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Whistler Village Beer Festival expands offerings

Arts News: WFF hosts countdown party; Arts Scene seeks cover art
party time The Whistler Village Beer Festival is set to return from Sept. 11 to 16. photo submitted

The Whistler Village Beer Festival is growing again.

Organizers of the festival, which is heading into its sixth year, are kicking off the fun on Tuesday, Sept. 11, which means six days of beer-filled events this year.

One new addition for 2018 is Craft Cultures: Sea, Land, Sky, taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. It will feature "craft-beer infused food" by Red Seal Chef David Li. The menu will include beer-battered pickles, bison smoky bites with berry beer glaze and a dessert called "beeramisu"—and, of course, an array of craft beer and cider.

"We'll start off showcasing the land and sky elements in the Great Hall on the main level," says Katrina Frew, director of festivals and events with the WVBF. "Then the party will transition downstairs to the Istken Hall where we'll celebrate the theme of sea."

JennaMae & The Groove Section will offer some musical ambiance alongside DJ Dakota.

Tickets for that event are $50. The full festival schedule—including the two-day Main Event—are on sale now at

WFF counts down

Film fans have two more chances to catch the Whistler Film Festival's (WFF) Summer Cinema screenings.

On Aug. 27, catch Back to the Future outdoors at Creekside at the base of Whistler Mountain. Then the final film, Almost Famous—the Cameron Crowe movie about a young writer's big shot writing for Rolling Stone magazine—will wrap up the series on Sept. 3.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7 until 11 p.m., the WFF will host Almost WFF, an annual benefit to countdown to the festival, which takes place from Nov. 28 until Dec. 2. Celebrating the 10-week mark to the festival, the event will unveil some of the films and talent that are in store. On top of that, find food, drinks and live music, as well as a silent auction and raffle.

Tickets are $65. For more visit

Submit cover art

Arts Whistler is on the hunt for local art to adorn the cover of its Arts Scene publication, which will feature listings for events taking place in the Sea to Sky corridor.

The artist must be an Arts Whistler member. If selected, they'll receive an honorarium, be featured on the organization's blog and have a "chance to see their art all over the Sea to Sky for a whole season," according to organizers.

The deadline to submit is Dec. 1. For more information, or to send in your art for consideration, visit