Temecula Education Foundation’s Two-Day Tasting Event Spotlights WCMA Performers
7th Annual Taste of Temecula Valley Features Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries, Live Entertainment, Fun for All Ages
TEMECULA, Calif. — April 3, 2017 –– The Temecula Education Foundation (TEF), 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 (TOTV) Friday, April 28th, 6 PM – 10 PM, and Saturday, April 29th, 11 AM – 7 PM. Held at Town Square Park, in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, Old Town Temecula, California, 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 on 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,” said TOTV Event Chair Mark Katan. “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 annual Wine Country Music Awards (WCMAs). We are looking forward to having WCMA celebrity judges attend our TOTV VIP Dinner & Concert,” he added.
Scheduled for Sunday, November 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 TOTV, come for the exclusive dinner and concert, or bring your family to the full-day Saturday TOTV, we want everyone to know we do this for the kids. The funds we raise go right back to TVUSD classrooms to benefit students with arts education and curriculum enrichment,” he added.
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 ($600 for table of eight) also is available. 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 email@example.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 noted.
The full-day tasting event on Saturday, April 29th, 11 AM – 7 PM, 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 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 are thrilled to celebrate our seventh year in Old Town Temecula, and we are delighted to have TOTV 2017 return for its third year as a two-day event. The concept of a community taste – an event that brings the best restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries from Temecula Valley Wine Country and Southern California together in one location – is exciting. 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. TOTV 2017 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 tasteoftemeculavalley.com/. Vendors can contact Katan at 951-551-5352, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community volunteers, including high school students, are needed. Volunteers must register online at 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 tasteoftemeculavalley.com/ or in person, at the gate.
ABOUT TEMECULA EDUCATION FOUNDATION: For additional info, see www.temeculaeducationfoundation.org.
ABOUT WINE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS: For additional info, see www.winecountrymusicawards.com.
For more information:
Mark Katan, TOTV Chair, 951-551-5352