Bacchanalia Gala

For the Love of Wine

Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation at one of the most spectacular wine and food events in the city, the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction. Enjoy an evening of incredible wine, inventive food pairings, and unparalleled opportunities to enhance your wine cellar.

Saturday, February 11
6-11 p.m.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
$450/$3600 table of 8

Proceeds from the Bacchanalia Gala go to support Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Since 1979 the festival has raised over $8.7 million for the arts. A tax receipt is issued for a portion of each Gala ticket purchased.


1989 Château Pétrus and 1988 Château Margaux among gems

If you’re a serious wine collector, the Bacchanalia Gala is an incredible opportunity to bid on rare, valuable and unusual wines – as well as amazing epicurean experiences, such as a northern Italy wine tour led by VIWF executive director Harry Hertscheg.

Live auction highlights include the stunning 1989 Château Pétrus, valued at nearly $7,500, and a dozen bottles of the 1988 Château Margaux, worth $13,400, to take home to your cellar, and a rare vertical from cult winery Harlan Estate. The amazing collection includes famed French wines from Bordeaux Premier Cru properties and Burgundy Grand Crus, as well as Italian Super Tuscans Ornellaia and Sassicaia, and an incredible assembly of wines from across Canada, the festival’s 2017 theme country.


The evening opens with a sparkling wine reception, featuring a 20-year-old vintage just released. A five-course dinner from executive chef Cameron Ballendine follows, paired with nine wines, taking patrons on an imaginative culinary journey across Canada, from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Reception Wine:
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Traditional Cuvée 1996, Okanagan Valley, Canada

Course 1 – Tidal Pool
Alois Lageder Löwengang Chardonnay Tenutæ Lageder 2014, Alto Adige, Italy
Signorello Estate Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, USA

Course 2 – Forest
Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Carneros, USA
Elk Cove Vineyards Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2014, Yamhill-Carlton, USA

Course 3 – Prairies
Tommasi Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany, Italy
One Faith Vineyards Grand Vin 2013, Okanagan Valley, Canada

Field of Cheese
Château Haut-Mazeris Cuvée Réserve Fronsac 2001, Bordeaux, France
Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia

Fonseca 20 Year Old Aged Tawny Port, Douro Valley, Portugal


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 by February 28, 2017.

Tickets are available through Bard on the Beach.


All guests will receive a special gift from Wines of Canada and some Canadian and globally inspired infused salts from Edible Canada and Amola.

As an added bonus, all Live Auction winning bidders will also receive a gift box of Thomas Haas Canadian-inspired chocolates from Wines of Canada.




How to Buy Tickets

Available only until Monday, February 6

By phone:
1.877.321.3121 (toll free)
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
In person:
BMO Theatre Centre
202-162 West 1st Ave.
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Email queries:

All prices inclusive of wine, food, gratuities, service charges, and taxes.

Stay safe! The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering a special rate of $179/night to Gala guests from February 10 to 13. Booking information available on ticket purchase.

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