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Bacchus Wine & Food Festival 2018

Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – Feb 2, 2018

Divine Reception, 6-7pm, $125


Main Event, 7-10pm, beginning Monday, Jan 29, $70  SOLD OUT


Bacchus, the god of Nature, Vine and Wine!

The Virginia Living Museum’s 14th annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – a Best of the 757 Gala!

Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare and an eclectic mix of live music, entertainment and games.

Mingle with friends and colleagues amongst the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits.

Taste the bounty of Peninsula’s finest establishments, sway to the beat of live local musicians and make plans for your next get together with friends.

Divine Reception 6-7pm Includes Main Event

We’ve reserved the best of the best for the Divine Reception. For a full hour enjoy exclusive samplings and priority access to all restaurants in a relaxing atmosphere. Not just a taste, we’ll fill your VIP glass with highly rated wines (90 points or more). Enjoy divine music. VIP parking is a breeze, close by. You’ll be more than ready for the Main Event at 7pm

Cost: $125

Main Event 7-10pm, $60 (beginning Monday, Jan 29, $70)

Gods and goddesses await you at this 14th annual gala fundraiser. You’ll taste fine wines from around the world and fabulous food selections by area restaurants. Enjoy an eclectic mix of live entertainment. The event supports science education at the Museum.

Cost: $70





Brother Lucy:  a popular local band whose members include two Menchville teachers; Ken Zoby plays the drums and Brandon Traner is the lead singer and bass player.

Colonial DJs – Colonial DJs is a group of award-winning, professional, and interactive DJs proudly serving all of Hampton Roads, from Richmond to Virginia Beach and all cities in the Tidewater region.

Louis Vangieri: an eclectic blend of instrumental acoustic guitar works and original pieces.

Matt Lockhart, the Newport News jazzy guitarist who years ago was a member of the Freedom Funk Ensemble, will dazzle guests with an eclectic acoustic mix during the Divine Reception hour.

Paul Urban & Friends, is a Tidewater Roots and Blues Band which includes rock and funk influences in it’s music. Paul Urban is a familiar name in the Tidewater music scene, most recently performing in the prominent blues band Urban Hill for the last four years. With the formation of Paul Urban & Friends, Paul is moving into a more diverse musical direction. The band is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Paul Urban. Joining him are Julian Burrell on bass 26, Tyrell Reese on drums 35 and 16-year-old keyboard wizard Tyler Bevington.

PC Duo: PC Duo is a culmination of the interests and influences of Patrick Garrison and Cris Pelausa; both public school music teachers in the Hampton Roads area. A variety of artists of different genres influence PC Duo’s playing style; from the rhythmic aspects of rock, to the artistry and intricate melodies of classical composers. PC Duo weaves classical guitar technique with vocal harmony to create stunning performances. With classical music, classic and modern rock, as well as pop culture music from TV shows, movies and even video games, PC Duo shows definitely have something for everyone!

Zen Mojo: Zen Mojo is an acoustic duo act known for there groove infested remixes of 80’s and 90’s songs off your fav radio stations!

Magickal Attic – Hypnotherapist, Melissa Kepley one-on-one card readings.

Hugh Koontz – Performs magic before your eyes.

Entertainment Schedule


Entertainers Location Performance
Matt Lockhart VIP– Main Floor Stage 6:00-7:30
Zen Mojo CEG Stage 7:00-8:00
Louis Vangieri Lower Level 7:00-8:00
PC Duo CEG Stage 8:00-9:00
Paul Urban and Friends Main Floor Stage 7:45-8:45
Brother Lucy Main Floor Stage 9:00-10:00
Colonial DJ’s Club VLM : Café 7:30-10:00
Bacchus and other goddesses Roaming, Entire Museum


Hypnotherapist Melissa Kepley Cave


Hugh Koontz Roaming, Entire Museum


Silent Auction

We’ll be auctioning off over $7,000 in prizes in themed baskets from your favorite retailers, restaurants and attractions including:

  • Coach
  • Talbots
  • Pampered Chef
  • Rhonda & Fields
  • Thirty-One
  • Stella and Dot
  • Starbucks

And so much more!!

Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:








Also sponsored by:






Board Host Sponsors:

Jim Burnett, W. M. Jordan Company

Donald B. Brown, Northwestern Mutual

Philip J. Forbes IV, Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC

Divine Reception Sponsors:

Mike Archuleta & Kelly Smith

Scot W. Wucher, Wuchtrade

Waltz Engineered Sales Inc.

Kenny and Kristin Hatchett


Contact Sarah Wilson for information about Bacchus sponsorships.

Event proceeds support community science education at the Virginia Living Museum.

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See photos from Bacchus 2017



Virginia Living Museum Bacchus Feb. 5, 2016 L to R: Terri Ann Shambach (outstretched), Dennis Beatty (in orange sweater) Tonya and Chris Lovelette (holding Terri’s hand)dsc_0111-webdsc_0107-webpc-duo-web