The health and safety of our community, members, employees, and partners is our highest priority.

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are canceling the 33rd Annual Chef’s Food Fest. Rescheduling the 650+ attendee event will enable us to provide the experience that our community expects and deserves in a safe environment.
We, along with the Aquarius Casino Resort, remain excited to host you in 2021 and will get back to you with more information on specific dates as soon as we can. Your RSVP will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event. The latest information will always be available at
Please take a moment to let us know if you have any questions regarding this event or your RSVP. We care about your feedback.
We look forward to hosting you in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

33rd Annual Chef’s Food Fest!

Featuring the best chefs from along the Colorado River and beyond will be held June 2020 at the Aquarius Casino Resort Laughlin!

We at the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce cordially invite you to join us at the 33rd Annual Chef’s Food Fest!

The Chef’s Food Fest is well known as a leading community experience and has been a sellout each year, for the past thirty-two years! During the evening our guests will enjoy endless courses, fine beverages, and exquisite confections prepared by some of our area’s top chefs and mixologists.

The 33rd Annual Chef’s Food Fest will be taking place, June 4th, 2020 at The Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV and will be themed “Flavors of New England”. Last year’s theme was “Flavors of the Islands”, following suit with the “Flavors of the Deep South” theme from 2018’s event & “Flavors of the Desert” in 2017.

In 2017, we introduced the first ever “secret ingredient” – Prickly Pear Cactus was a required ingredient to be used in at least one of the Chef’s masterpieces in order to be judged. Las year, the secret ingredient was passion fruit – and boy was it a sweet treat! In 2018, the secret ingredient was the ever-popular sweet potato. And 2017 was the prickly pear cactus. This year will also have a secret ingredient! The secret ingredient will be announced at a later date and expected to be used in at least one of your edible presentations. The best use of this ingredient will win the newest trophy category; “Best use of Secret Ingredient”! We will continue with the previous years “Best Booth”, “Best Food”, “Best Dessert”, and “Best Drink”.

As you may know, this evening also features a live charity auction that benefits the River Fund, Inc. This sensational event is one of the Laughlin Chamber’s major fundraising events. Each year, the Laughlin Chamber makes a commitment to donate a minimum of $15,000 to the River Fund, Inc., and in some past years we have been able to donate over $20,000!

The 33rd Annual Chef’s Food Fest tickets will go on sale April 1st – $75 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10. They will go fast, so do not wait! If you would like to sit with your friends & family, please consider purchasing a reserved table of 10 as there will be assigned seating.

If you or your business are interested in participating in this year’s event, you can sign up soon! We will also be accepting charity auction donations as well as sponsorships. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michelle Crider at 702-298-2214 or email

“The Chefs Food Fest is a wonderful event for several reasons.
It gives our guests a chance to experience the incredible creativity of our chefs,
and it is a chance for the public to experiment with food in ways they normally might not.
The fact the whole event raises funds for a charity that impacts
the lives of so many is simply icing on the cake.”
Sean Hammond, General Manager of the Aquarius Casino Resort
“It’s a special time when locals and visitors enthusiastically gather for amazing food and fun!
This event is sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce as a big fundraiser to benefit the
River Fund Inc., which helps struggling families in the area — and it’s a sell-out every year!
This event really captures the champion spirit that is a Laughlin trademark.”
Jackie Brett, Las Vegas Food and Beverage Professional

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A little history …

The original idea behind the creation of the Chefs’ Food Fest came out of a bit of frustration. One of the original organizers was Michael Gaul, a casino executive chef. Gaul knew there were a lot of talented chefs working the Laughlin properties but because they weren’t in Las Vegas, they were looked down upon by their peers upstate.

It was just a case of the local chefs being limited in showing off their creativity due to the everyday menus they were dealing with (remember, this is over 30 years ago; before all the food channels and food awareness swept across the palate of mainstream America).

So Gaul and others decided to showcase the local talent and let everyone know Laughlin had a lot to be proud of and didn’t have to take a second stove to anyone. The “fest” became a way for the chefs to stretch their culinary legs and “crow” a bit — and all for a good cause — helping families in the local area. In other words, what’s raised here, stays here.

And now …

The annual Chefs Food Fest in June is one of the most anticipated events in the tri-state area! All of Colorado River Region’s finest chefs will be on hand to prepare their best dishes – appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks – along with restaurants, distilleries, wineries and breweries in a friendly competition for trophies which are based on how much “WOW” each vendor can provide. The real winners, however, are the people who get to enjoy everything they wish!
This is a charity event, brought to you by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce and all of the participants. Each year, the Laughlin Chamber makes a commitment to donate a minimum of $15,000 to the River Fund, Inc., and in some past years we’ve been able to donate over $20,000! The proceeds assist with emergency service referrals, special cases of displaced homeless families, as well as regional disaster relief for the area.