Little Italy Comes to Downtown Reno with Great Eldorado Italian Festival

By: Millie Warren Email
By: Millie Warren Email

 Festival Highlights, provided by the 32nd Annual Great Eldorado Italian Festival:

Pasta bowls for sauce tasting will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.  


Grape stomping is free and open to the public Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the media, politicians and local celebrities stomp Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The grape stomping stage is located on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado.


The Ferrari Club of America will have more than 30 specialty cars in a special Ferrari display on 4th Street all weekend.


A bocce ball tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado. There is a $10 sign-up fee.  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.


An Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables will run all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


An Italian Mercado, located on Virginia St between 3rd Street and Commercial Row, will feature cannolis, garlic bread sticks, sourdough flutes, gelato and coffee from the Eldorado Coffee Company. The Mercado will also have items such as olive oils, vinegars, aprons, fresh cut flowers, Italian cookbooks, dried pastas, Italian meats and more.


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 at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $26.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids 10 and under and $21.99 for Eldorado Gold Card members and above.


A kids’ gelato eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the grape stomp stage.

RENO, NV - Are you longing for the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy?

The 32nd Annual Great Eldorado Italian Festival is celebrating Italian culture and traditions this weekend at downtown Reno, according to an official with Eldorado Reno

On Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013, people can visit the festival and enjoy grape stomping, a sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmers' market, bocce ball, a kids' gelato eating contest, a Ferrari car display, an Italian buffet, and live entertainment, according to an official with Eldorado Reno.

For a detailed list of the festival highlights, please refer to the column to the right of this article.

For more information on the festival, visit Eldorado Reno's website.

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