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Whistler Vibe

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter, featuring what's new, what’s happening, and what makes Whistler a top year-round destination.

October 2017

Tweet Button Click to Tweet: 11 days of food and drink decadence is almost here as @CornucopiaWine returns Nov 9-19 to #Whistler


Thanksgiving & Turkey Sale Weekend  |  October 6-9
Whistler Writers Festival  |  October 11-15
Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival  |  October 13-14
Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra  |  October 14
Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial  |  November 9-19
Arts Whistler Holiday Market  |  November 25-26
Whistler Film Festival  |  November 29 - December 3

What's New & Happening

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb winter season soon to kick off

The countdown to winter is officially on. The mountaintops received their first dustings of snow in early September, building excitement for opening day and anticipation of an epic winter season. Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is set for November 23, 2017. 

This winter will also see the completion of the new Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge, which will span 130m/426.5ft from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl. The West Ridge Viewpoint will consist of a multi-tiered viewing platform with 360° views from Whistler’s Peak, offering guests a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot. The bridge is expected to open for skiers to enjoy this winter.


Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial: November 9 – 19

Whistler’s favourite culinary event Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is a must-experience celebration of food and drink, annually attracting more than 15,000 attendees and hundreds of key industry members and media. Returning for its 21st year in 2017, the 11-day showcase takes place from November 9 – 19 and will offer food and drink tastings, intimate wine dinners, educational and entertaining luncheons, craft beer celebrations, spirited parties and over 35 seminars. Tickets are now on sale and media accreditation is open.

Signature Tastings
A Cornucopia favourite, each signature tasting event has a different focus – wine, international flavours, spirits, beer, the best of British Columbia. Passionate hosts operate tasting stations, while music and DJs create a social and vibrant atmosphere. Event favourites include Crush Grand Tasting, Cellar Door, House Party: Best of BCPoured, With a Twist and Night Market: Taste the World.

Drink Seminars
Involving smaller groups and the opportunity to interact with presenters, there are over 30 drink seminars to choose from. The always-popular Bubble-icious is returning, and They’ve Got Chemistry-Pairing Chocolate with Cocktails will satisfy chocoholics. Should savoury be the preference there is Bottle and the Beast: Charcuterie & Wine Pairing with Oyama, Slice Advice: Pizza Pizzazz or Mix It Up & Chow It Down: Pairing Food and Cocktails.

Culinary Series: Culinary Stage Series & Chef Table Luncheons
Offering the opportunity to learn with the best, the culinary stage series is a staple on the Cornucopia menu and features presentations by outstanding chefs, mixologists and industry representatives. With 2017 marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, this year’s culinary stage series is all about local – from coast to coast. Highlight presenters include:
• Chef Eric Pateman - Edible Canada, presents Canada’s 150th – A Cultural Culinary Journey
• Sommelier Jason Yamasaki - Joey Restaurant Group, presents A Cut Above: High Altitude Argentinean Wine for Meat Lovers
• Chef Jeff Van Geest - Miradoro Restaurant, presents Tinhorn Creek & Miradoro Restaurant

The chef's table luncheons are intimate dining experiences held in some of Whistler’s most beautiful homes. Attendees enjoy a carefully prepared multi-course menu while surrounded by acclaimed chefs and winery principals. The 2017 host chefs include:
• Chef Hector Laguna - Botanist, Vancouver BC
• Chef Alex Chen - Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver BC
• Chef Jeff Park and Director/Sommelier Pat Allan - The Salted Vine, Squamish BC
• Chef Terry Pichor - Summit Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort, Malahat BC

Restaurant + Bar
Cornucopia brings together a village that is ready to host, delight and amaze, and this year’s restaurant + bar events shine the spotlight on the craft and talent of local chefs, vintners, brewers and distillers. To name a few for 2017 - the Peak to Peak to Peak four-course dinner is a Four Seasons Chefs Collaborative with SideCut Executive Chef Eren Guryel and his Vail and Jackson Hole counterparts; the Fairmont Chateau Whistler hosts ELLEvate TogetHER, a collaborative culinary dinner featuring top female chefs Nicole Gomes - recent Top Chef Canada All-star winner,  Melissa Craig - executive chef at Bearfoot Bistro, and Fairmont’s own executive chef Isabel Chung; the annual Bearfoot Bistro World Oyster Invitational & Bloody Caesar Battle brings in the best oyster shuckers, bartenders and mixologists from around the globe; and select restaurants and their winery partners offer winery dinners with expertly crafted multi-course menus.

