Pique's guide to Cornucopia 2012 

What you need to know to maximize Whistler's fall celebration of wine, food and drink

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF TOURISM WHISTLER BY ANASTASIA CHOMLACK - feast of festival There is much to eat, drink and do at Cornucopia this year and next year the offerings will increase significantly.

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We'll put the crystal ball away and focus on now – these next few days.

Here, with help from Smith and Murphy, are the Pique's picks this weekend. These are some of the highlight events to hit.


The best of wine comes to the silver screen in the form of short films about B.C. wine and wineries with an after-party featuring a DJ and an opportunity to chat with the producers and makers of the films.

Where: Whistler Conference CentreWhen: Thursday from 8:45 to 11 pmCost: $30Threads: your red carpet Hollywood best

Expert comment: Smith watched a few films and she highly recommends this event for film lovers and producers who are thinking of making a wine movie.

"We're bringing Hollywood to Whistler," says Smith while noting that at a cost of $30 a ticket this party represents an excellent value.


This is a new event this year featuring DJ Tyson V serving up the beats while Patron Tequila & Remy Martin Cognac bring the spirit. The bar will be transformed into "a chic haven of liquidity" with gorgeous lighting and décor. It is for those who want a Friday alternative to the gambling themed High Rollers event.

Where: Fifty two 80 Bar at the Four SeasonsWhen: Friday from 9:30 pm to 1 amCost: $100Threads: cocktail party sultry chic

Expert comment: Smith says to expect high-end drinks and canapés.

"It is going to be a fantastic typical Whistler Four Seasons event," she guarantees.


Another new event. While the Southside Diner might not be the first place Whistler regulars think of when it comes to fine food, take another look as this promises to be something different with See Ya Later Ranch winery on board for an upscale brunch.

Where: Southside DinerWhen: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pmCost: $25Threads: just don't arrive in your pajamas

Expert Comment: Smith says this event is designed to help get over the night before.

"Its not a structured time," says Smith. "You book your ticket and you can turn up any time between nine and two."

mar-TEA-ni PARTY

A tea-infused martini party, a mid-day indulgence in finger sandwiches and warm scones with fresh Devonshire cream.

Where: Fairmont Chateau WhistlerWhen: Saturday from 3 to 5pmCost: $45Threads: Sunday best + party hats, fascinators Expert Comment: Murphy says this is a great alternative to the traditional drink scene while Smith calls it a high tea event.

"There's prizes for the most creative head ware," she advises.


There are many to choose from and they all offer a special experience where food and wine come together in a way that can only happen when great chefs work with discerning sommeliers. Most are very social with the chefs and sommeliers explaining through stories and anecdotes the pairings they have presented.

Where: a number of fine restaurantsWhen: throughout the festivalCost: variesThreads: Whistler snappy


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