Who doesn’t love getting dressed to the nines to go to the premier event in town, mingle with your favorite folks, and enjoy fine libations coupled with tasty bites?

Epicurean happenings abound in the Biggest Little City and elsewhere in the region. Here are the can’t-miss occasions ahead that should be on every food-loving socialite’s calendar.

Reno Craft Beer Week

June 2-10

Celebrating all things barley, hops, wort and yeast, Reno Craft Beer Week is the time to shine for local brews. Revel in the area’s thriving sudsy culture while learning more about beer. Food enthusiasts get their fix with pairing events and chef collaborations.

A Toast and Taste of Summer Wine & Food Expo

June 15

After a record-breaking winter, A Toast and Taste of Summer Wine & Food Expo will celebrate all the deliciousness that comes with the sunny season.

Encore Beverage brings together culinary talent from around the Truckee Meadows, including chefs from Beaujolais Bistro, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge, Bistro 7, Twisted Fork and Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar.

Enjoy fine French, German and Italian wines and gourmet bites while supporting the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality.


Aug. 27

Canfest organizers have this goal: To give canned beer the spotlight it deserves. Aficionados gather to crush anti-aluminum notions as they pop the tops on more than 100 different brews from around the world.

A silent disco, live music, raffle and more -- there’s no need to kick the can to find fun at this event.

32nd Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Sept. 8-10

As vibrant autumn colors emerge and temperatures begin to fall, the 32nd Autumn Food & Wine Festival offers true solstitial comfort with farm-to-table dinners, celebrated chefs, hands-on cooking demonstrations, food and beverage pairings, tasting hikes, seminars and the Grand Tasting finale.

An Evening with Johnathan L. Wright

Sept. 26

Johnathan L. Wright, RGJ Media’s food and drink editor, is emcee for a lavish dinner at Atlantis Steakhouse featuring prized wines from Lewis Cellars, a highly regarded Napa Valley winery. In 2016, the Wine Spectator named a Lewis Cellars cabernet sauvignon as the No. 1 wine of the year.

Reno Bites Week

Oct. 9-15

The sixth annual Reno Bites week is a culinary celebration that takes place at dozens of restaurants and other venues citywide. The week features special dishes, prix fixe menus, signature events and, as a finale, the Chef Showdown, a "Top Chef"-like cook-off before an enthusiastic crowd.

Barrels & Bites

Nov. 3

Barrels & Bites, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, is one of Northern Nevada’s grandest events for food and drink connoisseurs.

In addition to more than 500 wines from around the world, attendees sample craft beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fine food within creatively themed tasting areas.

19th annual Bubbles Party

Nov. 11

Ready to indulge in over 50 sparkling wines? The 19th annual Bubbles Party is a toast to effervescent delight! Whispering Vine Wine Co. on West Fourth Street will uncork the bubbly in plenty of time to decide which label will take the spotlight on your holiday table.

Fantasies in Chocolate

Nov. 18

Fantasies in Chocolate brings together the region’s best chefs to offer cocoa-infused bites — both sweet and savory — that are served alongside wine, beer and spirits. Fantasies also showcases a VIP dinner, live music and luxury goods vendors.

The gala black-tie evening helps support RGJ Foundation scholarships and grants for local individuals, schools and nonprofit groups.

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