Primavera in the Gardens Set for Sunday, May 20

14th annual wine and food tasting event is a fundraiser for UCR Botanic Gardens' education program for school children

Tent in the UCR Botanic Gardens

Guests enjoy Primavera in the Gardens wine and food fundraiser.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The 14th annual Primavera in the Gardens wine and food tasting festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens.

Nearly 500 people attended the 2011 event and a full house is expected once again in 2012. Guests will sample food, wine and beers from local suppliers while exploring the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Gardens. The evening will be capped by a silent auction featuring dozens of garden-related items. Musical entertainment will be provided by Robert Scarano and Shawn Jones.

Wine glass and a plate of food

Fine food and wine at Primavera in the Gardens.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Botanic Gardens’ education program for school children, which hosts thousands of student tours each year.

Past restaurant participants have included Cafe Sevilla, Ciao Bella, Gerard’s Eve Bistro, Gra-Pow, Jammin’ Bread, Mario’s Place, Simple Simon’s, Smokey Canyon BBQ, The Cooking Store, The Tamale Factory, Tin Lizzy’s Cookie Factory, UCR Dining Services and Coffee Roasters.

Past winery participants have included BevMo! Corona, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Canyon Crest Winery, Falkner Winery, Galleano, Hart Winery, Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyard, Keyways Vineyard & Winery, Lorenzi’s, Oak Mt. Winery, and South Coast Winery and Resort, as well as beers from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Inland Empire Brewery.

Advance tickets are $60 per person, while day-of-event tickets are $70. Advance tickets may be purchased by mail by sending a check payable to the UCR Foundation to Primavera, Botanic Gardens University of California, 92521-0124.  Tickets will be available the day of the event at will call.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at:

  • The Winery at Canyon Crest – 225 Canyon Crest Drive #7A – (951) 369-9463
  • Mrs. Tiggy Winkles – 3675 Main Street – (951) 683-0221
  • Louie’s Nursery – 16310 Porter Avenue – (951) 525-6782
  • Parkview Nursery – 3841 Jackson Street – (951) 351-6900
    or 4377 Chicago – (951) 784-6777

There is a $5.00 parking fee.  A trolley will be available to escort guests to the Botanic Gardens entrance.

For more information, call (951) 784-6962 or e-mail You can visit the website at

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Katie Shea
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