Annual Bacchanalia remains a crowd pleaser
The air was buzzing with lively chatter while guests waited for the doors to open for the 14th annual Fountain Hill Bacchanalia. The event was held at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem March 25.
There were over 200 tickets sold between individual sales and business sponsors. Tickets were $40 and included a complimentary Bacchanalia wine glass, unlimited food and wine tasting and live entertainment by Doug Hawk and B.D. Lenz. The Bacchanalia, named for the ancient festivals held in honor of the Roman wine god Bacchus, is an opportunity to bring together the local community to raise funds for the Fountain Hill Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund. This year they will be donating $12,000 to the fund from Bacchanalia XIV. “This is our largest donation to date, bringing our total donations over the past 14 events to $90,000,” says Angela Sinkler, head of the Bacchanalia committee.
This year’s participants supplying food were from Valley Farm Markets, Cactus Blue Mexican Restaurant, Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Bar, Yianni’s Taverna, Full of Crepe, The Other Fish, The Bayou, The Brick, N.T. McCarley’s BBQ Sauce and Catering, Hill to Hill Grille, Cherry Hill Hotel, and Seven Sins of Sugar. There were wine tastings at each table to complement the food being served. There was shepherd’s pie, pastitsio (Greek noodles), tuna sashimi with garlic in ponzu sauce, Cajun Creole seafood gumbo with Anduoille sausage and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, just to name a few of the mouth-watering samples. People were talking in groups about the food they had tasted and what they really liked and what they couldn’t wait to try. There was no rush to go anywhere, except to the next table to taste another sampling from another restaurant.
The Bacchanalia doesn’t happen overnight, and the core committee members start meeting six months before the event and then twice a month, all while communicating via e-mail and phone updates. “Most of the planning involves securing restaurant participation and sponsorships from local businesses and community members, and of course, ticket sales,” Sinkler said. The core committee is made up of Sinkler, Jeff Ferry, Lisa Gangeware, Marita Augello and Sandy Calon. It also took many dedicated volunteers on the day of the event to assist with wine pouring, tickets sales, the raffle table, and room management. There were a total of 27 volunteers this year.
Mark your calendar for next year’s Bacchanalia, scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Comfort Suites.