|Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting|
The 11th-annual Boca Bacchanal Bacchus Bash
returns this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The event, which raises funds for the Boca Raton Historial Society and Museum, has always been a bit of a high-brow affair.
But this year, they're adding a new component, one that is likely to appeal to the common man and woman -- a beergarden.
There will still be all the usual hoity-toity fun, of course.
The Bacchus Bash at 6 p.m. Friday at the Boca Raton Resort and Club
will be an "interactive food and wine event" featuring award-winning wines and champagnes, meet with the 14 world-renowned chefs and vintners, bite stations, tableside dish presentation, as well as silent and live auctions. Admission is $225.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Vintner Dinners begin in gorgeous, probably palatial private homes across Boca Raton at $325 a plate.
At this point, you are checking your bank account and thinking, "Why are you telling us about this?!"
Because, Sunday is the Grand Tasting from noon to 3 p.m. in the Mizner Park Amphitheatre
. At $75 in advance/$90 at the door, it's still a bit pricey but far more in range for us plebeians. It also happens to be where the beergarden takes place in addition to "by the bite" specialties from 30 local chefs and restaurants, 140 featured wines, the marketplace featuring herbs, produce, specialty oils, and foods.
Colin Hof has been the marketing manager at Republic National Distributing Co. in Jacksonville for 15 years. He is organizing the beergarden and will be on hand to answer any questions.
"Craft beer is hot right now. The Belgian imports are very popular right now, and we've got some Heffeweizen which tends to be very popular in Florida because it's so hot down here, and those are summer beers."
While they're all great, we asked Hof to pick our five beers we should make sure not to miss.
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