Cornucopia: Whistler's Celebration of Food and Wine

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Cornucopia Hose Party at the Conference Center

From November 7 to 17, the hills will be alive with the sounds of wine glasses clinking in Whistler. During that time, Whistler hosts its 17th annual celebration of food and wine: Cornucopia.

This is the time of the year for harvest festivals, but like everything else it does, Whistler elevates a it to an entirely new level. Set against the stunning backdrop of the mountains, Cornucopia includes 11 days of winery dinners, interactive seminars, gala wine tastings and electric after-parties.

CRUSH at Cornucopia

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Winery dinners include B.C. superstars Mission Hill, Okanagan Crush Pad, Moon Curser, Nk’Mip, Jackson Triggs and Burrowing Owl, and you can expect to eat dishes from the culinary genius of such chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Market by Jean-Georges), Matthew Batey (Mission Hill), Trevor Bird (Fable), Jeff Van Geest (Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards), Daniel Hudson (Hudson’s on First), and Chris Whittaker (Forage). This year’s celebration will also include several superstar chefs from Mexico.

Winemaker Dinner at Cornucopia

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Craft beer fan? Never fear, there’s something here for you as well. Wanna learn about cocktails? Attend a workshop by some of B.C.’s most famous mixologists. There will also be seminars on Single Malt Scotch, Gin, Whiskey and Absinthe, as well as wines from all over the world, and closer to home.

Cornucopia Cocktail Competition

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This year, Cornucopia introduces the Nourish series. This series focuses on sustainable food and lifestyle choices, health, wellness and connection to the earth. It also includes seminars (like the healing arts of First Nations, Feng Shui, the art of making cheese, discovering (and eating for) your Ayurvedic Dosha, allergies, raw food and fermented food and drinks, the Paleo diet, skin care from the pantry, healing and anti-aging foods), cooking demos, chef-prepared meals, mediation and yoga.

Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual harvest festival of food and wine, runs November 7 to 17 in Whistler. For a full schedule, visit whistlercornucopia.com.

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