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The Legendary After Parties of Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - October 16, 2012

The Legendary After Parties of Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union


Suggested tweet: Six parties over three nights – @CornucopiaWine gets you in shape for #Whistler #après #winteriscoming

 

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Whistler, B.C. – Famous - or perhaps infamous  whatever the term, there is no denying it the After Parties of Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union are legendary.

Staying true in theme with this year’s festival expansion to five days; the array of After Parties on the menu for 2012 is aimed to appeal to all price points, tastes and preferences. 

“We’re thrilled with the new additions to the After Party offerings,” says Jess Smith, communications manager with event producer, Watermark Communications.  “We feel the new events both complement festival favourites, House Party and Araxi’s Bubbles + Oceans and bring a new level of excitement and diversity to the festival’s late night programming.”

Thursday night kicks off the festival party schedule with House Party. The theme is “Best of B.C.”  and event organizers keep it local with BBQ provided by Sidecut at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, organic potato vodka from the award-winning Pemberton Distillery, micro-brewed B.C. beer and last but not least a selection of wines from Okanagan vineyards. 

Following House Party is the Best of the VINOS, presented by the Wineries of British Columbia. This “Best of” event include screenings of the top submissions from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Vinos Wine Film Festival that takes place every spring in Osoyoos, B.C.. The audience will vote for a “People’s Choice award” winner, before ending the night with the wrap party and yet more B.C. wines to sample.

For many revelers, Crush Gala Grand Tasting is merely the springboard for nightlong gastronomic pursuits.  This year, the Cornucopia party circuit debuts three new late-night celebrations and the return of annual favourite.

Eau de Vie - A Spirited Affair makes its debut to Cornucopia on Friday night. 5280 Bar at the Four Seasons will be transformed into a “chic sanctuary of innovative cocktail culture”. Patron Tequila, Remy Martin Cognac complemented by DJ music with an  international flair set the tone for this ‘Water of Life’ late night affair.

Also making its first appearance to the night parties - The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is rolling out the red-carpet Vegas style at the new High Rollers after party.  Cocktails and canapés; live music and dancing girls; charity gaming tables and Lady Luck; all the ingredients required for a casino-cool, cosmopolitan affair that Cornucopia has become known for.

The Longhorn Saloon is adding a little rock ‘n roll to the Cornucopia banner on Saturday night with Rock of Ages featuring Wines that Rock. Rolling Stones’ Forty Licks Merlot, Woodstock Chardonnay and The Police’s Synchronicity are just a few of the ultimate in rockstar wines set to make an appearance at the Saloon’s annual costume party – it’s the chance to party like a rockstar.

One of Whistler’s top rated restaurants steps up on Saturday night with the always anticipated, late night soiree Bubbles + Oceans. Celebrate Cornucopia Araxi style – bubbles from some of the top Champagne and sparkling wine houses; an extraordinary selection of hand-crafted culinary creations, fine seafood, freshly shucked oysters and more from award-winning executive chef James Walt and his team.

Visit whistlercornucopia.com for ticket and event information. Cornucopia packages are available on Whistler.com starting at $94 per person/per night*.

In addition, guests will want to book their winter vacation packages by November 15 and save up to 39 per cent on winter stay and ski packages that include lodging and lift tickets. Plus, kids stay, ski, rent & shuttle for free. The Book Early and Save promotion promises the lowest rates of the season and the Best Price Guarantee.

Faces of Cornucopia

Tyler Schramm, Master Distiller,  Pemberton Distillery

Following his dream to produce a local and organic spirit, Tyler Schramm studied a Master’s of Science in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, a world leader in Brewing and Distilling Sciences. Tyler completed his Master’s thesis in potato vodka distilling, with the goal to prove that vodka - considered by many of his university colleagues and professors to be an indistinct and tasteless spirit - could be just as rich and complex as a single malt scotch. Here Tyler created the original recipe for Schramm Vodka.

Schramm returned to the Pemberton Valley and the Pemberton Distillery was born.  Early in 2009, Tyler conducted a series of trial distillations to perfect his recipe and in July he carefully hand-distilled the first crop of locally-grown organic potatoes and the Schramm family hand-bottled the first run of Schramm Vodka, taking pride in its clarity, smooth mouth-feel and rich character. http://www.pembertondistillery.ca/

 

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Cornucopia is a five day dazzling display of gourmet food and wines, attracting more than 10,000 people to the resort – and catering to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to aficionados. Respected industry professionals, judges and presenters headline each event, seminar and tasting, offering the best possible opportunity to garner as much information and insight as possible. Held on the cusp of the opening of each ski season in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Cornucopia was designed to showcase and support the local food and wine industry. Now encompassing wineries and restaurants from Vancouver, greater B.C. and beyond, Cornucopia has become internationally recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary and viticulture tourism industry in Canada. With widespread appeal shown through the immense variety of events available, the festival is truly a food and wine festival with a Whistler attitude.

Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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