Gala event raises almost $260,000 for Bard on the Beach

A sold-out crowd of over 400 guests attended the bacchanalia dinner and auction on February 11, kicking off the 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The event raised almost $260,000 benefitting the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. The evening began with a sparkling wine reception and bidding on silent auction items followed by dinner and a live auction that included a celebrity dining experience at Vij’s with Christopher Gaze, Vikram Vij and Howard Soon that went for $20,000. Guests enjoyed nine spectacular wines paired with five inventive courses created by the Fairmont’s executive chef, Cameron Ballendine. Gala emcees were Chris Gailus of Global BC and Christopher Gaze from Bard on the Beach.

Canada’s premier wine show marks its 39th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 11 to 19, 2017. This year's theme is the Wine World Celebrates Canada. The festival will showcase 180 wineries from 16 countries (including 76 wineries from Canada), pouring some 1,700 wines at 54 events for a projected 25,000 attendees.

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Eric von Krosigk, Summerhill Pyramid Winery winemaker & viticulturist; Ezra Cipes, Summerhill Pyramid Winery CEO; Harry Hertscheg, Vancouver International Wine Festival executive director; and Marta Chiavacci, sommelier

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Sophie Lui, Global BC news anchor; and Robin Gill, gala honourary chair

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Christopher Gaze, Bard on the Beach founding artistic director; Elizabeth Ball, Vancouver City councillor; and Claire Sakaki, Bard on the Beach managing director

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Randy Kaardal, VIWF chair; and Jana Maclaglan, gala chair

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Emilyn Golden, artist; Adam Golden, Belmont Properties property manager; Dana Golden; and Bob Golden, Belmont Properties principal

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Sheri Sammut; and her husband, Steve Sammut, Rocky Mountaineer president

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Nancy Betts, Betts Stables thoroughbred horse trainer; and Paul Caravetta, J.D.P. Holdings Ltd. president

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Sam Holmes, Negociants International GM International sales; Jennifer Gaze; and Howard Soon, Sandhill wines winemaker

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Kristine Wilkinson, Milk Creative Communications press manager; and Nicola Humphrey, Milk Creative Communications divisional director

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Gala emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC news anchor; and his wife, Jane Carrigan Gailus

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Katrinna Roth, Giant Bicycle sales; and Kelly Shea, Silver Wheaton receptionist

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Cali Van Zant, Investorideas.com VP business development; and Katrina Kenna, Investorideas.com writer

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Jim Bovard, Bard on the Beach president of the board; Mieke Wizinsky; and her husband Dave Wizinsky, First Quantum Minerals co-founder

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Harry Hertscheg, VIWF executive director; and Vikram Vij, restaurateur

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Massimillando Iacchini, Italian Consul; and his wife, Sara Antinori Iacchini

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Ewa Gollogly; her husband, Danny Gollogly, Toptable Group director of finance; and Judy Ahola, Toptable Group director of communications

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Christopher Gaze, Bard on the Beach founder, addresses the crowd

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The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction

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The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction

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The silent auction wines

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The live auction wines