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Monday, August 13, 2012

Save the date: Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food returns with signature and new events

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - August 13, 2012

Save the date: Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food returns with signature and new events

Suggested Tweet: #Cornucopia is the ultimate fall festival in #Whistler. Taste of Asia Night Market joins this year’s lineup of events.





Whistler, B.C. – As summer sizzles in Whistler, it’s time to set your sights forward fall when the resort welcomes Cornucopia – Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food from November 7 – 11.

Now in its 16th year, Cornucopia combines the return of festival favourites such as the flagship dual-night tasting event CRUSH, winemaker dinners, chef’s luncheons, the Viking Stage Series, Top 25 Celebratory Reception, House Party, trade tastings and fabulous after parties with new additions to the schedule including a night market and cocktail showdown.

Cornucopia is a celebration for the senses, honouring all things food and wine and is the place to be seen in Whistler, attracting more than 6,500 attendees annually.

Local, regional and international wines are featured alongside the culinary creations of extraordinary chefs from Whistler and beyond. From a celebration of local fare with the Chef’s Trip to the Farm to a journey through the vineyards of France, Australia and Argentina and almost all points in between, Cornucopia offers a full schedule of events for all tastes.

New this year is the Cornucopia Cocktail Competition presented by Alta Bistro. Professional bartenders will be tasked with creating a unique concoction in 15 minutes. Creativity, taste, presentation and attitude will factor into the results of this fast-paced competition.

Also new this year is the Cornucopia Night Market -- A Taste of Asia, focusing on pairing Asian cuisine with wines, beers and spirits. Guests are invited to sample beverages with pan-Asian cuisine featuring Whistler’s Sushi Village and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Isabel Chung alongside Chau VeggieExpress, Bob Likes Thai Food, and Hart House Restaurant and including Namasthe Tea, David’s Tea, Phillips Brewing, Granville Island Brewing and Juan Santos Rum.

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Faces of Cornucopia

Cocktail Technician Scot Curry, Alta Bistro

One of Whistler's newest restaurants, Alta Bistro features the finest local and naturally-raised food with a showcase of hand-crafted cocktails, wines of character, and micro-brewed beer.  Alta Bistro’s cocktail technician Scot Curry approaches his craft with the same flair and attention to ingredients as his colleagues in the kitchen. Drawing inspiration from their surroundings and with a focus on fresh, you won’t find any powdered juices or canned syrups at their workstations. What you will find is house-made bitters and infusions, ingredients freshly harvested, and fruit that is muddled, squeezed and crushed to order. Alta Bistro is owned and operated by locals Eric Griffith and Edward Dangerfield.




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