Alberta's culinary scene is flourishing. Bolstered by access to some of the finest ingredients in the world, top culinary talent, beverage artists, award-winning restaurants, the province has made a name for itself as a foodie's dream destination. Pioneering chefs offer inventive culinary experiences using Alberta's bounty of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients – from famous Albertian beef to wild-caught trout. Distilleries harness native ingredients to concoct award-winning spirits. Needless to say, Alberta's towns and cities offer an excellent range of choices appealing to all tastes.
- Discover the rich history of The Fairmont Banff Springs, the most luxurious hotel in Banff, during the indulgent Eat The Castle tour. The three-hour tour allows guests to wander and eat through the enormous resort while learning about the rich history of castle. The tour makes stops to taste signature dishes and enjoy beverage pairings at the hotel's high-end restaurants.
The Sensory Restaurant offer the very best, highly quality ingredients the region has to offer. With a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the Rocky Mountains and surrounding area, guests can always expect to enjoy a sensory journey featuring fresh and exciting additions. From Rabbit Tortellini to Elderflower Infused Pork Tomahawk Steak, guests will love the taste of Alberta at one of the newest restaurants in Canmore. Chef Tracy Little forages wild and edible plants in the Bow Valley for her daily "Trust Me Menu" a three-course menu that sells out daily. Located on the main floor of The Sensory is Wit Bar, Canmore's most exciting new cocktail and wine bar. Expect to find in-house crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list, as well as everyday menu items with an elevated attention to detail.
- Warm up with fondue and a variety of local Alberta favorites at The Grizzly House, Banff. But what is really special about this moody and romantic restaurant is its rich history and decades-old role in the Banff social scene. Opened as a nightclub in the '60s, it originally served food from a restaurant next door. It began serving fondue when that restaurant closed a few months later but kept its swingin' nightclub atmosphere. In the '60s, disco clubs were the place for singles to go to meet, and most tables at The Grizzly House still have a private phone guests can use to chat with other tables around the room.
Park Distillery in downtown Banff keeps it local and makes their own award-winning spirits at their distillery. More than 85% of their ingredients for ryes, vodkas and gins are sourced from within 200 km of the national park boundaries. Visitors can learn about the distillery's ingredients, growth, and souring cycles on a free behind-the-scenes tour, which runs every day in the afternoon. Their casual Canadiana cabin decor and campfire- inspired menu make this a prime spot for gathering after an adventure packed day.
- Edmonton's first distillery ever, Strathcona Spirits, distils an expanding line of fine spirits that embody the essence of Alberta by using locally farmed and foraged grains and botanicals. The tiny boomtown building in the heart of Old Strathcona is the smallest distillery in North America. Offerings include the award-winning Strathcona Spirits Single Grain Vodka made in small batches from 100% single grain hard red wheat, and a variety of gins including Badland Seaberry Gin, White Oak Pinot Gin and Strathcona Spirits Barrel Aged Gin all made from a variety of ingredients sourced nearby.