Elizabeth Kelley Grace
The 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal, March 22-24, 2013,
BOCA RATON, FL, November 1, 2012 – The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has announced the dates, event chairs and partners for the 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal. Recognized as one of Florida's most prestigious food and wine weekends, Boca Bacchanal will be held March 22-24, 2013, during which guests will sip, savor and bid during an array of world class events.
The Honorary Chairmen for the weekend are Steve and Stephanie Miskew, with Thom and Joyce DeVita serving as Chairmen. Boca Bacchanal benefits the Heritage Education and Historic Preservation Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.
The weekend will kick off with the Bacchus Bash, held on Friday, March 22 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Guests will savor an extravaganza of sensational food and wine, presented by 14 celebrated chefs and prized vintners. The evening includes a reception, signature small plate tastings paired with wines, and a silent and live auction featuring magnificent vacations and cruises, coveted wines, and much more. The Bacchus Bash is chaired by Robert B. Campbell with Betsy Fletcher and Beth King serving as auction co-chairs. Lyn Farmer will serve as event emcee and auctioneer.
The elegant Vintner Dinners, taking place on Saturday, March 23, will be held in six stunning local private residences, pairing the talents of internationally acclaimed chefs and vintners. The Chef Chair is Stephanie Miskew and Chef Liaison is Laurie Saunders.
The Boca Bacchanal's Grand Tasting is an alfresco luncheon by-the-bite on the tented green at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre where guests will enjoy delicious specialties presented by 30 outstanding local chefs and restaurants, and an exceptional presentation of 140 featured wines. The marketplace with herbs, produce, specialty oils and foods returns, and the event features a new Beer Garden. The Grand Tasting Co-Chairmen are Brandon and Kelli McLeod & Craig and Katherine Regna.
"Boca Bacchanal is one of the nation's most prestigious food and wine festivals, offering eight events in one elegant weekend with a variety of ticket packages," said Stephanie Miskew. "Guests will have the opportunity to sip, savor and bid while enjoying the culinary delights from some of the nation's top chefs and world's best vintners."
Boca Bacchanal kicks off with a wine tasting, Bacchus Beckons, on Wednesday, February 6 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where guests will pop corks and enjoy a lavish reception of savories and sweets, accompanied by the acclaimed wines of the featured vintners.
Boca Bacchanal partners are Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, Cendyn, Comerica Bank, JM Lexus, Crown Wine & Spirits, Legal Sea Foods, The Buzz Agency, Champagne Tattinger, Saratoga Water, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Atlas Party Rental, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and LivingFLA.Com are serving as promotional partners.
Boca Bacchanal offers a variety of tickets and sponsorship levels. Tickets prices are as follows: Bacchus Beckons: $75; Bacchus Bash: $225 ($200 for young friends which includes membership in the BRHS&M; Vintner Dinner: $325; Grand Tasting: $75 in advance and $90 at the gate; Bacchus Bash/Grand Tasting combo ticket: $275; Patron Package $575; and Grand Patron Package $1,500. The Boca Raton Resort & Club offers deluxe weekend packages. All sponsorship and ticketing information can be found at www.bocabacchanal.com.
Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraiser of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. A festive weekend which celebrates and enhances the appreciation of wine and food, Boca Bacchanal brings together world class chefs and vintners, offering their finest specialties, providing the entire community with a delightful opportunity to support an outstanding cause.
Proceeds from this wine fest weekend enable the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum to provide innovative, diverse and rapidly growing heritage education and historic preservation programs for Boca Raton area residents and visitors. The programs are recognized as an essential building block for understanding the unfolding history of Boca Raton. In 2012, more than 75,000 children and adults experienced its on-site and outreach programs, such as history tours, exhibits, lectures, school programs, special events and archival research. The BRHS&M believes that heritage education contributes to the identification and cohesion of community and culture and it is the Society's mission to have a visible role in sharing our local history.