Seventh annual Taste of Temecula Valley raises funds for arts education

Lee Rocker will perform at this year’s Taste of Temecula Valley. Courtesy photo
Lee Rocker will perform at this year’s Taste of Temecula Valley. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Temecula Education Foundation, in partnership with the city of Temecula and the Temecula Valley Unified School District, invites the community to the seventh annual Taste of Temecula Valley Friday, April 28, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Held at Town Square Park in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, festivities begin with the opening of taste booths and a special Friday-only VIP dinner and concert catered for the third consecutive year by the award-winning chefs from Pechanga Resort & Casino. The two-day entertainment lineup features a Friday-night concert, silent and live auctions and full-day, live entertainment Saturday.

“Last year’s VIP Dinner & Concert were very well received, and guests enjoyed the array of delicious seafood, entrees, sides, salads and desserts prepared by Pechanga’s chefs and paired with Temecula’s favorite wines and beers,” TOTV event Chair Mark Katan said. “We are delighted to have Pechanga back as our VIP dinner sponsor this year. We also are proud to expand our partnership with Golden Crown Productions to spotlight performers who will be competing in the first Wine Country Music Awards. We are looking forward to having WCMA celebrity judges attend our Taste of Temecula Valley VIP Dinner & Concert.”

Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5, at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, the Wine Country Music Awards will feature a red-carpet event, celebrity judges, live performances, food and drink and a concert by Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats. Competing in Acoustic, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Rock, Cover, Instrumental, Youth (under 18), People’s Choice, Christian and Miscellaneous performance categories, the overall WCMA winner will receive a cash prize, performing and recording opportunities and local and national media exposure. WCMA organizers plan to make it an annual event to recognize local musical talent and to benefit local charities. The Temecula Education Foundation, which raises funds for arts enrichment in Temecula’s schools, will be the beneficiary of the inaugural event.

“Whether you attend Friday night’s Taste of Temecula Valley, come for the exclusive dinner and concert or bring your family to the full-day Saturday Taste of Temecula Valley, we want everyone to know we do this for the kids,” Katan said. “The funds we raise go right back to TVUSD classrooms to benefit students with arts education and curriculum enrichment.”

General admission to Friday’s TOTV opening night is $10 per person. Reserved seating for the TOTV VIP Concert & Dinner is $75 per person. An exclusive VIP Table Sponsor Package featuring Champagne and special promotions is available for $600 for table of eight guests. The VIP Dinner & Concert Package includes access to all TOTV booths, front-row concert seating and bid access to a live auction. For VIP reservations, contact Kimberly O’Connell at kimberly.oconnell@outlook.com.

Entertainment for both Friday and Saturday is being provided by Golden Crown Productions. Friday’s all-star lineup includes Southern California beach rock & reggae band Safety Orange. They lead into a not-to-be-missed musical experience with founding member of the legendary Stray Cats, Lee Rocker.  Rocker and the Stray Cats have sold more than 10 million records, earning 23 gold and platinum records worldwide. Recognized as music-video pioneers for the MTV generation, they have secured their place in the history of rock and roll, Katan said.

The full-day tasting event Saturday, April 29, returns for its seventh year, with all-day family-friendly entertainment and access to more than 70 booths spotlighting local area restaurants, wineries and microbreweries. Artisan booths and expanded Fun Zones, featuring attractions from Jolly Jumps and the Jolly Express trackless train, will keep all ages busy. Tasting and activities require the use of tickets, which are sold in increments of $2 at the gate.

Admission to Saturday’s full-day Taste of Temecula Valley is $10 per person. Children 12 years and under are free.  Taste and other activity tickets are $2 each. Patrons 21 and over must show ID at entrance. Admission to Saturday’s event includes special tasting glass with appropriate wristband. Taste of Temecula Valley tickets will be available online or in person, at the gate.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our seventh year in Old Town Temecula, and we are delighted to have Taste of Temecula Valley 2017 return for its third year as a two-day event,” Katan said. “Taste of Temecula Valley 2017 is great exposure for our vendors, and it’s an easy, fun way to raise much-needed funding for classroom enrichment.”

Vendors interested in being involved in this year’s event can register online at www.tasteoftemeculavalley.com/. Vendors can contact Katan at (951) 551-5352 or email him at events@temeculaeducationfoundation.org.

Community volunteers, including high school students, are needed. Volunteers must register online at www.tasteoftemeculavalley.com/.  Mandatory training sessions will be held in mid-April. One training session per volunteer is required.

Friday’s Taste of Temecula Valley concert all-star lineup includes Southern California beach rock & reggae band Safety Orange. Courtesy photo
Friday’s Taste of Temecula Valley concert all-star lineup includes Southern California beach rock & reggae band Safety Orange. Courtesy photo

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