Fall used to be a time of misery in Whistler. The bike park was closed, it would rain for what seemed like months on end and even if you wanted to go outside there was nothing to do when you got there. Now, a time of year that used to be known for its lack of things to do has blossomed into a vibrant season full of activity here in Whistler. A lot of really great community groups have gotten together to highlight all of the great food, drink, art and culture that this great area has to offer.
This year was the 4th annual Whistler Village Beer Festival presented by Gibbons Whistler. This year saw 59 craft breweries duke it out to be named the best in the fest. There was every type of beer flavour imaginable from very fruity ales to deeply hoppy IPAs. Our favourite was a watermelon lime ale produced by New Belgium that would be the perfect pairing for a sunny day at the docks. It seemed like everyone in town made it out for this event. For The Love of Beer was the tagline of the event and was showcased by the endless smiles of everyone who attended. You could see and hear all passion that each brewery has put into their craft and we can say first hand that it translated into great tasting beer. We cannot wait to see what next year brings.
Another big part of fall in Whistler is the Whistler Farmers Market. This is a great gathering of local farmers and artisans showcasing their labours of love. Even though the event runs every week from the start of July, there is something about farmer’s markets and fall that just goes together. We stopped by there last weekend and picked up some freshly picked produce from North Arm Farm for a Sunday roast. We could really taste the difference that care makes and it was really refreshing to buy food from the person who grew it themselves. We also bought a handmade, locally sourced necklace from one of the artisans as a gift for a friend and had to restrain ourselves because we could have bought so much more. This gathering of great local produces runs every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm until October 9th at the base of Blackcomb so get there before you miss out!
The next big event coming down the pipeline is the ever popular Cornucopia. This event is entering its 20th year in Whistler and never fails to impress. This event is where rugged landscape meets fine dining. Cornucopia showcases some of the Sea-to-Sky’s finest and rising culinary talents. This year’s event spans 11 days finishing off with one of our favourite events, the Barefoot Bistro Oyster & Bloody Caesar Showdown. Tickets are on sale now right here so get them before they are gone and make sure to wear some stretchy pants.
One of the best ways to get pumped for the winter season is to watch the best of what happened last season. As a mecca of skiing, Whistler attracts some of the best names in adventure sport to showcase their latest works. Last week saw the premiere of Matchstick Productions Ruin and Rose, an epic film of high flying tricks and steep lines. You can watch the trailer right here and buy the film on Itunes and other devices soon. Coming up is Teton Gravity's Paradise Waits. It premiers in Whistler on October 9th. Tickets to the show can be purchased here and be sure to buy tickets to the late show as they get you into the after party at Garfinkels.
What was once a time of year when all you could do is sit at home and dream of snow has now turned into a wonderful season to be in Whistler. We have had a great fall so far and are looking forward to the upcoming events. We want to thank this wonderful community for putting events like this together and we are excited to see what next year brings!