Escapes: Eat, drink and be merry at Harrah’s

Mark Tarbell will host a food expo at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival.
Mark Tarbell will host a food expo at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Foodies and beverage connoisseurs are welcome for a weekend of all things food and wine at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino from Friday through next Sunday, Oct. 16-18. There’ll be four-course dinners, performances by the Gin Blossoms and others, and parties at the nightclub.

The festival will also feature informational presentations, such as Wine 101, where attendees will learn the ways and talk of top wineries. Patrons may expect wine, whiskey and sake tastings, as well as food samplings from five-star restaurants. Mark Tarbell, winner of the fifth season of “Iron Chef America” and owner of Tarbell’s restaurant in Phoenix, will host a food expo and appear at Saturday’s President’s Dinner.

Tickets run from $10 to $150 per event. For information, call 800-786-8208 or visit

Adventure Run scavenger hunt


What: Road Runner Sports Campbell will host a high-energy athletic scavenger hunt around this South Bay city. Participants have an hour to walk or run the course, collecting raffle tickets at checkpoints. The event concludes with a beer garden and raffle.

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14

Where: Road Runner Sports Campbell, 877 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell

Cost: Free




What: The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association will host its annual festival celebrating the return of great white sharks to the waters of San Francisco Bay. Shark enthusiasts are welcome for a Saturday of scientific exploration, expert presentations and shark-focused art and films.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: Crissy Field, 1199 E. Beach, San Francisco

Cost: Free admission; special programming $5 per person


Apple Harvest Festival


What: The McCloud Chamber of Commerce will host a traditional harvest festival with lots of food and beverages, music, vendors and dancing. A scarecrow contest, apple pie eating competition and games will be available for the family throughout the day.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; barn dance 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: Main Street, McCloud

Cost: Free


Big Sur Halloween ghost tours


What: Guides will lead group evening tours through Point Sur’s unrestored, historic lighthouse. Tours will conclude after sunset, followed by dinner, dessert and stories of the lighthouse’s haunted past by actor and storyteller Kevin Hanstick.

When: 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 24

Where: Point Sur Lightstation, Highway 1, Big Sur; 19 miles south of Rio Road, Carmel

Cost: $85 per person


Art and wine festival


What: Placerville’s wine scene will merge with the local art world Saturday night. Patrons may sample more than 30 foothill wines while perusing galleries and the community art project “Banners on Parade.” Tickets are limited.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: Historic Main Street, downtown Placerville

Cost: Tickets range from $25 to $35

Information: or 530-672-3436