July 27, 2006
Cornucopia Turns 10 and Never Tasted Better
Tourism Whistler News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hotel/Ticket packages for Whistler's Celebration of Wine and Food on sale on July 31
Whistler, BC - It's going to be one heck of a birthday party this November when Cornucopia, Whistler's annual food and wine festival, turns ten!
Over the past decade, Cornucopia: Whistler's Celebration of Wine and Food has grown from a small regional event into a widely-recognised festival that attracts food and wine aficionados from all over the Pacific Northwest.
"This year, we are delighted to present the usual favourites and sell out events, like Crush!, the Chef's Trip to the Farm, and the famous After Parties,” says Michelle Payette, Manager of Events for Tourism Whistler. "We're also featuring some new seminars and changing the schedule, so party goers can make the most of the weekend's epicurean delights."
Cornucopia runs from Thursday to Sunday, November 9th to 12th, 2006. Packages for 2- and 3- night Cornucopia getaways go on sale on July 31, 2006, with package prices starting from $184 CAD/$164 US per person.
New for this year, Whistler's neighbours get the gala going with the Thursday night House Party. Presented by the Washington Wine Commission, the focus is on the region's luscious cabernets and syrahs, and crisp rieslings and pinot gris. With Pacific Northwest cuisine and DJ music, this friendly party is the perfect way to kick off the weekend.
On Friday, the Cornucopia seminar program gets underway. In the daylight seminar hours, it's back to the best school ever, featuring some of British Columbia's most highly-regarded wine educators and food and wine-inspired curriculum. Samplings include Latte Art, Women Wine & Books, and West Eats East.
This year, the ever-popular Winemaker Dinners will be served up on Friday night. Top vintners from around the world will be working with Whistler's finest chefs to create meals that are a perfect marriage between wine and food.
The renowned Bearfoot Bistro "after party" has turned into a "before party," and will be taking place on Friday evening. Look for a new take on a celebrated favourite – with inspiration provided by Le Moulin Rouge, and appearances by Abracadabra, the renowned ABBA cover band.
"This year, our signature sell-out evening event Crush! moves to Saturday night," says Payette. "Some of the best wines from around the world – from 75 different wineries – are paired with food from Whistler's top restaurants. And all for the price of admission!"
Crush! may seem like the ultimate birthday party, but follow that with Araxi's After Party: Bubbles, Jazz and the Sea, and life just gets better. Andrew Richardson and his team at Araxi have people wining, dining and dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
Serious foodies can wind up the weekend with a choice of brunches. Both the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort Whistler will offer gourmet brunches with plenty of bubbly.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is site of the alpine, nordic, sliding and Paralympic venues for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations totaling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more than 5,000 other tourist accommodation units including condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques, galleries and activities ranging from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. Whistler Blackcomb mountains feature 3,036 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and receives an average of 9.14 metres (30 feet) of snow per year. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.
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