Wild lilac blooms, grapevines’ plump green buds thrive, and 10 inspired festivals and events – celebrating food, wine, music and song, Moms, classic cars, and the Old West – provide vibrant fun
Temecula, CA (PRWEB) February 01, 2012
TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country – “Spring arrives early in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and is celebrated daily March 1 through May 31 as Springfest. Wild lilac blooms, grapevines’ plump green buds thrive, and 10 inspired festivals and events – celebrating food, wine, music and song, Moms, classic cars, and the Old West – provide vibrant fun,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “This is a gorgeous time of year to schedule a mini-vacation by arriving a day or two before, and staying over a day or two after. Enjoy special mid-week rates Sunday through Thursday, and more fully experience Downtown, Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the sunny, relaxed spirit and genuine richness of this casual, picturesque valley.” The popular destination is 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1½ hours from Los Angeles.
1. Chocolate Decadence (Mar-2) and 2. Pechanga Wine Festival (Mar-3)
Upscale and exciting, Pechanga Resort & Casino is the four-diamond venue for Springfest’s first celebrations. Friday night’s Chocolate Decadence includes a vast selection of sparkling and late harvest wines, Zinfandels, Syrahs, and ports presented with an array of decadent treats created by Pechanga’s world-renowned chocolatier Jean-Marie Verhoeven. Saturday afternoon’s Pechanga Wine Festival features more than 100 fine vintages from Temecula Valley Southern California, Napa, Sonoma, and beyond – complemented by distinguished cuisine from Pechanga’s premier restaurants.
3. WOW: World of Wine Weekend in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country (Mar 3-4)
Gracious and friendly, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country welcomes Springfest with WOW: World of Wine Weekend. A self-guided tour of the valley’s 30+ premium, award-winning wineries (large and small) provides exclusive barrel, tank, and bottle, wine samplings and perfect, companion food pairings. Traditionally, the event sells out quickly; getting tickets early is encouraged.
4. Old Town Temecula Spring Rod Run (March 9-10)
Hip and historic Old Town Temecula’s first, big salute to Springfest is the Spring Rod Run. Hundreds of classic vehicles rev their engines and roam Old Town Front Street from arch to arch for the famous ‘Friday Night Cruise.’ Saturday is ‘Show and Shine’ with the opportunity to get a close look at the classic vehicles and take a peek under their hoods.
5. Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival (March 16-18)
Springfest’s first celebration of music and song is the Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival. The 12-block, hip and historic district, and the Old Town Temecula Community Theater are jubilant with concerts, jam sessions, and renowned fiddling bands like Bluegrass Etc., Dan Crazy and Thunderstorm, the Brewer Boys, Bluegrass Brethren, Keeping Fire, and The Third Street Band.
6. Reality Rally Temecula Valley (April 13-15)
The adventurous Reality Rally Temecula Valley couples energetic, reality television stars with enthusiast teams of the public for an Amazing Race-style event competition involving outrageous activities and amusing challenges, all for the coveted trophy. Embellishing the weekend’s festivities are a golf tournament, parties, and autograph signing.
7. Taste of Temecula Valley (April 28)
With the new, California Mission Revival-style Civic Center as a backdrop, Taste of Temecula Valley fills the last Saturday in April with live entertainment throughout the day, and dozens of samplings and offerings from Temecula Valley restaurants and food artisans, local wineries, and craft breweries. It all happens at Old Town Temecula’s Town Square Park.
8. Temecula Wine & Music Festival (April 28)
At Vail Lake Resort with its ranch-like setting, ancient oaks, and natural chaparral – a grand mix of pop, jazz, and R&B artists provide a full day’s medley of musical entertainment. Meanwhile talented Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country vintners provide a unique tasting experience of award-winning varietals and blends.
9. Mother’s Day (May 13)
With spectacular menus and events, and special packages and offers, charming Old Town Temecula, beautiful Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and exciting Pechanga Resort & Casino are ideal for celebrating and honoring Mother’s Day. Plus: Each of the three dynamic destinations features gifts that will surely delight and please.
10. Old Town Temecula Western Days Celebration & Chili Cookoff (May 19-20)
Beginning in 1849 with the California Gold Rush and into the 1960s, Temecula’s Old West lifestyle flourished. Old Town Temecula Western Days weekend harkens back to the settlement’s historic, stagecoach and cattle-ranch, glory days with a high-noon bank robbery and shoot-out on Saturday and Sunday, Old West portrayals, Western music, calf-roping instruction, and stagecoach rides. The weekend includes a tasty, ICS (International Chili Society) Chili Cookoff on Sunday.
***All information is believed to be accurate but may be subject to change.
VisitTemecula.org is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 501(c)6 non-profit organization stimulates tourism and economic activity, and is the region’s official resource for visitors.