Canmore is known for many things, including its scenery, opportunity for adventure and Mike.
But those in the know, know that Canmore is also known for its amazing food and delicious wine, and it’s this knowledge that combines to create Canmore Uncorked, an award-winning food festival that starts on May 3rd and continues for 12 straight days.
The Festival consists of daily set-price menus and other culinary experiences at over 40 locations, as well as a series of signature events including the Long Table Dinner (which is already sold out!)
Canmore Uncorked is packed with almost two weeks of events, but things kick off with one of the festival’s biggest events on May 3rd. The Kick-Off Party features four culinary teams as they compete for your vote. If all elections were this tasty, then I’m sure more people would be voting. The event will see Chefs Neil McCue (Whitehall), Bill Alexander (Grey Eagle Resort), Anthony Rabot (Market Bistro) and Trevor Whitehead (Hogshead, and 2016 Uncorked Chef of the Festival) battle it out, while you sit back and enjoy four plates of food, each paired with a regional beverage. It’s like seeing Top Chef, without the stress of commercials.
And when I say plates of food, I’m not talking about just any ol’ food. I’m talking about Elk Rack, Lamb Tartare, Bouillabaisse and something called Alberta Hanging Tender & Spruce Tips. (Okay, I have no idea what that is, but it sounds delicious.)
Tickets are $75 per person and are available now, but word on the bear-filled street is these ones are going quickly!
One of the other highlights of Canmore Uncorked are the Progressive Dinners. What I love about the tours is that they really give you a sense of the town and just how beautiful it is. You can do Progressive Dinners by foot, bike or bus. And did I mention that some of the tours are conducted by Olympians? That’s another thing about Canmore, pretty much every one that lives there is an Olympian, or will be someday. And hey, if an Olympian says it’s okay to eat a four-course dinner, then why wouldn’t you?
One of the tours I’m interested in is the biking progressive tour. The 20km ride takes you to four different restaurants. And don’t worry, the ride is designed to be for everyone. So while you may be with Olympians, you certainly don’t have to be one. When it comes to cycling, it doesn’t get much prettier than Canmore and I’m especially interested in the idea that I might burn off some of the food after every course, thus leaving room for the next one! During each of the four stops, you’ll enjoy a house specialty dish and a paired beverage. You will have to bring your own bike though, or you can do what I’m going to do and rent one from Rebound Cycle. Be sure to grab your tickets early, this is always one of the most popular tours.
If walking is more your speed, then check out the walking progressive tour, which allows you to stroll between four restaurants, where you’ll meet the chefs…and maybe even a friend along the way. The restaurants includes on this tour are Canmore’s best pubs including: Georgetown Inn, The Drake Inn, The Wood and Tavern 1883. The tour is $75, which is a steal of deal for four courses, with a paired drink and I think this will definitely sell out.
Those are some of my favourite events, but honestly the whole festival looks great. Not that you ever need a reason to go to Canmore, but Canmore Uncorked makes for the perfect escape for foodies and winos alike.
I have some last-minute passes to the Kick-Off Party on May 3rd from 7.00pm – 10.00pm at the Cornerstone Theatre in Canmore. To be entered to win, and please only enter if you can go on May 3rd, head to the comments section and tell me your favourite place to eat in Canmore. Contest closes May 2nd at noon.