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The Real Banff / Published: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:33

5 Reasons To Visit Cochon555 Banff

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Cochon555 is a one-of-a-kind culinary event featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause. From April 5-7, 2019, this signature culinary competition is returning to Banff with a whole weekend of signature food events to satisfy all appetites. 

Here are five reasons to experience the Cochon555 Culinary Weekend in Banff, Alberta:

1. The Ultimate Culinary Weekend 

What better way to get to know Banff and Lake Louise than with a long weekend of culinary adventures? On Friday, April 5, Banff’s top culinary talent will be paired with renowned guest chefs from Canada and the United States. Chef Anita Lo (Iron Chef Winner, Top Chef Master) is just one of the distinguished international recruits who will be collaborating with local chefs to serve locally inspired culinary creations.

Saturday, April 6, is the main event with Cochon555 presenting an elaborate 40-course, stand-up dinner featuring wine, craft beer and spirits, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. After the excitement of the culinary competition, there is no better way to spend your Sunday than exploring the impressive local food scene and enjoying a delicious brunch with spectacular views. Check out the Best of Brunch in Banff National Park to find the perfect place to reflect on a great weekend.

2. Iconic Location, Iconic Venue 

Canada’s first national park is a fitting place to host Canada’s only Cochon555 event, which will take place at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for a day of heritage pork festivities. Cochon555 Banff has a decidedly Canadian flare, featuring some of the best food and talent in Alberta. 

Banff Fairmont

3. Sample the Best of the West

Great chefs love great ingredients. Cochon555 brings together some of Canada’s best chefs with 1500 pounds of unrivalled heritage-pork for the ultimate pairing. Chef jW Foster, Executive Chef at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and winner of the 2018 event, summed it up perfectly - "I can't think of a better place for Cochon 555 to begin its chef-driven Canadian journey than here in Banff, Alberta. It is vital to showcase the efforts of small farmers who are driven to keep heritage pork alive and accessible to chefs who want to raise awareness of local food. I truly believe in an authentically local culinary focus to support local farmers, and this event puts that focus centre stage - an event that any chef worth their salt wants to be involved with." 

4. Discover the Best of Heritage Pork  

So what is heritage-breed pork anyway? Unlike their modern relatives, heritage breed pigs come from bloodlines dating back hundreds of years when livestock was raised on multi-use, open pasture farms. Today, most heritage breed pigs are raised on small, family farms without the use of harmful antibiotics or growth steroids. 

5. Explore Banff National Park  

The event is perfectly situated to allow you a few extra days of exploring in Banff and Lake Louise. Looking for some mountain inspiration? Why not add on a day of spring skiing or explore some of the incredible sightseeing lifts in Banff National Park?

Sightseeing at the Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola by Pursuit

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