Town of Banff is Alberta’s Culinary Capital

TripAdvisor Rates Banff Amongst Canada’s Top Food & Wine Destinations

Banff residents have long known that they live in a gastronomical paradise, but that fact has now been confirmed by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, with its announcement that Banff is amongst Canada’s top ten food & wine destinations.

TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travellers' Choice Food and Wine Destinations awards today and, as a testament to Banff’s culinary experience, placed the scenic mountain town amongst Canada’s finest gourmet destinations.

Rankings are determined by a combination of TripAdvisor's Popularity Index and through the unbiased opinions of millions of traveller ratings. The Popularity Index is a well-defined decision matrix that determines traveller satisfaction based on hotel and restaurant reviews, travel articles and opinions found online. 

“We are delighted to be recognized in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Food & Wine Destinations awards as one of Canada’s culinary capitals,” says Julie Canning, president and CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “These awards celebrate the best dining experiences available in this country and we are proud and honoured to represent the best of Alberta’s gourmet offerings.”

The award is particularly significant as Banff gears up to host the first annual Bon Appétit Banff, a ten-day food and wine festival November 17-27. Participating restaurants will offer unique three-course menus, including three options per course, at a prix fixe of either $25 or $35.

As the birthplace of Canadian Rocky Mountain cuisine, the town of Banff has long celebrated the diversity and creativity of its culinary community. The immensely popular Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival offers a weekend of food and wine tastings, to the delight of thousands of enthusiastic “foodies” who descend on the destination every spring. The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is scheduled to take place May 4-5, 2012.

Long known as the adventure capital of Canada’s first national park, the results of the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Food and Wine Destinations also confirms Banff’s position as one of the world’s finest destinations, with a vibrant town that offers a unique gourmet community, breathtaking mountain scenery, and authentic cultural diversity.

To download the full list of winners visit: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Food-cTop10-g153339.
To learn more about Banff’s inaugural Bon Appétit Banff event visit: http://www.banfflakelouise.com/events-and-festivals/festivals/bon-appetit-banff
To learn more about the annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival visit:  http://www.banfflakelouise.com/events-and-festivals/festivals/rocky-mountain-wine-food-festival