Jubilee Under the Big Top

Solano County’s biggest party is about to get bigger and better.

The 23rd Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee—the premier fund-raising event for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs—returns to the Nut Tree Complex on April 23, where it will be held under a bigger tent than ever before.

Having a larger tent is good news for those lucky enough to attend the perennially sold-out affair. Not only will attendees have more room to move about, but the bigger venue means there’s room for an even larger number of vendors. “We had a record number of vendors with us last year, and we expect an equally great turnout this time,” noted Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation. With more vendors on hand, ticket-holders will be able to sample a wider selection of gourmet foods, wines and brews, even as the ticket price remains the same, as it has for many years.

The bigger tent comes courtesy of the Total Home & Garden Show, which will be held at the Nut Tree the weekend prior to the Jubilee. Total Home & Garden Show organizers are supporting NorthBay Hospice’s fund-raising efforts by leaving their tent in place and offering it to Jubilee organizers. “We’re excited about teaming with the Total Home & Garden Show in this way, because it means our big party just got bigger and better,” Johnson said.

During the past 22 years, the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee has offered people an opportunity to share great food and wine, good music and the pleasure of each other’s company, all while raising funds for the NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs. This year, the festivities get under way at 6:30 p.m. on April 23 at the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville.

Throughout the evening, ticket-holders can sample some of the best foods, wines and brews from local businesses, peruse items up for bid at the silent auction, take a chance on winning a $1,000 Nut Tree shopping spree or cash raffle, and dance to the popular Latin band Sapo Guapo.

It’s an evening of fun that continues to benefit NorthBay Hospice all year long. Funds raised that evening assure that NorthBay’s hospice services remain available for all who need them throughout the year.

These services include access to an integrated program of physical, emotional and spiritual care for the terminally ill, allowing these patients —and their families—to live their final days as peacefully and comfortably as possible.

Leading the fund-raising effort this year are several presenting sponsors, including Sacca Family Burger King, The Hofmann Company, and the Nut Tree. In addition to supporting the NorthBay Hospice program, Jubilee sponsors also earn exclusive benefits, including hotel rooms, limousine shuttle service, a pre-event VIP reception and invitations to other exclusive events. Organizers are still seeking sponsorships, ranging from $500 to $20,000, and invite interested individuals and businesses to call the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation at (707) 646-3131 for more information.

Tickets are $75 each and must be purchased in advance. Attire is black tie optional, and only adults, age 21 and older, will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call (707) 646-3133, or visit www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.

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