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Patisseries on the patio

Val d’Isere Restaurant is doing something a little different for the summer.

Every day, from 2 p.m. to closing, Roland Pfaff’s restaurant in Town Plaza is offering Afternoon Tea – but it’s much more than tea.

Roland, who was trained as a pastry chef, has a cooler/dessert cart on the patio offering fresh French patisseries, black forest cakes, ice creams and other goodies – all made daily in house. Combined with a coffee, it’s the civilized way to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

Cornucopia adds international flavour

Whistler’s Annual Celebration of Food and Wine, Cornucopia, will broaden its range of wine varieties this year by adding international wines to its list of wines from British Columbia and the Pacific West Coast.

Tourism Whistler has confirmed that more than 65 wineries will participate in Cornucopia, Nov. 5-9. Now in its seventh year, the festival has attracted participants from Chile, Australia, Germany, Italy and South America.

Festivals Experience Manager for Tourism Whistler Gwen Young said Cornucopia has never had such an enthusiastic response from wineries wishing to participate in the program.

"Our goal had been to continually expand the wine and food offerings at Cornucopia, so we are particularly pleased to have generated this much excitement so early, from many wineries that are new to Cornucopia," she said.

Despite the addition of varieties from outside of North America, the festival will maintain its focus on food and wine from British Columbia and the Pacific West Coast.

"Our regional offerings have formed the foundation of Cornucopia. It’s what has always set us apart from most other festivals," Young said.

"We’ll continue to grow the Cornucopia program, but we’ll always stay true to our regional roots."

Cornucopia will feature educational seminars, wine tastings, elaborate dinners, late night parties and the chance to meet wine experts and celebrity chefs face to face on.

A complete schedule of events, participating wineries, restaurants, celebrity chefs and the ever growing list of wine and food presenters is available on the Cornucopia Web site at

B.C. fisherman vindicated

A B.C. court judge sided with a group of 40 commercial fishermen who were charged for holding an illegal protest fishery last summer in the Fraser River. The protest was to call attention to federal fishing policies that give precedence to the native fishery.

In lean years with partial or full fishery closures, sometimes the Department of Fisheries and Oceans would allow a native fishery, while non-natives were denied the same opportunity.