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To me, the defining moment of summer is dining al fresco, with locally produced foods on my plate and a locally crafted drink in my hand. Another quintessential experience for me is greedily gobbling up the season’s bounty, shoveling berries into my mouth by the handful and sinking my teeth into sweet, juicy stone fruits and melon until my belly is full.

After a record-breaking and brutal winter, like a lot of you, I am extremely happy to see sustained sunny days and feel the warmth on my face, brightening my day and urging me to enjoy all my food and drink adventures outside. Everything is better seasoned with sunshine.

Al fresco dining and imbibing options abound in Reno-Tahoe, and that’s why we had so much fun uncovering the plethora of choices. From restaurant patios and food truck festivals to boat-up bars, you’ll have no excuse to stay indoors. Grab your friends and family members and make a beeline to local eateries’ courtyards, bar decks, parks, and, of course, our shining jewel of summer: Lake Tahoe. Along the al fresco theme, we introduce you to several food- and drink-related tours. I didn’t realize we had so many! From the Reno Booze Bus, Reno Brew Bike, and Reno Food Tours to Tahoe Brew Tours, Reno Tahoe Brewery Tour, and Tahoe Tastings, which offers fine wine while cruising Lake Tahoe on a beautiful vintage wooden boat. And don’t forget about all the self-guided tours, including Reno Wine Walk, Carson City Wine Walk, Reno’s Dine the District, and more. We offer some tips and tricks to picnic like a pro, too.

Next, we offer inspiration to tend your edible gardens. We include stories on a local business leader with an expansive backyard garden (complete with farm animals), the Sensory Garden at Idlewild Park  in Reno, the Rooftop Root program at the Resort at Squaw Creek, and six fun tools to make your garden pursuits easier. For all you hardcore heirloom enthusiasts, we even offer a feature on the National Heirloom Exposition that takes place in Santa Rosa, Calif., in early September. It’s become a yearly pilgrimage for many locals.

To top it off, don’t miss our awesome farmers’ market and farm tour guide . Visiting a farmers’ market or farm is a great way to support local agriculture, learn what grows here, and meet your farmer. After all, if you know your farmer, you know your food.

Happy summer!

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