Category Archives: Whistler/Pemberton Events

Whistler’s Cornucopia

whistler cornNow in its 18th year, Cornucopia’s 11 day calendar is teeming with a diverse selection of events fit for the connoisseur’s palate to those eager to learn. From cooking demonstrations to drink seminars, winery dinners to gala tastings and late-night celebrations – this year’s festival will leave patrons counting down the days until next year.

Festival packages are also available offering accommodation and choice of new tasting events such as Cellar Door or Cornucopia’s signature events such as House Party and Crush Gala Grand Tasting with the option to add on a selection of additional event tickets in an easy one-spot-shop. Fill your days with a selection of wine seminars such as Made In Italy or Natural Wine; learn a trick or two around the kitchen with local and visiting chefs at a Culinary Stage Series demonstration or in a more intimate setting, the Chef’s Table Luncheon’s are held in luxurious, private Whistler chalets.

For those who enjoy a little competition – and who in Whistler doesn’t – Cornucopia does not disappoint. Two cocktail competitions are set to take place over each weekend. The first competition being the Belvedere Black Box Cocktail Party at the Bearfoot Bistro on Sunday, November 9. The Firerock Lounge is the setting for the second cocktail event – Cocktail and Dreams on November 13. Amateurs take the stage throughout the week with So You Think You Can Cook and on Saturday, November 15 wine seminar You Be The Judge provides attendees the opportunity to participate in a blind tasting complete with personal scorings with the wines to be revealed at the end.

Last but certainly not least – Infiniti Canada; the official luxury automotive sponsor for Cornucopia has launched a contest to win tickets to Cornucopia Night Market: Taste The World and Poured. Two unforgettable experiences. One contest.

Whatever your plans may be, the countdown is on to get your tickets to Whistler’s premiere fall festival Cornucopia.

For detailed schedule information visit www.whistlercornucopia.com.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

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Beer in the Mountains

The 2014 Whistler Village Beer Festival has expanded this year to accommodate 4,000 beer lovers in Whistler Olympic Plaza September 11-14. The four day festival will encompass several days of parties and events including cask showdowns, beer dinners and parties. The main event on September 13 will feature 50 breweries divided into three pavilions: BC/Canadian beer, American beer and World beer. The Whistler Village Beer Festival is quickly establishing itself as Whistler’s fastest growing festival – and one not to be missed!

September 11 to 14, 2014
Trip

Whistler Village Beer Festival

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: TBC
Description: Mingle with fellow beer enthusiasts and sample from some of the best breweries in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

Tickets – Available NowBuy Tickets Online

Tickets include the following:

  • 5 Beer Tokens (4oz pour)*
  • Souvenir WVBF Sampling Mug
  • $5 off-site Food Vouchers

Breweries

Over 50 breweries have signed up for the festival – Visit the WVBF website for the full list.

*This event is restricted to guests over the age of 19. Additional Sampling Tokens will be available for purchase on-site, maximum of 10 tokens per purchase. Non-refundable. Food Vouchers redeemable at Longhorn Saloon Bar & Grill, Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill and Garibaldi Lift Co.

 

Araxi Long Table Pemberton

Outstanding in the Field 2011The Araxi Longtable Dinners are British Columbia’s most exciting al fresco dining experiences. Staged at North Arm Farm in Pemberton and Lost Lake in Whistler in past summers, these sold-out events embraced our extraordinary local ingredients picked at the peak of the season. Guests have the opportunity to meet the suppliers who raise the produce, and at North Arm Farm, tour the organic fields where, only hours earlier, the ingredients were harvested just steps away from the outdoor kitchen..
New this year, the inaugural Longtable Dinner in Vancouver will be the largest dinner to date and will provide a dramatic oceanside setting. Chef Walt leads the charge and as a special treat, welcomes his Vancouver-based Toptable Group counterparts Andrew Richardson from CinCin, Frank Pabst from Blue Water Cafe, Quang Dang from West, and Thierry Busset from Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie and Cafe for guest appearances.

