Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Great Italian Festival

A few weekends ago the El Dorado Great Italian Festival took place.  Music, food, drinks, street performers, and tents of arts and crafts filled the streets of downtown Reno. Near the iconic landmark a grape stomping contest was underway in front of booths set up for wine tasting (and that's where I got in trouble, LOL). The event took place over a Saturday and Sunday and so John and I went the first day because I had to run the Bizz Johnson half marathon the next day...
We had a late start (John rode his bike and I cannot recall what I did that morning) so by the time we arrived were were thirsty and starving.  These Italian Margaritas with fresh strawberries and basil looked good so we grabbed a cup. 
Then we shuffled through pillars of people everywhere in search of lunch.
There were live bands set up on the corners and end of block-off streets and street performers bringing smiles to the crowds.
Finally I picked something to eat...chicken cacciatore with polenta.
The polenta was prepared in this HUGE pot that could easily fit 10 grown men.
John picked a roast beef sandwich drizzled with au jus sauce.  The photos may not look appetizing but kid you not - everything was DELICIOUS.

Italian Margaritas
Grape Stomping Contest while wine tasting
On the way home, we stopped at a newly opened brewpub called the Brewer's Cabinet and tried a couple of their fall-themed beer. 
I remember having a great time at the festival...and a blast at the brewery. It was a lovely Saturday evening though I woke up with a terrible hangover and, despite that, ran a half marathon on trail the next day. I will never drink and run again, LOL.
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JoeinVegas said...

Does that mean less running?

corner wine cabinet said...

Wow! This looks great! I am so impressed!