Saying an event is one of the the hottest events of the year is a bold statement. Still, that’s what the organizing team at Cornucopia claimed House Party would be.
The high expectations were met on many levels but as always there was room for improvement. The variety of wine was outstanding with a myriad of varietals and price points to choose from. As with any tasting this event provided an opportunity for consumers and producers to connect, allowing both to really gain from the experience.
Of course a house party is not complete without some crisp beer being swilled. Local breweries, including Howe Sound Brewery and Whistler Brewing, were pouring that night allowing guests to “cleanse their palate” in between wine tastings. I was fortunate enough to get the last pour of the night from Stan Matwychuk of Howe Sound, right before he was told to wrap it up.
The highly anticipated (at least by me) backyard BBQ showcased, as you would expect, copious amounts of meat and starch. The short ribs, which were so tender that they fell of the bone with ease and could be cut with a fork, were probably my favorite component of the spread. Vegetables consisted of leafy greens and some grillled peppers if you picked them out of the tasty Paella. The potatoes were bland and the Maui ribs more work than what they were worth but despite lack of veggies it was a pretty decent spread. I could see the staff working their butts off barbecuing in the freezing cold so I didn’t mind waiting when they ran out of salmon and chicken although I heard many grumble. The apple crumble was made from Okanagan apples and was sweet with a deliciously crunchy topping.
Attending this event solo I met a lot of people over the course of the night. Steve the Wine Guy was patient with me as I tasted all of his wines whilst chatting him up as a line formed behind and around me. I also met Bob, who has been attending Cornucopia since it began, alongside Uncle Mer. They kept me company in the long line for grub, telling me which events were there favorite in the past and which ones they were anticipating for this year.
For more photos from the event check out my House Party gallery on Flickr.