From January 18th - 22nd, Banff’s Big Taste will be taking over the kitchens of Banff National Park. The event features five days of delicious events, ranging from tastings, to chef’s dinner and a wild small plate competition - it really does have something for every foodie! Let’s breakdown some of the must-taste events during Banff’s Big Taste.
The Grand Tasting Hall - January 19 and 20 from 7-11 p.m.
The keystone event of Banff's Big Taste, The Grand Tasting Hall experience offers diners the chance to experience the true taste of Banff in one room. The evening will feature 14 of Banff’s finest chefs creating two of their signature dishes in the stunning Riverview Lounge at Fairmont Banff Springs. Some of the best wines on the planet will be paired with musical guests to create an essential event for foodies! Tickets are $20.00 CAD per person (+ GST + on site sample tickets). Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Banff Community Foundation. Stay and dine packages are available through the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Banff’s Top Chef - The Bison - January 18 at 6 p.m.
After years of watching Iron Chef, here’s your chance to get in on the action! Five chefs will compete for the title of Banff’s Top Chef in a small plate showdown for the ages at The Bison Restaurant. Each ticket includes a sampling of 5 small plates with a carefully paired beer, wine or cocktail. Seating is limited to 50, so be sure to grab tickets early.
Canadian Whiskey and Chocolate - The Cave and Basin - Saturday, January 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Ring in Canada’s 150th with a toast at The Cave and Basin - the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks. Enjoy a sample of Canada’s finest whiskeys, paired with fine chocolate and live entertainment. A free Roam shuttle bus will be running to/from Banff Visitor Centre, departing 6:15 p.m., returning 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 CAD and includes 6 x 1/2 1oz Whiskey shots.
The Indigenous Winter - Juniper Bistro - January 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Inspired by the indigenous culinary traditions of Canada’s West Coast, Chef Chris Irving (Banff’s Juniper Bistro) and Chef Nick Nutting (Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog) will take you on an interpretive culinary adventure that will showcase regional flavours of the Bow Valley. The Indigenous Winter showcase will feature beautiful fresh ingredients including fresh Pacific seafood, local indigenous berries and foraged algae. The dinner costs $55 CAD per person and will also feature complementing beverage pairings with each course. For those looking to extend their experience, packages are available through at The Juniper Hotel.
First Tracks and Mountain Lunch - The Lake Louise Ski Resort - January 18 at 6:45 a.m.
Normally it’s a travesty to cut the line for first chair, but this time you’ve got the thumbs up! Head up the lift for first tracks with the instructors of The Lake Louise Ski Resort before the resort opens to the general public. After you’ve got your powder runs in, experience a tremendous four-course lunch at The Whitehorn Bistro. Soak in the panoramic views of Lake Louise while enjoying your experience in one of the most stunning dining rooms in the Bow Valley. Tickets are $150 CAD per person and include your lift ticket at The Lake Louise Ski resort.
For a full breakdown of all events and packages visit https://www.banffsbigtaste.com.