Pemberton – Saturday, August 16th at North Arm Farm

TICKETS:Tickets are $175.00 per person per event and include a welcome reception, four-course menu, wine pairings, and tax and gratuity.

To purchase tickets please email or phone 604 932 4540.

Canadian Cheese Rolling

cheese rollingDo you fancy running down the hill to chase a cheese wheel? It’s not really for me, but I would run for cheese if I was assured something cheese-filled at the end. Thankfully I didn’t have to do much other than catch a cab to get down to Forage Restaurant for the media preview of the festival. Rather than having us chase cheese we instead gathered around the bar to sample the rolling cheese; this year it is Natural Pastures Courtenay Cheddar.100% Canadian Milk100% Canadian Milk

100% Canadian Milk

Pastry Chef Dominic Fortin from the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler created a few lovely snacks for us with the Courtenay Cheddar including a cheese-filled salad, kale baked with cheese, hazelnut shortbread cracker and cheese dip. He also brought his divine bread down. The Bearfoot always served a cheese course with 100% Canadian Milk Cheese and I highly recommend dining there if you visit Whistler. If you are shopping for cheese look for this little cow on the label to identify it.

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If you are looking for cheesy ideas I highly recommend you check out the Canadian Cheese Ambassador Program. If you click on the “check out the previous ambassador link’ on the far right, you’ll see my pictures from my reign as an ambassador. Which I miss dearly!

August 16, 2014 is the Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler should you choose to join in!

Cheese Rolling is deceptively simple: an 11-pound wheel of cheese is rolled down a hill and everyone chases it, slipping, tripping and tumbling on the way down. The lucky winner gets to keep the cheese, and gets two ski season passes to Whistler Blackcomb!

Of course, that’s just the race. The whole Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival includes family activities, games, tastings and lots of fun ways for you and your family to enjoy Canadian cheese.

There are tasting seminars, cheese makers and experts for you to talk to, free activities for the kids, and a spread of delicious Canadian cheeses to taste and buy. Plus, there are a ton of prizes to be won just by attending! Racers who wear costumes have a chance to win a $500 Gift Card from Marketplace IGA® !

The English have been Cheese Rolling for centuries on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, and now Canada has its own traditional festival of cheesy delights – done Canadian-style!

Cheese Rolling Festival this August 16th, from 12 to 4 PM, at Whistler Blackcomb!

You can register to race on August 16th at Base 2 of Blackcomb Mountain. FREE! The registration tent opens at 11:00am but spaces fill up quickly so get there early if you want to secure a spot. Spaces are given on a first come first serve basis. There are men’s, women’s and children’s races – fun for everyone. Adult racers must be at least 19 years of age and provide valid government issued ID to register.

Helmets will be provided at the event, but participants are encouraged to bring their own protective gear.

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Canadian BBQ at Whistler

bulleitBULLEIT BOURBON CANADIAN NATIONAL BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS TO WHISTLER BLACKCOMB WITH NEW TITLE SPONSOR AND A TON OF FLAVOUR, AUGUST 1-3

All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Dinners, BBQ Competitions and Live Music Make For A Food and Fun-Filled Weekend 

Grill masters across North America are putting the final touches on their BBQ sauces and smoking techniques as they prepare to face off at the Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler from August 1 to 3. This will be the 13th year in a row that the highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s competitive BBQ circuit returns to Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Whistler’s Creekside but this year a new title sponsor brings new flavour to the tasty summer event.

Competitors will battle it out over two days of competition for over $7,000 in cash and prizes, and the chance to win an invitation to the BBQ World Championships in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Competitions include the Backyard Burger Championship, the Budweiser King of the Grill, the CASI Canadian International Chili Championship and a main event which determines the Grand Champion through a cook-off of Pork Butt, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Ribs and the Ravenswood Cork & Pork. Spectators are free to explore the competition groups, sample the food by donation or attend two ticketed dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.

