CT's Beardsley Zoo's Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari Set for June 1

Bridgeport, CT – Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for the party of the year: the Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari, happening on Saturday, June 1st. This much-anticipated event invites you to a unique experience where you can sample tastings from dozens of restaurant favorites, caterers, and enjoy a wide selection of wines and beers. All of this is set against the backdrop of live music, exciting games, a silent auction and the presence of incredible zoo animals.

The Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari stands as one of the Zoo's most significant fundraisers. Every sip and taste contributes to the care of endangered species, the expansion of exhibits and educational programming at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Imagine tasting a Malbec with monkeys or sipping a pilsner with prairie dogs – it’s an experience like no other, rain or shine.

The vendor list is currently growing and includes community favorites such as: The Blind Rhino, The Bites Company, Caribe Soul, Dave Grant Caters, Fortuna's Catering, Garden Catering, Hot Monkey Nuts, Lesser Evil Snacks, Little Pub, Luna Azzurra Italiano, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nuovo Pasta, Open Door Tea, Rose Sisters Chips, Taco Loco and Vazzy's!

The Zoo is calling on local vendors and sponsors who share its passion for wildlife conservation to join them in making this event a success. As a vendor, showcase your culinary delights to over 1,200 guests, gaining exposure and impressing with your best sellers. Sponsors and donors, your generosity will be prominently recognized, contributing significantly to the Zoo’s mission while enjoying visibility among supporters.


General Admission ($100) includes entry from 6 p.m. and a souvenir tasting glass.

VIP Admission ($150) offers early access at 5 p.m., entry to a VIP area, animal encounters and a souvenir tasting glass. Only 100 tickets available for this exclusive experience!

This is an adults-only event, with all ticket holders required to be 21+ and present a valid ID at the entrance.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary evening of gastronomy, libations and lively entertainment, all in support of a vital cause. Participation helps the continued work in conservation, education and the care of the animals who call Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo home.

Tickets are limited, so secure yours today and join in making a difference, one toast at a time.

For tickets, vendor, sponsorship, and donation information, click here.

Thank you to the sponsors who make this event possible: Generous Guinea Sponsors M&T Bank. VIP Sponsor Liberty Bank. Big Hearted Bear Sponsors Aquarion, Coca-Cola, Diageo. Opulent Otter Sponsors: Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Sikorsky Credit Union, Stratford Mayor's Charity Golf Tournament, Webster Bank. Kind Condor Sponsors: Robinson & Cole LLP.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating 102 years, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Andean bear, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, and a new prairie dog exhibit that we’ll cut the ribbon on soon! As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, the non-profit Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and wild habitats. For tickets and more information visit the Zoo’s website.

Submitted by Rowena White

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