Sip the tastes of summer with a free beer and wine tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday at Alder Creek Café in Tahoe Donner. Offered every Friday except July 28. | tahoedonner.com
Time for growing
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. | riverschoolfarm.org
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 series includes French Soiree Pop Up Dinner on July 21 and 22. | cedarhousesporthotel.com
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 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 July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. | vtrailway.com
Competing al fresco
Top Reno chefs show off their culinary skills as they compete against each other on the patio of Campo Reno on July 24. Cheer on favorites while enjoying food and drink specials from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Executive Chef David Holman of Campo Foods and Johnathan L. Wright, food and drink editor of RGJ Media, are hosting. These are part of the Artown festivities happening during July. Admission is free. | (775) 737-9555
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 at the event. | aedv.org
Back the truck up
Reno Street Food presents Food Truck Fridays at Idlewild Park from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday until Sept. 29. 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
Celebrating all things garlic
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. | riverschoolfarm.org
Family fun and barbecue
Alder Creek Adventure Center offers Saturday Night BBQ at 5 p.m. on July 29. Guests can enjoy a fun-filled evening of games, crafts, contests, dress up and food. There will be pony rides for ages 2 to 6. The regular barbecue menu includes hot dogs, veggie burgers and hamburgers cooked to order and personalized with at the extensive topping bar. Baked beans, salads, pie and campfire s’mores round out the menu. Reservations are required with a 72-hour cancellation policy. | tahoedonner.com
Wine walk among the pines
Northstar hosts an alpine-style Wine Walk on the final Saturday of the month 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 July 29 and Aug. 26. | northstarcalifornia.com
Wine with a view
Sierra Valley Farms presents Wine with a View at the Barn, an evening hosted by Cuccia’s Restaurant, on July 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 17. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy tasting wine and delicious appetizers in the barn with spectacular views among the organic vegetable fields. The cost is $40 per person. | Tickets sierravalleyfarms.com
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. | calientetahoe.com
Huskies like hops
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom in Truckee hosts Hops for Huskies on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the local brews and $1 from every beer purchased benefits Tahoe Husky Rescue. | tahoehuskyrescue.org
Maine lobsters in Tahoe
Tahoe City Rotary Club’s Tahoeritaville Lobster Feed is on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center. The feed benefits the club’s academic and vocational scholarships for local youth. Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased at the North Tahoe Event Center, Swigard’s Hardware or by e-mailing Patty Boxeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. | visitcarsoncity.com
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 Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 9 and include wine, beverage and live music. Dinners are $130 per person. | RSVP sierravalleyfarms.com
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. 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. | slowfoodlaketahoe.org
Summer winemaker dinner
Ritz-Carton Lake Tahoe presents a summer winemaker dinner series at Manzanita at 6:30 p.m. on 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 ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe
A cause to dine for
Stella Foodie Fundraiser on Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. is a culinary event benefitting Project MANA. Tickets are $150 per person and include canapés, first course, entrée and dessert. The corkage fees will be waived. Proceeds will help Project MANA reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects in the local communities. The event is at Stella in Cedar House Sport Hotel. | Tickets http://www.projectmana.org
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. | email@example.com
Best bloody drink
The 6th annual Tahoe Bloody Mary Competition is at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe on Aug. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. It will be held at the pool, so bathing suits are suggested. More than 15 bartenders will compete for the bragging rights of Best Bloody Mary in Lake Tahoe and $500 cash. The day includes bands, drinks, DJs, yard games, a pool party, dancers and Tahoe Blue Vodka. Cost is $25 per adult; must be age 21 and older. | Tickets mkt.com/store/fnctn
Fundraising winemaker dinners
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 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. | thunderbirdtahoe.org
Lead a horse to drink?
Cowgirls and Cocktails at Alder Creek Adventure Center is on select Fridays. Cowgirls and cowboys gather for an early evening trail ride followed by beer, wine and appetizers. Enjoy a meandering trail ride through highland meadows and forests and then relax, nibble on appetizers and sip a frosty beer or glass of wine. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend.
Trail rides will be from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by drinks and appetizers from 6 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 25, Sept. 1, 22 and 29. | tahoedonner.com
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.: Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Crawl, don’t walk
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 crawlreno.com
Take a stroll along the river
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District on Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 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. | renoriver.org
Can you beer it?
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 canfestbeer.com
Ribs for everyone
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. | nuggetribcookoff.com
Drink that foam
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. | squawalpine.com
Alpine wine festival
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. | squawalpine.com
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. | northstarcalifornia.com
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. | samplethesierra.com
Farm to art event
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. | tractorsandtruffles.com
Break out the accordions
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. | squawalpine.com
Celebrate all sweet things
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. | genoanevada.org
Even the hounds are welcome
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. | visittahoecity.com
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. | truckeewinewalk.com
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. | camprichardson.com
Mama mia, that’s a festival
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. | eldoradoreno.com