On September 18th, the Bacchanalian Society is bringing their quarterly “wine contest” to Fountain Square. Not to be confused with a wine tasting, this contest is a great social experience. The idea is based around the “Rule of Three.” Essentially you form teams, of up to three people, and bring three bottles of wine. You submit two of those bottles for the contest. During the contest everyone tastes the wines and rates them. The teams whose wines receive the most votes wins.
What do they win…well wine of course. Remember how only 2 of the 3 bottles of wine were used for the contest? Well the remaining bottles are then split up and awarded to the Top 5 teams. The contest is a great social networking opportunity and offers a really fun way to help raise money for a good cause.
The quarterly get togethers are a fundraising tool for non-profits. In the past the Society has helped organizations such as the CAC, Enjoy the Arts, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cincinnati to name a few. This quarter’s money will go to the Fountain Square Management Group, which will then use the money to operate/program the Square.
Jim Murphy, President of Bacchanalian Society, described how this has grown from three local Cincinnatians to a small group of friends to now thousands of Cincinnatians taking part in the quarterly contests. There are also two additional chapters that have popped up in Denver and Nashville.
Murphy said that it has always been a dream of the Society to have one of their events on Fountain Square. He went on to say, “I’m ecstatic to be able to hold one of the preeminent social networking events in Cincinnati, on Fountain Square.” The September 18th event, on Fountain Square, is expected to be the biggest event for the Society as of yet. Some 1,200-1,300 people are expected to come out and enjoy the different wines.
The event starts at 7pm with glasses being distributed around 7:30pm. The winners will be announced around 9:30pm or so and then it will be on to the after party at BlackFinn (who is also providing food at FS).