Food and Wine Events

Courtesy Cedar House Sport Hotel

Taste & Listen
Trails and Vistas and Cedar House Sport Hotel offers Pop Up Dinner, Taste and Listen in Truckee. Enjoy an artistic interpretation of a multi-continent inspired cuisine choreographed to live music on April 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Taste & Listen Musical Pop Up Dinner is an exploration into creative cooking with a multi-course meal inspired by the sounds and rhythms of the music of Ian Case and Motoshi Kosako. Guests are encouraged to walk around the kitchen, joining conversations and enjoy music by award-winning musicians. Seating is communally and each course is served at the same time with commentary from Chef Alex Downing. The dinner benefits the arts in nature programs of Trails & Vistas. Tickets are $125. |

Wine for a cause
The Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe will be hosting its 22nd annual Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting event on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge in Tahoe City. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door for unlimited wine tastings and endless plates of sumptuous appetizers. Auctioneer Ed Miller will be present to auction off nearly $100,000 in goods and services. Proceeds will benefit the local youth and social service programs. | Tickets

Fridays are for tasting
Olympic Valley
Friday Night Tasting Notes at Plaza Bar is every Friday until April 20. Tantalize your taste buds with a tasting of craft beers or specialty spirits from selected breweries, wineries and distilleries from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Favorite local musicians will play from 3 to 6 p.m.

Take a stroll along the river
Reno, Nev.
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District is 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. Upcoming dates are on April 20 and May 19. |

Taste & Listen
Trails and Vistas and Cedar House Sport Hotel offers Pop Up Dinner, Taste and Listen. Enjoy an artistic interpretation of a multi-continent inspired cuisine choreographed to live music on April 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $125. |

Reno beer crawl
Reno, Nev.
Enter the wacky world of the Reno beer crawl every fourth Saturday of the month. Purchase a commemorative cup or glass and get drink specials at as many as 20 different locations. It’s an easy walk (or crawl) to each downtown location. |

Munch, Munch, Munch, Tastier
Reno, Nev.
To kick off the spirit of Spring, the merchants of downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District have teamed up to organize the Dine the District self-guided tour on April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the event, and free for children 10 and younger. Redeem tickets by presenting receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center.

¡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. The next event is on May 3. |

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. The next event is on May 4.

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. The next event is on May 5.

Dining for schools’ cards
Three new local restaurants have joined more than 40 participating in the Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools fundraising program this year. Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City, Whitecaps Pizza in Kings Beach and Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co. in the Village at Northstar are the most recent additions. Each Dining for Schools cardholder receives 50 percent off an individual dinner entrée at participating restaurants. Some restrictions apply.
Mountain Valley Meats in Truckee is another new addition. It will offer a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases made Sunday through Thursday during the valid non-holiday period. Dining for Schools Cards are available for $50 per card and are non-transferable. All proceeds benefit the Excellence in Education Foundation. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only (holidays excluded) through June 14.
Cards may be used for an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant. They are available at Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach, Save Mart in Truckee and Tahoe City, Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee, The Store in Tahoe City and online. |

Farmers’ markets
Nothing says summer like a trip to the local farmers’ market. Enjoy the sunshine, fresh local produce, great food and people who help make this community special. Tahoe City and Truckee Regional Park’s markets open in mid-May. Other markets from South Lake Tahoe to Beckwourth and in Nevada open in June.

Food Truck Fridays
Reno, Nev.
Reno Street Food came about in 2012 with just five trucks. There are now, in its seventh year, 30 deliciously packed food trucks, pop-up restaurants and food trailers every Friday from May 18 to Sept. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Idlewild Park. Local bands and artists are featured each week. |

High-altitude growing
Slow Food Lake Tahoe is offering Grow-Your-Own-Garden workshops on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. from May 16 to June 20. All classes are free and hosted at the Truckee Demonstration Garden. |

Thirsty third Thursday wine walk
Gardnerville, Nev.
It’s wine time on the third Thursday of the month from May 17 to Sept. 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each month is themed. |

Chili on the Comstock
Virginia City, Nev.
The 35th annual Chili on the Comstock features fun runs, a 5 km, Fireball Saloon Crawl and endless varieties of chili and cold, refreshing beer. The event hosts more than 30 of the best chili cooks in the West all competing for a spot in the International Chili Society World Finals. From May 19 to 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |

