Springtime Food and Booze Events

April 15 and 22

In order to bring attention to the renovations now in progress at the Huntridge Shopping Center, local developer J. Dapper has launched Food Truck Fridays, bringing Las Vegas’ kitchens on wheels together for lunchtime. Dapper hopes to continue the event in the future, but the trucks are guaranteed to be there the last two Fridays in April. 11-2 p.m., 1116 E. Charleston Blvd.

April 16

In honor of Record Store Day, Velveteen Rabbit will tap Dogfish Head Brewery’s Beer to Drink Music To. Anyone who purchases the beer will be entered to win a Dogfish Head record player. The golden-orange Belgian-style tripel pairs best with a smoked rock ’n’ roll filet and a side of roasted reverb drizzled in fuzz. Free. 1218 S. Main St., 702-685-9645, VelveteenRabbitLV.com.

Through April 17

Still a child at heart? Visit Triple George Grill, where you can enjoy a menu based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in honor of the Broadway musical’s run at The Smith Center. The three-course meal includes dishes such as Mrs. Potts’ Traditional Meatballs (house-made meatballs with marinara and ricotta cheese) and Beast’s Fra Diablo (a 2-pound whole lobster with jalapeños, bell peppers, onions and linguini tossed in a spicy tomato sauce). Beauty may be found within, but tonight, it’s on your plate. $28-$45, Triple George Grill, 702-384-2761, TripleGeorgeGrill.com.

April 30

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather by having a picnic at the park! Symphony Park at The Smith Center hosts the second annual Picnic by Design. Aside from the VIP cocktail and wine hour, buffet-style dinner and live entertainment, you can ogle dozens of over-the-top picnic baskets designed by creative individuals from Nevada, Arizona and Southern California. Not enough? All proceeds benefit the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). $125, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Symphony Park 702-733-9800, TheCenterLV.org/Picnic.

Spice up your life at the Indian Food & Cultural Festival. Vaisakhi is a traditional festival, or mela, celebrated in India. Bollywood, raas and bhangra music and dance competitions will provide entertainment for your eyes and ears, while Indian curries, samosas and sweets entertain your bellies. $5, Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., 702-251-6352, LasVegasMela.com.

May 1

The four-day food and wine event, Vegas Uncork’d, closes out at Downtown Container Park with the Ultimate Comfort and Classics Affair. Yardbird, Spring Chicken, Shake Shack and a few other local eateries will make appearances at the outdoor event, which takes place right in the middle of the park for a neighborhood grillin’ and chillin’ feel. It’ll be just like having a party in your own backyard—because essentially, it is.  $195, 8-11 p.m., Downtown Container Park, VegasUncorked.com.

May 6

Are you unfamiliar with the magic of Don Julio? Find out what all the hype is about when the Discover Don Julio event hits Downtown during First Friday. Four local bartenders will educate drinkers on the history and production of the iconic tequila. Don’t worry—you’ll be able to sip, too. Free, Downtown, 702-526-1187, DonJulio.com.

May 13-14

Winos, unite! Winefest returns to Golden Nugget for its eighth year, and it seems like the crew is bringing all of Napa and Sonoma with them. Over the weekend, catch seminars from master sommelier Guy Stout, take part in blind tastings and bid in the silent auction. Participating wineries include Chandon, Sequoia Grove and Terlato Family Vineyards. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Animal Foundation, so drink with conviction. $45-$89, Golden Nugget, 702-385-7111, GoldenNugget.com.

May 14

We’ve never been fans of the snobby, regional phrase “locals only,” at least not till now. Banger Brewing Co. has partnered with the Nevada Craft Brewers’ Association for the second annual Locals-Only Beer Festival. You should be familiar with the cast of characters by now; local festival favorites such as CraftHaus, Joseph James, Tenaya Creek, Hop Nuts, Bad Beat and Chicago Brewing will all be present and accounted for. Now’s your chance to taste everything your city has to offer in one place. $30, 450 Fremont St., Suite 135, 702-456-2739, BangerBrewing.com.

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