Written By Anya Levykh Libations / Wine Festivals Nov 27, 2012 Whistler’s Cornucopia Weekend SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestTop to bottom: Araxi hot smoked salmon & wild shellfish soup, Araxi roasted saddle of rabbit, housemade bacon, pomme puree, Alba truffles, Fairmont Grill Room spice-crusted venison loin, Swiss chard, celeriac mousse. Photos by Anya LevykhWHISTLEREarlier this month, the 16th annual Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival took place in Whistler. More than just a chance to party hard and long, Cornucopia is a collection of food and wine enthusiasts from around B.C. and the rest of the Pacific Northwest region, as well as wineries, producers and chefs from further afield. For me, it was a weekend of eating—and some drinking—my way through a series of dinners and tastings that reminded me that Whistler is about more than just the after-party. Araxi’s Big Guns winery dinner was one of the highlights this year. Executive chef James Walt paired an incredible, locally-sourced menu with iconic and rare wines from around the world, like the house hot smoked salmon with salmon caviar, fennel pollen, lemon thyme and Root Down Farm veggies, all nestled in a wild shellfish bisque that gave off fabulous lobster and prawn notes. Paired with the Gaja “Gaia & Rey” 2009 Chardonnay from Langhe, Italy, it was one of the best courses of the night. Another course of roasted saddle of rabbit wrapped in housemade bacon and seated over lightly whipped potatoes was made even better by the liberal amounts of shaved white and black Alba truffle sprinkled over the dish. It was paired with a fantastic Burgundy, the Louis Jadot “Corton-Pougets” 1999 Grand Cru. Chardonnays and big reds also made an appearance at the Painted Rock Estate Winery Dinner at Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s The Grill Room. Executive Chef Vincent Stufano paired a delicate Dungeness crab cake and North Arm Farm beet salad with Painted Rock’s 2011 Chardonnay, a very vibrant bottle that matched the shellfish and sweet beet notes perfectly. The big 2009 Icon, a Bordeaux-style blend, went perfectly with the spice-crusted loin of Sydney Island venison, which sat next to some Swiss chard in red wine syrup and celeriac mousse. Alba truffles made another appearance at Quattro Restaurant, where the white Alba floated freely onto plates from the many shavings made during the meal. Fresh from Piedmont, there is nothing quite as sublime as some thick shavings over a poached egg. Simplicity can be mesmerizing. Next year’s festival will be a record 10 days in length, so gird your loins—and appetites—and make sure to go hungry.festivalsWhistlerWine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.