Taste of the town: Reno Food & Drink Week, Food Truck fridays and more!


The fifth annual Reno Food & Drink Week, a yearly celebration of the Reno area’s eclectic food and drink scene, takes place June 3-14. Participating food and beverage establishments will offer special off-menu items throughout the 12-day span, encouraging the community to get out and try something new while supporting local businesses. For more information, head to hungryinreno.com/2024rfdw. 

Hot Havana Nights, a fundraiser for Safe Embrace, a nonprofit working to provide resources and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence, will take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at the National Automobile Museum. The Cuban-inspired event will feature Latin music and dance performances, libations and Cuban treats from the Renaissance Reno catering team, and hand-rolled cigars from Ruiz Cigars. “Hot Havana Nights is an opportunity to leverage a lighter, more enjoyable celebration as we work to fight some of the dark realities Northern Nevadans face,” said Afshan West, executive director of Safe Embrace. For tickets, which start at $100, or more information, visit e.givesmart.com/events/CAl.  

Bone Appetit BBQ in the Reno Public Market is among the restaurants offering special items during Reno Food & Drink Week, June 3-12.

Food Truck Fridays kicks off the summer season on June 7 in Idlewild Park, in Reno. With 50-plus food, beverage and dessert vendors, this event is one of the largest weekly food truck gatherings in the nation—and you can visit it every Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. through August. Learn more at www.facebook.com/RenoStreetFood. 

The Reno River Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, in Wingfield Park, in Reno. Featuring dozens of food and drink vendors, 24 music acts on two stages, 100-plus vendor shops, and the Reno Tahoe Adventure Park, the Reno River Festival is a family-friendly happening. A portion of pre-purchased tickets will benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the Kiwanis Bike Program. A pass for all three days is $10, with free admission for kids 17 and younger. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, head to renoriverfestival.com. 

The 27th annual BBQ Blues and Brews Festival returns to The ROW Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, in Reno. The festival food includes a variety of barbecue favorites, including St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork, alongside 50-plus breweries and a Beer Olympics. For VIP tickets and more information, visit www.caesars.com/the-row-reno/events/bbq-brews-and-blues-festival. 


Two new tenants have signed leases in the Food Hall at Reno Public Market, at 299 E. Plumb Lane, in Reno: Cuzco, which will serve Peruvian cuisine, and Chick-a-Boom, a chicken-focused concept from the team that operates current RPM restaurants Mediterranean Bae and Pasta La Vista. Both establishments are expected to open later this summer. 

The Truckee Coffeebar has a new location with more seating and a larger kitchen space.

Coffeebar has revamped and relocated its Truckee bakery location; it’s now at 12047 Donner Pass Road. Located next door to its previous home, the new space features more seating and a larger kitchen space, allowing the bakery to expand and include a selection of daily breads, Roman-style pizzas and fresh doughnuts on the weekends. “We’ve always dreamed of having access to the kind of kitchen and bakery space that we created in this new location,” said Cass Rodriguez, head baker for Coffeebar. “I’m most excited about being able to experiment with doughnuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!” 

Sparks has a couple of new pizza spots. Pizzava recently opened its third location—its first in Sparks—at 670 E. Prater Way, featuring the familiar menu along with ample dining-room space. Learn more at www.pizzava.com.  

Mountain Mike’s Pizza has also landed in Sparks, at 1201 Baring Blvd.—the third area location of the West Coast chain that originated in Palo Alto, Calif., and is known for its “crispy curly pepperoni.” Find out more at www.mountainmikespizza.com. 

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