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Epicurian expo sees rise in attendance

Trisha Leonard

Organizers of this year’s South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival have deemed Saturday’s event a success.

Attendance at this year’s expo saw more than 1,000 guests, an increase from the 2011 event, said John Packer, Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe director of entertainment and public relations. Guests came from as close as the Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno and as far as Oregon.

“It was fun and festive and we had acrobats and dancers,” Packer said. “We had some of the best players here because of the event, and we hope to have that proceeding on to next year.”

Harrah’s will donate $2,000 of its proceeds to the Carson Valley Food Closet and $500 to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the charity Tahoe Douglas Zephyr Fuels Crew members chose to compete for during an eating competition.

Packer said the event can be difficult to plan because of other food festivals held around the same time, as well as chefs who have already committed to other events, but next year they plan to monitor the calendar more closely.

“This year was a success,” he said. “We hope to get it out there a little further next year.”

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Packer said plans for next year include bringing in more wineries and chefs.

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