It was raining cats and dogs, but the foul weather didn’t deter the crowds, nor the vendors, from turning out in force for the 32nd Solano Wine & Food Jubilee on Saturday, May 18.
The venue was dotted with colorful umbrellas, plenty of pop-up tents, and guests warmly dressed in their rainy weather gear. By the looks of it, all were prepared to enjoy an evening of good food, wine and brews, all to support the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.
“In the days before the event, we were in a pretty dark space knowing we would be rained on,” noted Craig Bryan, Jubilee committee chair. “We did all we could to try and weatherproof an outdoor event. But would it be enough? Then the friends and supporters of NorthBay Hospice came, no matter what the weather. They came with smiles and soaked in the music, the edibles, the wines and brews, and showed us what the support of a community can accomplish, rain or shine.”
The silent auction, in a well-protected area, was well attended and an early tally of bids indicates a good showing.
The Time Bandits’ stage was moved from Nut Tree Plaza to the Harbison Event Center and guests still found plenty of room to dance, covered or not.
The winning tickets to the Jubilee raffle were pulled to reveal Regina Fell won the grand prize of a $15,000 Dream of a Lifetime Vacation. Other winners included: $2,500: Linda Johnson; $1,000: Joan Forbush; $500: Ana Reyes, Scott Reynolds, Faye Sheppard (2), Jason Veach, Matthew Pebley, Zack Rushing, Anna Jensen, Christie Hatfield, Chantel Reyes; $125: Mary Beth Dugan, Matthew Pebley, John Kakaceh, Corey Tocchini, Judy Lopez, Ana Reyes, Steve Smith, Theresa Hite, Yvette Lopez, Mariane Santos, Sara Stirnitzke and Juan Garcia. The Pixar Tour went to Shanaz Khambatta, D.O., and the Catalina Island vacation went to Eric Snyder.
The Jubilee’s Presenting Sponsors were Al and Patt Shaw, Dr. Lee and Valerie Freeman, Dennis and Alex Landis, Heidi Y. Campini, Before the Movie, DPR Construction, Western Health Advantage and Paradise Valley Estates.
“Thank you to our sponsors, vendors, wineries, breweries, friends and committee members for braving the weather and making this year’s event one of our most successful,” said Craig.