Food and fun at Central Park

Guests can take a chance at the wine wall, where a $20 ticket guarantees a nice bottle of wine in the $15 to $25 range with a chance of getting a great bottle of wine, which could be valued over $50, or even over $90. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Taste of Rosefest is June 26

Join neighbors and friends in Roseville’s beautiful Central Park for generous samples of food and drinks from Roseville’s favorite restaurants at Taste of Rosefest on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s a big community party.

About 39 food, wine and beverage stations from approximately 35 area businesses 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 may 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 gardens or sit at an umbrella table while listening to live music, bid on a tent full of treasures at the silent auction, take a chance at the wall of wine and have a fun-filled evening at this Roseville Rotary Club-sponsored event that is part of the city’s six-day Rosefest celebration.

“It’s a great way to spend time with friends, meet neighbors, sample the best food in the area and taste wine,” said Rotary President Susan Nemitz.

Kico Rangel and his mariachi band will provide entertainment as they stroll around the park. They played at the event in 2012 and were a great hit then, said Rotarian Terry Gilberstad, adding that music is very authentic and the group often plays in area Mexican restaurants.

“Silent auction items are now being collected and some of the things we have so far are a dinner for four at the Corner Table Restaurant in Minneapolis, a glider ride, St. Paul Saints tickets and Twins vs. Yankees tickets,” said Rotarian Luke Ferden, adding that last year there were 139 items in the auction, including Twins tickets, theater tickets, gift cards to area restaurants, works of art, jewelry and dozens more.

At the wall of wine, a $20 ticket guarantees a nice bottle of wine in the $15 to $25 range with a chance of getting a great bottle of wine. A number of bottles are valued over $50 with at least one over $90.

Last year, more than 800 people attended the event and about $34,500 net was raised for local youth and international programs, said Jerry Hromatka, chair of the event.

“This event is the backbone of our funding for all the good work Roseville Rotary does in this community and throughout the world,” Nemitz said.

Projects funded by the club are Ready! Set! Read! - an early childhood literacy program; Bridging, which provides furniture and household goods for needy people 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; Northwest Youth & Family Services; and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. In addition, Rotary funds school, hospital and water projects in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Haiti; and Polio Plus to eradicate polio worldwide.

“In the few short years it has been put on, Taste of Rosefest has become one of the city’s premier summer events. Friends and neighbors come together to enjoy good food and beverages hosted by the area’s finest restaurants, microbrewers and liquor stores,” said Rotarian and former Roseville mayor Dan Wall. “And best of all, every dollar raised goes right back into community projects like our parks and library, plus a few international programs. It is also a great opportunity to highlight the beautiful arboretum gardens at Central Park, including the new $30,000 rain garden project in Rotary Woods.”

For more information about participating restaurants, updates on auction items, purchasing tickets online or offsite parking with shuttle service, go to

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Advance tickets are $35 and tickets purchased at the gate will be $45. This is an adult event; people must be age 21 and older to attend. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may be purchased through Rotary Club members and at these Roseville locations:

Roseville City Hall
Parks and Rec Department
2660 Civic Center Drive

Precision Forms
1722 Terrace Drive

Service counter
1601 W. County Road C

Cub Foods - HarMar
Service Counter
2100 N. Snelling Ave.

The Cellars Wines and Spirits
2701 Lincoln Drive

2014 confirmed or likely participating restaurants and beverage businesses:

Annona Gourmet
Aquarius Water Conditioning
Axel’s Charhouse in the Radisson
Bakers Square Restaurant
Big Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings
The Cellars Wines and Spirits
Chianti Grill
Creative Catering
D’Amico & Sons
Dunn Bros. Coffee
Famous Dave’s
Flame Rotisserie & Grill
Granite City
Good Earth Restaurant
Green Mill
The Honey Baked Ham Company
Jimmy John’s
Joe Senser’s Sport Theatre
Joe’s Crab Shack
Little Venetian
Maui Wowi/St. Paul Bagelry
Muffuletta in the Park
Noodles & Co.
Old Chicago
Olive Garden
Sweet Chocolat
Stout’s Pub
Z Pizza

Taste of Rosefest reserves the right to make changes at any time. Every effort has been made to publish correct information.


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