Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - September 19, 2019


Cornucopia + Whistler: Bon Appé-retreat


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Plates of Delicious Food at Cornucopia - Darby Magill

Whistler, B.C. – Hungry for a getaway? Explore Whistler this November 7 – 17 during Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial for a stellar lineup of chefs and culinary offerings from near and far. 

From intimate Chef’s Table Luncheons and educational Culinary Stage demonstrations to winemaker dinners, brunches, lunches and more – the diverse menu offerings are sure to appeal to all palates and budgets.

New this year, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will host a SP07EZ Table Luncheon. Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation Ambassadors will share the stories and cultural knowledge behind the menu, from traditional names and harvesting to preparation and presentation as ticketholders enjoy a multi-course lunch including welcome canapés and bubbles.

This year’s Chef Table Luncheon series will see both new and returning faces. While Edible Canada is a staple presence at Cornucopia, chef de cuisine, Albert Tran will be making his debut this fall. Chef Tran will share his insatiable passion and knowledge of British Columbia’s sustainable seafood and seasonal farm to table ingredients at the intimate Chef’s Table Luncheon: Edible Canada event.

Renowned Vancouver Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar returns to demonstrate why he’s considered one of Canada’s leading culinary. Chef Chen along with Boulevard’s wine director JP Potters and their acclaimed team will wow and delight ticketholders with a multi-course menu paired with wines from top British Columbian wineries and beyond. Also returning, to much demand is Vancouver hotspot Wildebeest. Executive Chef Ian McHale’s classic-meets-contemporary approach will be showcased during these two decadent afternoon luncheons. 

Chef David Pan and his team from Richmond’s Origo Club brings their interactive culinary and cultural experience to Cornucopia’s Chef Table Luncheons for the first time this year. Patrons can expect a menu of artistry and diversity that pays homage to authentic French fare in an unparalleled dining experience.

From farther afield, Rich Francis chef and owner of The Seventh Fire Hospitality Group and the ground-breaking documentary Red Chef Revival will also make his first appearance with a Chef Table Luncheon at this 23rd annual Cornucopia. Chef Francis has won honours for his approach to First Nations foods and pre-colonial indigenous ingredients that revitalize food and culture.  

The festival’s culinary stage mixes up new and returning favourites. Local winery Fort Berens collaborates with Chef Mike Sonier, while Ethical Table, a Vancouver based farm-to-table catering company focusing on sustainable practices, will be sharing the love on his first Culinary Stage.

Tyax Lodge's Chef Daniel Crane's “From Land and Sea” is a drool-worthy three-course lunch menu and stage demonstration. In Chef Daniel’s position as Executive Chef at Tyax Lodge, Crane has taken the opportunity to display his personal vision of cuisine in an inspired and beautiful setting.

Local and sustainable is the consistent theme throughout the festival and there’s no one better to speak about sustainable seafood than Ocean Wise Canada’s Sous Chef Stacy Johnston with Sonia Strobel, co-founder of Skipper Otto. Ticketholders will enjoy delicious sustainable seafood with wine pairings while learning about Wild BC fishing, practices, and more. Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery was launched in 2008 as an alternative business option for selling fresh, locally sourced seafood.

Join food expert and author Lenore Newman with Centreplate Executive Chef Neal Harkins for an exploration of the history and future of our favourite foods. This narrated Culinary Stage feast titled: Lost Feast will discuss how local, seasonal foods have been carefully developed over centuries, as well as the threats to the ecological systems and cultural treasures that underpin cuisine. Lenore will also share the work that dedicated chefs and farmers are doing to preserve our culinary wealth, including heirloom fruits and vegetables, and the Earth’s pollinators.

This is just a snippet of culinary offerings at this year’s Cornucopia. A plethora of local restaurant-run events, seminars, various tasting events including the must-attend flagship tasting event Crush Grand Tasting with accommodation packages are available now.

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Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is Whistler's Celebration of Food + Drink. The dazzling eleven-day display display of gourmet food and drink attracts over 7,700 visitors to the resort and caters to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to aficionados. Respected industry professionals, judges and presenters headline each event, seminar and tasting, offering the best possible opportunity to garner as much information and insight as possible. Held on the cusp of the opening of each ski season in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Cornucopia was designed to showcase and support local restaurants, restaurateurs and the food and wine industry. With wide-spread appeal through the immense variety of events available, the festival is truly a food and drink festival with a Whistler attitude.

Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

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Media Contacts

Mary Zinck
Media Program - Cornucopia
Manager, Travel Media - Tourism Whistler
Phone: 604-938-2702 


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