The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is one of the coolest spots in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

From the giant perpetual clock, to an IMAX, to exhibits that rotate through, it’s a playground for kids and adults alike. But this Friday, March 11, it will be closed so it can bring back its annual, legendary party.

The 25th Annual Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration returns after three years away. (It was canceled at the last minute in 2020 as COVID took hold, and last year there was still a vaccination backlog). Now Joseph Cox, MODS’ president and CEO, is talking with SFGN about the return.

“Cheers to 25 years! Thanks to our long-standing partners at Bank of America and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration is back as one of MODS’ premier events! We are especially excited to come back together in person to thank our community and partners for supporting this celebration after two years of the pandemic.”

As in past years, guests are encouraged to come hungry and thirsty.

“Guests will enjoy an unforgettable night highlighted by delectable fare from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of flavorful wines and spirits from around the world, as well as local craft beers,” Cox said. “Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique and exciting offerings during the silent auction.”

The Grand Tasting will have samples from many recognizable restaurants, including Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Oceanic and Yolo, with libations from the event’s exclusive sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and craft beers including fan favorites American Icon Brewery and Funky Buddha. 

MODS serves an incredibly important role in the community through its exhibits and educational outreach, and Cox said the community means just as much to MODS.  

“As a hometown center for science and discovery, MODS is a unique cultural attraction in South Florida. The Museum is beloved for connecting all people to inspiring science from cradle to career! By investing in our community’s youngest minds and exposing them early on to stimulating STEM experiences, we help fuel our area’s future workforce pipeline. We believe MODS belongs to our diverse community, and through our equity, access and inclusion initiatives, we help create a community where everyone belongs. This is just part of what makes MODS so special.” 

And as hard as they work, they are ready to party.

“The 25th Annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to support our museum while enjoying a delicious evening out on the town! 2022 is the silver anniversary of this event, which is certainly something to celebrate.”