Whistler’s popular annual food and wine festival, Whistler Cornucopia, is back this month! Celebrating it’s 22nd year, Cornucopia takes place November 8-18, 2018. Two weeks of dining events, tastings, drink seminars, and parties, there’s plenty to experience in Whistler before the start of the ski/snowboard season.
Local Whistler restaurateurs and visiting B.C. and Canadian chefs alike have created a diverse selection of cuisines in the paired-dinner events. From the festival’s extensive list of renowned winery dinners to a cocktail-paired dinner, brewery dinner and a roving, multi-station dining experience – the biggest question will be how to fit it all in? Along with dining events, Whistler Cornucopia has an extensive list of wine or spirits tasting seminars and events. Some key events this year include:
Crush Grand Tasting – November 10, 8:30pm:
The renowned flagship grand tasting event of Cornucopia, Crush creates a vibrant atmosphere for attendees to sip, savour and sample their way through the night and get to know new wines, creating new favourites. Crush is an opportunity for attendees to discover a new gem, or ten! Meet wineries from BC and beyond and enjoy bites from exciting and different vendors. Located at the Whistler Conference Centre, Crush is a dynamic, lively, sensational feast for the senses.
Signature Tasting: With A Twist – November 11, 7:30pm:
Celebrate Cornucopia with a Silent Disco! What is a Silent Disco? It’s a party like no other! Each attendee receives a pair of headphones (supplied by us), and three different DJs play on three different channels. Switch it up, mix it up, dance all night – it’s three parties at once! Take a break from the dancing to browse, taste and learn about the world of beer, spirits and cocktails as world-class mixologists and producers showcase their favourite liquids. Tickets includes five tokens for your drinks, additional tokens are $1.50 each.
Signature Tasting: Night Market: Taste of the World – November 16, 8:00pm:
Demonstrating the wonderful adaptability of wines, beers and liquors, attendees enjoy this fun-filled evening in a casual yet refined environment emulating street style cuisine from across the globe. Browse the streets of our market, enjoying the sweet, the spicy, and the savory while discovering a variety of beverages to suit any style.
Poured Grand Tasting – November 17, 7:00pm:
Poured is the most all-encompassing drink event at Cornucopia. Experience the full spectrum of what the beverage industry has to offer as you sip scotch, an expertly crafted BC Beer, a Canadian Cider or a fine wine from across the globe. Anchoring the second Saturday of Cornucopia, Poured is a spirited night of music and revelry. Tickets include a souvenir glass and five tokens. Additional tokens are only $1.50 each.
NEW for 2018 – Abstract Future: From now to Eternity (Audain Art Museum) – November 17, 9:30pm:
New this year, experience an unforgettable evening of art, entertainment, food and drink at the inaugural edition of Cornucopia’s newest signature party event. Presented in partnership with Whistler Cornucopia and the Audain Art Museum, the Museum will be transformed into an ephemeral space exploring the possibilities of the near and distant future. Food provided by The Westin Resort & Spa.
Bearfoot Bistro World Oyster Invitational & Bloody Caesar Battle – November 18, 3:00pm:
Don’t miss the 8th annual Bearfoot Bistro World Oyster Invitational & Bloody Caesar Battle, when the best oyster shuckers, bartenders and mixologists from around the globe descend on Whistler to meet and compete. Your ticket includes all refreshments, food and entertainment, plus a front row seat to witness the knives fly as oysters are shucked against the clock, and a chance to try each Caesar entered into the bloodiest battle of the year.
With all these exciting events, what are you waiting for? Head up to Whistler for a few days and check out some of these delicious tasting food and drink events!
For tickets to Whistler Cornucopia, visit: whistlercornucopia.com.