2014 Spring Epicurean Calendar

UNLVino Grand Tasting in 2013 | Photo by Josh Metz

UNLVino Grand Tasting in 2013 | Photo by Josh Metz

April 4

Rockstar Beer Festival at the Hard Rock Hotel has “Gone Country” this year with Jerrod Niemann and Leah Turner amping up the resort’s Paradise Beach. Regular admission ($35) gets you unlimited samples of 75 craft beers. VIP admission ($55) gets you in early, plus access to a private party. 7-10 p.m., HardRockHotel.com.

April 4-6

The Golden Nugget’s sixth annual Spring Wine Fest is once again jam-packed with dinners, seminars and pool parties. Tickets for each event (starting at $25) can be purchased a la carte, or you can buy a $199 package that includes the poolside reception, Wine Revolution Grand Tasting and Champagne & Jazz Brunch. GoldenNugget.com.

April 5

The Back of House Brawl puts top-rated chefs toe-to-toe in the parking lot of Tommy Rocker’s. This edition of the twice-monthly, late-night throw-down features chef Mike Minor—formerly of Border Grill—as he launches his highly anticipated Truck U Barbeque. 1 a.m., 4275 Dean Martin Dr., Facebook.com/WhyRelish.

April 5

At the New Vista Wine Walk, now in its 10th year, there are 20 sampling stations and live music, and the location rotates between Town Square (where today’s takes place) and Lake Las Vegas. 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, $25 advance, $30 at the door, 7 p.m., NewVistaNV.org.

April 5-6

After a successful debut in 2013, the Vegas Loves Brazil festival moves from the Clark County Amphitheater to the Rio. Admission includes access to Brazilian food-and-beverage booths, live performances and carnival rides. $8, 11 a.m., VegasLovesBrazil.com.

April 9

In conjunction with their Painting Women exhibition, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art resumes the Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing series. Selections from Bellagio’s cellar will match the mood of the paintings. The series continues on the second Wednesday of every month though October. $38, 5 p.m., Bellagio.com.

April 9-12

Happy 40th, UNLVino!

April 10

Spanish vino is the subject of tonight’s Thursday Wine Class at Valley Cheese & Wine. Upcoming topics include “Best Buys Under $20” (April 17) and “Intro to California” (May 8). $40 (call 341-8191 to reserve), 6:30 p.m., 1570 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Henderson, ValleyCheeseAndWine.com.

April 12

Season 5 of Project Dinner Table starts today at Downtown 3rd with culinary creations by Downtown Grand chefs Charles Wilson and Todd Harrington. Proceeds benefit the Andson Foundation and Teach for America. The next dinner is May 17. $190, 5:30 p.m., 300 N. Casino Center Blvd., ProjectDinnerTable.com.

April 19

At Big Dog’s Peace, Love and Hoppyness Beer & Music Festival, you can fill your $5 sampling glass with your choice of more than 40 beers. Wild Celts, Parametrics and DJ Matte provide the soundtrack. 3 p.m., 4543 N. Rancho Dr., BigDogsBrews.com.

April 24-27

Two words: White Castle. The famous burger chain will be one of more than 50 food trucks present at the Las Vegas Foodie Fest in the lot across from Luxor. $10, LasVegasFoodieFest.com.

April 26

The Great Vegas Festival of Beer has become so popular it just can’t stay still. Its new home is Fremont East, where it will swallow up city blocks and bars to serve the finest suds our state has to offer. $35 and up, 4 p.m., GreatVegasBeer.com.

May 3

The inaugural Vegas Beer Run takes place behind the Roadrunner Saloon at 9820 W. Flamingo Road, and you’ll find a craft-beer party at the finish line. $30, 9 a.m., VegasBeerRun.com.

May 3

Consider the Wine Spectator Grand Tour like a greatest-hits album you can sip: The 200-plus wineries represented will pour only their finest selections. Your $225 ticket includes a buffet dinner and souvenir Riedel glass. 7 p.m., at The Mirage, Grandtour.WineSpectator.com.

May 8-11

The eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit includes more than 30 events, from “Dinnertime Decadence With Guy Savoy” to “Burgers, Beers and Boozy Shakes” with Mario Batalli. This foodie paradise is spread out around Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and the Venetian. VegasUncorked.com.

May 10

The Springs Preserve’s second annual Ohana Festival boasts bountiful ono grinds (great food) and Pacific Islander culture. $5 adults, $3 children, 10 a.m., 333 S. Valley View Blvd., SpringsPreserve.org.

May 10

Lee’s eighth annual Beer and Tequila Experience offers 300 styles of brew and 70 kinds of spirits. A silent auction benefits Lee’s Helping Hand organization. At the LVH, $50 advance, $60 at the door, 3 p.m., LeesLiquorLV.com/Giving-Back.

May 19-31

While the rest of the country has American Craft Beer Week, Nevada goes all out with 13 days of tapping parties, festivals and tastings during Nevada Beer Weeks. Multiple locations, NevadaBeerWeeks.com.

May 22

At the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, more than 75 of our city’s top restaurants prepare their signature dishes poolside at the Palazzo. Proceeds benefit the Nevada Restaurant Association’s education programs. NVRestaurants.com.

May 23-24

Boulder City’s 10th annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge, a fundraiser for the local Rotary Club, features a cooking competition as well as a car show and live music. Free, 4 p.m. Fri, 9 a.m. Sat, 999 Colorado St., BestDamBarbecue.com.

May 24

The Springs Preserve’s all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival has a wide assortment of frozen treats. Plus, there will be pony rides. 11 a.m., $9 adult, $6 children, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., SpringsPreserve.org.

May 31

Now in its fifth year, the Brews & Blues Festival promises “red-hot blues” and “ice-cold brews.” What better way to start the summer? $35, 4 p.m., Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., SpringsPreserve.org.

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