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Events, Fall, Food

3 reasons why you can't miss Taste for Adventure food fest this fall

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Hanna McLean Oct 10, 2017 1:41 pm 243

Banff and Lake Louise are the places to be for foodies this fall, and it’s not just because everything tastes better at higher elevation (even though we’re pretty sure it does).

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Taste for Adventure kicks off on October 25 – and there are so many delicious reasons to head up to the Rockies during this 16-day festival that we had to make a list.

From one-of-a-kind dining experiences and retreats to specialized menus (that won’t break the bank), this trip is definitely going to be worth your while.

The Unique Menus

Cajun Spiced Shrimp on the patio at Block Kitchen + Bar (

Cajun Spiced Shrimp on the patio at Block Kitchen + Bar (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to taste so many of the best culinary offerings in Banff and Lake Louise for such a reasonable price. You can head to 20 – yes 20 –  restaurants and eateries and enjoy offerings priced from $14 to $85, with most landing around the $50 mark.

The Block Kitchen + Bar is offering a $60, four-course dinner menu, along with Asian-inspired tapas dishes and traditional Japanese bevies such as sake-in-a-box.

Block Kitchen + Bar

Exterior of Block Kitchen + Bar (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

La Terrazza’s $59, three-course dinner menu with multiple choices for each course features offerings such as Tuscan Chickpea Soup, Lobster and Shrimp Lemon Risotto, and Hazelnut Ganache Torte for dessert.

La Terrazza

Hazelnut Ganache Tart on the menu at La Terrazza during Taste for Adventure (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

On the higher end of your budget, you can enjoy a $79, five-course tasting menu from Storm Mountain Lodge (one of the biggest hidden gems in Banff, in our opinion), along with a stellar spread from Sky Bistro available Wednesday to Sunday (includes Banff Gondola admission). This $85 feast is a five-course dinner menu with an optional wine pairing too.

The Vegetable Club Sandwich at Sky Bistro (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

The One-Of-A-Kind Experiences

The best example of this has got to be the Heritage Yoga and Culinary Retreat at Storm Mountain Lodge.

This three-day, two-night retreat takes place in the spectacular surrounding of Storm Mountain Lodge’s historical cabins and enchanting atmosphere – enchanting as in no-Wi-Fi, no problems, and your cell phone takes a serious back seat during this time.

Interior of a bungalow cabin at Storm Mountain Lodge

Interior of a bungalow cabin at Storm Mountain Lodge, built in the 1920s for the Canadian Pacific Railway. (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Head off the grid to this spot located in between Banff and Lake Louise and experience yoga (Yin, Flow, and Vinyasa) and outdoor meditation classes daily, along with drool-worthy Canadian cuisine during a wine and cheese tasting and a cooking and raw chocolate demonstration.

A cup of Kicking Horse Coffee at Storm Mountain Lodge Bistro

A cup of Kicking Horse Coffee at Storm Mountain Lodge Dining Room (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Freshly-baked scone at at Storm Mountain Lodge Dining Room

Freshly-baked scone at at Storm Mountain Lodge Dining Room (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Guests are invited to take part in self-guided hikes in their spare time to work up an appetite for the incredible organic dishes served in the lodge’s dining room.

One of eight tables located in the small but might Storm Mountain Lodge Dining Room (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Yogurt Parfait on the Breakfast Menu at Storm Mountain Lodge

Yogurt Parfait on the Breakfast Menu at Storm Mountain Lodge Dining Room (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

When: Monday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 8
Where: Highway 93 S, Banff National Park
Cost: $675-$775

The Unparalleled Views

Eating in the surroundings of this mountainous region really can’t compare to much else, so it’s easy to see that the trip up to Taste for Adventure would be an unforgettable one.

A glass of Joie Rosé at Sky Bistro (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Heading up to Sky Bistro is a prime example of dining on top – the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains is the perfect ingredient for an incredible meal.

The top of the gondola (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

This 16-day celebration has an awesome variety of dinners and events to get in on. Make the most of this authentically Canadian experience and book your stay.

Taste for Adventure

When: October 25 to November 9
Where: Multiple venues in Banff and Lake Louise
Cost: Prices vary


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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