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A taste of the 209

Flavors from across the region will be celebrated during 209 Magazine’s inaugural event Taste of the 209, being hosted at the Fruit Yard Amphitheater on April 28.

With food samplings, beer, wine and sweet treats, tickets are $40 per person for general admission with bistro pub tables available for use. Reserved tables for eight with special VIP seating and early entry are available for $600.

The new outdoor venue at The Fruit Yard has the capacity for over 3,000 people and a very spacious lawn area so there will be plenty of room for vendors, mingling and devouring tasty treats.

Local singer-songwriter Alex Lucero will be entertaining guests with his smooth, raspy vocals and melodic sounds.

Hosting the event is Valley foodie, chef and culinary instructor Dana Johnson from Dana’s Family Kitchen. 

All proceeds from the raffle prizes and premier silent auction will benefit United Cerebral Palsy, an organization that advocates for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

UCP for San Joaquin, Calaveras, Amador Director of Marketing and Fund Development Jill Faso, explained that their particular charter was incorporated with the United Cerebral Palsy Association in 1954 and has been proudly serving the community ever since. Throughout the many years of service their programs have expanded to touch on many aspects of life for people with disabilities and their families.

“Today, 82 percent of the individuals we have placed are achieving long-term employment success,” stated Faso. 

The Supported Living program is designed to empower consumers served and encourage them to maximize and maintain the skills necessary to live independently within the least restrictive environment. Clients are engaged with income producing activities with the Applies Abilities Program where they learn marketable skills that can transition to employment.

“UCP San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador have six locations throughout Stockton, Manteca and Tracy and provide our crucial services to over 2,000 clients, providing over 302,700 hours of service a year,” expressed Faso. “We continue to grow with an operating budget that exceeds $7 million. Despite fluctuation in funding and operation costs, UCP continues to serve more clients every year. Nearly 200 staff work together to provide the services that empower this special and growing population of individuals to achieve their fullest potential.”

Fundraising is a crucial part of UCP’s effort in continuing to provide services, community outings, purchasing supplies, and equipment for their clients.

So while the Taste of the 209 supports a worthwhile cause, attendees will also enjoy savoring some of the best food and drink the region has to offer during this first-ever event.

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