Go east, foodies. Fallon wants you. On April 24th, the city about 60 miles east of Reno is presenting "Tractors & Truffles," an inaugural all day event combining a farm tour and lunch, a winery tour and tasting. Followed by a tented dinner in a park starring local ingredients and a four course dinner with wine pairing prepared by a team of award winning chefs, including Steve Hernandez of the Slanted Porch, Mark Davis, Cordon Bleu, and Ryan Scott, Bravo's Top Chef Chicago. The gourmet dinner will be served at historic Oats Park, and it will include locally grown beef, produce and wine from northern Nevada farms.
The event begins with lunch and a tour of "Lattin Farms", known regionally for its corn maze and on-farm bakery. The fifth generation family farm celebrated 100 years of farming in 2009.
Wine tasting and a tour of Churchill Vineyards, Nevada's only estate winery, will follow lunch. Churchill Vineyards grows 10 different varieties of fine European wine grapes and is considered a pioneer in Nevada's wine and viticulture industry. Father and son Charlie and Colby Frey established the winery on the fourth generation farm in 2001.
Blues music award winner and country blues artist Rory Block provides a nightcap to the event with a performance in Barkley Theater, considered the finest small performing arts house in Nevada.
Block has won five WC Handy Blues Music Awards, and according to the Blues Foundation, she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide.
"Tractors & Truffles" showcases two of Fallon's greatest assets, its small farm agriculture industry and the vital and eclectic arts scene.
The event seeks to broaden Fallon's appeal by mingling the growing interest in local food and food tourism with the City's agriculture heritage and the resources of its 28,000 square foot, $5 million-plus Oats Park Art Center.
Ticket are $100 and can be purchased by calling toll free (866) 432-5566. More information is available at www.tractorsandtruffles.com.
Thanks to Johnathan L. Wright RGJ and Mailbox News for their featured coverage.