Mmmmmm ... I can taste, smell and hear it already. Flavours, aromas, laughter . . . all those synergies of eating, drinking, tasting and sharing stories at Whistler's Cornucopia, the ski centre's 15th annual celebration of wine and food.
It starts this Thursday (Nov. 10) and you have an opportunity to enjoy culinary fare (plus beer and wine) like the offering on the tray below at the Best of BC House Party at the Whistler Convention Centre.
Before I get your tastebuds dancing the funky chicken, take a look at the complete schedule, ticket info and rosters of winemakers dinners, incredible tastings, special parties and dynamic seminars that you will never forget. Click on Cornucopia.
Yes, there will be wine. Good wine. And great people sharing their knowledge of it like wine educator Iain Philip below who, with his wife Barbara, presented the Wines of Argentina last year at the amazing Four Seasons Sidecut restaurant.
Then there's the laughter and the camaraderie . . . you might recognize wine broadcaster Terry David Mulligan and promoter Dana Lee Harris doing the tango after a serious wine session.
Culture isn't forgotten at Cornucopia. Last year the Top 25 wines celebration was housed in the beautiful Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre (below), and again the food and wine offered exemplary taste explosions and smiles for Cornucopia patrons.
There is so much more to tell. But again, click on the word Cornucopia above and discover for yourself the excitement of the many events. Many of the wine sessions sell out quickly, so be hasty. This group of perpetual wine students below (wink, wink) made sure they were in the right place at the right time.
A highlight for Kathleen Rake and myself this year is meeting Canada's most widely read wine writer Natalie MacLean who Wine Library TV host Gary Vaynerchuk says brings "more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game."
On Friday (Nov. 11) . . . that's Remembrance Day . . . she will be at Whistler Conference Centre from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and at Fairmont Chateau Whistler from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can get her book for $20 (a steal). See the book trailer here.
Cornucopia, according to its promoters, is a four-day and night dazzling display of gourmet food and wines, attracting more than 10,000 people to the resort and catering to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to aficionados.
Held on the cusp of each ski season, Cornucopia now encompasses wineries and restaurants from Vancouver, greater B.C. and beyond. The event has "become internationally recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary and viticulture tourism industry" in Canada (with a Whistler attitude).
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So if you're in the mood this weekend for some Whistler wine and food excitement, come to Cornucopia. This our third year attending . . . and we enjoy it more each time. Cheers.