Virginia Living Museum 14th Annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival returns February 2

The Virginia Living Museum’s Bacchus Wine & Food Festival, presented by Old Point National Bank, returns for a 14th annual celebration on February 2, 2018.

Gods and goddesses greet you including Bacchus the god of food and vine in a truly unique evening voted Best of the 757 Gala with the finest wine, restaurant fare, and entertainment.

The main event is 7:00 – 10:00 pm and invites guests to mingle with friends and colleagues among the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits including the Museum’s current traveling exhibit The Art & Science of Arachnids. Enjoy fine wines from around the world, fabulous food selections by area restaurants, and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment during our main event.

For guests looking for even more, the best of the best can be found at the VIP Divine Reception an hour earlier at 6:00 pm. For a full hour before the main event, guests can enjoy exclusive samplings and priority access to all restaurants in a relaxing atmosphere. Not just a taste, there will be a full pour in a VIP glass with highly rated wines (90 points or more). VIP status includes exclusive music by Matt Lockhart and VIP parking.

From steaks, seafood and global cuisine, to sweet treats and cakes, the Bacchus Wine & Food festival will offer something for all taste buds. This year’s participating restaurants include Circa 1918, Cookie Text, Dock of the Bay, Fort Magruder Hotel, The Grey Goose, James River Country Club, Nawab Indian Cuisine, The Neighborhood Harvest, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Schlesinger’s Steakhouse, Sinful Treats, Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Travinia, Whitley’s Peanut Bar, Whole Foods Market and the Museum’s very own Wild Side Café.

Let’s not forget our live music. Headlining the event is Brother Lucy, a popular local band whose members include two Menchville teachers; drummer Ken Zoby and lead singer Brandon Traner.

Enjoy music throughout the evening by Louis Vangieri, Matt Lockhart, Paul Urban & Friends, PC Duo, and Zen Mojo. Get a one-on-one card reading by Magickal Attic’s Melissa Kepley and relish in a trick or two by local magician Hugh Koontz. A silent auction, mystery wine tasting and games round out the night’s entertainment.

All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s science education and animal care needs. The community’s continuous support enables the VLM to sustain and strengthen the institution.

Board Host Sponsors include Jim Burnett of W.M. Jordan Company, Donald B. Brown of Northwestern Mutual and Philip J. Forbes IV of Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC.

Tickets for the Divine Reception are $125 and Main Event $60. Main event tickets increase in price to $70 on January 29.  The museum will close at 2:00 pm on February 2 to prepare for the event.

*Feature image via the Virginia Living Museum

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