The 26th and 22-day food and drink festival begins on November 4
Ahead of Whistler’s annual celebration of all things food and drink, Cornucopia executive director Sue Eckersley wants to clarify one point about educational seminar of the festival.
Whether your palate prefers an old vintage with a triple-digit price tag or a screw-top rosé, there’s something there for someone who’s well-educated in wine. , and there will also be things there for people who are new to it,” he said.
“We want people to know whether you’re a master sommelier or you’re new to wine, you’re welcome at those seminars, and our seminars are geared for that.”
With more planned for when the festival returns next month, Cornucopia really does offer something for everyone this year—yes, even non-drinkers. wine The 26th anniversary of the festival is scheduled to take place over an extended, 22-day period starting on Friday, November 4 and ending on Sunday, Nov. 27.
“It can’t be enough, it seems,” said Eckersley, president of Watermark Communications, the event management company that has run Cornucopia for the past 13 years.
“We learned some good things [lessons] during COVID, that resulted in some good things that we didn’t want to give up,” he added. “And there were other things that we brought back from pre-pandemic, which which when it all came together was a big event. [overall].”
Eckersley’s advice to locals looking to cross a few headlines from the schedule? “It’s a marathon, not a run,” he said with a laugh.
Kicking off the festival is a four-course dinner at Bearfoot Bistro on Friday night—a highlight of the 2021 festival after it was introduced last year, Eckersley explained. -a fall dinner at the Squamish Lil’wat Culture Center upstairs. The 26th of November will be the day of celebration.
With long-standing country favorites back on the Cornucopia calendar after a hiatus due to an illness, examples include House Party, Crush, the With a Twist Silent Disco, the Door Cellar is even higher, and, of course, the Bearfoot Bistro World Oyster Invitational & Bloody Caesar Battle, which this year features eight participating skin vendors of throwing their best Caesar’s interpretations into the ring. For those who want to get the festivities going early, the brunch features some of Canada’s drag queens who are returning to Cornucopia this year.
It is also featured in a series of new and returning whiskey seminars with titles such as Top Value Wines, Ciders of the World, The Fine Art of Japanese Whiskey , Must-Havé Agave, and Tour de France; wine dinners hosted by many local restaurants; and culinary events featuring celebrity chefs from Whistler and beyond.
“One of the things that people don’t realize is that there’s a lot more food going on at Cornucopia these days than just drinking—I mean it’s going together.” enough with the drink – but when everyone says, ‘Sue, what’s so great about Cornucopia?’ I would say cooking conditions,” Eckersley said. “We have amazing chefs who are trained and deliver three to five tasters of what they are preparing in front of you, along with a drink.”
In other words, “it’s like being in the audience at a live cooking show, and you get to enjoy the food production,” as stated on Cornucopia’s website.
One constant theme that often runs throughout Cornucopia’s calendar of events, “whether it’s in seminars or the Culinary Stage, at the House Party, at Crush,” says Eckersley, “is a celebration, Pure and simple. Yes, there’s a learning curve, but it’s fun.”
After a few years spent planning more accommodation, far-sighted, the organizers of Cornucopia are also looking forward to seeing the improvement of the festive atmosphere when guests return to mingle with friends But even though organizers are no longer looking at health regulations and capacity limits, Eckersley said his team is still keeping Cornucopia a safe, comfortable place by limiting the number of tickets for many events is very small compared to. just getting sick.
With the number of tickets dwindling on the day, Eckersley encouraged anyone interested in participating to lock in their purchases as soon as possible. “I’m a little worried about the locals because they like to wait until the last minute,” he added with a laugh.
If you want to be a part of the festival without paying the entrance fee, Cornucopia – which has been working non-profit since its inception, raises money to support BC Hospitality Foundation- is also looking for more volunteers to join its program. special team ahead of this year’s event.
Go to the festival website for tickets or more information.