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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Every budget can enjoy Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - November 1, 2012

Every budget can enjoy Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union

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Whistler, B.C. – Whistler’s Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union offers five days of impressive events for every taste – and budget. 

“Cornucopia is a festival for all budgets and we’re thrilled to be able to offer something for everyone,” says Jess Smith, communications manager with event producer, Watermark Communications. 

“Sometimes people assume they can’t afford to attend Cornucopia because it is a ‘wine festival’. But we have worked hard to dispel this myth by showcasing a range of events, from free seminars to over-the-top winemaker dinners.”

Who doesn’t love FREE? This year’s festival kicks off with a series of free events beginning with Wednesday and Thursday’s spectator friendly Whistler Chef’s Challenge presented by Viking – a showdown of skills, food and egos.

And for those who are mixology inclined, Wednesday’s Cornucopia Cocktail Competition presented by Alta Bistro is another not to be missed event where master bartenders and black-belt mixologists must be as creative as possible in the allotted 15 minutes.

On Thursday night for $30, wine and film enthusiasts can a selection of B.C. wines and enjoy the show at Best of the VINOS . Attendees are introduced to a selection of short films about B.C. wines and wineries as selected from VINOS, the world’s first wine-based film festival in Osoyoos.

For festival goers who want to learn from the best, a must do is the Viking Stage Series, ten casual and fun instructional demonstrations on everything from wine and chocolate pairing to locally distilled spirits and caviar to sushi featuring local and national chefs, producers and beverage professionals. It’s the battle of the grapes in Sunday’s Mini Tasting Series. Attendees will have to choose between Spain (who is making their seminar debut at Cornucopia), or Italy in four 1-hour sessions.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, or just want to show off and tell your friends you went to “the” events at Cornucopia, be sure to check out Friday’s over the top, blow your mind winery dinner at the Bearfoot Bistro’s The Best of Italy. This extravagant dinner begins with a cocktail reception accompanied with oysters, caviar, and shellfish followed by a fall-inspired five-course tasting menu paired with wine from Italy’s most iconic wineries.  Eau de Vie - A Spirited Affair makes its debut to Cornucopia on Friday night when 5280 Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler 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.

Visit for ticket and event information. Cornucopia packages are available on 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 - Executive Chef Melissa Craig, Bearfoot Bistro

In a profession traditionally dominated by men, Melissa Craig is a rarity. A graduate from the Culinary Arts Program of Malaspina University College in British Columbia, she was the first Canadian female to win the National Apprentice Competition, after completing her apprenticeship at the renowned Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island at age 20. Now 31, Melissa is Executive Chef at the renowned Bearfoot Bistro, commanding a team of 20 in the open show kitchen. Her menu is best described as modern Canadian cuisine, using a blend of West Coast and international ingredients with her immaculate presentation and simple yet passionate artistry. A Red Seal Certified Chef, this young culinary phenomenon has already achieved more in her 31 years than many of her peers twice her age. Now also leading Bearfoot Bistro’s new catering division, Melissa Craig shows no signs of slowing down.




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’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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