Tue. Nov 10, 2015

Calling all foodies and winos, Cornucopia has a plethora of weekday events sure to warrant a scheduled ‘sick day’, but be warned, your boss might just have the same idea.
From winemaker dinners to deliciously-educational wine seminars, Cornucopia is turning your mundane weekday into a utopia of culinary excellence. Explore the tantalizing event schedule, if you dare…
 
*TONIGHT * Winery Dinner Series at the Chateau: Fort Berens Winery (Wednesday, November 11)
Fort Berens Estate Winery is a culmination of the dreams, vision and pioneering spirit forged on the road less travelled. The winery is owned by a team of eight individuals who share a common belief in the incredible winemaking ability of British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon and a shared vision to make Fort Berens into one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine. Join Fairmont Chateau Whistler as we explore the delicious desert wines of Lillooet and indulge in the local gastronomic flavours of British Columbia. Get your ticket HERE.
 
*TONIGHT * Giddy Grapes (Wednesday, November 11)
There’s a time to discuss the nuances of a delicate Pinot Blanc, and then there’s a time to embrace the power of a big, bold wine that’s built like a monster truck. This seminar is all about quality wines that aren’t shy about drawing attention, such as voluptuous viogners, robust hot climate reds, powerhouse fortifieds, and more. Presenter and Whistler local, Joanne Digeso leads this guided tasting of take-no-prisoners favourites that will win a place in your glass with their combination of charm and solid muscle. Get your tickets HERE.
 
The Picnic: Chef’s Choice Cookbook Launch Party (Thursday, November 12)
If you could picnic with anyone in the world, who would it be?  In a full celebration of Whistler’s culinary excellence, Cornucopia and Pique Newsmagazine introduce The Picnic: Chefs' Choice Cookbook Launch Party. The Chefs' Choice cookbook features local restaurants incredible talent, as featured in Pique’s weekly column: Chefs' Choice. Get up close and intermit with some of Whistler’s hottest culinary talent as chefs from your favourite restaurants prepare recipes from the cookbook. Learn the “unwritten' tricks of the trade and the ‘between the lines’ insider knowledge. Browse each restaurant stop while tasting and pairing excellent wines along the way. Lively, fun and fresh, The Picnic will be a truly unique Whistler experience. Get your ticket HERE.
 
Red Door Bistro: Tightrope Dinner with R.D. Stewart (Thursday, November 12)
Tightrope, one of B.C.’s much-loved wineries pairs their delicious grape varieties with one of Whistler’s much-admired Chefs, RD Stewart of Red Door Bistro, where French fare meets West Coast cuisine. Enjoy a seasonally inspired five-course dinner with expertly paired wines in the intimate settling of Red Door Bistro in Creekside. Get your ticket HERE.
 
Le Cirque De La Nuit: VERADEASI (Friday, November 13)
Come one, come all to Le Cirque de la Nuit’s VERADEASI – a new (and eccentric) instalment, joining the late-night line-up at Cornucopia’s ever-evolving food and drink extravaganza. Housed in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, VERADEASI takes guests on a gripping journey, from feats of hooping, aerial pole, corde lisse, silks, lyra, dance, acro, bellydance, contact ball illusion, contortion, juggling and dragon staff manipulation, in what can only be called a sensory overload of epic proportions. Accompanying the all-star stage (and air) cast is Beats Antique in a live performance, featuring David Satori & Sidecar Tommy. Beats Antique, renowned for their intense electro-acoustic breakbeats and Middle Eastern melodies brings added dimension to the VERADEASI experience – transcending traditional theatre in true Le Cirque de la Nuit style. Get your tickets HERE.
 
Nita Lake Lodge: Into the Wild Winemaker Dinner (Friday, November 13)
Step ‘Into the Wild’ for a culinary collaboration like no other, featuring Chef Jefferson Alvarez & Chef Dean Hossack with wines by Stags Hollow. This unique pop-up event will celebrate the best of the wild, foraged delights and local produce in an inspiring lakeside setting. Chef Jefferson and Chef Dean will bring it all together with elegance and a creative flair; this 10 course affair is not to be missed. Get your tickets HERE.
 
You’re invited to indulge at Cornucopia’s final five delicious days – of the huge 11 day festival – offering an epic program of weekday events worthy of a ‘sick day’. Extend your weekend, with weekday epicurean excellence abounds at Cornucopia.
For detailed schedule information or to purchase tickets visit www.whistlercornucopia.com.