Five notable chefs were selected to best prepare and present one whole, heritage-breed pig.
Congratulations to Chef jW Foster of the Vermillion Room Brasserie & Bar who was named the 2018 Prince of Pork at the inaugural event held at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Chef jW and his talented team worked with one of the Mangalitsa and Duroc-Cross 220-pound pigs raised by Country Accent Heritage Breeds to produce a modern, thoughtful, and flavoured nose-to-tail menu.
Cochon555 makes its debut appearance in Canada at Banff's world-renowned Fairmont Banff Springs.
Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs, some of which are on critical watch lists. At its heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action - to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of safety, honesty, and deliciousness.
The event takes place from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (4 p.m. for VIP ticket holders) and is centered around five competing chefs each trying to wow attendees with pork creations from their 200 pound pig. Additional food and drink stations include:
- Artisan cheese bar
- Dessert bar
- Five winemaker's table
- Alberta spirits cart
All VIP and General Admission tickets are now sold out.
General Admission $129 + tax - Sold Out
General Admission gets you into the main event from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Your ticket includes:
- 25+ courses of pork-based dishes, originating from five responsibly raised heritage breed pigs
- Endless rounds of beverages from local breweries, distilleries, and wineries
- Access to 10+ mouth-watering food stations including: an artisan cheese bar, a tartare bar, a dessert bar and many more
VIP Access $189 + tax - Sold Out
VIP Access lets you start celebrating an hour early with entry to the event at 4:00 p.m. Your ticket includes all of the above and allows you to get up close with chefs, winemakers and farmers who make it all happen. Chefs will serve up two preview dishes to entice your palette while professional bartenders and sommeliers bring their best game forward with specialty cocktails and reserve wines.
Cochon555 has partnered with the following three Banff hotels, however all General Admission and VIP hotel packages are now sold out. Search through other great hotel options in Banff and Lake Louise.
Meet the Chefs and Farmers
Five notable chefs have been selected to compete at Cochon555 Banff. The winner advances to the national finale, Grand Cochon, in September. Each chef has been paired with an Alberta farm who will be providing them with a 200 pound pig to create their dishes for the event.