Nourish: Health + Wellness Series
Healthy living is a large part of living in Whistler, and the Nourish series offers a selection of healthy topics and seminars that are sure to inspire. Caveman Grocer co-founder, Kara McMaster will be hosting Mastering the Basics, providing building blocks to creating nourishing recipes. Fuel up for the weekend at the Farmer’s Breakfast, and rid yourself of sugary snacks at Energy in Motion – simple wholesome recipes for the quick pick me up. Discover the nutritional benefits of plant-based eating at Meatless Mondays and Plant Based Deliciousness. Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge will host Dining With Balance and nutritionist and raw food chef, Merina Koly returns to serve up living foods at Live Bodies Need Living Foods.

Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival: November 29 - December 3

This year the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, industry events and talent programs. WFF combines an esteemed film competition with a four-day industry summit that in 2016 attracted 14,000 attendees including 1,000 industry delegates. 2017 will feature seven juried competitive sections with 15 awards and one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions. Approximately 90 films from Canada and around the world (including 45 features and 45 shorts) will be presented. Whilst films are the foundation of the festival, each day offers special events and unique opportunities for film fans and filmmakers to connect with talent, attend industry events, festival parties, and more. Look for the festival schedule to be announced November 1, 2017.

Aura Restauraunt

The New Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge

This fall, Aura Restaurant will follow in Cure Lounge & Patio’s footsteps with a complete makeover, reopening early December in time for the winter season. Aura’s redesigned space will take on a subtle and modern style and allow guests to experience the chefs in action with an open concept kitchen while also taking in unique Whistler views. The relaunch will also see a new menu designed to let natural flavors shine, and will feature sustainably sourced seafood, free-range meats and seasonal ingredients, some straight from the roof top garden.

October Events

Whistler Arts & Culture

Whistler offers a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging art exhibitions, live music and dance performances, and international film and culinary events making it a vibrant arts and culture destination.

Stone And Sky

New exhibition at The Audain Art Museum: Stone And Sky, Canada’s Mountain Landscape

November 11, 2017 – February 26, 2018

This exhibition will commemorate ‘Canada 150’ with an equal representation of historical and contemporary art with works created by Canadian artists between the years 1867 and 2017. From Confederation until present day, the mountain has remained omnipresent for artists from coast to coast - a reflection of their perception of Canada as a land of promise, wonder, stone and sky. The exhibition investigates the emergence of ideas of nationalism, the relationship between nature and the growth of Canada’s urban environment, and expanding artistic subject matter throughout the country’s history.

Arts Whistler Holiday Market

Arts Whistler Holiday Market: November 26 - 27

Arts Whistler Holiday Market is two days of hand-baked, hand-made goodness. Over 100 vendors from the Sea to Sky region and across BC offer everything from aromatherapy to ceramics, food to fine art, jewelry and clothing, as well as live music and visits from Santa.

The market is held at the Whistler Conference Centre and is open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, November 26 and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, November 27.

Whistler Stories

Jessa Gilbert Whistler’s newest public art piece by Jessa Gilbert

Since 1996, Whistler has been contributing to the public art program adding works to Whistler Village, Whistler's parks and along the Valley Trail. Home to many talented and creative artists, Whistler continues to invest in its public art collection, most recently commissioning local sea to sky artist Jessa Gilbert to a new public art mural located on the Creekside underpass. The project features both walls of the underpass and is over 2,000 square feet in scale. Gilbert’s work emerges from her experiences in the backcountry exploring ways to blend and merge art and adventure. She describes the mural as a celebration of the Sea to Sky tenure by paying homage to the alpine starts and evening descents from adventure.  Explore Whistler’s cultural institutions and public art collection on the Cultural Connector – a walking route that explores the community’s cultural evolution over time.

Image by Warwick Gow, Rubbed the Lamp

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December Events

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