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Whistler's 11th Annual Cornucopia Celebration of Food and Wine 2007

Nov 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Every November, Vancouverites head north for a festival of food and wine like no other. Whistler's 11th Annual Cornucopia attracts everyone from serious wine-knowers to celebrity party-goers. Over 75 wineries participated in the two-night Crush! Gala Grand Tasting event - but up here, your cup runneth over. After parties, the likes of which don't even start until 10 pm, send the celebrations into overtime. Ric's Grill and Casino Royale dealt out a big winner with a James Bond style gambling gala. The Hilton's $200 Cajun-themed Arti Gras after party was both hot and spicy. Araxi's guests toasted in tuxes with free-flowing champagne at Bubbles, Rhythm & the Deep Sea, while The Mountain Club dished deep house at the Ultralounge & Burlesquerave Party. A little naughty, but never haughty, this is one festival that, like a fine wine, actually seems to get better and better with age.

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Talented air brush artists create stylish ski sweater designs on the models at the opening night ARTrageous party at The Brewhouse.
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Hilton's executive chef Jay Lynn serves up crab and spinach ravioli at the Crush! Gala Grand Tasting event.
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Pretty enough to beat a Bond girl, Ric's Grill's Roma Persaud chills out next to the ice sculptures and crab claws at Casino Royale.
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Rocky Mountain Chocolates gal Julia Holmes looks yummy as she and Ric's host Clay Dowling welcome guests to Casino Royale.
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Ric's Grill's Sunny Gupta, seen here with wife Carol at Casino Royale, soon plans on opening a Vancouver location with brother Sal Gupta.
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Global news anchor Robin Stickley shares sushi and champers with Chicago beau David Nance at Araxi's Bubbles, Rhythm & the Deep Sea party.
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Ragin' Cajun costumes and music from the Blues Brothers keep it hot at the Hilton party thanks to PR Coordinator Jennifer Morrison, left, and Tourism Whistler's Darlene Small and Vanessa Murphy.
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Tired of champagne? The Heineken hostesses at Arti Gras can pour you bubbles of a different brew.
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Whistles the Clown, aka Vancouver's Darcy Murdoch, keeps them entertained at the Hilton's Arti Gras After Party.
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Painted ladies and a bottle of wine, or two? Models colourfully coated in body paint are another Cornucopia trademark.



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