It’s that time of year again where we find ourselves craving a worthy escape from the city and head to BC’s outdoor playground, Whistler. Though it’s shoulder season at the mountain town, that definitely doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do – far from it, thanks to the return of the Whistler Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival: the annual wine and culinary extravaganza.
We’re heading up for a few days of indulgence ourselves (more on that later), but in the meantime have come up with our own list of Whistler Cornucopia must-dos for you. If you’re on the fence, this ought to entice you.
Kick the festival off with Cellar Door. It’s the perfect opportunity to swirl, sip, and savour the best of the best in vino. You’ll taste your way through the offerings of more than 25 different wineries, more than 100 wines, and enjoy a fun atmosphere that will get you in the mood to party!
Around The World In 80 Minutes is your best bet for a seriously tasty global tour that your senses will thank you for. Catch wine columnist and restaurant consultant Kurtis Kolt as he presents a crash course in wine basics that covers major countries and grape varieties. He’ll tell you how to read labels and impress your friends with recommendations for food pairings – all within 80 minute. You’ll never fear another wine list, we promise.
CRUSH is the ultimate Cornucopia experience that is not to be missed. As an annual flagship tasting event, CRUSH offers up a lively atmosphere to sip, sample, and savour your way through dozens of wineries. Be forewarned: chow down before you hit the beverages – there is no food served.
Araxi’s Big Guns Winery Dinner is always a sure bet at Whistler Cornucopia. Sit back and get ready to do some serious sipping as Araxi wine director Samantha Rahn takes you on a trip for the tastebuds. This six-course feast will take you on a culinary journey.
Aside from all the wine-focused dinners, Whistler Cornucopia features a variety of liquid entertainment options including events like a Tequila Dinner and OceanWise Fish Fry, along with craft beer and cocktail seminars, artisan markets, and more.
After your dinner or gala tastings at this year’s Whistler Cornucopia, be sure to make Bearfoot Bistro your go-to destination for late-night fun. They’re hosting Late Night Wine Mixers pretty much every evening starting at 10pm featuring plenty of bubbles, wine, delicious bites, and a guaranteed good time.
For more info on Whistler Cornucopia – or to plan a last-minute stay – visit them online!
If you’re planning on attending the Whistler Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival, let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.