Whistler's Cornucopia Festival is Back!

Whistler’s famed Cornucopia Festival is back for it’s 20th year this November, and the delicious line-up promises to be their biggest and best celebration of food and drink yet!

Foodies rejoice! Whistler’s famous Cornucopia Food and Drink Festival is back, and this year it’s taking place November 10th-20th. The event draws in crowds from all over the world each year, who come for the jam packed schedule of culinary fun and endless sampling opportunities!
Cornucopia showcases over 150 events, so guests can enjoy a fine mix of industry and educational workshops activities and food and wine tastings – all set inside a stunning alpine village. Guests can expect to see a heavy focus on food sustainability and the health and wellness at this year’s event, through featured cooking workshops, yoga and seminars.
Cornucopia of Flavours

Cornucopia Highlights

A highlight of this year’s festival will be husband-and-wife culinary duo, Benito Molina and Solange Muris, who own the world-famous Latin American restaurant Manzanilla. The celebrated Mexican chefs will be travelling to Canada for the first time to headline Cornucopia, and will cook alongside James Walt, executive chef for the famous Whistler restaurant Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Guests in attendance will have a unique chance to taste Araxi’s local farm-to-table food, infused with Muris and Molina’s Baja twists with their arsenal of native Ensenada ingredients. Furthermore, Araxi Wine Director and 2013 Sommelier of the Year Samantha Rahn will pair each dish with award-winning BC wine. No need to do any of the work – it’s already done for you!
Oysters - Whistler Cornucopia Festival

Events Not to Miss

With 11 full days of events and activities, we’ve made this indulgent program easy to navigate with our round up of festival highlights:
Cornucopia Wine Summit (multi-day)

  • Engage with industry professionals and witness leading ideas and debates about the changing landscape of the wine market – a must attend event!

Bearfoot Bistro Dessert Tasting Extravaganza

  • Cater to your sweet tooth with executive pastry chef Dominic Fortin’s four course dessert tasting menu. Hosted in Bearfoot Bistro’s wine cellar, attendees are surely to be transported to dessert heaven with the tantalizing dessert menu and specially paired wine and spirits.

Drink Seminar: Chardonnay Pajama Party: Rise of the Chards

  • This event is not to be missed! Wake up in the morning, keep your PJs on and join the Chardonnay walkabout. To add to the fun, this event is matched with popcorn pairings and a soundtrack of 50’s and 60’s tunes.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler: Winery Dinner Series at the Chateau featuring Quails’ Gate Winery from British Columbia

  • Join Quail’s Gate Winery winemaker in the intimate Fairmont Chateau Whistler grill room, while taking a food journey through a three course meal that’s been expertly paired with an amazing selection of Okanagan wine.

Brewed: The BC Craft Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival

  • Get a sneak peek at new seasonal offerings by some of the best craft breweries in the province, and support the BC Craft Brewers Guild while you’re at it!

Bearfoot Bistro World Oyster Invitational & Bloody Caesar Battle

  • This annual throwdown features master oyster shuckers and leading mixologists battling it out to make the best caesar this world has ever seen! Experience the action right in front of you as you sample the caesars fighting to earn the 1st place title.

Cornucopia Junior Chef

  • Parents take note – if your teen has an epicurious mind and a flare for taste, this is the competition for them to enter!  Teens will be challenged to prepare meals, while being conscious of food sustainability and healthy living. Come along to participate or watch.

Red Door Bistro: Winemaker’s Dinner with Tightrope Winery

  • We’ve listed Red Door Bistro as one of our top restaurants in Whistler, and because of how highly we rate the dining experience there, we know this five course menu paired with Tightrope Wine will be nothing but extraordinary!

Cornucopia 2016

Planning to Attend Cornucopia?

There’s no place more stunning than Whistler to learn to cook different cuisines by top chefs, sample exclusive wines, savour gourmet dishes, plus attend festival after parties! With Cornucopia’s flexible ticket purchasing options, attendees have the chance to fully customize their own festival schedule, giving them the option to balance their days with sampling food and wine, and exploring the great outdoors.
We have a great selection of Whistler vacation rentals in the best locations to suit the needs of any festival-goer. Give our Destination Experts a call at 1.877.902.1616 if you’d like to find out more about this exciting event or want assistance finding accommodations, so you can have the chance to fully experience this unique mountain food and wine festival. Additionally, if you’d like to further experience the best restaurants in Whistler, check out our Whistler Dining Guide.