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Monday, October 6, 2014

It’s not just about the drinks; chefs serve up their best at this year’s Cornucopia

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - October 6, 2014

It’s not just about the drinks; chefs serve up their best at this year’s Cornucopia



Whistler, B.C. – Whether it’s October’s crisp mornings, the vibrant changing foliage, plentiful fall harvest or dreams of an epic winter season -- autumn inspires Whistler’s culinary minds into creative horns of’ plenty.

Culinary options abound at this year’s Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial. Festival goers will not leave hungry as the local and regional restaurant communities have stepped up to the plate with  menus for every taste and budget. 

“Each participating restaurant brings its own unique and delicious concept for the festival,” says event producer and Watermark president, Sue Eckersley. “What is really exciting is the vast selection on offer this year, from winery dinners to luncheons to interactive demonstrations. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up every aspect of B.C.’s diverse culinary scene.”

New to the schedule and festival include the Red Door Bistro with its Tightrope Winery dinner; as well as new Village hot spot, Stones Edge Gastropub, which has signed on for a culinary stage demonstration.

There is also an abundance of returning restaurateurs showcasing some of their finest creations alongside B.C.’s signature wineries. Four Seasons Resort Whistler’s SIDECUT Executive Chef Tory Martindale will once again man the grill during signature events House Party: Best of B.C., CELLAR DOOR and Crush Gala Grand Tasting. SIDECUT has also partnered with local Lillooet winery Fort Berens for a winery dinner. Alta Bistro pairs modern French flavours with wines from renowned natural wine producers. The Mexican Corner’s five-course dinner will be highlighted by Mexico’s signature export – tequilaThe Grill Room at Fairmont Chateau Whistler has paired with Burrowing Owl Winery; Hy’s Steakhouse’s two tableside dinners feature Road 13 winery and Fairview Cellars with their Friday night winery dinner with Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery.

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler again plays host to black tie event Indulge Gala Dinner, a fundraiser for the Whistler Healthcare Foundation.

Araxi restaurant + bar returns with the annual sell-out event, Big Guns winemaker dinner and last year’s very popular Intimate Winery Dinner series, all featuring the creations of one of Canada’s leading chefs-- James Walt -- alongside some of B.C.’s finest wines.

If your evening plans don’t work to attend a winery dinner, there is a wide selection of luncheons on the schedule. Vancouver hot spots Minami, Cibo Trattoria, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chef Terry Pinchor from Sonora Resort and Good Wolfe Restaurant will showcase their talents during the Chef’s Table Luncheons within Whistler’s private luxury homes .

Nourish is back for its second year with a series of educational and informational seminars and luncheons such as Ferment for Health; Eat the Best, Leave the Rest; Benefits of a Raw Food Diet and more. Whistler’s Green Moustache and Pemberton’s Solfeggio will be just two of the presenters.

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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.

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