Strange but tasty
Reno, Nev.
The Brewer’s Cabinet Strange Brew Festival is slated for May 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. This celebration of uniquely crafted brews host more than 20 local breweries with brews made exclusively for this event. These brews will challenge taste buds and sensibilities. There will be music from Uncle Funkle Big Band and great food. |

Walk for wine
The Shops at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe offers a Wine Walk on May 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. For a $20 donation, participants can sample wine crafted from Amador County Vinters Association, enjoy food specials and chances to win prizes at every location visited. Proceeds will benefit Christmas Cheer of Lake Tahoe. Future wine walk dates are on Aug. 23 and Nov. 29. |

A sparkling gala
Tickets are available for the 19th annual Best of Tahoe Chefs food and wine fundraiser, held annually at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The theme for this year’s event is Silver & Gold Gala and it will be held on June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Each year a sell-out crowd gathers for an elegant evening of fine dining and dancing in support of patient and family programs at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. These valuable support programs are offered at no cost to patients and their families.
Truckee-Tahoe’s best local chefs donate his or her time and talent to make the evening extraordinary with fabulous culinary creations, and also offer dining packages for the event’s auction. The event is presented by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. Tickets are $175 per person. |

Tahoe Brewfest
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Brewfest is proud to welcome beer lovers from all over the world to South Lake Tahoe on June 2. Open to all ages, this family-friendly festival serves up craft beers and a full spread of fresh bites from the area. Filled to the brim with enthusiasm and positivity, the event has that glass-half-full vibe. |

Craft Beer Week
Reno & Sparks, Nev.
Craft Beer Week from June 2 to 10 highlights the region’s craft-beer culture while expanding the reach of craft beer through collaboration, education, cooperation and responsible libation. Close to 40 events are on tap in this third year. Enjoy sampling the region’s best beers, learning from local brewers and discovering an evolving craft. Home brewers will brew-off in the Biggest Little Homebrew competition. |

Taste of the Comstock
Virginia City, Nev.
Sample savory bites of Virginia City’s finest fare on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the way it was on the Comstock and encounter the life of the upper echelon in the VIP whiskey lounge. |

Optimist Brew Fest
The 12th annual event of the Truckee brew fest on June 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. features more than 40 specialty brews from Northern California and Nevada breweries, music by Drop Theory, dancing, barbecue items and a silent auction. |

BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival
Reno, Nev.
The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival annual event on June 15 and 16 is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew-tasting event and music festival with two stages of free, nonstop rock and blues throughout the weekend. More than 50 microbreweries will participate. Check out the music lineup at |

Tahoe City Food & Wine Classic
Tahoe City
This Tahoe City signature annual event gives participants the opportunity to sip, shop and explore. Stroll the scenic lakefront sidewalks tasting wines and nosh on tasty bites from 30 wineries, local restaurants and caterers. It’s on June 16, rain (or snow) or shine.

Cowgirl Saloon Crawl
Virginia City, Nev.
There is no better place to get ready for the rodeo in the Old West. Giddy-up on over to Virginia City’s historic saloons to enjoy themed drinks and top it off with a good ol’-fashioned, line-dancing competition Comstock style. June 16.|

Scents to die for
Sparks, Nev.
The second annual Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival is slated for June 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nev. This scent-sational event will feature all things lavender and honey along with arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, entertainment, interactive free kids’ zone along with free train rides. This event is free for all ages. | Sierra NV Lavender & Honey Festival on Facebook

Celebrating food, farm and community
Sierra Valley Farms presents its Dinner in the Barn series this summer on July 21, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. The all-inclusive four-course meal of farm-fresh food, wine and beverages with live entertainment is presented by executive chef Mike Trombetta with guest chefs. The dinners start at 4:30 p.m. and cost $130 per person. |

Bloody Mary Competition
Stateline, Nev.
FNCTN will host the 7th annual Tahoe Bloody Mary Competition on Aug. 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hard Rock and Casino Lake Tahoe. Tickets are $40. | FNCTN on Facebook

Community that dines together…
Glenbrook, Nev.
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s annual Community Table is on Sept. 7. The 2018 event will be at the private, historic Shakespeare Ranch. The Community Table is a unique wine and food experience attended by Tahoe’s most influential and serious diners. Each year an award-winning chef is invited to be the guest chef — to be announced in late March. |