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Insider's tip: Remember to spit!
Manager, Whistler Farmers' Market
CEA On-Q Productions
Favourites: When André (St. Jacques) is running Masquerave (at Bearfoot Bistro) it's one hell of a party. I remember the first couple of them — it was ridiculous; it was opulent; it was Sodom and Gomorrah!
Insider's tip: Get your tickets right now. The hot ticket this year is going to be High Rollers at the Chateau Whistler. That's the opulent thing you want to do, because you want to be the guy or gal dressed to the nines, playing the role. And take in at least one good food-tasting event, whether it's Umberto's doing a demonstration with the luncheon or whatever, take in at least one of those so you can really relate to the restaurants because that's what it's all about.
Marc Des Rosiers
Director of marketing, Bearfoot Bistro
Favourites: My favourite parts are the wine-maker dinners because this is where we restaurants really reach out to get the best wines and do the dinner. It's the combination of the best food with the best wines available, so it's the best of what we have to offer.
Insider's tip: After dinner, go to some of the great parties. For me, it's the entertainment and parties that we have in town, that, again, we don't normally find at any other time during the year. Like High Rollers this year at the Fairmont — those are the parties you have to go to. Then there are the parties for people in the industry. You don't need to go to a nightclub, you go to some of those private parties that the restaurants or hotels organize and there's a little bit of a "wow" factor. (Editor's note: Try to get an invite to one of those!)
Director of business operations/proprietor
Whistler Cooks Catering
Favourites: What I like about Cornucopia most is for a brief moment one of my loves in life — food and wine — takes centre stage in our amazing town. It's obvious that Whistler is world renowned for its outdoor pursuits and food is always there as a side dish. But for one weekend every year we get to celebrate gastronomy as the main event.
Insider's tip: I'm not sure it's much of a secret as they sell out every year, but both the Big Guns and Bubbles + Oceans dinners at Araxi always produce excellent nights of amazing cuisine by Chef James Walt paired with unbelievable top tier wines.
Co-owner, Alpine Café & Catering Co.
Favourites: One of my favourites was when they had Brew and Blues. They had barbecued pig and a whole bunch of different micro-breweries and then there was a blues band playing — that was my favourite. (Editor's note: This year check out The Butcher & The Brewmaster at Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub.)
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