February 25, 2021
Great Taste. Gorgeous Setting. Amazing Cause.
This annual wine, beer and food-tasting event is the perfect destination for a mid-winter night. Sample more than 100 specially-selected wines, taste craft beer, savor delectable hors d’oeuvres and sweets from top Twin Cities’ restaurants, caterers and gourmands. Bid on fantastic silent auction items and enjoy the gorgeous Sunken Garden Winter Flower Show!
This ultimate tasting event has more than 100 specialty pours – all selected by wine expert Dave Kuennen of BrightWines.
Enjoy savory samplings from top Twin Cities restaurants, caterers and gourmands arrayed throughout the Visitor Center. Visit the Como Beer Garden for live music and plenty of hops from craft breweries.
Tickets to the VIP and General Event are sold out!
Please call 651-487-8229 or email email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
VIP Experience starts at 6:00 p.m.
Bouquets tickets go on sale November 21
Buy in 2019 for the best prices to 2020’s most spirited event
Mark your calendar for November 21, when online tickets to Bouquets, Como Friends’ wine, beer and food fundraiser, go on sale. Buy yours before December 31 to enjoy the 2019 rates of $65 per ticket, with a $5 discount for Como Friends members. In 2020, individual ticket prices will increase to $75 to help benefit the plants and animals you love at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Looking for something more exclusive? VIP tickets are currently sold out. Enjoy full beer and wine pours and select restaurant options while learning about Como’s plants, animals and programs from zookeepers, horticulturalists and educators! The VIP Experience is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and then you are invited to enjoy the rest of Bouquets.
In addition to unique restaurant offerings and full pours of wine and beer—here are some of the great new changes!
- Moving the location to the second floor of the Visitor Center, with more room to roam, vistas of the stunning Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and overlooks into Tropical Encounters
- Adding more up-close opportunities to learn about Como’s animals, plants and programs from our animal ambassadors, zookeepers, gardeners and educators
- Opening the Como Beer Garden in style with a special celebration just for the VIP Experience
- Shortening the time to an hour (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) so there is more time to explore all of Bouquets
A tip from Turkey, donate to support beautiful gardens, care for the animals and free admission.
Bouquets Frequently Asked Questions
Bouquets is Como Friends’ most spirited fundraiser, combining fine wines, craft beers, and delicious tastings from area restaurants in an elegant after-hours benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Looking for something more exclusive? Limited tickets to the VIP Experience are available for $125 per person. Enjoy full beer and wine pours and select restaurant options while learning about Como’s plants, animals and programs from zookeepers, horticulturalists and educators! The VIP Experience is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and then you are invited to enjoy the rest of Bouquets.
Buy your ticket before December 31 at the 2019 rate of $65 per ticket. In 2020, individual ticket prices will increase to $75 to help benefit the plants and animals you love at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The special VIP experience cost $125 per ticket. Members receive a $5 discount per ticket.
With 12 wine stations, more than 10 restaurant options and a Beer Garden arrayed through the Visitor Center and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Bouquets is more than a food, beer and wine celebration— it is a showcase for Como’s renowned horticultural collections. Visitors will enjoy a night-time glimpse of the historic Sunken Garden, the soaring Palm Dome, and the nationally-regarded Bonsai collection now housed in The Ordway Gardens Wing. Live music and animal ambassadors round out the activities.
The Bouquets’ silent auction is filled with fabulous bottles of wine and beer, culinary-inspired baskets and Only-at-Como items. Mobile bidding allows you to place bids using a smartphone. Everyone is a winner on the Cork Pull. Take a chance at winning rare wines or gift certificates to restaurants. Pulls are $20 a piece and there are only 125 corks available. Bring cash because Minnesota gaming rules only allow cash or check as accepted forms of payment for the Cork Pull, Bean Bag Toss and Plinko.
Bouquets is produced by Como Friends, the nonprofit fundraising partner behind more than a decade of improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. All proceeds from Bouquets help to support the plants and animals at Como, while providing free admission to nearly two million Como visitors each year.
Show your ticket(s) on your mobile device, print your ticket(s) or bring your receipt from the gift shop if you purchased there.
Thank You to our 2020 Sponsors
Check out a few of the pictures taken during Bouquets 2020 by Como Friends’ photographer Susannah Baudhuin:
Many of our favorite restaurants, breweries and wines will be returning to Bouquets this year! Turkey has a favorite food too—can you guess what it is?
Bid or Contribute to the Bouquets Silent Auction
Como Friends’ Bouquets benefit includes a silent auction featuring fine wines, rare brews, accessories and tasting experiences donated by the Twin Cities’ best vendors and vintners. To make an in-kind donation to the Bouquets silent auction, contact Amanda Golden, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a food or wine vendor at Bouquets
Como Friends’ Bouquets is a beautiful pairing of fine wine, local food and craft brews that brings together some of best tastes the Twin Cities has to offer. To learn more about becoming a vendor at this mid-winter benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, contact Amanda Golden, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail email@example.com.
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