Fresh, farm-to-table cuisine is a trend that is increasingly popular with event planners around the world. In Canada, one of the best times to incorporate farm-to-table cuisine into corporate events is during the fall, when fresh produce is abundant.
Yesterday, we explored fall food festivals in Canada's Maritime provinces. Today, we'll travel clear across the country to Whistler, British Columbia. While Whistler is well known as a winter events destination, event planners will be pleased to discover the gourmet delights that await the groups they take there.
From November 7-17, 2013, Whistler's 17th annual Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival is a succulent celebration of fresh cuisine from the region's farms and fine wines from local wineries. During this 11-day culinary event, Whistler's restaurants will showcase regional produce, cheeses and other dairy products through the creations of local chefs. There will be multi-course chef’s luncheons, galas, after-parties and a variety of seminars and presentations by expert chefs and sommeliers.
Through the Nourish Cooking Series, local farmers and chefs will guide visitors as they discover how to bring out bursts of flavor from the fresh produce. As part of Nourish, Fish and Forest from First Nations, an interactive culinary seminar, will shine a spotlight on the cuisine of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. This hands-on event will provide insight into the sustainability strategies through which these communities have preserved land and natural resources for centuries.
Wine tastings and interactive demonstrations at wineries, breweries and distilleries as well as Winery Dinners, pairing regional wines with local cuisine, will provide an opportunity to sample Whistler's wines, beers, and distilled beverages.
Over 30 seminars will showcase local and international cuisine and alcoholic beverages. Examples include Don't Judge a Grape by its Colour: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Argentina: More Than Malbec and Rum: Revolution to Revelation.
It's not too late to plan meetings and conferences in Whistler during the Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival. Affordable packages start at $85 per night. Packages bundling accommodation with the festival's signature CRUSH Gala Grand Tasting, start at $99 per night.
For more food discovery, read Celebrity Chef David Chrystian Talks About Event Menu Planning and Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival. And for help in planning your trip, please consult the Whistler Meeting Planning Guide and search the Cvent Supplier Network for Whistler hotels.
Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane