By Afton Aikens
Hang up your apron because there’ll be no need for home cooking during the second annual Canmore Uncorked festival, April 7 to 19.
The inaugural festival won an Alberta tourism award and was nominated for the Canadian Tourism Awards’ event of the year. Organizers are raising the bar this year, adding new events that will showcase the quality and creativity that drives Canmore’s dining scene, paired with tried and true favourites.
Four progressive dinner tours will take place on several dates, and the fine dining Peak of Canmore tour is already sold out, with the Downtown Pub Crawl close behind.
In true Canmore spirit, the Olympian Cycle Tour is, well, what it sounds like—a 17-km bike tour to four Canmore restaurants led by an Olympian guide. There’s also the World Tour, which we’ll be covering during the festival’s first week (it visits five of Canmore’s international restaurants).
Set Price Menus
For those who don’t have the appetite to dine at multiple restaurants in one day, 35 places in town are offering set price menus with three courses for $19, $29 and $39 (depending on the restaurant), available nightly from April 8 to 19. Reservations are recommended.
Festival-goers can get their Canmore Uncorked passport stamped each time they dine at a participating restaurant for a chance to win prizes, which include $4,000 in dining gift cards (if you’re the lucky winner, you can probably just throw away that apron).
New this year is the Culinary Symphony, a food and music pairing event on April 13 and 14. The event features performances by the Juno-nominated classical group Quartetto Gelato, and each of the five sets is paired with a dish created by Chef James Holmes and his team (more on that on the blog next week!)
There’s also a whisky tasting fundraiser on April 10 with various whiskies from Scotland, Ireland and around the globe. Proceeds support the Canmore Highland Games. On April 19, join in The Big Brunch and try food from several Canmore restaurants at 10 different stations.
Those more interested in beverages will enjoy the Craft Beer Festival on April 11 and the Canmore Wine Festival on April 18. The Long Table Dinner is also back, with seven courses from different restaurants served to 120 guests outdoors—rain or shine.
For those who want a hands-on festival experience, the Paintbox Lodge is holding cooking classes every day during Canmore Uncorked.
View the Canmore Uncorked festival schedule.
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