Taste of Temecula Valley is back for its 8th year

TEMECULA – The Temecula Education Foundation, in partnership with the city of Temecula and the Temecula Valley Unified School District, invites the community to the eighth annual Taste of Temecula Valley 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Town Square Park in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, in Old Town Temecula.

This year’s festivities will begin with the opening of taste booths and a special Friday-only VIP dinner and concert catered 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 and concert attendees enjoyed the array of seafood, entrees, salads and desserts prepared by Pechanga’s chefs and paired with Temecula’s favorite wines and beers,” Event Chair Mark Katan said. “Our event receives rave reviews, and we’re thrilled to have Pechanga back as our VIP dinner sponsor again this year. Pechanga Resort & Casino will also occupy several booths at Saturday’s Taste of Temecula Valley. Pechanga’s chefs are always a crowd favorite, and they will be front and center among our 70-plus food, wine, microbrew and craft beer and specialty-booth offerings.

“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 always do this for the kids. The funds we raise go right back to schools for arts and science education, as well as curriculum support to benefit students.”

General admission to Friday’s Taste of Temecula Valley opening night is $10 per person. Reserved seating for the VIP concert and dinner is $100 per person. An exclusive VIP table sponsor package featuring Champagne and special promotions is available for $800 for table of eight. The VIP dinner and concert package includes admission, access to all tasting booths, front-row concert seating, a premier buffet dinner and bid access to a live auction. For VIP reservations, contact Kimberly O’Connell at [email protected]

Entertainment for both Friday and Saturday is provided by Golden Crown Productions. Friday’s all-star lineup includes Southern California beach rock and reggae band, Safety Orange. They open for the “Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds” tribute band, Southbound and Company. Their tribute show features the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd but also throws in a few “friends like The Allman Bros., ZZ Top and many others.

The full-day tasting event on Saturday returns for its eighth year with all-day family-friendly entertainment and access to more than 70 booths, spotlighting local area restaurants, wineries and craft breweries. Artisan booths and expanded kid fun zones featuring 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; tickets are available online or at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. Taste and other activity tickets are $2 each. Patrons age 21 and over must show ID at entrance. Admission to Saturday event includes special tasting glass with appropriate wristband.

“We’re excited to celebrate our eighth year in Old Town Temecula, and we are thrilled to have Taste of Temecula Valley 2018 return for a fourth year as a two-day event. We’re delighted, once again, to bring to our community an event that brings together the best restaurants, wineries and craft breweries from the Temecula Valley and Southern California in one location,” Katan said. “It is great exposure for our vendors, and it’s an easy, fun way to raise much-needed funding for classroom enrichment,” said Katan.

Vendors interested in being involved in this year’s event can register online at http://tasteoftemeculavalley.com.

Local or area businesses who would like to become sponsors of the event should also visit http://tasteoftemeculavalley.com for complete details. All proceeds from this event benefit the students of Temecula Valley Unified School District in the form of grants and curriculum support in the areas of arts and sciences.

Prospective vendors and sponsors may also contact Mark Katan at [email protected] or call (951) 551-5352 with any questions.

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

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