Wine and Dine in the Gardens

Annual Primavera in the Gardens wine, beer and food fundraising event is set for May 18 at UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Tent in the UCR Botanic Gardens

Guests enjoy Primavera in the Gardens wine and food fundraiser.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The Friends of the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens will host the 16th Annual Primavera in the Gardens wine and food tasting fundraising event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th at the UCR Botanic Gardens.

Guests will be able to stroll the garden paths, while eating appetizers, drinking wine and beer and listening to live music.

Appetizers are being provided by restaurants and caterers, including : Brewcakes, Cafe Sevilla, Gram’s Mission Barbeque Palace, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Jammin’ Bread, Magnone Trattoria & Market, Mario’s Place, Smokey Canyon BBQ, Somerdale, Tin Lizzy’s Cookie Café and UCR Dining Services.

Wines will be offered by regional vineyards and wineries, including:  Canyon Crest Winery, Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes, Dark Star Cellars, Falkner Winery, Galleano Winery, Hart Family Winery, Mosby Winery, Oak Mountain Winery, Navarro Vineyards and White Oak Vineyards & Winery.

Participating Breweries include: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Wicks Brewing Company, Inland Empire Brewing Company and Heroes Restaurant and Brewery.

In addition, there will be a silent auction. Items include a two-night deluxe room stay at the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild, ceramic pieces, custom-designed jewelry, a stained glass and concrete Raincross stepping stone, glass garden art, metal Raincross garden stakes and a hand-quilted wall hanging quilter.

More than 400 people attended in 2013. Tickets to this fundraiser are $65 per person if purchased in advance and $75 at the gate. Proceeds from the event benefit the Botanic Gardens’ program that hosts thousands of touring school children each year.

Tickets can be purchased online at They can also be purchased by sending a check for $65 per ticket made payable to UCR Foundation and sent to Primavera, Botanic Gardens, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124. Please provide a contact phone number or e-mail address with your order.

For orders received by May 14, tickets will be mailed. For orders received after that date, tickets will be held at “will call” at the gardens entrance.

Parking is $5. A tram, which will shuttle guests to and from the garden entrance, is free.

For more information about the gardens, call 951-784-6962, e-mail, or visit

The Botanic Gardens cover nearly 40 acres and feature more than 3,000 plant species from around the world. Every year, the gardens host some 50,000 visitors, including school children. Everybody enjoys the beautiful vistas and numerous scenic pathways, some gently graded for wheelchair access.


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