Ten Days of Fine Food & Wine in Whistler

British Columbia mountain resort hosts fabled restaurant festival.

Cornucopia-logoMuch as Colorado has to offer in the restaurant realm, there’s a good reason to grab a flight to Vancouver next month and head north to Whistler to indulge at Cornucopia. The word means “horn of plenty,” the festival certainly provides opportunities to sample plenty of exquisite food and fabulous wines. There’s not just one style of food or one price point during this annual food and wine event, but local and visiting chefs devise 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.”

Cornucopia returnees: Four Seasons Resort Whistler’s SIDECUT Executive Chef Tory Martindale will once again manning 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 flavors with wines from renowned natural wine producers. The Mexican Corner’s five-course dinner features tequila. The Grill Room at Fairmont Chateau Whistler pairs with the Burrowing Owl Winery. Hy’s Steakhouse’s two tableside dinners feature Road 13 winery and Fairview Cellars and the Friday night winery dinner partners  Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery.The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler hosts a 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, plus some of B.C.’s finest wines.

If dinner doesn’t work, or if you actually can handle two great meals a day, such Vancouver hot spots Minami, Cibo Trattoria, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chef Terry Pinchor from Sonora Resort and Good Wolfe Restaurant present Chef’s Table Luncheons in some of Whistler’s private luxury homes. Also, 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 are among the presenters.

Locals often like the à la carte option for particular dinners or other events, but the most convenient booking option for visitors is to book a lodging package. United and Air Canada offer Denver-Vancouver non-stops but the aircraft are operated by partner commuter carriers.