Las Vegas has transformed itself over the decades into many different forms: from the mob-driven gambling halls, to playground of the Hollywood set, to Sin City, to a brief flirtation with “family-friendliness” in the 90’s, to its current luxury travel destination with all the trappings the jet-set prefer. One of those trappings is the ever increasing number of fine dining establishments and TV-famous chefs opening everything from taco stands to white cloth and dinner jacket establishments. In the spring and fall each year the Las Vegas weather becomes more forgiving than its regular blast furnace temperature and festivals bloom across the city – many of which feature the amazing culinary options the city has to offer. The food festival circuit is a great way to sample the fare of our city’s food scene from food truck gourmet to Food Network stars.
Celebrity Chef Events
Dine amongst the stars… or at least have some food prepared by one! These celebrity chef events bring out foodies and celebrities of all varieties for food and wine fueled fun.
Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival
This event brings together some of the best chef-driven restaurants in the city to a single location for a multi-evening dining experience. Located in the Tivoli Village event space celebrity chefs serve signature dishes paired with cocktails for a culinary extravaganza.
Location: Tivoli Village 420 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October every year
Website: Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival
Started in 2007 by Bon Appetit magazine and the city’s Visit Las Vegas organization, Uncork’d features the celebrity chefs of the Las Vegas Strip. Every May the icons of the culinary world descend upon their restaurants to host the see and be seen crowd at locations up and down the Las Vegas Strip. The rise of popularity in cooking-based television programming drives ever more people to make this festival part of their Vegas getaway plans. The festival features a series of specialty lunches, dinners, workshops and tasting events over the course of 3-4 days culminating at the Grand Tasting gala held at the Garden of the Gods Pool terrace in Caesars Palace. The Grand Tasting event plays host to over 2500 guests sampling dishes from over 50 award-winning chefs.
Location: Las Vegas Strip
Website: Vegas Uncork’d
The Great American Foodie Fest
Looking for a more “authentic” experience – the Great American Foodie Fest features food trucks for everyone. From funnel cakes to steaks everyone will find something to make their day! Featuring food trucks from your favorite Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and Food Network series, as well as, the local fare of Las Vegas. Don’t miss the beer garden.
Location: Sunset Station, 1301 W.Sunset Road, Henderson, NV
Dates: April every year
Website: Great American Foodie Fest
Cuisine Specific Festivals
Craving something ethnic and authentic try cuisines from around the world at a few of these Las Vegas festivals.
Las Vegas Indian Food Festival
Sample the culinary delights of Indian at the annual Indian Food Festival. While you may be drawn for the food, don’t miss out on the celebrations of Indian culture with amazing performances by musicians and dancers.
Location: Clark County Amphitheater, 500 S Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: May every year
Website: Las Vegas Indian Food Festival
San Gennaro Feast
So much fun it happens TWICE. The San Gennaro festival happens in May and September to honor the patron saint of Naples. The festival encompasses amazing food but also arts and crafts, as well as, home exhibits. When you take a break from the food and shopping go get your face painted and hit the amusement park rides!
Location: 4111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: May and September every year
Website: San Gennaro Feast
Las Vegas Greek Food Festival
Continue your September Mediterranean food adventure with with Las Vegas Greek Food Festival. Dating back to the first Greek festival in 1973 this one celebrates Greek culture with food, music and dance all in support of local non-profit organizations. The Las Vegas Greek Food Festival was named best food fest in Nevada by National Geographic Traveller Magazine!
Location: St John Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: September every year
Website: Las Vegas Greek Food Festival
When you really don’t want to let food get in the way of your beer – seek out one of the local beer festivals!
Downtown Brew Festival
The Downtown Brew Festival features over 200 unique craft beers from over 60 breweries! Tickets include unlimited beer samples while enjoying the live music and food from local restaurants and food trucks.
Location: Clark County Amphitheater, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October every year
Website: Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival
Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival is the longest running open-air beer festival in Southern Nevada. Attendees enjoy an afternoon of unlimited samplings from both local and national breweries, entertainment, activities and games.
Location: Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: November every year
Website: Las Vegas Brew’s Best Beer Festival
Restaurant Guides for Las Vegas
If you don’t happen to be in Vegas when one of these awesome festivals are happening there are many restaurants to explore anytime of year. If you are looking for the ultimate high-end experience try a restaurant by a Michelin Star rated chef – over at Tripsavvy they put together a great guide to Michelin Star restaurants in Las Vegas. While Michelin stopped issuing there own guide for Las Vegas a few years ago – there are a number of other restaurant guide books that may peak your interest. Guides to restaurants of all types can be found here.