Sept. 10, Calafuria Reno chef-owner Tim Magee celebrates Tuscany with Jarvis Estate wines. On Oct. 8, Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe executive chef Mark Jeffers creates memories with Pride Mountain Winery.

Winemaker dinner tickets are $250 per person ($150 charitable). Shuttle transportation is from Incline Village, Nev. Come via a cruise aboard the “Thunderbird” yacht with a celebrity winemaker for $1,000 per person ($750 charitable). Thunderfaire tickets are $195 per person. Shuttle bus included. |

Sure to be a hit
South Lake Tahoe
On Course Events will produce the inaugural Tahoe Truck Stop Food Truck Weekend from July 14 to 16 at the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe. This three-day event will feature a variety of elements to entice all five senses, such as plenty of food truck options, live art, rustic decor and interactive activities. |

Farm to belly dinners
Sierra Valley Farms and chef Mike Trombetta of Farm to Belly Catering present Dinner in the Barn, a dinner series that celebrates food, farm and community. The four-course, farm-fresh dinners are offered on July 15, Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 9 and include wine, beverage and live music. Dinners are $130 per person. | RSVP

Dig that community vibe
Truckee Demonstration Garden is hosting monthly dig-ins for community volunteers to help with getting the garden ready for planting, refurbishing damaged beds, weeding — anything that needs to be done. No experience is necessary. Dig-in dates are the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. |

Take a stroll along the river
Reno, Nev.
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District is on July 15 and Aug. 19 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. |

Dining on track
Virginia City, Nev.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad will offer a variety of themed train rides from summer to fall for epicureans of the railways. Dinner & Melodrama steam trains will run on July 15 and Aug. 12. The Dinner & Murder Mystery steam trains will chug along on Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. The Toast of the Canyon steam train rides are on June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. |

Time for growing
Reno, Nev.
River School Farm announces the 2017 Homesteading Workshops held at Verdant Connections Urban Farm once a month: 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. |

Meet me downtown
Carson City, Nev.
Get a Taste of Downtown on July 23. This festival features more than 40 restaurants, live music and a celebration of summer from 5 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence. Tickets are $40 before the event and $45 the day of. |

Celebrating all things garlic
Reno, Nev.
The Reno Garlic Festival is on July 29 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. The Local Food Network and the Be the Change Project see the festival as a tool to help create a more just, sustainable and beautiful world by encouraging localism. |

MAP turns 30
Mountain Area Preservation is celebrating 30 years of environmental advocacy with a Sierra Forge Barn Party on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Jackass Ridge Ranch in Truckee. The party will feature an evening of music, a tasty barbecue dinner, a photo booth, silent auction and anniversary toasts. Tickets are on sale now. |

Crawl, don’t walk
Reno, Nev.
Reno, the crawl capital of the world, hosts upcoming crawls including Pirate Crawl on Aug. 19, the Reno Poké Crawl on Sept. 17, Reno Zombie Crawl/Thriller Dance on Oct. 21 and Pajama/Onsies Crawl on Nov. 18. The Steampunk Stroll will not take place this year. | Register

Can you beer it?
Reno, Nev.
CANFEST on Aug. 26 at Grand Sierra Resort is an unlimited tasting beer festival of beers poured exclusively from cans. Breweries from all corners of the U.S. (and some from around the world) come together for one night of indulgence. An attendee will typically find 100 to 120 different brews to sample along with live music, a DJ and a silent disco, a VIP dinner, vendors and a raffle. The fun runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person and $40 for students. | Tickets

Ribs for everyone
Sparks, Nev.
The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, America’s biggest, free barbecue festival is from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 at Victorian Square. Enjoy the country’s best grilling competition. Two dozen of the world’s top barbecue competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers. |

Drink that foam
Olympic Valley
Foam Fest on Sept. 2 is in the Village at Squaw Valley. Enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 40 breweries along with live music and fun activities all to benefit Achieve Tahoe. |

Alpine wine festival
Olympic Valley
The 28th annual Alpen Wine Fest at Squaw Valley on Sept. 3 includes wine tasting from more than 40 vineyards, live music, a silent auction and raffle. |

A little this, a little that
South Lake Tahoe
The eighth annual Sample the Sierra food and wine festival is on Sept. 16 at Bijou Community Park. Early bird tickets are now available for the region’s only farm-to-fork fair celebrating homegrown food, wines, spirits and brews and the opportunity for businesses to participate in the growing foodie culture in South Lake Tahoe. Sample the Sierra aims to expand the gastronomic horizons of festivalgoers with approximately 20 booths each featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery, restaurant and farm with paired food and drink unique to the region. The celebration also includes live music, art and the opportunity to witness three chefs go head to head in an Iron Chef-style competition. |

An annual autumn favorite
Top chefs from around the region gather at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar from Sept. 8 to 10. The annual installment of this classic Tahoe event includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more. Partake in a weekend of wine and beer tasting while checking out Saturday’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off or take part in the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon. |

Farm to art event
Fallon, Nev.
Tractors & Truffles at Fallon on Sept. 23 is a farm-to-plate gourmet dinner and arts event featuring renowned chefs from around the country using locally grown ingredients in their five-course meals. Following the dinner is a performance in Barkley Theater. Cooking demonstrations and farms tours are given during the day. |

Break out the accordions
Olympic Valley
This annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 23 will transform the Village at Squaw into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. |

Celebrate all sweet things
Genoa, Nev.
Genoa Candy Dance from Sept. 23 to 24 is a town-wide candy and craft festival. It features more than 300 exhibitors and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. Enjoy the small-town spirit as you explore this sweet and indulgent festival. |

Even the hounds are welcome
Tahoe City
Tahoe City Oktoberfest celebration at Gatekeeper’s Museum on Sept 30 hosts activities for the family — even the dogs. Enjoy live music, cold beer, barbecue, sausages and wieners and fun games and crafts for kids of all ages. |

Take your (wine) time
Truckee Wine Walk & Shop in historic downtown is scheduled on Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Details will come. |

Ja, das ist gut!
South Lake Tahoe
It’s the yearly celebration food and beer and all things German at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest on Oct 7 and 8 at Camp Richardson. |

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. |

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