Taste of the Town: The Reno Greek Fest; introducing Bali Express; and more!


Saint Anthony’s 34th Annual Reno Greek Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive. Enjoy Greek music, dancing and, of course, a vast selection of Greek eats like gyros, spanakopita and loukoumades. For more festival information, visit renogreekfest.com.

Bacon, Bourbon and Brews takes place from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, in Reno. The event will feature tastings of distilled spirits, craft brews and bacon-inspired bites. Attendees can also enjoy pop-up shops, live music, a silent auction and Oktoberfest-themed games. All proceeds benefit CARE Chest in its mission to help provide Nevadans with free, life-changing medical resources. Learn more at get tickets at carechest.org.

The third annual Legends of Beer Festival, hosted by IMBĪB Custom Brews, returns to the Sparks Outlets at Legends on Saturday, Sept. 23. The festival include a “beer-mile relay” and features more than 30 craft breweries. Guests can enjoy more than just beer; other options include canned cocktails, mead, cider, seltzer, liquor samples and craft non-alcoholic beverage options. Get the scoop at www.facebook.com/LegendsofBeerFestival.

Local nonprofit Urban Roots’ Soil Palooza returns Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm at 1700 E. Second St., in Reno. This family-friendly event will include live music, food and drinks, as well as educational demonstrations throughout the farm. Urban Roots’ mission is to change the way communities eat and learn through garden-based education. For tickets and more information, head to urgc.org.

It’s almost Oktoberfest! Von Bismarck, 805 S. Wells Ave., in Reno, will host its celebration on Sunday, Sept. 24; details at vbreno.com. Brewer’s Cabinet, at 475 S. Arlington Ave., will have its event on Saturday, Sept. 30; visit thebrewerscabinet.com/oktoberfest-2023.


South Reno’s new Meadow Creek Center has gained a new pizza joint: Longboards Pizza, at 15435 Wedge Parkway. The restaurant, which offers “beach fired” pizzas, calzones and salads, joins The Cheese Board, Hub Coffee Roasters, Pinon Bottle Co. and others in the growing retail center. Learn more at longboardspizza.com.

Nick the Greek, a popular Greek restaurant chain, is coming to Reno at 5140 Kietzke Lane, offering Mediterranean pita sandwiches, plates and bowls; www.nickthegreek.com.

The Bali Express food truck has opened, serving authentic Balinese and Indonesian fare. Follow them on Instagram to find where they’ll be next: www.instagram.com/Bali_Express2023.

Papa What You Cooking has opened in The Basement, at 50 S. Virginia St., in Reno, with Southern classics like red beans and rice, greens and cornbread, sweet potato pecan pie and sock-it-to-me cake. Get the 411 at papawhatyoucooking.square.site.

La Estacion Neveria y Snacks is new to 1185 California Ave., in Reno. You’ll find ice cream, paletas, agua frescas, Mexican snacks and more; instagram.com/laestacionco.

The Reno Public Market , at 299 E. Plumb Lane. is welcoming two new food vendors: Noodle Station, serving Japanese fare like bao, ramen and udon; and Mediterranean Bae, serving Mediterranean classics like shish kebabs, plates and wraps. Get details at www.renopublicmarket.com/our-merchants.

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Minor copy edits made on Sept. 7.