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2016 Nevada: October to December 2016
Food & Wine Shows & Local Events
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October 1, 2016
Grapes & Hops Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sample fine wines, a unique selection of beers and food from some of Las Vegas' finest restaurants—while helping to raise money for a good cause—at the Springs Preserve's annual Grapes & Hops Festival.  Kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, this charity event benefits Par for The Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research.  Grapes & Hops will feature tastings of fine wines and unique beers, live music by The Ryan Whyte Maloney Trio with special guest Callie Tucker, and a silent auction. Several local restaurants will be on hand to offer free food samples from their menus.

October 1-2, 2016 - 27th Annual World Championship Outhouse Races
Virginia City, Nevada
The Races pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack. This is great fun for the whole family! This event is free to the public and is quite the spectacle. So don't miss out!

October 4-8, 2016  Supply Side West - Las Vegas, Nevada
SupplySide West is the world’s largest event for innovative and healthy ingredients with 1,500+ booths and over 12,000 attendees.

October 7-16, 2016  5th Annual Reno Bites Restaurant Week
Reno, Nevada
Participating restaurants present one or more of the following: a Signature Item, or specialty price point for something they regularly offer; a three-course, prix fixe menu at a lower price point; a Signature Event which showcases an out-of-the-box menu, or something their chefs may excel at preparing.  Reno Bites Restaurant Week encourages northern Nevadans and visitors to explore and patronize locally owned restaurants.   It's a great excuse to treat your stomach to tasty cuisine.

October 8, 2016  5th Annual Nevada State Dutch Oven Championship - Reno, Nevada
The Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group is hosting the first ever Nevada State Dutch Oven Championship, which will be a sanctioned IDOS competition. The winner may be invited to compete at IDOS' world championship.


October 8-9, 2016  Eldorado Great Italian Festival - Reno, Nevada
Eldorado Resort Casino.  The Eldorado Great Italian Festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, wine walk, an Italian farmer’s market, kids’ gelato eating contest, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long.  A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off. Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste.  There are plenty of offerings street side as well— traditional Italian fare including house-made pastas, deep fried raviolis, meatball and sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, grilled flatbread, the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli and more.

October 8-11, 2016  IBIE: International Baking Industry Exposition 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s the biggest, most comprehensive event in the U.S. for the grain-based food industry, bringing together more than 20,000 baking professionals from 100 different countries and every segment of the business. It’s where new products are launched, great ideas are born and creativity and innovation unite. Every three years, the Baking Expo puts you at the center of it all - providing unparalleled access to the tools, technologies and resources you need to maximize your baking business’ success.  The Baking Expo (IBIE) is produced by the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allied (BEMA).

October 19-21, 2016 - HFTP Annual Convention - Las Vegas, Nevada
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals.  Join hospitality controllers and industry experts for two full days of club and hotel specific education, designed to help you solve professional challenges and maximize the potential of your workplace.

October 21-23, 2016  ICS World's Championsihp Chili Cookoff
Reno, Nevada
50th Anniversary World Championship Chili Cookoff!!!  The ICS is the official organization that sanctions chili cookoffs. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or nonprofit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff. The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world. Our sole purpose is to promote, develop and improve the preparation and appreciation of true chili and to determine each year the World's Champion Chili through officially sanctioned and regulated competitive cookoffs.

October 27-29, 2016  6th Annual Smoke on the Water USA Barbecue Championship - Laughlin, Nevada
Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort.  When the flames begin, music fans, barbecue enthusiasts and championship barbecue teams will descend upon Laughlin for an unparalleled experience at what is fast becoming known as one of the premier barbecue competitions in the world.  Considered one of the west coast's richest contests with a guaranteed purse of $20,000, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned USA Barbecue Championship Grand Champion's purse of $5,000 is also one the largest on the competition circuit. We're spreading the love by paying top three overall and through ten places in all four categories.

November 8-10, 2016  NICRA Annual Convention - Reno, Nevada
National Ice Cream Retailers Association. Ice Cream people helping ice cream people since 1933.

November 14-16, 2016  11th International Food Safety Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
Main topic: Detection and Control Methods for Food Safety

November 14-16, 2016  International Conference on Food Chemistry & Technology - Las Vegas, Nevada
(FCT-2016)  Exploring the recent trends, innovation & emerging technologies for food research and development.  This scientific meeting involves current research, development and discovery of food chemistry and food technology, the conference is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas across a broad range of disciplines.  Organized by United Scientific Group (USG).

November 24, 2016  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.

December 1-31, 2016  Christmas on the Comstock
Virginia City, Nevada
Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock this December, offering a Victorian-style holiday celebration. There are festivities for all ages ranging from unique boutique holiday shopping, specials, a holiday parade on December 5 and more. Check website for a full listing of holiday events in Virginia City.

December 8-10, 2016  Winterfest - Henderson, Nevada
This year's theme will be 'WInter - Silver & Snowflakes'. The event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including an official tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays, roaming performances and an evening light parade. Children's author Kevin Janison will serve as this year's Grand Marshal. Admission for all activities is complimentary.

December 10, 2016  Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2014 Nevada: October to December 2014
Food & Wine Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 2, 2014  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Las Vegas, Nevada
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

October 4 & 18, 2014  Harvest Festival - Reno, Nevada
As part of our behavioral enrichment program, most of the animals will receive pumpkins filled with their favorite treats. Watch the enjoyment experienced by our predators when presented with these unique and delicious meals. Throughout the day, pumpkins will be delivered to different animals. Come spend the day; bring the camcorder…..this is animal viewing at its finest! We will also offer pumpkin painting for kids

November 3-5, 2014  5th World Congress on Diabetes and Metabolism
Las Vegas, Nevada
Theme: To Translate and Harness the Novel Therapies in Diabetes


2013 Nevada: October to December 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

December 2-4, 2013
2nd International Conference on Obesity & Weight Management
Las Vegas, Nevada
Obesity-2013 will provide the latest technologies to treat and to enhance various healthy diet tips and beauty secrets for physical fitness. It is one of the largest innovative platforms for dieticians, physical fitness practitioners, beauticians and clinicians in all fields of medicine, beauty and healthcare.


2012 Nevada: October - December 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 7, 2012  32nd Annual Lagun Onak Basque Food Festival
Henderson, Nevada
Admission is Free. Celebrations will include; Gauden Bat – Chino, CA folk dancers, Basque musical group, Aitor Narvaiza will perform weight exhibitions, weight carrying as well as weight carrying contests. Typical Basque foods and beverages will be available for purchase, which will include; Paella, Lamb, Chorizo (Basque Sausage), salad, desert as well as Sangria, beer, wine and refreshments.

October 19-21, 2012  Asian Food Festival & Trade Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
A two-day cultural event to promote a greater understanding of Asian countries, their cultures & traditions to the general public. This event is expected to be the largest Asian community event featuring over 20 authentic Asian food vendors, cultural performances, live entertainment, carnival rides & games for the kids, special guest celebrities and more than 100 multicultural retail stores and exhibitors .


NEVADA: October, November & December 2008
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

October 5-7, 2008  Western Food Industry Exposition
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Western Food Industry Exposition has one goal – to provide the best networking opportunity of the year for grocery retailers, suppliers, wholesalers and brokers.

November 6-9, 2008  Odyssey Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
This premier epicurean event showcases haute cuisine from the city’s most celebrated chefs, world renowned wines and fine art to benefit The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Odyssey Foundation’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Scholarship Program.




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