February 23rd, 2017
Great Taste. Gorgeous Setting. Good Cause.
Fight cabin fever and come to Como Friends’ most spirited fundraiser of the year, Bouquets, presented by Berger Transfer. This annual wine, beer and food-tasting event is the perfect destination for a mid-winter date night, with live music and hops in the Beer Garden, specialty pours from wine stations arrayed throughout the Visitor Center and Conservatory, and savory samplings from top Twin Cities restaurants, caterers and gourmands.
Tickets to Bouquets are $65 and can be purchased at Garden Safari Gifts at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory or online at comofriends.org.
VIP Tickets are available again this year! A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $125 per ticket. The VIP reception is from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in Gorilla Forest and includes select restaurant options, full pours of special wine and beer, custom animal experiences, and a zookeeper talk. A VIP ticket will grant you access to both the VIP reception and the general event.
Save the Date:
February 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
VIP Experience 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available online and at Garden Safari Gifts.
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 [email protected].
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 protected].
Holiday Shopping and Flower Show
December 8, 2016
Tropical Encounters Tenth Anniversary Bash
January 16, 2017
KSTP 5 Eyewitness News Phone-A-Thon
Sparky Show Dress Rehearsal
May 20, 2017
July 20, 2017
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.
Tickets to this popular event cost $65 for individual tickets, and $125 for a special VIP ticket. Members receive a $5 discount. The VIP option includes a special experience in the new Gorilla Forest habitat, which includes zookeeper talks, full beer and wine pours and select restaurant options. Access to this special opportunity is limited to 70 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets to Bouquets are available online beginning December 7, 2015. Please note, you must be 21 years of age or older to attend Bouquets.
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 150 corks available.
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.
Como Friends at 15
The nonprofit fundraising force at Como celebrates a new milestone
Sparky at 60
Minnesota’s favorite sea lion is still making a splash
Jewel of Como
Celebrating a century at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far