The 6th annual Community in Unity event will happen Thursday, December 1, 5:31 p.m.-8 p.m. at Escondido City Hall under the dome. The event combines local food and beverages from some of Escondido’s premier chefs and businesses along with collecting toys and pajamas for deserving children.
Note: that time for event’s beginning is correct. Everything begins one minute after City Hall closes for official business.
Escondido’s Premier Seasonal Event that officially launches the 2016 Holidays, Community in Unity takes place under the magnificent Escondido City Hall Dome at Broadway and Valley Parkway.
Tickets are $20 each available at escondidochamber.org or at the Chamber office ($30 at the door.)
This annual celebration invites local chefs/businesses to share their food & spirits, local groups provide entertainment and we collect toys for the Escondido Police Department’s Children’s Holiday party and Pajamas for Rady Children’s Hospital.
This is a good way to begin your holiday shopping, and it’s also a good (shall we even say “great” way to enjoy some great food, all while sipping some fine local wines.
Claudine Rumbawa, event coordinator for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, has been in charge of this event since its beginning. “We’re expecting eighteen to twenty vendors,” she says, “and ninety-nine percent of them come from Escondido.”
The vendors are listed below, but some of the most prominent are Stone Brewery, Kennedy’s Karne, BK Cellars and Firehouse Subs.
They will also set up a “Sweet Shop,” which will be catered by various dessert vendors in the city. “You definitely won’t leave hungry,” says Rumbawa.
However, the purpose of Community in Unity is not to indulge your shopping lust, nor to overindulge in the food department — although you can! — but to be aware of where our holiday dollars are spent and to help those who need it most.
This year guests will be asked to bring an unwrapped toy or children’s pajamas for the EPD’s toy drive and to benefit the children’s hospital.
Appropriate toys include: Infants (0-2) & Teens (13-17) are always the hardest to shop for and often the most left out. Below are suggested gift ideas!
Ages 0-2 (infants)
Educational Toys; Lullaby or sing along Cd’s; Books; PJ’s
Ages 13 — 17 (Boys & Girls)
Gift Cards; Body lotions, Hair & Make Up articles, Games; Cameras; Fuzzy PJ’s, Sports articles.
Vendors and entertainment
Entertainment will happen on the stage area where you can enjoy local church groups and local musicians.
There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus, who will be available for photos and deep conversation.
Kennedy’s Karne, Sullivan’s Irish Pub, Sunny Side Kitchen, Charlie’s Classic Cooking, Firehouse Subs, Brigantine, Cypress Court, Meadowbrook Village, Cocina del Charro
Rita’s of Escondido, The Grand Tearoom, Pala Casino, A Delight of France (tent)
California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Stehleon Vineyards, Vesper Vineyards, Stone Brewing and Kookoo Liqueur
Solid Gold DJ, Escondido Adventist Academy Student Choir, Patio Playhouse, Resurrection Catholic Church Adult Choir, San Pasqual High School Show Choir.
There is space for a few more vendors.