Great Reno Italian Festival – October 8 & 9, 2011

It’s a festival frenzy of Italian food, music and fun at The Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9. The 30th annual festival features the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy all day on Virginia Street in front of the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

The party hits the streets on as the 30th Annual Great Italian Festival kicks off! One of the most anticipated events of the year, the main feature of the Festival is the authentic homemade Italian cuisine. This year’s menu consists of both traditional Italian dishes and Italian favorites with contemporary flair. Booths will feature everything from ravioli, lasagna, risotto, Italian pizzas and polenta. For those looking for a new Italian dish, try the New York Steak Flatbread or the Garlic Parmesano fries. No meal would be complete without dessert! Stop by the homemade Gelato booth or grab a piece of melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

This is also the chance for Italian families across the West Coast to compete in the highly anticipated Great Italian Festival Sauce Cookoff! Hailing from Lombardia, Puglia, Sicily and so many more, each family has a “secret recipe” for sauce that guests can sample for themselves!

Free live entertainment adds to the fresh air and Italian faire, with past entertainments has included Ray Massa and the Euro Rythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Pasquale Esposito and Dick Contino, the legendary virtuoso of the accordion.

Kick off those shoes and take part in traditional Italian activities like the Grape Stomp, where guests actually get into a barrel of grapes and compete against others to find the master of grape-mashing! Play Bocce Ball on the lawn or browse through the Italian-inspired arts and crafts booths to find a souvenir. Children’s games and face painting are also available.

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