Wine, Hot Air Balloons, Concerts, and Cars- Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Has It All

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Celebrating 30 years of spectacular dawn hot air balloon launches, evening balloon glows, wine tasting, food pairing, and top entertainment in concert, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival brings new taste treats, sights and sounds May 31 through June 2, 2013.

Temecula Valley Hot Air Balloons

Glorious Dawn Hot Air Balloon Launches greet early risers at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival May 31 thru June 2

"The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is an incredibly affordable entertainment package of hot air balloon dawn launches, evening glows and concerts on 2 stages," said Carol Popejoy, executive director.

Don't expect the same ol' thing from this 30-year-old Festival. The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2013 is definitely making sure the good times roll - from wine barrels turned into race cars to high flying Metal Mulisha Demonstrations - this event offers all sights, sounds and taste sensations.

For starters, the event will have a So-Cal classic car exhibit with Woodies, and other Californian Cool Classics - as well as wine barrel race cars on display.

Craft and Micro brew beer tasting has also been added to compliment the Saturday food and beer pairing where top culinary art chefs whip up recipes utilizing a variety of Craft Brews like ShockTop, Beck's Sapphire and Goose Island.

This is the 30th year for the Festival which offers concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday to complement the wine tasting experience. Country Friday brings out Scotty McCreery, "American Idol" season 10 winner and hot-on-the-charts ("All Over The Road")Easton Corbin. Saturday Wine Country Rocks with The All-American Rejects, Eve 6 and Berlin with Terri Nunn. Sunday fans will get a fun dose of Celtic Rock with Young Dubliners.

There is also plenty of what the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival has branded for 30 years. Hot Air Balloon launches at dawn feature up to 40 colorful balloons. Free tethered rides are provided by Soboba Foundation - Resort and Casino. Friday and Saturday evening fans crowd into the Wine Gardens for the "Balloon Glow" of up to a dozen tethered hot air balloons.

Held at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area and surrounded by the Shipley Preserve, the Festival’s park setting provides natural vistas whether flying aboard a hot air balloon or planted on terra firma and sipping a glass of premium wine.

Wine lovers will find Southern California Wine Country offers a wine for every palate. Up to 20 wineries will be pouring at the Festival including Robert Renzoni, Wilson Creek Winery, Lorimar Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, Maurice Carr'ie Winery, Van Roekel Winery, Thornton Winery and South Coast Winery and Resort. Boutique wineries and gold medal winners are showcased in the food and wine pairings offered Saturday and Sunday. These gastronome adventures include four courses prepared by the area's executive chefs and paired with Temecula Valley wines.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday to an Arts and Crafts Faire, Kids Faire, exhibits, international food court, concerts on the main stage and wine tasting. The luminescent Balloon Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air.

See the website for a complete lineup and to buy tickets. Tickets are also available at the gate, and at participating Vons and CVS stores in Southern California. For information call (951) 676-6713.

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