Rooted in Nature festival postponed until Oct. 17 due to COVID-19

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Lou Kashmere, right, owner of Garage Brewing Co., pours craft beer samples from his Temecula brewery during the Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival at Marna O’Brien Park in Wildomar presented by the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation, May 18, 2019. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

The Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival fundraiser for the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation has been postponed until Oct. 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced last week.

Rooted in Nature is an annual event held in Wildomar attracting more than 1,000 people that focuses on the growing regional craft beer industry and provides needed funding for the nonprofit SPNEF educational programs and scholarships for local school children who learn about being good stewards for nature and the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta.

The Rooted in Nature event is normally scheduled in early spring in Marna O’Brien Park in Wildomar and was first rescheduled to Sept. 27 after the coronavirus pandemic hit early in March.

Herb Massinger, event coordinator, in a release said the festival that was going to be held in May had to be rescheduled, due to the current “stay at home” and the social distancing order to all Californians because of the coronavirus.

The Sept. 27 date was first chosen as the rescheduled date, but that day had already been set for the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival at Lake Skinner.

“There have already been some serious challenges, as there are only so many dates available to accommodate, especially the large ones,” Massinger said. “We had initially selected Saturday, Sept. 27, and had just about started our release of the date change only to find out the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival had also selected that date, which forced a reevaluation, and now we are looking at Oct. 17 to reschedule our Rooted in Nature event.”

Details on the newly scheduled Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival will be available soon in the Valley News and social media.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.