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Eldorado Great Italian Festival

October 8 - 9, 2016

Citywide Event

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Every year in October, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival is held each year during Columbus Day weekend and is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions. A wine and food event called Vintage Eldorado and the annual Paesano Open Putt for Pets charity golf tournament give guests a chance to celebrate the Italian Festival all week 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 housemade pastas, deep-fried ravioli, sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, New York steak flatbread, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and more!


Festival Highlights

  • Pasta bowls for sauce tasting
  • Grape stomping
  • Wine walk featuring delicious Italian and California wines
  • Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables 
  • The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet
  • Children’s gelato-eating contest