Cornucopia offers a sumptuous buffet of wine and food-oriented events, seminars, tastings, parties and workshops. From elegant Winemaker Dinners and wine-tasting seminars to refined brunches and memorable parties, Cornucopia has something for industry insiders, gourmets, culinary novices and anyone who can appreciate fine food and sensationally sublime wines.
Wine Seminars – Swirl, sniff, sip, and savour a selection of vintages at various tasting events.
Viking Stage Series – Our good friends at Viking are returning again in 2009 to offer up a series of deliciously educational tasting demonstrations aptly named the Viking Stage Series. You won’t want to miss these new and improved seminars that will tempt the senses. The Viking Stage will host outstanding guest chefs touching on topics sustainable seafood to decadent chocolate truffles. This full working kitchen will set up shop in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre.
Winemaker Dinners – Internationally acclaimed Chef’s will inspire any foodie with expertly crafted menus paired to absolute perfection with a spectrum of wines. Enjoy a multi-course meal guaranteed to be remembered at one of Cornucopia’s exquisite Winemaker Dinners. Join select Whistler restaurateurs and their winery partners and treat yourself to a sensory overload. Indulge at these one-off events that will leave you in awe of how food and wine can be fused to enhance a dining experience.
Tier Dinners – It is no secret Whistler has an unbelievable array of culinary offerings. Cornucopia invites you to enjoy a specially crafted Cornucopia Dining Menu at one of the event’s participating restaurants prior to heading to Crush – the Gala Grand Wine Tasting. With a number of different price points to suit everyone’s budget and 10 menus to chose from, your evening will be off to the perfect start.
Parties – Cornucopia in the true sense of the word is all about an over flowing supply of abundance and this festival definitely lives up to its name. Over both Crush evenings as the Gala Grand Tasting winds down, the night stays alive with glamour, epicurean sensation, music, dancing and an element of surprise. With renowned Champagne Houses of the world; Sterling Silver Girls, lingerie filled catwalks and mixologists working their magic it is obvious why the Cornucopia nightlife is heralded as a highlight on the annual Sea-to-Sky social calendar.
CRUSH Gala Grand Tasting
Friday, November 13th, 2009 – 8:30pm – 11:15pm
Saturday, November 14th, 2009 – 8:00pm – 11:30pm
The party to be part of and Cornucopia’s flagship event – The Grand Gala Tasting. So popular the event is now held on two nights – take your pick! Spoil your senses and indulge at CRUSH on Friday Nov. 13th or Saturday November 14th featuring the wine delights of over 75 wineries and heralded as the most anticipated wine event of the Fall.
House Party – Best of BC
Thursday, November 12th, 2009 5pm – 8pm
In 2009 we’re kicking off the festival in true BC style and flair at the ultimate “House Party”. Wine and dine the best that BC has to offer in gourmet BBQ, microbrewery beer, locally produced wine and even home grown vodka! Cornucopia is putting the “house” back in house party and welcoming festival attendees come on over and enjoy delights offered by our “city”, our “backyard”, our “house”. Don’t be late!
Fork & Vine @ Players Chophouse
Thursday November 12th, 2009
Breaking the biodynamic barrier, one wine at a time.
Join us @ Players Chophouse for a canapé and wine tasting soiree focused on celebrating the organic and biodynamic practices being adopted at vineyards around the world. Along with recognizing Canada as reputable winemaking region, with its own organic wineries to boast of, this event promotes ecologically sound wines from the world over.
Friday, November 13th
9pm – 2am Ric’s Grill
Ric’s Grill will be hosting the second annual Casino Royal Party on Friday November 13th. Dust off your tuxedo Mr. Bond and join the Ric’s Grill Sterling Silver Showgirls at the tables. This year we will be pulling out all the stops with the party of the season. Everyone will be there.
Saturday November 14th & Sunday November 15th 2pm – 4pm
Take a trip around the world – Sniff, Sip and Swirl some of the best wines the world has to offer over two afternoons at this regionally focused event! Join South Africa, California and more as they host a casual walkabout tasting showcasing new vintages and award winning wines. This is a rare opportunity to meet vintners and explore the wines from these fascinating winemaking mecca’s from across the globe. Hosted in the elegant surrounds of the world class Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the afternoon wine tastings will be accompanied by a sampling of appetizers inspired by these acclaimed regions. The best ticket in town at only $35!
Slow Food Artisan Market @The Westin Resort & Spa
FREE, Saturday, November 14, 2009
11am to 3pm
This has become a Cornucopia favourite. Presented by Slow Food Sea-to-Sky and The Westin Resort & Spa, admission to this market is free and located at the Westin. The market showcases the splendid bounty from the ranches, farms, waters and studios of the region. Wander through two levels of displays and booths, chat with the artisans about their products and sample their wonderful fare. But a ‘must’ is to bring a tote bag as you will be able buy a variety of organics from cheeses and vegetables to fabulous baked goods and one-of-a-kind art. There are also featured regional wineries and breweries. Westin’s Executive Chef, Jeffery Young, will be preparing food stations throughout the market created with the ingredients from the artisans. Sample tickets are $1 each with each food and wine station priced from 1 – 7 tickets. You also get a chance to talk with representatives from Slow Food Sea-to-Sky and buy a membership to the organization as well as bid on silent auction items that the artisans have created for this annual Cornucopia favourite with proceeds going to Slow Food Sea-to-Sky.
Bubbles + Oceans @ Araxi
s Saturday, November 14th
10:30PM At this party, spitting isn’t an option. Get pretty to play your backspin at Araxi’s Bubbles + Oceans post-Crush Party – the hottest ticket in town – right in the heart of Whistler Village.