The Golden Age of Vegas Dining: Mega food fests happen on the regular

The Grand Tasting at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit took over the Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods on May 10, 2013.
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There’s never been a better time to eat Las Vegas. As the Strip and the city around it have evolved, so has the Valley’s sprawling dining scene. From eat-your-way-through neighborhoods to groundbreaking restaurants, these 10 reasons are a right-now snapshot of why today truly is the Golden Age of Las Vegas dining.

4. Big tasty events happen here

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might not have noticed that Las Vegas has joined the exclusive list of destination cities where food mega-fests happen on the regular. You’ve got Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d and Food & Wine’s All-Star Weekend, to start, and the World Food Championships—built for Vegas—take over the Fremont Street Experience this weekend. Edgier national touring fests like LuckyRice and Cochon 555 keep coming back, and the 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs (so serious!) lands at Venetian/Palazzo in March.

A new dimension came into focus last month—a great big local food festival. “I’ve been here for three years, and I have to admit that at first I didn’t get it, but this really is one of the top dining destinations in the country,” says Bruce Bromberg, chef, restaurateur and co-chair of culinary programming for Life Is Beautiful. “It’s not just the Strip; it’s all these little pockets of development in Downtown and Summerlin and Henderson. There’s really a renaissance going on, and Life Is Beautiful is just a barometer of where this thing is going.”

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