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Boca Raton: Historical Society Bacchanal sports changes

This year, events will be held at six private homes, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Mizner Park Amphitheater.  
ABOVE: Previous years’ events were held at the Boca Raton Airport. BELOW: As usual, fine wines, including sangria, will be in abundant supply. Photos provided

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

This year’s Boca Bacchanal, sporting some innovations, is expected to attract more than 1,500 people. The 14th Boca Bacchanal food and wine fest will be held April 8 and 9 as a fundraiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society.
    As in previous years, Friday is time for the Bacchanalia. It’s a food and wine extravaganza to be held at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Partygoers will be treated to sips of fine wines and menu samples from more than 30 restaurants.
    Saturday night, those who are lucky enough to have reserved seats will be hosted at one of six vintner dinners held in private homes as well as at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
    During these, the attendees will learn about the wines they’ll be drinking from the vintners themselves. And each dinner menu will be the work of a nationally acclaimed chef imported for the evening.
    But for those who want to see what’s new this year, look no further than Friday night starting with the Bacchanalia VIP pre-party. At this exclusive kickoff event, you’ll get up close and personal with the six visiting vintners, including Janet Pouchot of Craggy Range winery, from New Zealand; Justin King of the King Estate Winery, in Eugene, Ore.; and William Barnes of Vins de Bordeaux, France.
    Of course, an auction is a big part of Bacchanalia. But for the first time this year, tech-savvy attendees will be able to take advantage of BidPal. It’s an app you can download onto your smartphone or tablet and use to preview auction items as well as keep track of and place bids from any place in the room.
    “That way you don’t have to interrupt your sipping and eating to keep up with the action on your favorite auction packages,” says Sarah Caro, communications representative for the event.
    But don’t worry. There’s no cutting-edge technology that is capable of keeping count of your restaurant and winery station visits throughout this special evening. Ú
    Ticket prices: Bacchanalia, $125 per person; VIP pre-party, $50 with purchase of Bacchanalia ticket; vintner dinner, $325, limited availability; Bacchanal package, $450.
    For more information and tickets, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

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