Wines for the live auction

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

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

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

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

Rumina Mataeva, Fluor Construction project business analyst; and Eliza Bashkirova, Moxie's Grill + Bar restaurant manager

Len and Beverley McGeouch, retired; and Lois and Glen Riley, retired

Len and Beverley McGeouch, retired; and Lois and Glen Riley, retired

Jay Jones, Canucks Sports & Entertainment director of wine & beverage; and Dennis Pang, Popcorn founder/CEO

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

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

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

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

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

Robin Gill, Global National weekend anchor; and Joshua McVeity, photographer

Kristine Wilkinson and Nicola Humphrey, Heth PR wine publicists

Kristine Wilkinson and Nicola Humphrey, Heth PR wine publicists

Nadia Hasan, Academics preKindergarten CEO; and Masoud Hasan, Academics preKindergarten COO

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

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

The ballroom prior to dinner

The ballroom prior to dinner

Wines for the live auction

Wines for the live auction