Eat, drink and be merry at Taste of Rosefest June 25

Guests line up at the Byerlys booth for samples of different cheeses and olives at Taste of Rosefest 2014. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
Guests line up at the Byerlys booth for samples of different cheeses and olives at Taste of Rosefest 2014. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

Join neighbors and friends in Roseville's Central Park for samples of food and drink from some 30 of Roseville's favorite restaurants at the eighth annual Taste of Rosefest on Thursday, June 25 from 5-8 p.m.

"It’s a win-win event," says Jerry Hromatka, chair of the Rotary Club-sponsored event.

Guests will enjoy spending time in Roseville's premier park on a lovely summer evening, Hromatka says, listening to the Roseville Lutheran Church Jazz Band, eating and drinking to their heart's content while supporting a good cause — Roseville area community programs. All money raised stays right there to benefit local children, families and seniors, he adds.

Food, beer and wine booths will be set up in Central Park's Muriel Sahlin Arboretum and Rotary Woods at the Dale Street park entrance between County Roads C and B2.

Food will include pizza, ham, beef chunks, barbecue ribs, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, cookies, soup, imported cheeses, chocolate, scones, carrot cake and smoothies, plus wine and beer at this age 21 and older event.

Guests can walk around the arboretum flower gardens, take a look at the new $30,000 rain garden project in Rotary Woods or sit at an umbrella table while listening to live music, bid on a tent full of treasures at the silent auction, do the pick-a-bottle of wine fundraiser and have a fun-filled evening as a part of the city's six-day Rosefest celebration.

Silent auction items are now being collected and include a glider ride, a round of golf for four at Midland Hills Country Club, State Fair grandstand tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, theater tickets, St. Paul Saints tickets, artwork and gift cards to local restaurants and shops. Last year there were 139 items in the auction. Door prizes will be awarded, as well.

The Roseville Rotary Club supports a number of community and education programs. For instance, it has pledged $20,000 a year for three years straight to jumpstart the Spark program, phase one of which will begin in the fall at Central Park Elementary School and eventually spread to other schools. The program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, because it's said that's where 15 of the top 20 jobs will be in the future.

Rotary funds other programs such as Ready, Set, Read! — an early childhood literacy program; Bridging, which provides furniture and household goods for those in need who are setting up new households; Roseville Area Senior Program; Rotary Woods in Central Park; STRIVE - a mentoring and scholarship program for high school seniors; Kids Voting; Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts; Northeast Youth & Family Services; and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

"Last  year's Taste of Rosefest was a very fun night out with such a delicious variety of foods and beverages that even the slight rainshower could not dampen our very high spirits." says Mari Evans from the Como area. "We are looking forward to celebrating this Roseville tradition again this year."

"It was a blast," adds Mia Ramsey, of Roseville. "It really is an excellent fundraiser. You get a little bit of everything in one night. I highly recommend it!"

Pam O'Meara can be reached at pomeara@lillienews.com.


If you go...

Taste of Rosefest
Thursday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m.
At Central Park Arboretum, Dale Street entrance
Food, wine and beer samples, entertainment
Advance tickets are $35 and tickets purchased at the gate will be $45. People must be age 21 or older to attend. Tickets are non-refundable.
For more information visit www.tasteofrosefest.org.

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