Food and wine festivals are a sure sign that summer is near, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this Groupon to Key West Bacchanalia. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get to attend the Grand Tasting Village at Ricks on Saturday, June 9, at 3 p.m. (up to a $69 value).
- For $20, you get to attend the Bulldogs, Rum, and BBQ event at Hog's Breath Saloon on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. (up to a $50 value).
During the third annual food and libations celebration known as Key West Bacchanalia, revelers descend upon the verdant island in droves, sampling renowned rums and locally crafted eats while boogying to live tunes or watching chefs in action. On Saturday, visitors mill about the Grand Tasting Village, sipping unlimited handpicked wines, spirits, and Puerto Rican rums, including Zacapa. The aroma of burgers sizzling on nearby grills wafts toward waiting taste buds as industry professionals helm cuisine-related seminars and dynamic ditties spill out of Ricks Restaurant and onto the hips of partygoers.
Sunday's festivities at Hog's Breath Saloon pit celebrity chefs Howie Kleinberg and Norman Van Aken against each other in a battle to determine the culinary victor, awarding extra points for getting the burgers to flip themselves. Festival participants devour unlimited samples of certified Angus barbecue and swill beer and rum while voting for their favorite while supplies last. Showing its more serious side, the festival benefits the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and funds for victims of paralysis.
Key West Bacchanalia
Rum, spirits, music, sun, and food: the Key West Bacchanalia celebrates summer with all five. The festival pours out tastes of Puerto Rican rum cocktails and other select drinks, which guests sip while watching celebrity chefs whip up savory cuisine in the handheld form of burgers and barbecue. A portion of the event's proceeds benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, an organization supporting individuals with paralysis.