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New Artown event to celebrate Bastille Day, picnics and artists


bastille_day-194x300-2340099-9658139A new event will premiere during Artown in downtown featuring picnic baskets filled with locally sourced food and drink, as well as entertainment and a cake-decorating contest celebrating all things French for Bastille Day.

Revolution on the River will debut from noon to 5 p.m. on July 13 along the banks of the Truckee River on Riverside Drive.

The event is free to the public and anyone may bring a picnic to enjoy. Participants also may purchase one of 250 picnic baskets, each containing a thoughtfully crafted, locally sourced lunch for two.

The event’s French-themed picnic baskets will feature food and drink from Beaujolais Bistro, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Hub Coffee Roasters, Rounds Bakery, Mix Cupcakes, Wedge Cheese Shop, Common Cider Company and many other local businesses.

Revolution on the River will also feature strolling models in period costume provided by the Great Basin Costume Society. Plein air painters will create artwork along the banks of the river, while a puppeteer will entertain those of all ages.

French music and local vendors will be featured at the site, with Riverside Drive closed between Winter and Jones streets providing an opportunity to enjoy the new businesses in the neighborhood.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of picnic baskets will benefit Urban Roots, to provide school and farm-based academic and sustainable agriculture opportunities and education for teachers, students, families and future farmers.

Sponsors include community businesses such as Urban Investments, Design on the Edge, Way To Go, Whole Foods, VerTerra, Tony’s Gourmet Foods, Sierra Smiles and Davis Optical. The event is co-sponsored by edible Reno-Tahoe and Biggest Little Group and is sponsored in part by the City of Reno.

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