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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rest up – eight days until Cornucopia gets the party started


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Photo credit: Le Cirque de la Nuit

Whistler, B.C. – Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is sending out a warning to all festival-goers: Rest up and recharge while you can, as Cornucopia’s late-night entertainment is taking guests right through dusk and into dawn. With a selection of late-night parties, twilight tasting events, aerial artistry, comedy evenings, art throw downs and lavish fashion, food and champagne events – Cornucopia is getting the party started from November 5 – 15.

Come one, come all to Le Cirque de la Nuit’s VERADEASI – a new (and eccentric) installment, joining the late-night line-up at Cornucopia’s ever-evolving food and drink extravaganza. Housed in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on November 13, VERADEASI will take the audience on a gripping journey, from feats of hooping, aerial pole, corde lisse, silks, lyra, dance, acro, bellydance, contact ball illusion, contortion, juggling and dragon staff manipulation, in what can only be called a sensory overload of epic proportions. Accompanying the all-star stage (and air) cast is Beats Antique in a live performance, featuring David Satori & Sidecar Tommy. Beats Antique, renowned for their intense electro-acoustic breakbeats and Middle Eastern melodies brings added dimension to the VERADEASI experience – transcending traditional theatre in true Le Cirque de la Nuit style.

Beyond acrobatics Cornucopia has a plethora of after-dark revelries to keep guests from resting their heads until the early hours of the morning. Including, House Party – Best of BC, November 5, the iconic (boozy) beginning to Cornucopia’s 11 block-buster days of food, beer, wine and spirits. Guests are welcomed into ‘our’ house for the best of local talent; indulge in backyard BBQ, home-grown vodka, micro-brewed beer, and local music from B.C.’s land of plenty.

Yellow Night at Nita Lake Lodge, Nov 6, celebrates fresh fashion and great champagne at Cure Lounge. Presented by Veuve Cliquot and Secret Location, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Party will be a night to remember (or not). Browse Secret Location’s pop-up store or dance the night away to the sweet beats of local DJ Smokey; taste canapés by Chef Montgomery Lau and Chef Dean Hossack accompanied by the finest champagne from Veuve Cliquot.

Jazz up your life at the Longhorn Saloon, November 6, when they un-mask the Mardis Gras party! Enjoy live music from a saxophone and DJ duo setting the tone for this Southern styled event. Grab some rum punch, your beads and your masks and join the non-stop party at Longhorn.

Wondering where the all locals go? On Tuesday, November 10 head to Firerock: Locals Live Wine & Dine where the admission price just $5, including a free first drink. Revel in the live and local musical talent while you sit back, relax and admire (or salivate over) the rather large and irresistible wine list, which, for this night only, features 30% off all glass pours and bottles. Trust the locals to find a great deal. For those who prefer scotch over wine, join the Firerock: Scotch & Cigars immersion, November 6.

Time to throw it down! On November 10, step away from the dining room and watch as eight talented artists will take to the stage to create a painting in just 30 minutes at Garfinkel’s Art Throw Down #7. Join in the action where your vote decides who advances to the next round and ultimately takes home the grand prize. All art created is available for purchase through silent auction. Support local talent, cast your vote, be inspired and dance the night away.

Comedy Kitchen, a sarcastic, belly-laugh provoking night of hysterics at Buffalo Bills, Nov 12. The evening will feature headliner, Ivan Decker, voted funniest Canadian Comedian under 30, as well as Katie-Ellen Humphries, feature comic who’s sensibility falls somewhere between the locker room and the library. Recent TV appearances include “The Funny Pit” (CMT), “She Kills Me” (APTN) and The Winnipeg Comedy Fest Gala (CBC). Round out your food and drink intake by consuming some great wholesome comedy.

Monster Energy Presents REVOLUTIONS, join in the revelries on Saturday November 14, with Bearfoot Bistro and Monster Energy as your favourite DJs spin at 45 revolutions per minute – little records with a big sound. Don’t be left out in the cold, the party includes delicious snacks, drinks and through the night entertainment. Can’t make REVOLUTIONS? The Bearfoot Bistro is hosting a series of wine mixers featuring select wineries each night along with live entertainment from the house DJ. 

Winter is Coming, November 15, at the Whistler Conference Centre, is an epic send-off party for Cornucopia 2015, as well as a mighty welcome back shin-dig to Ullr, the snow god. From powder slayers to age-old dragon slayers, everyone is welcome in a kingdom of tasty brews, meaty treats and toe-tapping beats. Finish the evening – and festival – off with a boogie at Rave of Thrones, featuring Kristian Narin’s (Hodor from Games of Thrones) live DJ set. This red-carpet-worthy event will see Garfinkel’s transform into Winterfell, with fancy dress encouraged. Put on your best ‘Westeros’ garments and dance the night away at the final event for Cornucopia 2015. 

Rest up and recharge – Cornucopia bursts onto the scene in eight short days, with non-stop entertainment of the food and drink variety. Featuring an event schedule that just keeps on giving, from luncheons, dinners, tastings, parties and more, guests are encouraged to grab their tickets while they last.

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Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is an eleven day dazzling display of gourmet food, wines, spirits and beer 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 drink industry. Now encompassing wineries, breweries, distilleries, chefs and restaurants from Vancouver, greater B.C. and beyond, Cornucopia has become recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary tourism industry in Canada. With widespread appeal shown through the immense variety of events available, the festival is truly a food and drink festival with a Whistler attitude.

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