Celebrate summer and support good causes at Taste of Rosefest

Eat and drink for a good cause at the Taste of Rosefest, Thursday, June 23, at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Central Park. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Join neighbors and friends in Roseville’s Central Park for the ninth annual Taste of Rosefest, a summer celebration of food, drinks and entertainment. Roseville area restaurants will serve generous samples of featured food and drinks at 39 stations set up around the park on Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dale Street park entrance between County Roads C and B2.

“We had a great time last year and we plan to attend this year, too,” says Janet Jacobs of Roseville. “Small portions allowed us to sample a wide variety of delicious food from local restaurants.” 

“Plenty of local beer and wine was the perfect accompaniment to the food,” Jacobs adds. “And we had fun checking out the extensive silent auction items, even if we never won.”

Past offerings at this Roseville Rotary Club-sponsored event covered a broad spectrum of food, including pizza, ham, beef chunks, barbecue ribs, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, cookies, soup, imported cheeses, chocolate, scones, carrot cake and smoothies. 

New this year is a scotch tasting — for those who favor hard liquor or are just curious about scotch — as well as the usual wine and beer at this 21-and-older event.

Taste of Rosefest isn’t all about the food, either. Guests can walk around the arboretum flower gardens and the rain garden in Rotary Woods, or sit at an umbrella table while listening to live music or enjoy a jazz concert in the pavilion.

The 17-piece Roseville Lutheran Church Jazz Band will play a range of standards and classics in the music pavilion and acoustic guitarist Rick Vanderwall, a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, will perform near the entrance to the pavilion at various times during the evening.

There will be a tent full of treasures to bid on at the silent auction, or you can participate in the wine pull raffle at the event, which kicks off 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, art work, and gift cards to local restaurants and shops.


If you go ... 

Taste of Rosefest is Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Central Park, 2525 N. Dale St. in Roseville.

Go for food, wine and beer samples, entertainment and community.

Last year, some 850 people attended the event and Rotary raised more than $46,000, according to Rotarian Jeff Norton. All profits fund local and international projects, including $20,000 to fund the second of three years of the science and technology lab at Central Park Elementary School.

Taste of Rosefest also benefits the Roseville Area Senior Program; Rotary Woods in Central Park; AVID, a mentoring and scholarship program for middle and high school students; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; and international programs to end polio worldwide and support school and hospital projects in Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico and Ecuador.

“This event is the backbone of our funding for the good work Rotary does in this community and throughout the world,” says Rotary President Terry Carlson.

Taste of Rosefest is also aiming to be a zero-waste event, notes Rotarian David Kray. 

“Last year we diverted 91 percent of the trash away from the garbage dump by recycling 600 pounds. The city asked us about doing it and so did some potential donors,”


Tickets to Taste of Rosefest

Advance tickets are $40 and tickets purchased at the gate will be $45. The event is 21-plus. Tickets are non-refundable. Purchase your tickets from Rotary Club members and at these locations:

Roseville City Hall — Parks and Recreation Department. 2660 Civic Center Drive.
Precision Forms. 2575 Fairview Ave.
Lunds & Byerlys. 1601 County Road C.
Cub Foods at Har Mar Mall. 2100 Snelling Ave.
The Cellars Wines & Spirits. 2701 Lincoln Drive

Tickets can also be purchased at www.tasteofrosefest.org.

Kray says. “Recycling is about being a good community partner.”

Taste of Rosefest co-chair, Jerry Hromatka, says the night is a community-building experience.

“People like being with others — being face-to-face with their neighbors on a beautiful night to celebrate friends, local businesses, restaurants, a great park — all the things Roseville is proud of — and they are supporting good causes, as well,” Hromatka says.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.tasteofrosefest.org.


Pam O’Meara can be reached at pomeara@lillienews.com or 651-748-7818.

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