Our Cornucopia Top Picks!

In just under 2 weeks, Whistler village transforms into a culinary food and wine festival you won’t want to miss! Cornucopia runs from November 9-19, and features something to please every palate.

I’ve attended Cornucopia in the past and its definitely worth planning a trip up to Whistler to experience delicious food and wine tasting events. This year, they have an incredible lineup of special events- it’s hard to pick which ones to attend! From winemaker dinners, to seminars, to festival style tasting events. That’s why, I am making things easy for you. I’ve hand selected the top Cornucopia Events that are on my list for this year. Take a look at our Cornucopia top picks and be sure to get your tickets soon, because these events will sell out!!

Our (BC Wine Focused) Cornucopia Top Picks:

Thursday, November 9th | Intimate Wine Dinner Series in the Cellar by Araxi featuring wines of Mandl Family Estates including:

  • Top tier wines from iconic Okanagan wineries Mission Hill and CedarCreek, as well as their two newest additions, CheckMate (Chardonnay and Merlot) and Martin’s Lane (Riesling and Pinot Noir)
  • Line up of many rare wines representing the pinnacle of BC vineyards and winemaking
  • Tickets $159 here

Friday, November 10th | Winery Dinner: Island Flavours Dinner at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

  • Discover Vancouver Island’s emerging wine regions paired with local ingredients in an intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room
  • Featuring wines and spirits from Sheringham Distillery, Vigneti Zanatta, Alderlea Vineyards, Averill Creek and Salt Spring Vineyards
  • Tickets $129 here 

Friday, November 10th | Cellar Door Grand Tasting

  • Cellar Door unlocks the gates to the world of luxury fine wines, uncorking top-shelf bottles of wine and champagne ($35 and up) to sip, savour and salivate over
  • Discover new wines and meet the producers and winemakers behind them
  • Browse the wineries and indulge in gourmet treats, living the high-life, when Cornucopia opens the Cellar Doors
  • Tickets $120-155 here

Saturday, November 11th | Drink Seminar: A Wine with Fingerprints: Small Wineries in a Global Age

  • Join Paul Watkin for a tasting of terroir-driven wines made by passionate people who leave their “fingerprints” on the bottle
  • Featuring Blue Mountain Gamay Noir, Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir, Alpha Box & Dice Tarot Grenache, Vina Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Texier Brézème Vineyard Syrah, Upper Bench Merlot, Camaraderie Cellars Madrona and Finca Zerberos Garnacha “Arena Pizarra”
  • Tickets $42 here

Saturday, November 11th | Winery Dinner: Quails Gate Winery Dinner

  • An intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room
  • Experience exquisite BC wines expertly paired with a delicious menu that celebrates the finest British Columbia’s ingredients with some of British Columbia’s best wines
  • Tickets $129 here 

Saturday, November 11th | Crush Grand Tasting

  • The renowned flagship grand tasting event of Cornucopia: Crush creates a vibrant atmosphere for attendees to sip, savour and sample their way through the night and get to know new wines, creating new favourites
  • Meet wineries from BC and beyond and enjoy bites from exciting and different vendors
  • Tickets $85-124 here

Sunday, November 12th | Drink Seminar: Stealing the Scene: BC’s Similkameen Wineries

  • Join the panelists for a virtual tour of 3 of the Similkameen’s top wineries:  Clos du Soleil, Corcelettes Estate Winery, and Orofino
  • Guests will sample the Valley’s complex wines paired with complementary bites
  • Tickets $42 here

Tuesday, November 14th  and Wednesday, November 15th| Winemaker’s Dinner with Tightrope Winery

  • 5-course meal at Red Door Bistro paired with Tightrope Winery wines

  • Tickets $165 here

Thursday, November 16th | House Party: Best of BC

  • The House Party – Best of BC combines local foods and domestic wines, spirits and beer
  • Featuring the best of local talent in food and drink
  • Indulge in BBQ from our backyard, home-grown vodka, micro-brewed beer and much more from BC’s land of plenty
  • Tickets $52 here

Friday, November 17th | The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series with Culmina Estate Winery

  • Culmina is the Triggs family’s latest venture on the Golden Mile Bench in the South Okanagan
  • Join Canadian wine pioneer Don Triggs as he shares his stories and memories, and experience world class wines from this family’s ambitious and successful vineyards and winery
  • Tickets $149 here

November 19 | Drink Seminar: Blockbuster BC

  • Rachel von Sturmer will lead guests through a lineup of top BC wineries, with a spectacular lineup of Okanagan & Similkameen producers
  • Featuring Noble Ridge ‘The One” Sparkling, Bella Reserve Blanc de Blancs, Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling, Checkmate Queen Taken Chardonnay, Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir, Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir, Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc, Culmina Family Vineyards Hypothesis, Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah and Nk’Mip Riesling icewine
  • Tickets $42 here

I can’t get over the lineup of all the above events as part of Cornucopia and can’t wait to head up to the village to experience this festival! Be sure to follow along @uncorkBC and @cornucopiawine #Cornucopia2017

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