Banff Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival

Banff Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival

May 04, 2011 13:02 ET

Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Offers Gourmet Getaway

Sip, sample and escape at Banff's tastiest event of the year

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - Guests are invited to pack their bags (and appetites) and escape to Banff for a relaxing and indulgent getaway. On May 13th & 14th the Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival will return to The Fairmont Banff Springs to showcase the best bites in Banff, as well as an endless selection of adult beverages.

The Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the finest local restaurants in Banff paired with an extensive selection of international and Canadian wine, premium spirits, fine scotches, liqueurs, and micro-brewed and import beer. The Festival offers the perfect opportunity to escape for an affordable spring holiday – a mini-break where guests can delight in views, vino, brews and bites!

"Banff is a short drive for most Albertans, so you can hop in the car on Friday and head up in time for a food and wine event that evening. Guests can spend the weekend indulging in Festival events and all of the amazing activities that Banff has to offer. With three different Grand Tasting Hall sessions and smaller events happening throughout the Festival weekend, visitors can customize their gourmet escape to their schedule and preferences." says Cathy Miller, Festival Director.

Grand Tasting Hall

Held at The Fairmont Banff Springs, guests can choose from one of three tasting sessions: Friday evening 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., or Saturday evening 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Grander and more flavourful than ever, the Grand Tasting Hall will be spread across three tasting areas this year including: the President's Hall, President's Concourse, and Van Horne Ballroom. Views of the Rockies and the beauty of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel create an elegant setting for this casual and fun wine and food tasting. Tickets for each of the tasting sessions are sold online for $24 or $27 at the door (based on availability). Sampling coupons are available for purchase for $0.50 each upon arrival, allowing consumers to customize what they try and how much they spend.

Pairing options will be plentiful, encouraging guests to match their gourmet food samples with intriguing beers, wine and other spirits.

Weekend Wine & Food Events and Celebrations

Banff restaurants and hotels are presenting an extensive variety of tantalizing wine and food themed events to take place on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival weekend. There are a limited number of tickets for each event.

Friday, May 13th

Beaujolais' Extravagance - Le Beaujolais

Canadian Winemaker's Dinner - The Maple Leaf Grill & Lounge - Sold Out

Banffshire Club Winemaker's Dinner - The Fairmont Banff Springs Banffshire Club

Gourmet Pizza Party - Bear Street Tavern - Sold Out

Saltlik 'r' Mixer - Saltlik

Stoli Stir- Up - HooDoo Lounge

Saturday, May 14th

Una Buona Forchetta – The Fairmont Banff Springs Castello Ristorante

Banff Restaurant Baby Back Rib Cook Off - The Elk & Oarsman Pub and Grill

Taste of Switzerland - Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant - Limited Availability

Italian Dinner Party - Giorgio's Trattoria

Great Canadian Lobster Boil - St. James's Gate

Coyotes' Napa Valley Vine & Dine - Coyotes Southwestern Grill

Absolut After Party - Aurora

Swill & Shuck - Bear Street Tavern

Sunday, May 15th

Sensational Sunday Brunch - The Bison Restaurant & Lounge

Hotel Packages

Banff hotels are offering special packages, which include great accommodation rates, Grand Tasting Hall tickets and more.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

The Fairmont Banff Springs - Almost Sold Out!

Banff High Country Inn

Banff Aspen Lodge - Sold Out

The Mount Royal - Sold Out

The Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is an annual event, sponsored by Banff Lake Louise Tourism. Please visit for more information on ticket prices, times, and details on what's being dished up at this year's Festival.

To view the Highlights of the 2011 Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, please visit the following link:

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