Vancouver International Wine Festival Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction 2015
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
February 20, 2015
More than 500 guests attended this sold-out event. Considered to be the centrepiece of the VIWF, Bacchanalia is a must for any serious wine collector with wines donated from some of the world's top winemakers and private collectors.
Guests were welcomed at a sparkling champagne reception and had an opportunity to bid on silent auction items. After dinner there was a live auction and raffle draw followed by live music and dancing with the CBC's Man about Town Fred Lee as the evening's emcee. Festival sommelier Terry Threlfall paired nine wines with five courses created by the Fairmont Vancouver's executive chef, Cameron Ballendine. Auctioneer Howard Blank handled the bidding for the live auction.
Total proceeds were $117,000. Net proceeds will benefit Bard on the Beach as Western Canada's largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare festival.
Harry Hertscheg, Vancouver International WIne Festival executive director; Claire Sakaki, Bard on the Beach managing director; Jana Maclagan, Bacchanalia gala chair; and Sam Holmes, Negociants International GM international sales.
Dominique Arnoldi, Radio-Canada reporter; Ken Newbert, Integral Group technical director; and Marlie Oden, Bridge Communications partner
Dr. Kelly Mayson, anesthesiologist; and Dr. Bruce Forster, UBC Dept. of Radiology head
Rumina Mataeva, Fluor Construction project business analyst; and Eliza Bashkirova, Moxie's Grill + Bar restaurant manager
Jay Jones, Canucks Sports & Entertainment director of wine & beverage; and Dennis Pang, Popcorn founder/CEO
Laura Yawney, Credex Financial director of sales & marketing; Kathy Evans, Medcom Billing Systems president; and Vera Vlaovich, Rogers Group Financial financial advisor
David Awram, Sandstorm Gold senior EVP; and Lejla Karamesic, Silver Wheaton receptionist
Margaret Hatlelid; Doug Hatlelid, Pacific Blue Cross third party administrator; David Hatlelid, Empower Leasing GM; and Claire Sakaki, Bard on the Beach managing director
Bill McEachnie, S.A. Mowat Ltd. owner/president and auction donor; and Katherine McEachnie, international wine judge
Robin Gill, Global National weekend anchor; and Joshua McVeity, photographer
Nadia Hasan, Academics preKindergarten CEO; and Masoud Hasan, Academics preKindergarten COO
Kevin Lamb, Australia's Honorary Consul for B.C.; Cynthia Opsal, Fladgate Partnership brand ambassador; Jana Maclagan, Bacchanalia gala chair; and Harry Hertscheg, Vancouver International Wine Festival executive director