By Nicole Fitzgerald
Thursday, Nov. 9 warm up alcohol tolerance at Meet the Vintners wine tasting which puts the spotlight on wines with no music or food to distract. $55. Then to the House Party to catch up on local gossip. $35. A quick bus ride to ARTrageous, a truly local party with live music and artists finishes my night. $35.
Friday, Nov. 10 I might be up in time for the Latte Art Seminar, but most likely I’ll be stepping out at noon to the Women, Wine and Books Literary Luncheon. $99. Squeeze in the Afternoon of Decadence seminar highlighting boutique after-dinner drinks and CinCin desserts before running home to get ready for the Friday night festivities. ($75).
Runners to heels, it’s off to the Quattro winemaker dinner featuring wines and food from four Italian regions. $225. Mask on, pearls off before heading to the Bearfoot Bistro After Party. $250.
Saturday, Nov. 11 is devoted to study: Australian wines, chef’s table luncheons, oysters and champagne, and festival gem the 5th Annual Rare Wines. $50-$150. Two hours to sober up then off to Crush, $100, Araxi After Party, $120, and Divine Soul After Party, $115.
Every year, I promise myself I’ll check out one of the festival Sunday brunches at either the Fairmont or Four Seasons. $55. But, every year it’s a Sunday of rest.
So my ideal Cornucopia totals roughly $1,400. Not bad, when you could probably spend the same amount of money on a Las Vegas weekend with little to no satisfaction and more red Jell-O and iceberg lettuce than you’d ever want to consume in a lifetime.
So when a friend (a visiting Australian only here for a year) asked me what events she should attend at the Cornucopia experience I was stumped. I loved all the parties a media pass granted admission to. How could I narrow my passions to a proposed $300 budget?
So this is what the two of us worked out.