“The Canadian National BBQ Championships is a fantastic time for food-lovers of all ages to celebrate BBQ, one of our favorite summer pastimes in Whistler,” says Joshua Kearns, Dusty’s Bar & BBQ Manager. “With Bulleit Bourbon behind the event this year there will be a new and exciting energy at the Dusty’s and in Creekside Village for the long weekend.”

The ever-popular WHOLE LOTTA RIBS dinner will kick off the weekend on Friday, August 1, including mouth-watering all-you-can-eat ribs and a concert from the infamous Led Zeppelin cover band, WHOLE LOTTA LED.  On Saturday, the BBQ competitions will begin with food samples and live music during the day followed by a Bottomless BBQ Buffet Dinner and another night of great live music.  Food samples will be available by donation with all proceeds going to Playground Builders.  The team that raises the most money will win a paid trip and entry into next year’s competition so guests can be sure that the samples will be plentiful. A $1 Pancake Breakfast will start the day on Sunday before the main BBQ competitions finish off the weekend. Food lovers looking for more details and to purchase tickets to the BBQ dinners can visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bbq.

Whistler Blackcomb keeps the grill hot all summer with its weekly Mountain Top BBQs on Whistler Mountain every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  More foodie fun can be found at 6000ft above sea level at the Winemakers Dinners, a five course gourmet food and wine pairing on July 26 and August 16.  For more information on alpine dining at Whistler Blackcomb visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/alpinedining.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages  or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,174 centimetres (462 inches)  of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

For more information, visit http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media

A Taste of Whistler

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Head to Whistler April 5, 2014 for The Whistler Film Festival Society’s Spring Fling, an excellent way to celebrate après in style.

Wines from Sterling Vineyard’s, appies from Whistler’s top restaurants and entertainment by DJ Smokey along with auctions and raffles.

Erin Cebula from Entertainment Tonight Canada is hosting and you’ll mix and mingle with the film festivals elite!

TICKETS: $50

HOW TO BUY TICKETS:

  1. online – click here
  2. phone 604-938-3203
  3. email  program@whistlerfilmfestival.com

Whistler’s Cornucopia 2013

This year there are Winemaker dinner at the Bearfoot Bistroalmost 2 weeks of celebrations at Whistler’s culinary and wine festival. they are also throwing in some healthy events (not that wine isn’t healthy!). GLV

From a celebration of local fare to a journey with winemakers, farmers, brewers, master distillers, chefs and restaurateurs from far and wide; Cornucopia food + drink festival presented by BlueShore Financial is the place to be seen November 7-17.

As the interest in exploring local food sources continues to grow; the chefs and restaurateurs participating in Cornucopia are showcasing their commitment to local and sustainable options.  With the newly-expanded 11-day event; Cornucopia’s horn of plenty schedule runneth over with food-focused educational seminars, winery dinners, gourmet luncheons and culinary workshops.

As Edward Dangerfield, president of the Whistler Restaurant Association, explains, chefs in Whistler have a deep understanding for – and appreciation of – the local food sources. “Chefs and restaurateurs in Whistler are generally different,” Dangerfield says. “They spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s the lifestyle. It’s part of the reason so many of us strive to be more connected to our food,” he said. “We understand that local food is not a trend or a fad; it is a movement – it is logical and it is the future.”

On opening day, the new Nourish Series offers its first culinary seminar Fish and Forest from First Nations. This seminar showcases how the First Nations people have been using the land’s resources sustainability for centuries with a hands-on culinary session.  Continue through the evening with what has become the hottest event of the festival House Party – Best of B.C. featuring the best of ‘local’ talent in food, wine, spirits, beer and music.

