The 13th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival was a huge success, raising over $104,000 for 18 charities whose local or international focus is on children or the community. The festival, held at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, featured live music as well as food and beverages from 19 wineries, five breweries, and 26 local restaurants. Beneficiaries – which included Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, and the Encinitas Historical Society, among others – were awarded their checks at a special Rotary Club presentation in August.

“We received such a positive response to our evening of food, wine, music, and a stunning venue,” said Event Co-Chair Rich Houk. “Our wine festival has grown from 300 guests to now over 1,000 guests annually. Over our 13 years, we’ve raised over $1 million for our charities.”

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