Published On: Fri, Mar 30th, 2018

Bacchus Beckons!  Boca Bacchanal – Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Food & Wine Feast to Please the Gods

Well, Spring has officially sprung. And to local foodies and wine lovers, that means one thing – the Boca Bacchanal is here!  Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, Boca Bacchanal is has become one of the area’s finest food & wine events —  especially the wine (Bacchanal is, after all, a tribute to Bacchus, the God of Wine!). And this year’s “Sweet 16” celebration promises to be bigger & better than ever, with more food, more wine, and more fun.  The two-day long celebration takes place April 6 & 7, is the signature fundraiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

Let the revelry begin!   The weekend kicks off with the Friday Vintner Dinners, where world class chefs and vintners team up to prepare a magnificent private dinners at individual venues.  Guests also get the unique opportunity to meet their chef and vintner at the intimae gathering, and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening.  This year also features the first ever Double Chef & Vintner dinner.

But Saturday, March 25 brings the BIG event, with the spectacular Bacchanalia Grand Tasting, the largest and longest-running culinary celebration in Boca. It takes place from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.  The Bacchanalia is a “Must Do,” amazing opportunity to stroll, sample, sip, socialize, and savor.   Don’t miss this chance to experience culinary delights from more than two dozen of the area’s finest eateries, plus savor over 140 select wines, plus select spirits and craft beer  – within this unique  “casually elegant” open-air setting amongst fellow revelers. And what a feast it will be! This year’s line-up of all-star eateries includes: Bazille, Bonefish Grill, Burton’s Grille & Bar, Café Med, Fries to Caviar, GourmetPhile, Howard’s Market,  J&D Cakes, Junior’sLa Ferme, Louie Bossi,  Maggiano’s Little Italy, Max’s Grille, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Ouzo Bay, Pacari Chocolate, Publix Aprons Cooking School, Raw Juce, Season’s 52, Tanjore, Texas de Brazil, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Capital Grille, The Melting Pot, Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox, and more!

And what better way to accompany this unlimited samplings of cuisines, than with endless pours of fine wine!  The Bacchanalia will feature over 140 fine wines this year, including: Arel Wine Group, Bocelli Family Wines, Banfi Vintners, Bloomers Frose, Bronco Wine Group, Champagne Taittinger, Cline Cellars, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Domaine Select, Douglas Green Boschendal, Excelsior Wines, FitVine, Foley Family Wines , Garcia-Carrion, HALL Wines / WALT Wines, Hope Family Wines, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, King Estate Winery, Klinker Brick Winery, Kobrand Corp., Masi Agricola, Mont Gras – Esprit du Vin, MYX Fusions, Pacific Southern Wine,  Co., Palm Bay International, Provence Rose Group, Quintessential Wines, Round Pond Estate, San Giuseppe, Santa Margherita USA, Sapporo – Unibroue, San Sebastian Winery, Scotto Cellars, Silver Oak Cellars / Twomey Cellars, Takara, Vintage Wine Estates, Vintage Wine Estates, Wine Group — plus select Spirits, craft beer, and more!

“But wait, there’s more!”  In addition to all the Food and Wine, the special Sweet 16 Bacchanalia will also feature: Excell Auto Group’s Showcase of Dream Vehicles; Saks Fifth Avenue’s 360-degree rotating photo booth; Unique Lifestyle Auction items, including a ride for two on the Goodyear Blimp; Excell Auto Group’s Bacchanal Spirits Lounge; and a special Champagne & Caviar Bar sponsored by Taittinger Champagne!

“All proceeds from the annual Boca Bacchanal benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum and our mission to preserve, share and celebrate our local history” notes Executive Director Mary Csar. “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 165th year of this community event and we look forward to keeping the party going for many years to come!”

The big Bacchanalia takes place Saturday, April 7 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.  Ticket prices are only $100, and are all-inclusive.
The Vintner Dinners are Friday, April 6. Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 (while they last).

Find out about other local Food & Wine Festivals!  Check out my earlier (Jan 19) article:

For more information about Boca Bacchanal, visit To purchase tickets, visit

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future. Now in its 45th year, the Historical Society & Museum actively promotes historic preservation and education through its archival services, guided tours and educational programs. For more information or to become a member, go to

For more information about Restaurant Placement Group, visit:


About the Author

- KEN SPAHN is an award-winning Food Critic and Culinary Author, and a renowned restaurant & hospitality authority and consultant. He has authored over 800 food-related articles; appeared on numerous TV, radio, online, and print venues; served as Celebrity Judge at culinary competitions; taught Hospitality Management courses at local colleges; appeared as a guest speaker at industry events; consulted and recruited for hundreds of restaurant, hotel, and food service operators; and has been intricately involved in countless food, wine, culinary, and restaurant events. Mr. Spahn is widely recognized as one of Florida's most knowledgeable and well-connected restaurant professionals. Ken Spahn is also the Founder and President of RESTAURANT PLACEMENT GROUP, the exclusive recruiting, consulting, and placement firm for the Restaurant, hospitality, and food service industry. For more information, visit: Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>