Once upon a time November was regarded as slow season in Whistler; that in-between stage when the air gets its cold bite, the trees have all but shed their last leaves and everyone is simply waiting for the snow to fall, the mountains to open and winter to burst into action.
Now, Whistler in November brings sweet aromas of decadent dining, sounds of pints being poured and champagne bottles being popped and the endless cheers and laughter coming from Whistler eateries. November in Whistler has become synonymous with culinary mastery thanks to Cornucopia – presented by BlueShore Financial, now celebrating 19 delicious years of food and drink.
Cornucopia’s ever-expanding epicurean schedule offers a medley of Winemakers Dinners, Chef Table Luncheons, Nourish events, Culinary Stage Series, beer, wine and spirits seminars, as well as a variety of gala tastings and after-dark parties throughout the festival’s colossal 11 days, November 5-15. From exotic spices to French fare, from Dom Pérignon to the Barossa Valley – Cornucopia is serving spectacular cuisine with expertly paired wines at the much-loved winemaker dinners.
Brand new this year is the Basalt: Fairview From Here winemaker dinner, presenting a seasonal, four-course dinner with wine pairings from Fairview Cellars, one of the South Okanagan’s boutique estates.
Local restaurateurs – new to last year’s festival – return to Cornucopia this year: Creekside’s Red Door Bistro with its classic Tightrope Winery dinner series (November 12 and 13), as well as Stonesedge, with the highly anticipated Perseus Winery dinner, November 5. The Perseus multi-course dinner, not only allows guests the chance to sit, sip and sample with Craig Mackenzie – acting GM of Perseus Winery – but is priced to sell at just $65.
Seasoned Whistler restaurateurs return to Cornucopia with a selection of their finest creations, alongside signature B.C. and international wines, in perfect (food and wine) harmony. Four Seasons Whistler partners their signature restaurant, Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar with local Lillooet winery, Fort Berens for a four-course winemaker dinner, sure to please even the toughest of critics. The Indian Masala Bistro pairs exotic spices from India with matching wines and colourful belly dancing – truly a feast for the senses. The dinner series at the Chateau couples delectable multi-course long-table dinners from hotel restaurant, the Grill Room with a variety of memorable wineries. Nita lake Lodge’s Into the Wild winemaker dinner is an epic culinary collaboration of Chef Jefferson Alvarez and Chef Dean Hossack with accompanying wines from Stags Hollow. The Bearfoot Bistro’s Executive Chef Melissa Craig is once again pairing her creative efforts alongside some of the best vintages of Dom Pérignon. This exclusive and highly-indulgent six-course soiree is held in the intimate setting of Bearfoot Bistro’s wine cellar.
There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition right? The all-star team at Rimrock Café in Creekside not only agrees, but encourages guests to partake in the ‘friendly fight’ for wine supremacy at The Bench Vs. The Bluff. This competitive four-course dinner features wine pairings from Painted Rock and Poplar Grove wineries, with the “winner” announced at the evenings end.
Last but certainly not least, Araxi returns with the annual sell-out event, Big Guns Dinner, as well as the popular return of their Intimate Winery Dinner Series, featuring the creations of one of Canada’s leading chefs, James Walt alongside a number of B.C.’s most food-focused (and delicious) wines.
Prefer a long (boozy) lunch over dinner service? Cornucopia has you covered with an impressive selection of luncheons on this year’s menu.
Tour Whistler’s most enviable private homes, with fine wine and culinary mastery in toe at the Chef’s Table Luncheons. Featured B.C. hot-spots and chefs L’Abattoir, The Sonora Room, Liquidity, Minami and Chef Luis Valenzuela will showcase their supreme talent during Cornucopia’s Luncheons.
Cornucopia’s flagship tasting event, CRUSH Grand Tasting packs a big punch this year with a huge line-up of wineries offering samples, as well as a few of Whistler’s finest chefs preparing snacks to compliment the ever-flowing wine. A gentle reminder for CRUSH attendees, that there’s more wine then food to be enjoyed – thank goodness – so dine ahead to ensure a great night out.
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