The Festival of the Arts is only midway through and we are already looking forward to the Next Big Thing: the 2013 Boca Bacchanal. The 11th annual food and wine festival has never missed a beat since its inception. The chefs and vintners are first rate, the vintners’ dinners are practically bucket list evenings, and the Grand Tasting is as well done as any food event of its kind I have ever experienced.

Part of this is due to the innate good taste of the people who throw this party, but we’re also lucky to have beautiful venues in which to experience the events, from the elegant Resort to stunning private homes, to the intimate but lovely green at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

Here are the things you need to know in order to go--and go you must:

The Bacchus Bash, Friday March 22 at 6:00 p.m.                                 

The Bacchus Bash is an elegant tasting at the Resort on Friday night featuring wines and signature dishes you can try that have been prepared by the celebrated chefs and vintners. Diversions include entertainment, demonstrations, silent and live auctions, and more.                                                       

$225, includes valet parking

The Vintner Dinners, Saturday, March 23 at six private sumptuous residences at 7:00 p.m. (almost sold out—call soon!)

These private dinners hosted by local residents and featuring visiting chefs and vintner pairings are as memorable as they are exquisite.                                                            

Tickets:         $325                       

The Grand Tasting, Sunday afternoon, March 24, 12:00 noon

This alfresco tasting on the tented green at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre features wonderful food from 25 outstanding local chefs and restaurants including: Bogart’s Bar & Grille, City Oyster, The Capital Grille, Red the Steakhouse, Legal Sea Foods, Trulucks, The Olive Taste and Texas De Brazil, an exceptional presentation of 140 featured wines, as well as a new Beer Garden with more than 25 craft beers and herbs and foods in “The Marketplace.”                              

Tickets:         $75 in advance and $90 at the gate

So make you plans now and we’ll see you there! All proceeds from the Bacchanal benefit the Heritage Education and Historic Preservation Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society.  Call 561/395-6766, ext. 101 or visit for more information.

Featured Chefs

Eric DiStefano, Geronimo, Santa Fe, NM

Peng Looi, August Moon Chinese Bistro and Asiatique, Louisville, KY

Paula DaSilva, 1500º -Eden Roc Resort, Miami Beach, FL

Chris Ponte, Cafe Ponte, Clearwater, FL

Piero Premoli, Pricci, Atlanta, GA

Christopher Prosperi, Metro Bis, Simsbury, CT

Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill, Charleston, SC


Featured Vintners

Count Patrick d’Aulan, Alta Vista Winery, Argentina

Luciano Castiello, Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali, Tuscany, Italy

Thierry Roset, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Reims, France

Cynthia Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose, CA

René Schlatter, Merryvale Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA

Christopher W. Silva, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, CA


Sponsor Partners: Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton magazine, Cendyn, Comerica Bank, JM Lexus, Crown Wine & Spirits, The Buzz Agency, Champagne Taittinger, Saratoga Water, City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.


Promotional Partners: Atlas Party Rental,, Sun-Sentinel, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce