RENO — Special event season in Reno is coming to a close, but no event has as much history as the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s Great Italian Festival.
Join the Eldorado in celebrating the 30th Annual Great Italian Festival Oct. 8-9.
Even after 30 years, the Eldorado holds fast to the staple events that keep crowds coming back, including the Grape Stomp, Sauce Cookers Competition, an Italian Farmer’s Market and everyone’s favorite homemade Italian Buffet. A few new highlights are adding more Italian flavor to the mix in what promises to be a robust celebration of everything Italy.
The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Try your hand at the art of winemaking during the Grape Stomp, open to festival-goers of all ages Saturday or play a bit of Bocce Ball on the Eldorado’s Train Trench Plaza. The Bocce Tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with a $10 sign-up fee.
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 “secret recipes” to life right on the street for guests to taste. Pasta tasting plates will be sold for $2 at the Spaghetti Booth on the corner of Fourth and Virginia Streets starting at 1 p.m. daily.
New to the 30th Annual Italian Festival is the fastest product of Italy. The Ferrari Club of America will have dozens of Ferraris lining the plaza on the south side of the Eldorado for the weekend.
No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food. The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday.
For more details, photos and other Italian Festival information, visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 775-786-5700. The latest Eldorado updates are also available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Eldorado’s interactive iPhone and Android Apps.