Every Friday evening in October from 5-7pm, Whistler Tourism offers an incredble free (yes, FREE!) BC wine and local art event- Whistler Wine Walk. I learned about this event while visiting Whistler last week and to be honest, I thought it was too good to be true, so I had to come check it out for myself and I am so happy that I did!
Whistler Wine Walk pairs beautiful local art from four galleries around the Village with BC wine and delicious canapes made by Whistler Cooks. I picked up my passport from the first location, The Gallery at the Fairmont, and started the self-guided tour. When I arrived, I was offered a glass of Nk’Mip Cellars Dreamcatcher or Merlot. I opted for the Dreamcatcher, a blend of Riesling, Sauvingon Blanc, Ehrenfelser and Pinot Noir which paired perfectly with the canape at this location- a creamy sun dried tomato garlic goat cheese crostini. To our surpise, this location also gave us a beautiful Bear print from a local artist to take home! A great piece of art to add to the walls in our family cabin.
Our next stop was the Audain Art Museum which offered Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris and Merlot alongside a sweet canape- a chocolate graham cracker smore cup with toasted marshmellow on top. The museum offered a mini art experience that was limited but welcomes guests back for 50% off admission with their passport.
Then, we strolled across the street to the Maury Young Arts Centre where they had a Teeny Tiny Art Show & Exhibit happening. At this location, Cedar Creek Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot was offered alongside a smoked salmon tulip with caper and dill cream. This gallery showcases over 90 artists who created mini-materpieces (3 by 3 inches) and had a table set up for guests to paint their own creation! Of course I tested my artistic skills and painted a cute uncorkBC painting (see below).
Our final stop, the Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery at the Westin, poured Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot and Pinot Grigio alongside a beef tartar with fresh parmesan crostini. It was a perfect final stop of the self-guided tour- especially since The Dublin or Garabaldi Lift Company are within seconds away, in case you wanted to keep the party going!
I highly recommend the Whistler Wine Walk to anyone who loves doing something new and fun, enjoys BC wine and has appreciation for local art. Be sure to grab a passport and take a stroll through the village, happening for only two more Fridays on October 18th and October 25th from 5-7pm. I recommend staying around 20-25 minutes per gallery to allow for enough time to walk to each location to enjoy the full experience.