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South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival set for mid-October return

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The South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival returns Oct. 18-19

Chef Rocco DiSpirito will be the featured chef at this year's South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival Oct. 18-19.

The fifth annual event also includes dining and tasting experiences, discussions, presentations and demonstrations by food and wine experts.

DiSpirito has starred in shows such as "Restaurant Divided," "Now Eat This! with Rocco DiSpirito" and "Rocco's Dinner Party." He is also the author of 10 cookbooks. DiSpirito's "The Pound A Day Diet" and his series "Now Eat This" have reached the top spot on The New York Times bestseller list, according to a press release from Harrah's and Harveys.

Chef Mark Estee will also return to this year's festival. Estee owns several popular eateries in Nevada and California, including Campo Reno, Campo Mammoth and Chez Louie inside the Nevada Museum of Art.

The festival's Grand Market Expo kicks off Saturday at the Harrah's Special Events Center and will include ongoing, interactive entertainment and the tastes of Harrah's best restaurants from around the country, top-shelf spirits, craft brews and the best wineries in Napa Valley and beyond, according to the release. Additional Saturday events include whiskey and Flo wine tasting, the President's Dinner with Rocco DiSpirito and Chef on Stage in the South Shore Room.

On Sunday, a Farewell Brunch will be hosted by both DiSpirito and Estee at Harrah's. The chefs will prepare some of the selections in the spirit of their individual passions, "healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive" for DiSpirito and "locally grown and sourced ingredients" for Estee.

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Prices vary for individual events. For more information visit http://www.ltfoodandwine.com.

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