Eat, drink and dance your way through Banff and Lake Louise.
Photo: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Banff and Lake Louise is offering a new excuse to head to the mountains this autumn. Enter Taste for Adventure, where from October 25 to November 9, local restaurants and resorts will be cooking up exclusive ways to explore the area. Taste for Adventure’s event roster marries the best of both worlds: fresh air and fresh, mouth-watering cuisine. There’s something for everyone at the 16-day event, from internationally inspired multi-course meals to rustic yoga retreats in the woods. It all pairs well with the many other shopping, relaxing and adventuring activities already boasted by the area. To get the most out of everything Taste for Adventure has to offer, make these eight events the top of your to-do list when you hit up Banff and Lake Louise this fall. 1. Mountain Carnival October 25 Say goodbye to stomach-turning midway fare—this isn’t your regular carnival. Taking place at High Rollers, the retro Banff Avenue beer hall, this event kicks off the festival with an Albertan (and tasty) twist. Nibble on nostalgic fair treats made with local ingredients and sample the 48 (!) craft beers on tap. 2. Canadian Classic October 25-November 9 Banff and Lake Louise is known for occasionally having snow on the ground before Halloween—all the better for early winter activities. Warm up between hikes or spa dates with gourmet hot chocolate and build your own s’mores at the Baker Creek Mountain Resort’s riverside fire pits. Photo: Balkan Restaurant/Banff & Lake Louise Tourism 3. MEZES—Eat like the Greeks October 26 The Balkan Restaurant on Banff Avenue is bringing together Greek mezes and boutique wines in this family-style Mediterranean meal, where you will be invited to try your hand at sensual Middle Eastern dancing with local artists Hala Jamal & Mesa. “Opa!” indeed. 4. A Taste of Autumn - Aki no Mikaku October 26 and November 2 After spending six years in Tokyo, Chef Stephane Prevost has cultivated a passion for Japan, and it shows. In this multi-course Japanese harvest meal at the Block Kitchen + Bar, Chef Prevost will whisk you away on a culinary field trip from the West Coast to Asia—without you having to leave your seat on Banff Avenue. Photo: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism 5. Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival October 28 to November 5 Every year, rockstars from the world of adventuring gather to share epic stories of dangerous and daring proportions. Think: a first-hand account from ice climbers who survived a grizzly attack and a conversation with one of the world’s most celebrated climbers, Sir Chris Bonington. Feel the thrill of mountaineering without putting yourself on the (rock climbing) line. 6. From Tail to Cocktail October 29 and October 31 We all know collaboration breeds great creations, especially when it involves meat, wine and cocktails. Free-range pork farmers from Bear & Flower Farms, Steven Furgiuele of Edmonton’s FUGE Fine Meat and Park Distillery’s Executive Chef Sheldon Guindon are whipping up a five-course nose-to-tail pork tasting, complete with wine and cocktail pairings. Photo: Crave Mountain Grill / Banff & Lake Louise Tourism 7. Crave Dinner Series November 3 Experience the most authentically-Albertan menu during Taste for Adventure at Crave Mountain Grill in the Banff Park Lodge. Big Rock Brewery and Top Grass Beef have collaborated on the perfectly paired meal of craft beer and Alberta Beef. Each course allows you to taste a different cut of beef and is complimented with a hand-picked brew. 8. Heritage Yoga & Culinary Retreat November 6 to 8 A 25-minute drive out of Lake Louise and Town of Banff, the Storm Mountain Lodge makes for the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle of the city and reconnect with your inner food-loving guru. There’s tons to do on your blissed-out three days and two nights at the lodge’s historic cabins, whether you’re soaking up scenery on day hikes to the Paint Pots, chilling out in a yoga class, or heading to a wine and cheese tasting. Meditating and gourmet food—need I say more?