Food and wine overflows at Cornucopia
In addition to all-you-can-eat seafood and bottomless champagne, the Araxi Bubbles and Oceans party serves up plenty of sweet treats. (Joern Rohde/http://www.wpnn.org)
Think Whistler’s got nothing going on during the shoulder season? Wrong. This month, the world-class mountain is hosting its annual Cornucopia festival, arguably one of the best food and wine celebrations within driving distance of Vancouver.
The grain and grape extravaganza kicks of Nov. 7 with countless tasting galas, winery dinners, chef luncheons and parties ... lots of parties.
As with previous years, two of the hottest events during the five-day festival are the Crush Gala Grand Tasting at the Whistler Conference Centre and Bubbles and Oceans at Araxi. For the latter event, the top-notch restaurant clears out most of the tables to make room for a myriad of champagne and seafood booths — this is a truly decadent event that festival-goers should definitely try to include on their itinerary (heed my warning: do not eat beforehand — there’s just too much good food).
Another highlight this year is Best of the Vinos. Presented by the Wines of British Columbia, this wine-based film festival will screen locally produced shorts that celebrate all things to do with B.C. vino.
If you want to actually learn something while you’re there, there are a whole slew of interactive seminars. For example, if you want to bone up on your cheap wine know-how, there’s the “Wine Access presents Killer Value Wines” seminar. If you want to know what bottles to pick up for a specific occasion, there’s the “Wines for a Blue Moon” seminar.
Come Sunday, after all that eating and drinking, you may need a little hair of the dog that bit you. Don’t worry, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s got you covered with its annual farewell brunch buffet, which of course, includes plenty of sparkling wine.
Cornucopia is Nov. 7-11. For ticket info, visit whistlercornucopia.com.