Lighter than air at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine festival

Alternative rock band Bush headlines the June 3, performance at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, June 3. Shane Gibson photo
Alternative rock band Bush headlines the June 3, performance at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, June 3. Shane Gibson photo

Thousands of eager festival goers flocked to Lake Skinner for the annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival June 2-4. Featuring live entertainment, shopping, great food and rich, flavorful wines from some of Southern Californias premiere wineries, those in attendance were treated to a one of a kind experience over the three-day event.

This years featured wineries from Temecula Valley Wine Country were Wilson Creek Winery, Weins Family Cellars, Van Roekel Pouring and Maurice Carrie Winery, Monte De Oro Winery, Thornton Winery, Lorenzi Estates Vineyards and Winery, Europa Village, Briar Rose Winery and Curry Vineyard.

Also on hand at this year’s event was Twin Oaks Winery from San Marcos, Mahogany Mountain Winery from Ramona, Coyote Oaks Vineyards from Escondido, Canyon Crest Winery from Riverside, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard from Fallbrook and Beach House Winery from Oceanside.

Wine and Beer Tastings and Wine and Beer Pairings were offered to those of legal drinking age in attendance and for those who were not, plenty of food vendors were on hand offering up a plethora of choices to hungry festival goers.

Two stages provided a variety of entertainment throughout the duration of the event, including Friday’s 80s Night on the main stage featuring some of the 80s biggest hitmakers such as the Motels, Tommy TuTone, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Saturday’s featured bands on the main stage were Bush, Gin Blossoms, Tonic and The Kickback, while Sunday’s “Country Sunday, Funday” included some of country music’s biggest names including David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Josh Turner and Chris Carmack from CMTs hit show “Nashville.”

Sunrise morning balloon launches, morning balloon tethers and evening balloon glows rounded out the weekend, making this year’s Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival one to remember.

For more information on the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, visit www.tvbwf.com.

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