Whistler is shrouded in a layer of white gold as the snow falls and Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, wraps for another year. As the gateway to winter in Whistler, Cornucopia ushered in a new season, kicking off winter with a celebration of Whistler’s love for it’s people, love of its village and appreciation for the harvest and bounty of the region.
Thank you to everyone who participated for making the 20th Edition of Cornucopia a success! To all our partners, agents, wineries, breweries, food purveyors, Chef partners, speakers and presenters thank you so much for your support. To all the local businesses, restaurants and hotels, thank you for once again showing the very best of Whistler to all our resort guests. And most importantly, THANK YOU to all our volunteers for your hard work and dedication! It takes a village to make Cornucopia happen… and we love our village.
People from far and wide came to partake in over 150 different events reflecting an entire village coming together in creativity, thoughtfulness and appreciation, meeting its goal of raising money for local organizations doing great work. As Cornucopia’s 2016 partner recipient, Whistler Adaptive Sports Program provides year round programs for people of all ages with disabilities. Alongside Whistler Adaptive Sports, volunteers and organizations held fundraisers for the Whistler Public Library, the Audain Art Museum and Ecole La Passerelle. Cornucopia has raised over $500,000 to help community initiatives. Each year, Cornucopia events raise in excess of $35,000 for its named charity which changes every two years.
Cornucopia 2016 began with an homage to Whistler’s culinary tradition as the community came together to honour one of its pillars at the Restaurant Association of Whistler’s first ever Hall of Fame Ceremony at The Picnic: Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Party. Through speeches, smiles, tears and toasts, they honoured Mario Enero for his outstanding contributions. In the words of Keeley Higgins, former manager of La Rua and Caramba, “Good food, good service, good people…Mario is a patriarch in Whistler’s culinary and hospitality scene because of simple principles and a gift for sharing his experience and passion with the community and those who work with him.”
It was the perfect kick-off to an 11 celebration where ten signature tasting events took place from Crush 20th Grand Tasting, anchoring the first Saturday, to Poured Grand Tasting, anchoring the 2nd Saturday. Attendees sipped and tasted the craft and passion of wine-makers, brewers, distillers, chefs and more.
This set the stage for the region’s restaurant and hotel community to shine. Bringing their best work and most creative collaborations, over 50 different culinary establishments delighted and amazed attendees at restaurant and winery dinners, Cornucopia’s Chef’s Table Luncheons, Culinary Stage chef demonstrations, and more.
Cornucopia 2016 was also an event for the industry. Through workshops and forums, Whistler held space for the hospitality, wine and beverage industries to share, debate and exchange knowledge. Holding the WSET Level 1 and 2 certification with vetran wine educator DJ Kearney, as well as the first annual Cornucopia Wine Summit, Whistler saw some of the best mids in wine and hospitality come together.
And more. From Cornucopia Junior Chef for teen cooks to the Cornucopia Drink Series, hosting expert panels in over 45 different sessions, to the newly expanded Nourish Health and Wellness micro-festival where fresh ideas abound at Cornucopia it is safe to say the 20th edition had something for everyone. Cheers to the village that made it happen and the attendees who came to enjoy.
The 21st edition of Cornucopia takes place November 9-19, 2017. See you there!