Gala Dinner Wines

If you haven’t yet booked a ticket or table for the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, here are ten great reasons not to wait a minute longer

Featured wines:

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Traditional Cuvée 1996, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Alois Lageder Löwengang Chardonnay Tenutæ Lageder 2014, Alto Adige, Italy
Signorello Estate Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, USA
Elk Cove Vineyards Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2014, Yamhill-Carlton, USA
Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Carneros, USA
Tommasi Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany, Italy
Chateau Haut-Mazeris Cuvée Réserve Fronsac 2001, Bordeaux, France
One Faith Vineyards Grand Vin 2012, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia
Fonseca 20 Year Old Aged Tawny Port, Douro Valley, Portugal

The evening starts with a sparkling reception at 6 p.m., featuring a special release from Summerhill Pyramid Winery – a 20-year vintage traditional method sparkler. The five-course dinner, prepared by Fairmont Hotel Vancouver executive chef Cameron Ballendine, is paired with nine wines from Italy, France, Australia, Canada and Portugal.

“We look forward to seeing you all on February 11,” says Jana Maclagan, Bacchanalia Gala chair. “We will be celebrating our love of wine, an early Valentine’s Day, and Canada’s 150th birthday – we guarantee an amazing experience. Bring the friends you love, friends who love wine, friends who love perfectly paired food and wine dinners, friends who love Shakespeare, and your friends you would just really like to spend an evening with. There promises to be something for everyone.”

The evening also includes live and silent auctions featuring rare wines, epicurean getaways and unique culinary experiences featuring chefs and sommeliers from the West Coast’s top restaurants. A must for any serious wine collector! The Wine Committee is still gathering donations for the live and silent auctions. If you have something in your wine cellar that would make an exciting auction item, contact gala manager Kelly Snider by November 30.
Tickets are $450 or $3600 for a table of eight. Corporate tables with exclusive benefits are available for $5500. Gala ticket information is available at or 604.637.3098.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a special room rate for Gala guests of $179/night. Make a worry-free night of it and stay safe! For details, contact Kelly Snider.

The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction is a fundraising event for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and is under the distinguished patronage of the consulates and embassies of Australia, France, Italy, Portugal and the United States of America.

Gala dinner wines were selected by the festival’s Winery Selection Committee, in collaboration with participating wine agencies, as part of the 2017 winery application process.

Thank you to the participating agencies: Appellation Wine Marketing, Boushelong Wine & Spirit International, Constellation Brands, Evolution Fine Wine, International Cellars, Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits, Pacific Wine & Spirits, Renaissance Wine Merchants and The Wine List.

Come Fly Away – 2017 Gala Raffle

Win Two Delta One International Business Class tickets Value $30,760 USD (approximate value $40,000 CAD)

Ticket Price: $100

Delta Air Lines has donated two systemwide International Business Class tickets to anywhere Delta flies (valid for flights on Delta, Air France or KLM booked on

Chances are 1 in 200 (total tickets for sale) to win the grand prize. The winner will be determined by manual draw at the Bacchanalia Gala on February 11, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at approximately 10 p.m. Attendance is not required to win the prize. The winner will be notified by telephone within 10 days of the draw and the winner’s name will be published on by February 28, 2017.

Tickets are now available through Bard on the Beach

Gala Stars Behind the Scenes

Bacchanalia would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteer gala committee and the dozens of volunteers who help set up, run and tear down the event. VanWineFest and Bard on the Beach are grateful for their dedication to making Bacchanalia one of the most outstanding social events of the city.

Gala Chair: Jana Maclagan
Auction Committee Chair: Mark Hicken
Honorary Chair: Robin Gill
Gala Manager: Kelly Snider

Gala Executive Committee:

Amy Benson Alan Ferris Mark Hicken Stephanie Hungerford
Randy J. Kaardal QC Margie Knox Jana MacLagan

Committee Members: 

Hussain Askari Lawrence Burr Blair Curtis Brent Ehrl Tony Gill Brian Glaum
Jonathan Lai Katherine MacEachnie Deborah Markle Moira Munro Harriet Whitecross Gordon Wilcox

Supporting Bard on the Beach

Proceeds of the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction go towards supporting the work of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals.

The partnership with VanWineFest helps Bard maintain its signature high artistic standards and its educational programs, including Young Shakespeareans Workshops for 8-18 year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and Riotous Youth for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, The Festival also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC’s Lower Mainland, as well as at its new administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue).

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