Whistler's Cornucopia Festival

Whistler’s Cornucopia–a food & wine festival celebrating Canada’s bounty

If you love food, wine and the great outdoors, you need to get yourself to British Columbia this fall for Whistler’s Cornucopia. An annual festival of Canadian food and wine tastings and education, Cornucopia, Presented by BlueShore Financial, offers ten days of unique culinary events. 

Educational seminars abound

From wine seminars to dinners in the extreme outdoors, this event offers a really lovely glimpse into the vibrant and creative world of Canadian gastronomy. On the education side, events will include a seminar on the “Trendsetting Winemakers of the West Coast.” For the cost of $42C, this in-depth look at North American winemaking will include tastings of wines from winemakers of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. A seminar on wine glass shape, presented by Riedel, will offer guests a chance to experiment with the difference glass shape makes in the tasting experience.

With the Culinary Stage, guests will get the chance to watch some of Canada’s prominent chefs showcase their craft. For example, Victoria’s Chef Dan Hayes will offer a 1 1/2 hour demonstration of his Canadian take on Italian farmhouse cooking. Ticket price will, of course, include a tasting of the full menu. On the health and wellness side are a series of talks and demonstrations on plant-based and nourishing foods.

For those who like to party

Of course, for those just looking to party, there’s a series of non-educational indulgences that should serve to fulfill your every glutinous fantasy. For starters, there’s Barefoot Bistro’s oyster-shucking throw-down, the World Oyster Invitational and Bloody Caesar Battle. Then there’s the Best of BC House Party. This walk-around affair features samplings from some of British Columbia’s most prominent chefs, artisan brewers and distillers. (And this one is traditionally a sell-out.) And for those who like to get their groove on, there’s even a silent disco and dance-around tasting. For this energy-packed event,  tickets are going at the very affordable price of $35C.

The ultimate, not-to-be-missed experience

But my favorite special event of Whistler’s Cornucopia celebration is one that truly celebrates the wonders of the mountain destination. It’s called The Blue Room.  And it’s a dining experience not for the faint of heart–or wallet. This experience will take diners on a journey, via helicopter, to an undisclosed location in Canada’s southernmost ice field. There, guests will be led through an ice cave to their dining destination–under a roof of blue ice! A chef from the Four Season will await guests with a once-in-a-lifetime extravagance. (A sneak preview I saw of the meal included caviar and Krug Champagne.) Of course, the cost of this evening for two is the equivalent of the down payment on a luxury vehicle. But when else will you be able to say you dined inside a hall of ice?

Get your tickets

Cornucopia will take over Whistler from November 8-18 and tickets are on sale now. To reserve your night in The Blue Room, or any of Whistler’s Cornucopia events, visit the event website.

 

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