A Rockin’ Rib Fest takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, at Casino Fandango in Carson City. The family friendly event includes live music, arts and crafts vendors, a pie eating contest, games and prizes. Admission is free.

Rib cookers from around the country include Texas Lightning Barbecue, Chicago Barbecue Company, Back Forty Texas Barbecue and Carson City Barbecue. A Casino Fandango beverage garden will serve domestic and craft beers, wine, margaritas, cocktails, bottled water and sodas.

Featured musical acts include Escalade, the John Dawson Band, Joey Carmen, the Lost Reverends, Arizona Jones, Hindsight, Rick Metz and Reckless Envy. Michael Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty is the headline act at 7:30 p.m. May 27.

Visit or call 775-885-7000 for details.

Cuisine, Corks and Crafts

A Cuisine, Corks and Crafts Festival takes place May 25-27 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. A free daily expo includes culinary vendor booths, arts and crafts, mixologists, cooking demonstrations, farm-to-table presentations and live entertainment. Spanish guitarist Milton Merlos performs May 25, and Audio Sky performs May 26.

Three celebrity chefs will perform May 26 in the Nugget Grand Ballroom. Chef Lara Ritchie will present instant-pot recipes with “Meals in an Instant” at 2 p.m. Chef Clint Jolly will offer “A Taste of South America” at 4 p.m., and chef Michael Demers will present “Happy Hour Bites” at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the celebrity chef events include pre-show beverage tasting, a goodie bag and a post-show meet-and-greet with menu tasting.

A Battle Born Chef Competition and Brunch takes place starting at 11 a.m. May 27. Local chefs include Darrin McKillip of US Foods, Justin Johnson of the Sparks Campo Restaurant and Sean Sullivan of the Nugget’s Oyster Bar and Noodle Hut. Tickets include a pre-show beverage tasting, a goodie bag and a post-show brunch.

A wine and spirits walk starts at 5 p.m. May 25 and at 3 p.m. May 26.

For a complete schedule and tickets to the celebrity chefs’ presentations, the Battle Born competition and the wine and spirit walks visit or call 775-356-3300.

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