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Whistler Village Beer Festival, GranFondo get permits

Special event permits were issued at Whistler council's Aug. 13 meeting



A pair of popular fall events in Whistler received special events permits at the Aug. 13 council meeting.

The Whistler Village Beer Festival (WVBF) is returning for its seventh instalment from Sept. 9 to 15, and boasts an extended lineup of 17 events that wraps up with the signature beer tasting extravaganzas in Whistler Olympic Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15.

Liquor service on both days will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. (with last call at 5 p.m.) and a maximum capacity of 3,500 people.

GranFondo, meanwhile, will run its 10th instalment on Saturday, Sept. 7, with about 4,500 expected to take part.

Licensed hours at Whistler Olympic Plaza will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last call at 4 p.m.), and a maximum capacity of 6,000.

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) has been tapped by both events to help manage waste.

In 2018, the WVBF achieved a 93.7-per-cent waste diversion rate, according to a report to council, while GranFondo hit 88.7 per cent.

AWARE defines a "zero waste" event as one that diverts 90 per cent of waste from landfill.