Continuing on with the local focus is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s An Evening of Fine Food and Wine with Canadian Wine Pioneer Harry McWatters or the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery dinner; Four Seasons Resort Whistler ‘s Sidecut restaurant and B.C. winery Painted Rock dinner; La Bocca Restaurant’s Ocean Wise Friday Fish Fry, Hy’s Steakhouse and a whopping ten dinner events from sustainability advocates Alta Bistro.

New this year to both the schedule and the festival is Indulge – a fundraiser dinner and dance benefitting the Whistler Health Care Foundation being held at The Westin Resort & Spa.

Returning to the schedule is the wildly-popular signature winery dinner Big Guns from Whistler local-food pioneer Araxi restaurant + bar’s Executive Chef James Walt. New to the schedule is the restaurant’s expanded offerings with five winery dinners alongside B.C. wineries such as Mission Hill, Okanagan Crush Pad, Moon Curser, Nk’Mip+Jackson Triggs and Burrowing Owl.

With 11 days and a seemingly endless lineup of events, Cornucopia offers something for everyone.
For detailed schedule information visit www.whistlercornucopia.com. For media accreditation, visit http://whistlercornucopia.com/media/

Cornucopia Faces + Places

Aboriginal cuisine showcased at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Located on six forested acres along Fitzsimmons Creek, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) provides visitors with the unique opportunity to explore the heritage and living culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. Using the finest local ingredients, many of them inspired by traditional Squamish and Lil’wat foods, the culinary team creates a spectacular dining experience. Some menu items include: Bannock, Wild Boar Prosciutto, Oolichan, Venison Chili, Caribou Terrine, Soapallallie Berry Juice, House Smoked Salmon, bison carpaccio, Pemmichan, Lil’wat Honey, Sturgeon Caviar and Okanagan Elk. www.slcc.ca

Cornucopia is a newly expanded eleven day dazzling display of gourmet food, wines, spirits and beer attracting more than 10,000 people to the resort – and catering 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 the local food and drink industry. Now encompassing wineries, breweries, distilleries, chefs and restaurants from Vancouver, greater B.C. and beyond, Cornucopia has become recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary tourism industry in Canada. With widespread appeal shown 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.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

 

 

Best of #BCWine October 12 BC Liquor Stores

best of bcHead to the BCLDB TODAY for the #bestofbc release. – GLV

Every year, BC Liquor Stores carefully selects a small collection of BC wines which are in limited supply and high demand for their ‘Best of BC’ release. In the interest of fairness to all of their customers, the whole selection is released at once, and this year’s release takes place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Signature BC Liquor Stores across BC. It’s ‘first-come, first served’, so BC wine fans are encouraged to hurry down and snap up the very best that our province has to offer.

In support of this annual release, the British Columbia Wine Institute has organized an extensive series of in-store wine tastings which will feature a variety of VQA wines from BC. From Vancouver’s West End to West Vancouver, from Victoria to Whistler, 12 different liquor stores will be home to sommelier-led wine tastings where customers can belly-up to the bar while doing their shopping, taste an assortment of BC VQA wines, and learn all about the vinicultural bounty that exists right here in our own backyard.

Dates of In-Store Tastings with Locations and Times:                                 

Friday, October 11 – 3 to 7 PM                       

  • 39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley
  • Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby
  • Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver
  • Richmond Brighouse – 100 – 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond
  • Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam
  • Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

Saturday, October 12 – 10 AM to 2 PM                

  • Dunbar – 3453 Dunbar St, Vancouver

Saturday, October 12 – 3 to 7 PM                

  • 39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley
  • Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby
  • Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver
  • Richmond Brighouse – 100 – 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond
  • Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam
  • Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria       

Thursday, October 17 – 3 to 7 PM                

  • 8th & Cambie – 2395 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Highgate – 235 – 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Whistler Marketplace – 101 – 4360 Lorimer Rd, Whistler

Featured Wines in the ‘Best of BC’ Release:  

