It’s hard to believe
Cornucopia is a decade old but the high-altitude food and wine party turns a
decade old next month (Nov. 9-12) and it appears the village is finally ready
to acknowledge the beneficial effects of hosting a village full of
discriminating eaters and drinkers.
Currently Whistler finds
itself in a dogfight for tourists’ dollars — the war on terror, not to
mention Iraq and Afghanistan, has curtailed most “spur of the moment travel” by
Americans and it’s taken a huge bite out of the regular holiday business.
Cornucopia can’t come soon enough for many Whistler businesses hoping to kick
off a successful winter season with some early food and wine frivolity.
What follows is our annual
insider’s guide to the Cornucopia events that offer both value and
entertainment and, frankly, provide locals with a terrific opportunity to learn
more about a subject that is becoming as important as the depth of snow on the
hills. Unless otherwise mentioned, all events take place at the Telus Whistler
Although many events are
already sold out, at press time the following were still showing tickets
The kick off
takes on a different look
this year thanks to the sponsorship of the Washington Wine Commission. The
Evergreen State is struggling to gain shelf space in B.C. wine stores and has
decided to host the House Party to showcase a variety of wines to entice some
interest north of the border. Merlot, riesling, chardonnay and more from the
Columbia Valley and its growing number of sub-regions definitely raise the
value quotient of this event. Food and music round out a casual fun kick-off to
Cornucopia 10. Thursday Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m. $35.
Big Guns & Their
was a big hit
last year and returns for 2006. The concept is to explore an icon wine and its
little sister or, to be a bit less chauvinist, its little brother. Few icon
wines stand alone; in fact almost all spawn second or support labels that offer
incredible value. Former BCLDB buyers, David Scholefield and Christopher Perry
will present everyday quaffing wines next to iconic classics in the same
family. Friday, Nov 10, Noon-1:30 p.m. $75.
If caffeine is required to
kick start your morning
Mocha Mix: Chocolate & Coffee, In the Raw &
After the Roast
could be for
you. George Graham of Rogers' Chocolates Ltd. and Karla Ferster of Frog
Friendly Wild Coffee will talk chocolate and coffee, origin and the history,
and will be grinding up coffee cacao to make spicy mochas for all. Saturday,
Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. $20.