This past snowy long weekend, my friend, Stephanie and I were able to get a little taste of Banff’s annual restaurant festival, Bon Appetit Banff. The ten day event, which began yesterday, involves over twenty different establishments around the town, ranging from pubs to fine dining. Much like Calgary’s The Big Taste, participating restaurants will offer diners a three course meal at prix fix prices ranging at great price points ($25, $35, or $45).
Seeing as Banff is only a short (and beautiful) drive from Calgary, heading to the mountains for dinner again soon is looking very appealing to me. We had the opportunity to try out some dishes from several of the restaurants taking part in Bon Appetit Banff. Here’s a bit of preview…
The Primrose Dining Room, located inside of The Rimrock Hotel, had a nice selection of dishes for us to enjoy. Their warm dining room is lined with tall windows with views of their back courtyard and snow-covered trees.
We sampled a very weather-appropriate, Coconut Curry Chicken, a Lobster and Snow Crab Pappardelle with marscapone, and, last, but not least, an interesting take on ‘surf ‘n turf’ consisting of braised short rib and steelhead trout.
Primrose’s Short Rib and Steelhead Trout ‘Surf ‘n Turf’.
Lobster and Snow Crab Pappardelle Pasta.
Inside Irwin’s Mountain Inn, you’ll find a great restaurant called El Toro. Here, they offer some great tapas-style dishes with Mexican influences. From empanadas to grilled shrimp, the plates here kept coming and coming. One particular stand out was definitely their fresh guacamole with crispy plantain chips. It made me forget that we had just shook the snow off of our boots just a half hour earlier.
El Toro’s Plantain Chips with Homemade Guacamole.
Like I mentioned, there are over twenty different restaurants around Banff participating in the festival and a hell of lot of different things to eat and experience. With an array of three course menus set at $25, $35, or $45 you’re definitely getting a bargain this next week and half while dining in Banff. Just think of the money you’re saving while eating out as the gas money you spent to get there!
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