The weather is expected to hit the 90s this Saturday (July 13) in Temecula, but it should be nice and cool inside Pechanga Resort and Casino’s Grand Ballroom, where the casino’s fifth annual Microbrew Festival and Chili Cook-off will be taking place.
Your $45 ticket includes not only chili tastings from the resort’s restaurants, but a two-ounce taster glass to enjoy unlimited samples of craft brews from the Inland Empire and beyond.
It’s not just about beer and chili, though.
There will also be a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley, and entertainment by the country/rock band American Made.
The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m.
Another great Inland Empire food event landed in our inbox this morning: Pechanga’s second annual BBQ Championship is Saturday (June 22).
Dozens of ‘cuing teams from Washington, Utah, Arizona and all over California will be competing in the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
They’ll be hoping to take home their share of the $20,000 prize in this Kansas City Barbeque Society event, the largest in Southern California.
Admission is just $5, and kids 10 and younger are admitted free. Barbecue tastings and beverages are extra.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, and organizers are mixing things up a bit by including several of the valley’s breweries in the festivities.
Aftershock Brewing, Black Market Brewing Co., Brew-Ligion, Ironfire Brewing Company, Refuge Brewery and Wiens Brewing will be sampling and pouring at this year’s event.
The festival continues from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow (June 1) and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (June 2) at Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester.
Where will you be watching the big game on Sunday (February 3)?
Lazy Dog Cafe is enticing football fans (and the rest of us) with $3 to $6 Happy Hour food and drink specials all day.
Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga and Temecula.
Click here for the Happy Hour menu.
Got an email this morning letting us know that the first Temecula Fatburger is open.
They let us know, so we’re letting you know.
The new location is at 40573 Margarita Road, Suite 100.
Other Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Cabazon.
We found another deal for you Black Friday shoppers (and others): Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a buy-one-entrée-get-one-free coupon.
The coupon is good through Sunday (November 25).
Click here for the coupon, which you can either print out or display on your mobile device.
Inland Empire Macaroni Grill locations include Redlands, Montclair, Corona and Temecula.
Fresh off the successful Palm Springs Props & Hops Craft Beer Conclave, “Minister of Culinary Awareness” Cliff Young has once again turned his attention to food trucks.
His next event , the Temecula Food Truck Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (November 17) in the Macy’s parking lot of the Temecula Promenade, 40820 Winchester Road.
Tickets are $10 (plus $1.24 service fee) in advance, but a special friends and family four-pack is available for only $30 (plus $1.74 service fee). Advance tickets are available here.
However, if you act quickly, you can probably find some discount tickets.
For more information, click here. For updates check the event’s Facebook page.
Follow the jump for a list of currently scheduled trucks.
You might have heard of (or even visited) Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula.
Well, the family is branching out.
Wiens Brewing celebrates its grand opening Saturday (November 10).
The tasting room, at 27941 Diaz Road, Suite A, Temecula, will be open seven days a week: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Currently on tap are:
- Front Street Lager (a golden lager)
- Plateau Pale Ale (a pale ale)
- Old Town Amber (amber lager)
- Insomnia IPA (an India pale ale)
- Braun IPA (a brown India pale ale)
- Descend (a black India pale ale)
The brewery is also distributing to lots of south Riverside County bars and restaurants. Click here to find out where.
To stay in touch, head to the brewery’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you were at the first one, you know.
It was massive.
The event sold out, as did many of the trucks about halfway through the event.
This go-round is expected to go a little smoother, with even more trucks ready to feed the hungry masses.
Not only are the usual trucks from Los Angeles and Orange counties going to be on hand, but, as last time, a good number of trucks from San Diego, and even a handful from Las Vegas will be at the event.
You might even spot a few Inland Empire trucks as well, including Pearson’s Catfish and our friends from Suite 106 Cupcakery.
The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (October 6) at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 4500 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance here.
Follow the jump to see the 53 (yes, 53!) currently scheduled trucks.
The second annual Taste of Temecula Valley will be held from from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (April 28).
The event will take place in Town Square, 41000 Main St., Old Town Temecula.
Attendees will be able to sample from area wineries, restaurants, breweries and specialty vendors.
Admission is $10 per person 13 or older, which includes one “taste” ticket or a commemorative wine glass. Children under 12 are free. Additional “taste” tickets will be available for $2 each.
The event is sponsored by the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, with proceeds benefiting Temecula Valley Unified School District schools.