Tastes and sips at South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Fest

Harrah's and Harveys hotel-casinos at Stateline at Lake Tahoe have had plenty of practice throwing parties. This time around they’re prepping the fourth annual South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival, Nov. 9-10, a weekend of sipping and tasting for foodies and the culinarily curious.

Look for food-and-wine pairings, special dinners, cooking and winemaking demonstrations, discussions and educational seminars.

Saturday will be packed with highlights, with the Grand Market as the centerpiece. Picture a convention center filled with tasting stations staffed by chefs from the best restaurants in the Harrah’s chain, serving four-star dishes. Plus, beverage stations will serve top-shelf spirits and Napa Valley wines, as entertainment continues in the background.

Seminar-wise, “Wine 101” is an introduction to wine basics and winemaking; “Wines That Rock” is a tasting of rare wines, set to the tunes of classic rock music; and “Mixology 101” offers demonstrations in the art of making classic cocktails.

This year’s celebrity chef-cookbook author will be Robert Irvine, start of the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible,” “Restaurant: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America.” Irvine will star in two events on Saturday: “Chef in the Kitchen,” a three-course dinner at which he will share some of his culinary secrets; and “Chef on Stage,” a presentation in the South Shore Room.

On Sunday, Irvine will host the “Ultimate Tailgate” party, featuring barbecued chicken, ribs and brisket, with lots of beer to wash them down and live blues music to set the mood.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to, (or 800-745-3000) or the Harrah’s and Harveys box offices.