While locals are in on the secret, many newcomers to the area are surprised by the range of really fantastic food you can find in Reno — and we aren’t talking about casino buffets. The truth is, Reno has a real foodie side, and summer events like Reno Food Week and Food Truck Friday showcase it beautifully.
Reno Food Week
The third annual Reno Food Week, kicking off June 1, is seven days of special, off-menu sips and bites at over 50 local bars and restaurants. The idea is to get locals into all kinds of different establishments, with some donating a portion of sales from their special menu to local charitable organizations.
Hungry in Reno organizes the event, and participants in 2022 include Brasserie Saint James, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Great Basin Brewing Company, Great Full Gardens, Mari Chuy’s, Moo Dang, Noble Pie Parlor, Pizzeria Lupo, the Kitchen Table, and many more.
Food Truck Friday
Did you know Food Truck Friday is among the top ten percent of food truck events in the country? What started with a handful of food trucks has become an annual tradition — and Reno locals are major fans. Over 4,000 people swing by Idlewild Park in Reno every Friday night during the summer months to hit up some 40 vendors hawking gourmet food, desserts, and local craft beer, wine, and spirits. And with June just a week and change away, the summer’s very first Food Truck Friday is so close, we can almost taste it.
If you’re new to town, here’s what to know about Food Truck Friday:
- Where: Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, 89509
- When: 4-9 pm on Friday nights in June, July, and August
- What: Reno’s best street food, live music, you, your blankets, chairs, and 4,000 of your closest friends and neighbors
Parking is free, and you can stake out your own section of grass on which to picnic, people watch, and listen to music. It’s a good time! And to better accommodate the ever-growing crowd, event organizers have implemented a more streamlined layout and are using more of the park this year.
Of course, it’s all about the food, and the event is expecting roughly 40 food trucks this season. A finalized vendor list is still yet to be released, but it should be available any day now.
Eat Up, Reno
When it comes to food, Reno’s reputation is growing. And with events like these, not to mention a veritable bounty of really impressive restaurants, bars, breweries, and specialty purveyors, it’s not really a surprise anymore.