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Solano Wine & Food Jubilee Returns to the Nut Tree in May

January 09, 2019

Fans of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, mark your calendars: The date for the 2019 event is May 18, and the 32nd Solano Wine & Food Jubilee returns to Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville.

“We’re very excited that the Jubilee will again be held at the Nut Tree,” noted Craig Bryan, Jubilee committee chair and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member. “The venue proved to be a huge success with ticketholders and vendors in 2017 and 2018, making them the most successful in Jubilee history.”

The 2019 Jubilee will offer ticketholders a “wine country casual” experience, as they stroll about the Harbison Event Center, sampling some of the area’s best foods and award-winning wines and beers, while enjoying musical entertainment provided by special guests.

The popular Silent Auction returns as well, where ticketholders peruse and then bid on an array of items -- from exotic vacations, to wine country experiences and sports memorabilia.  

When the tasting portion of the evening concludes around 9 p.m., ticketholders move over to the Nut Tree Pavilion area, to enjoy rides on the Nut Tree train and carousel, and dance to one of the area’s most popular bands, The Time Bandits.

But, before dancers take the floor, the top prize in the Jubilee Raffle will be announced. This year it is either a $15,000 Dream Vacation, provided by Wasserman Travel -- in memory of Wendy Wasserman-Kellogg, former NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member -- or $15,000 in cash. In addition to the dream vacation, there is a Tribute Prize this year: A private tour of Pixar Animation Studios, valued at $5,000, in honor of Adam Burke, former Foundation board member. Another $10,000 in cash will also be awarded, according to Jim Kellogg, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner. Raffle tickets are $35 each or three for $100. They can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield; Jackson Medical Supply, 506 Main St., Vacaville; or Wasserman Travel, 366 Merchant St., Vacaville. Odds of winning are about one in 100 as only 2,500 tickets will be sold.

All proceeds from this year’s raffle will benefit NorthBay Hospice’s Dream of a Lifetime program, a wish-granting project for adult hospice patients.  

The Jubilee’s 32nd year kicks off on Open That Bottle Day on Feb. 23, 2019, when the Jubilee’s most generous supporters are invited to a gala event at Yin Ranch in Vacaville. To learn more about becoming a Jubilee sponsor and to receive an invitation to Open That Bottle — an exclusive, black tie-optional, multi-course wine and food pairing dinner and auction -- contact Susan Cianci, Foundation program coordinator, at (707) 646-3131.

The Jubilee was established to benefit the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, assuring patients are never charged for hospice or bereavement services. Presenting Sponsors for the 2019 event are Al and Patt Shaw, Lee and Valerie Freeman, Dennis and Alex Landis, DPR Construction, Western Health Advantage, Heidi Y. Campini, Paradise Valley Estates and Before The Movie.

Tickets to the 2019 Jubilee, for those aged 21 and older, will be $75 (plus an EventBrite fee) until after Open That Bottle Night (Feb. 23); after that they will be $100, or $125 on the day of the event, if not sold out. For more information, contact Susan Cianci, Foundation program coordinator, at (707) 646-3131, or go to

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