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Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler

Cornucopia festival (Whistler, BC) logo The finest in local and regional wine is celebrated at the annual Cornucopia festival in Whistler, BC.

The Cornucopia fall festival, happening Nov 7-11, 2012 in Whistler, BC, is the area’s most prestigious food and wine event of the year.

For five days, gourmet winery dinners, informative and interactive seminars, celebratory wine tastings and just plain fun after-parties combine to create an event that is a delight for the senses – an impeccable culinary experience that is recognized the world over as one of the most important on North America’s West Coast.

A large connoisseur, bon vivant and gourmand audience is expected to attend this 16th annual celebration and securing your Whistler BC lodging now is recommended.

A Who’s Who of Whistler & BC Culinary & Vinous Personalities and Producers

Many premier, local and regional restaurants & chefs and the producers, breweries, distilleries and wineries that stock them will be on hand for Cornucopia’s many events.

Food & Wine Industry Experts

Barbara Philip, MW & Iain Philip, AIWS

The Philips are a wine powerhouse duo. Barbara was the first to earn the Master of Wine designation in Western Canada and is the only female MW in the nation. IAIN is the Art Institute of Vancouver’s Senior Wine Instructor and Associate member of Institute of Wines & Spirits.

Christopher Waters

The author of Waters & Wine online column and co-founder & editor of VINES Magazine, Christopher Waters is a wine writer and head judge of InterVin International Wine Awards.

Daenna Van Mulligen, the Wine Diva

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine DivaAn accredited sommelier and wine writer, Daenna Van Mulligen is well known in her Wine Diva alter-ego, with a website that delivers up her passion for the world of wine with tongue-in-cheek humor.

DJ Kearney

Active in the wine scenes of Vancouver & Toronto regions for over 20 years, DJ Kearney is an experienced judge who annually evaluates wines at the Canadian Wine Awards, the International Value Wine Awards, the Okanagan Fall Festival and the Vancouver magazine International wine competition.

Keith Nicholson and Paul Watkin, CSS of WineMonkey

Keith Nicholson is a Vancouver native and certified sommelier who has worked with some of BC’s top restaurants. Paul Watkins is a Certified Spirits Specialist who has earned a reputation as an irreverent and beloved entertainer and educator.

Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard

The House Wine ladiesMichaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard are the co-owners of Vancouver-based House Wine, a consulting company that has provided private and corporate wine tastings, wine education, restaurant consultation and cellar management services since 2003.

Kurtis Kolt

Kurtis Kolt at Salt 1 Year BirthdayKurtis Kolt is a freelance wine consultant, writer and judge based in Vancouver who received the Sommelier of Year Award in 2010 from both Vancouver magazine and the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.

Rhys Pender, MW

Canada’s youngest Master of Wine (MW) Rhys Pender writes for several Canadian and International publications, runs the Wine Plus+ school, and judges wine and educates wine drinkers internationally.

Sid Cross

Sid CrossInternationally recognized for his expertise, Sid Cross is a writer and frequent panelist, judge and educator on both wine and food. He contributes to the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards, Western Living magazine, Canadian Wine Awards and much more.

Tom Firth

A wine writer, judge, consultant and member of Wine Access National Tasting Panel, Tom Firth blogs about the world of wine on wineaccess.ca and tweets about his passion for wine as @cowtownwine.



BC Arctic Char at Araxi, Whistler BCCentrally located in Whistler Village, Araxi has earned international recognition for its food, wine, hospitality, locally sourced ingredients and fine seafood.


Roasted Duck Breast at Cru, Vancouver BCA wine bar style restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Cru offers popular “small plates,” a three-course Prix Fixe menu and an award-winning, yet user friendly innovative wine program of over 35 wines.


tapas are the specialty of Elements in Whistler, BCLocated in the Summit Lodge & Spa in Whistler, BC, Elements serves up local ingredients-inspired tapas, boutique wines and infused martinis in a casual, yet cutting edge atmosphere with an open kitchen view.


Aged Prosciutto Salad with bocconcini at Ensemble in Vancouver, BCA contemporary French restaurant in Vancouver, Ensemble celebrates shared plate dining, offers a friendly bar, and provides professional service that emphasizes warm hospitality.


Hy´s Steak House in Whistler, BCServing haute cuisine at the high altitude of Whistler Village, Hy’s Steakhouse offers up the finest in mouthwatering steaks, prime rib, lamb, seafood, appetizers, soups, salads and more. Enjoy superlative service and a memorable meal.

La Bocca

La Bocca (Whistler, BC)The Mediterranean atmosphere of La Bocca’s dining room in Whistler extends out to the heated patio, which is open year round and provides breathtaking mountain views.

Nita Lake Lodge, Aura

Breakfast at Nita Lake LodgeSourcing fresh organic ingredients from local producers, Aura serves up signature European-inspired comfort food that is the definition of sophisticated simplicity.


Quattro at WhistlerServing contemporary fine Italian cuisine, Quattro at Whistler offers a tight focus on service and an extensive wine list to accompany your fine dining experience.

Wildwood Pacific Bistro

Whistler Wildwood Pacific BistroA restaurant owned by locals and serving locally inspired culinary creations, Wildwood Pacific Bistro offers up a bistro serving great food and wine at a great value.

Wine Plates

Get your taste of the good life at the wine and food events and seminars at Cornucopia in Whistler, BC.

There will also be many local and regional wineries represented throughout the festival.

Whistler Cornucopia Is Packed with Events and Seminars

This Whistler festival features nearly 40 individual food & wine events and over two dozen educational, often interactive, seminars.

  • 8 individual wine-centric events ranging from a cocktails to wine tastings and winery receptions
  • 6 individual food-centered events ranging from street food to farm-to-table and sushi
  • 24 events pairing wine with food, including winery dinners, luncheons, and brunches.
  • 26 seminars covering the whole spectrum of food and wine alone and together.

Many of the events and seminars are free.  Full information, including the complete schedule and tickets are available from the Cornucopia website.

Choose Whistler Lodging That’s as Unique as a BC Vintage or Culinary Creation

Breakfast at a Whistler/Blackcomb B&B

The breakfast at our member Whistler/Blackcomb B&B inns will add another dimension of culinary experience to your Cornucopia escapades.

Our Whistler/Blackcomb Bed and Breakfast inns offer you personalized lodging to pair with your Whistler Cornucopia fall event experience and all that Whistler/Blackcomb region of British Columbia has to offer.

Select from a wide range of breakfast choices, cozy guest rooms designed specifically for your comfort, and the signature service & regional knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Whistler/Blackcomb area.

What’s Your Whistler Cornucopia Expectation or Experience?

The Cornucopia has been held annually in Whistler since 1996 and has, in that time, grown to become one the most important food and wine events in North America.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Cornucopia events in Whistler, BC.