New Jubilee Venue Ripe for a Wine Stroll

The 30th annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee will be unlike any other, thanks to the venue.

The Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree hosts the event on May 20, and event organizers are taking advantage of the venue’s unique layout to create a “wine country stroll” experience.

With souvenir glass in hand, guests can meander along a wide path that weaves in and out of wisteria-covered arbors and inviting gazebos as it encircles the historic Harbison House. Along the way, at every curve, vendors — over 100 strong in all — will be offering bits, bites and sips of their award-winning foods and beverages. Event organizers also plan to create a Beer Garden in one corner of the venue.

An extra special experience awaits Solano Wine & Food Jubilee VIPs, those sponsors who have donated $1,500 and more to the cause. Not only do VIPs gain early entry to the Wine & Food Jubilee — a full hour ahead of general admission guests — but they will enter the venue through a special gateway near the Nut Tree Pavilion’s Nut Tree Train and Carousel. For those who don’t want to miss this opportunity, there is still time to become a Solano Wine & Food Jubilee VIP sponsor. Contact Colleen Knight, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation program coordinator at (707) 646-3131 for more information.

The three-acre site — last open to the public in 2009 — is large enough to host several entertainers, too. Performing for the crowds this year is local favorite Vino Banditos, fronted by John Young, 95.3 KUIC DJ, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Entertainment pauses at 9 p.m. for the Jubilee raffle, when lucky ticket holders learn if they get to take home a brand new car, or one of several cash prizes.

The top prize is a choice of a 2017 Nissan Altima, 2017 Buick Verano or 2017 Hyundai Sonata, courtesy of local auto dealer Rami Yanni. Yanni has four dealerships — Vacaville Nissan, Vacaville Dodge, Vacaville Buick GMC, and Vacaville Hyundai — and he has generously supported the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee for the past four years.

Jubilee raffle tickets are $50 each, or buy two and get the third for free. In addition to the choice of cars as a top raffle prize, $10,000 in cash will also be awarded, according to Wendy Jackson, raffle chair. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, or Jackson Medical Supply, Main Street in Vacaville.

Then the Time Bandits take the stage at the Nut Tree Pavilion at 9:15 to get everyone up and dancing.

General admission tickets are $75 each for those ages 21 and up, and can be purchased through Eventbrite for a nominal fee by going to, or to Tickets are $125 on the day of the event, if still available.