Fans of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, mark your calendars. The date for the 2018 event has been set and an encore planned. The 31st Solano Wine & Food Jubilee returns to Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville, at 6:30 p.m. on May 19, 2018.
The 2018 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee will offer ticketholders a “wine country casual” experience, as they stroll about the Harbison Event Center grounds, sampling some of the area’s best foods and award-winning wines and beers, while enjoying musical entertainment provided by special guests.
When the tasting portion of the evening concludes around 9 p.m., ticketholders move over to the Nut Tree Pavilion area, to enjoy rides on the Nut Tree train and carousel, and dancing to one of the area’s most popular bands, The Time Bandits.
Before dancers take the floor, the top prize in the Jubilee Raffle will be announced. This year, the prize has been expanded to include five brand-new cars, offered by Rami Yanni of the Wise Auto Group. The winner can choose between a 2018 Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Buick Verano or Mazda3 Hatchback, with a MSRP of $30,000.
In addition to the choice of cars as a top prize, $10,000 in cash will be awarded, as well, according to Wendy Jackson, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner. Raffle tickets are $35 each or three for $100. They can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation office at 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, or at Jackson Medical Supply on Main Street in Vacaville. Odds of winning are about one in 100, Jackson added, as only 2,500 tickets will be sold.
NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s Solano Wine & Food Jubilee is Solano County’s premiere fund-raising event to support the programs and services of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. Funds raised through this event help make an array of vital programs possible, including hospice care, bereavement support groups, and community outreach.
Shortly after NorthBay Healthcare established its Hospice & Bereavement program in 1987, a group of area citizens organized the very first Solano Wine & Food Jubilee in support of Hospice & Bereavement in 1988. Held in the social hall of a Fairfield church, the first Jubilee was a wine and cheese party for about 300 people. That night, about $2,000 was raised.
Through the years, the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee has grown exponentially. It has become a perennially sold-out affair and has been held in an array of venues – under a tent in Lagoon Valley, the Jelly Belly factory floor, the Vacaville Skating Center, and even in a C5 hangar at Travis Air Force Base. For many years, it was held under a huge tent at the iconic Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville. In 2017 it returns to the Harbison Event Center adjacent to the Nut Tree in Vacaville. Organizers promise the 30th event will again exceed expectations.