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Best-Ever Cornucopia

Whistler celebrates best-ever Cornucopia
Culinary adventure continues with Whistler Dine and Unwind

Whistler, B.C. - Great food and terrific value abound in Whistler as Cornucopia 2006 breaks records and launches fourth annual Whistler Dine and Unwind, November 12 - December 10, 2006.

Tourism Whistler celebrated a decade of culinary excellence with the tenth edition of its Cornucopia Festival of Wine and Food, November 9 - 12, 2006. The festival's success was marked by numerous highlights including a 45 per cent increase in package sales compared to 2005, more program choices for visitors, and 27 sold-out events -the most ever for Cornucopia.

Tickets for Crush! sold out earlier than ever before - more than five weeks prior to the event - and proceeds of from the Silent Auction at Crush! played a significant role in the festival's contribution to the Whistler Arts Council, this year's charity recipient. An estimated $10,000 was donated to the Whistler Arts Council from this year's Cornucopia and these funds are being used to help support various programs of the Council, including the Whistler Children's Art Festival, ArtWalk and ARTrageous.

Whistler Dine and Unwind has opened two weeks early this year, ensuring that the gastronomic delights showcased during Cornucopia continue to delight visitors with tempting restaurant and spa deals. This year's expanded promotion offers even more opportunity to "dine" at some of Whistler's most exciting restaurants and "unwind" at Whistler's blissful spas - all at the best prices of the season.

"We're thrilled to be able to extend the program by two weeks and offer even more opportunity to visit and take advantage of all Whistler has to offer during the early season," says Oliver Flaser, Director of Events, Partnerships and Promotions for Tourism Whistler. "Whistler has a fantastic range of wonderful restaurants and spas - all with their own distinct style and flair. Dine and Unwind is one of the best ways to sample a lot of Whistler's very best."

The tantalizing dining line-up offers a wide range of scrumptious, multi-course menus for every palette and pocketbook. Prix fixe menus start at just $20 Cdn ($18 US) and range to $45 Cdn ($40 US) per person and offer an amazing array of delectable choices and popular menu items from 11 of Whistler's most popular restaurants, including Araxi Restaurant, Bavaria, Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille, Crepe Montagne, Fifty Two 80 Bistro at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Earls, The Edgewater, Hy's Steakhouse, The Mix by Ric's, Quattro at Whistler, and Ric's Grill.

Dine and Unwind's spa offerings include incredible savings on some of Whistler's most heavenly spa treatments. Participants may transport mind and body at Avello Spa and Solarice Wellness Spas with 25 per cent off selected spa services; relax with $50 Cdn ($45 US) off selected massages at Artesia Spa; indulge in 90-minutes of Javanese pampering at Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa for $169 Cdn ($150 US); or select a luxurious 60-minute spa experience for just $79 Cdn ($70 US) at the award-winning Spa at Four Seasons Resort Whistler.
For more information go to www.whistler.com/dine

"Dining and "unwinding" are not the only great deals to be had in Whistler this November. Visitors can also celebrate the savings with a three-night early ski package, starting at just $335 Cdn per person ($277 US) including lodging and two day lift tickets, valid November 23 through December 22. For more information or to book, call 1-800-WHISTLER or go to www.whistler.com

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, in-resort Visitor Services centres, and tourismwhistler.com, as well as 1-800-WHISTLER and whistler.com - the official call to action for Whistler. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

The Whistler Arts Council is a registered charity established in 1982 with a mandate to build and integrate the arts into the fabric of Whistler. Annual events and programs include: CELEBRATION 2010™: Whistler Arts Festival, Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry, ArtWalk, Whistler Children's Art Festival, Summer Art Workshops on the Lake, ARTrageous, Bizarre Bazaar and an annual Performance Series. WAC also provides annual student art awards and bursaries, member group grants, resources and information to artists, the community and outside organizations. WAC acts as a referral service, information network and co-programmer incorporating local arts and culture in numerous other events and programs in the community.

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