Whistler’s trademark horn of plenty is set to overflow for 11 days this November when the 20th annual Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial returns to town – and tickets for Cornucopia’s signature events are disappearing as quickly as the food and drink on offer throughout the festival.
Cornucopia’s hallmark events — which include House Party: Best of BC, Cellar Door Grand Tasting, Crush Grand Tasting, Cornucopia Night Market: Taste the World and Poured: Full Spectrum of Taste and more – feature wineries, craft brewers and award-winning boutique spirit distilleries showcasing the regional and international flavour and diversity available throughout the resort.
New events on the calendar begin with the kickoff event Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Party at the Picnic on Thursday, November 10. With A Twist returns on November 13 “with a twist” with an added Silent Disco. What’s a Silent Disco? Patrons are supplied with a set of headphones and you can choose to tune into one of three different DJs playing on three separate channels. All the dancing will build up a thirst – take a break and visit a variety of mixologists and producers showcasing their favourite liquids.
Also new for this year, Sommelier Tours by Taste Whistler available at Cellar Door and Crush Grand Tastings. What better way to explore the numerous wines on offer than through the eyes of an expert? Meet the makers; hear their stories and be guided through a curated tasting experience.
If you’d rather have some time to explore on your own (and beat the crowds) — Crush Early Entry offers a limited number of patrons the occasion to gain early admittance to the Crush tasting room. With 45 minutes to rub elbows with the experts before the doors open to the crowd, it’s the premium opportunity to have questions answered while leisurely sampling the favourites. Crush Grand Tasting is the flagship event of the weekend providing the opportunity to try new, re-visit an old favourite or just appreciate all the wine world offers.
After very successful debuts at Cornucopia 2015, Brewed: The BC Craft Brewers Guild Winter Beer Market and the Bearfoot Bistro’s World Oyster Invitational and Bloody Caesar Battle are both returning for the second weekend. Brewed Market provides a sneak peek into the newest winter recipes from the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild’s 60+ members. Last, but certainly not least, Bearfoot Bistro closes out the festival with the annual throwdown – where the best oyster shuckers and mixologists descend into Whistler to meet and compete in the ultimate mountain battle.
Don’t miss out – tickets are selling fast. Visit www.whistlercornucopia.com for ticket and event information.