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It's Spring in the Garden

UC Riverside’s Sixth Annual "Primavera in the Gardens" Fund-Raiser Set for Sunday, May 16

This Garden Party Combines Food, Wine, Music and Flowers

(May 12, 2004)

Guests sample food and wine at Primavera in the Garden, 2003.<br />
Photo by Jana ShakerEnlarge

Guests sample food and wine at Primavera in the Garden, 2003.
Photo by Jana Shaker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The Sixth Annual Primavera in the Gardens, Riverside’s premiere wine and food tasting event, takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens. Approximately 500 people attended Primavera in the Gardens last year.

“The beauty of the Botanic Gardens and the warm Spring weather combine with live music and the smell of delicious food to provide a great environment for wine-tasting,” said Giles Waines, director of the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens. “Everywhere you look, there is another kind of California wine.”

The Primavera fund raiser is a casual event with hundreds of people walking to sample food and wine at serving tables positioned throughout the garden. Musical performers provide live accompaniment.

The event will offer wines from Benziger Family Winery; Callaway Vineyard & Winery; Falkner Winery; Galleano Winery; Imagery Estate Winery; Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards; Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery; Mount Palomar Winery; Riverside Brewing Co.; Thornton Winery; Pacific Rim International Wine Competition Selections; Van Roekel Vineyards & Winery; and Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard.

Appetizers will be presented by some of Riverside's most
popular restaurants and vendors: Babylon; Back to the Grind; Ciao Bella; Gram's Mission Barbecue Palace; Jammin' Bread; Mario's Place; Mission Inn; Sevilla
Simple Simon's; Tin Lizzy's Cookie Cafe; Toad in the Hole; Trader Joe's; UCR Dining Services.

The donation for this annual event is $40 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Botanic Gardens’ many deserving projects. To receive advance tickets, reservations should be postmarked by May 3. Make checks payable to UCR Foundation and send to Primavera, Botanic Gardens, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Tickets are also available at the gate.

Primavera in the Gardens is sponsored by the Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens.

The Botanic Gardens cover nearly 40 acres and feature more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. To get to the Gardens, exit Martin Luther King Ave. from the 60 Freeway in Riverside, turn right then right again at Canyon Crest Avenue, and follow the signs to the Botanic Gardens. Parking and admission are free. For freeway map and color brochure, call (909) 784-6962 or 787-4650, e-mail, or write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521.

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