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SAVE THE DATE – TOTV is back for its 8th Year!

The 8th Annual Taste of Temecula Valley is Coming April 27-28, 2018

This Two-Day Taste Event Features VIP Concert & Dinner; Food, Entertainment, & Fun for All Ages

TEMECULA, Calif. — January 8, 2018 –– The Temecula Education Foundation (TEF), 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 (TOTV) Friday, April 27th, 6 PM – 10 PM, and Saturday, April 28th, 11 AM – 7 PM. The taste event is held at Town Square Park, in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, Old Town Temecula, California. This year’s festivities 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 on Saturday.

“Last year’s VIP Dinner & 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,” said TOTV Event Chair Mark Katan.  “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 TOTV. Pechanga’s chefs are always a crowd favorite, and they will be front and center among our 70+ food, wine, micro-brew & craft beer, and specialty-booth offerings.”

“Whether you attend Friday night’s TOTV, come for the exclusive dinner and concert, or bring your family to the full-day Saturday TOTV, 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,” he added.

General admission to Friday’s TOTV opening night is $10 per person. Reserved seating for the TOTV VIP Concert & Dinner is $100 per person. An exclusive VIP Table Sponsor Package featuring champagne and special promotions ($800 for table of eight) also is available. The VIP Dinner & Concert Package includes admission, access to all TOTV booths, front-row concert seating, a premier buffet dinner, and bid access to a live auction. For VIP reservations, contact Kimberly O’Connell at kimberly@temeculaeducationfoundation.org.

Entertainment for both Friday and Saturday is provided by Golden Crown Productions.  Friday’s all-star lineup includes So Cal Beach Rock & Reggae band, Safety Orange. They open for a not-to-be-missed musical experience with Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds Tribute band, SouthBound & Company.  As Skynyrd bands go, SouthBound & Company is one of the most successful from coast to coast. Their tribute show features the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd but also throws in a few “Frynds” like The Allman Bros., ZZ Top, and many others.

The full-day tasting event on Saturday, April 28th, 11 AM – 7 PM, 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 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. Children 12 and under are free.  Taste and other activity tickets are $2 each. Patrons 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 TOTV 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.  Patrons pay an admission fee, then small tasting fee to sample food and drink they might otherwise never try. Kids of all ages will have fun in our expanded Fun Zones, sponsored by Jolly Jumps and, with all-day, live entertainment, there’s something to keep everyone busy. 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. A sponsorship brochure (PDF) is also available to download at the TOTV website. Returning sponsors to this year’s TOTV event include Pechanga Resort & Casino, Jolly Jumps, and Golden Crown Productions, among others. 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 directly at events@temeculaeducationfoundation.org, or 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.

Taste of Temecula Valley tickets will be available at http://tasteoftemeculavalley.com or in person, at the gate.

TOTV photos courtesy of The Photography Specialist.