While the weather is nice in Vegas, take advantage of some of the city’s finest food festivals. No matter what your taste in cuisine, Vegas has something for everyone—and every budget.
Food festivals are a chance to sample bites from your favorite restaurants and also try new ones. Vegas’ culinary festival scene is thriving, with a few newer food festivals as well as a few repeats, like Vegas Uncork’d and the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair. And whether you’re in the mood for a $150 multicourse dinner or a $5 sandwich, Vegas has something for everyone.
Here’s a list of upcoming events to get you started.
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit
Date: May 10 – 13.
Cost: Per event, prices vary.
Location: Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay.
Description: A three-day, all-star, celebrity chef foodie extravaganza — did I get your attention?
Vegas Uncork’d attracts star power like celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Andres and Scott Conant for the weekend and offers unique interactive experiences with the chefs and fellow foodies.
“I think what’s great about Uncork’d is that you get to pick and choose. You’re not just going to tasting booths all day, every day…It’s about eating strategically and getting insider access to the country’s best chefs,” says Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of “Bon Appétit” magazine.
With more than 25 events, attendees can choose to enjoy a master series dinner with Bobby Flay, take a wine tasting class from master sommeliers, learn how to make paella with José Andrés and watch a friendly but competitive poker tournament with chefs like Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Border Grill.
“We really wanted every event to be focused, have a point, to be an experience that diners cannot get the other 364 days a year,” says Rapoport.
A writer or editor from “Bon Appétit” magazine will also be at each event, mingling with guests.
For more information about Vegas Uncork’d, click here.
Las Vegas Epicurean Affair
Date: May 24, 2012.
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: General admission, $100. VIP early admission tickets, $150.
Location: Poolside at The Palazzo Las Vegas.
Description: The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair features delicious food stations from big-name restaurants such as Mario Batali’s Carnevino, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10. Each food station offers a representation of the restaurant’s cuisine or cocktails, set against the lively backdrop of the Palazzo pool area and the Las Vegas Strip.
Wine & Jazz Fest
Date: April 13 – 15, 2012.
Cost: $199 for all three events in advance. Individual events can be purchased separately.
Location: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.
Description: This is the fourth annual Wine & Jazz Fest at The Golden Nugget. Fun events include a poolside Champagne reception, a grand tasting of more than 200 wines and live jazz music and a Champagne and jazz brunch.
Additional events and wine dinners are held at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
2012 Las Vegas Greek Festival
Date: Sept. 21 – 23, 2012.
Location: St. John Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 South El Camino, Las Vegas
Cost: Admission for adults, $6. Children 12 and under, free. Food is extra.
Description: This popular locals’ festival features a taste of Greek-American cuisine. Food offered includes Greek salads, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, kabobs and more. It’s a great family event and most food costs under $10.
For more information about the 2012 Las Vegas Greek Festival, click here.
15th Annual Lei Day
Date: May 5 – 6, 2012.
Location: California Hotel & Casino.
Cost: Admission is free. Saturday night concert, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food is extra.
Description: A Polynesian festival filled with dancing, singing, music, arts and crafts and plenty of food and drink. This two-day Hawaiian event includes special Hawaiian cuisine like kalua pig, lau lau and poi.
San Gennaro Feast
Date: May 9 – 13, 2012.
Location: Rio Las Vegas.
Description: The San Gennaro Feast features food stations offering tasty Italian-American cuisine, like sausage and peppers and stuffed artichokes. Additionally, the week-long event features carnival rides, games and retail venders.
For more information about the San Gennaro Feast, click here.
Las Vegas Foodie Fest
Date: April 28 – 29, 2012.
Time: April 28, noon – 11 p.m. April 29, noon – 9 p.m.
Location: The Silverton.
Cost: Admission in advance, $7. Admission at the gate, $10. Children under 54” are free.
Description: Enjoy cuisine from Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks to benefit Three Square, Las Vegas’ only food bank. The event features a beer garden, food trucks and food booths, carnival rides, live entertainment and more.
For more information about Las Vegas Foodie Fest, click here.
Date: April 14, 2012 (and every second Saturday of the month.)
Time: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Location: Jackie Gaughan Plaza at El Cortez Hotel & Casino.
Description: StrEATS is a monthly street food festival that takes place on the second Saturday of every month. Live music, artists and vendors and Las Vegas’ food trucks all congregate downtown for an always lively evening.
For more information about Vegas StrEATS, click here.
DISH Las Vegas
Date: Sept. 20, 2012.
Location: Palms Pool & Bungalows.
Cost: Tickets in advance, $100. Tickets at the door, $150.
Description: If you attend DISH Las Vegas, you’re not only getting samplings of delicious cuisine from Vegas’ finest chefs, but you are also giving back. DISH benefits Three Square, Las Vegas’ only food bank. The poolside party is held to celebrate the end of Las Vegas Restaurant Week, held Aug. 27 – Sept. 2.
For more information about DISH, click here.
LUCKYRICE Vegas Night Market
Date: June 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Cost: Tickets are $88 or VIP tickets for $125.
Description: LUCKYRICE is an Asian street food festival featuring dishes from Top Chef’s Angelo Sosa and Dale Talde. Additionally, chefs from The Cosmopolitan like Anthony Meidenbauer of Holstein’s and David Myers from Comme Ça will be offering their takes on Asian street foods. Cocktails will also be provided from famed bartenders including Tony Abou-Ganim and Duggan McDonnell.