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2010 $32.89 Product # 178756
Painted Rock Syrah 2010 $39.94 Product # 130989
Le Vieux Pin Syrah 2010 $44.88 Product # 875831
Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2011 $30.00 Product # 492421
Nk’Mip QwAM QwMT Syrah 2009 $34.99 Product # 561415
CedarCreek Platinum “Block 4” Pinot Noir 2011 $39.95 Product # 464628
Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2010 $34.90 Product # 894410
Jackson-Triggs SunRock Shiraz 2010 $34.99 Product # 365635
Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2011 $24.89 Product # 498170
LaStella Fortissimo Selezione Di Famiglia 2010 $34.88 Product # 840504

Tournesol Retreats Launches in BC with Fall Harvest Culinary Retreat in Whistler

fall retreat“Farm to Table Foodie Vacations” Come to Whistler
Whistler, known as world class resort for skiing and sporting activities now has a whole new adventure on their menu of offerings. Tounesol Retreats foodie vacations: for those who insist on a delicious taste adventure, learning about regional cuisine and spirits on a fun relaxed tour that transcends the ordinary.

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. – Jim Davis, ‘Garfield’

This Thanksgiving October 11th – 14th, Vancouver’s Tournesol Retreats brings a taste adventure to Whistler with a “Farm to Table” Foodie vacation. They have chosen the spectacular Nita Lake Lodge to celebrate the Fall Harvest this thanksgiving for its rustic yet luxurious setting, set amidst the luscious bounty that surrounds the region.

The tour includes three full days of indulging in delicious, locally sourced foods and menus prepared by local chefs from Whistler and Vancouver. Tournesol Culinary vacations are for food lovers who love to create a vacation that offers memorable taste experiences.

The Thanksgiving package offers three nights accommodation, all meals, a selection of wine tastings, private brewery and distillery tours, food- pairing demonstrations, a farmers market, some spa activities, parties, entertainment and of course a very special Canadian Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Nita Lake Lodge’s own chef on Sunday, October 13th.

The event was designed by Tournesol Retreats founder, Marcy Schacter, an event producer and script-writer who also loves to cook and explore new taste experiences while on vacation. An avid Whistler skiier who has been coming here since the early 70’s and can’t wait to share some of the Whistler gems that most tourists don’t even realize are here. One exceptional discovery is the Edgewater lodge, a well-loved lakeside resort and fine dining experience that has had loyal regulars bragging about it for almost 50 years.

Marcy paired up with her sister a chef and culinary consultant/tour guide to create an enticing menu of activities and a program that explores both Whistler and Pemberton’s farm fresh foods, local brews and spirits. Offering unique brews like the “Pineapple Express” ale from Whistler Brewery in “Function junction” to outstanding organic vodka, apple brandy and gin, all made from Pemberton potato’s fashioned by the Schramms at Pemberton Distillery.

The goal of these two “die hard” Whistler fans is to take guests on a custom tour of some of the hidden gems, calling this tour an “Off the Valley Trail” adventure. With all the great eating and drinking spots in Whistler village, most tourists miss out on the “Real Whistler”.

If all goes well at this Fall tour there are going to be three or four of these culinary vacations set up at different locales themed around farm fresh ingredients available in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter allowing guests to enjoy a host of great activities offered in each season. Tournesol Retreats is very excited to showcase the valleys spirit of great fun, food and adventure.

There are only a few spots left in the October event, and until September 15th there is a 15% discount an this all-inclusive package, which means it’s actually possible to have guests literally leave their wallet at home, and for most visitors to Whistler, that is a total fantasy.

For more details go to: http://www. tournesolretreats.com.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

whistler beer festivalWhistler has long hosted an arrangement of exciting festivals and now it’s time for beer to have its chance to shout from a mountaintop. Beer in the mountains just feels ‘right’! The Whistler Village beer Festival is a festival focused on celebrating the awesome talents of the Canadian and Pacific Northwest craft brewing industry with some international brews to boot. All situated right in the heart of Whistler Village on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15.