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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
When: Monday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 8
Where: Highway 93 S, Banff National Park
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.
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.
When: October 25 to November 9
Where: Multiple venues in Banff and Lake Louise
Cost: Prices vary