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The eat-and-drink party is on at Harrah’s and Harveys

Chef Mark Tarbell will guest-star at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. Here, he instructs judges at the Arizona Republic Wine Competition.
Chef Mark Tarbell will guest-star at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. Here, he instructs judges at the Arizona Republic Wine Competition. Charlie Leight/The Republic

Party plans are in motion for the sixth annual South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival (Oct. 16-18) at Harrah’s and Harveys at Stateline, Nev., showcasing French-trained “Iron Chef” Mark Tarbell of Phoenix. He was nominated for “Best Chef in the Southwest” by the James Beard Foundation.

Look for food-and-wine pairings, sake- and whiskey-tastings, a wine seminar, special dinners, panel discussions and cooking demonstrations. To get things rockin’, the Gin Blossoms will perform Oct. 17 at Harrah’s.

The centerpiece will be the Grand Market Expo on Oct. 17 at Harveys Convention Center. The room will be filled with tasting stations staffed by chefs from the best restaurants in the hotel-casino chain. Beverage stations will serve top-shelf spirits, Napa Valley wines and craft brews.

On Oct. 18, chef Tarbell will host a champagne brunch at Harrah’s Forest Buffet.

For tickets and more information, go to www.ltfoodandwine.com. Tickets are also at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Harrah’s and Harveys box offices.

Patrons must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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