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First Annual ‘Bon Appétit Banff Celebrates Rocky Mountain Cuisine

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

It launches this weekend: the First Annual Bon Appétit Banff Food Festival brings yet another reason to visit the beautiful rocky mountains. We Canadians have some exceptional cuisine. If you’re planning to hit the ski slopes soon, the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are celebrating the culinary triumphs of their local restaurants with a new ten-day festival that offers visitors and diners a chance to sample the destination’s finest foods at discounted prices. It’s a perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway — stunning mountains, skating and skiing, and some of the best food Canada has to offer.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Coming hot on the heels of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards (which saw Banff emerge as one of Canada’s top ten food & wine destinations! Yay Banff!) Bon Appétit Banff offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy unique three-course menus at a prix-fixe of either $25 or $35 at any of eighteen participating restaurants November 17- 27, 2011.

“Bon Appétit Banff is a new way for visitors to enjoy a selection of fine dining opportunities at unprecedented value in one of the world’s most scenic and beloved settings,” says Stu Back, director of In-Resort Services at Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “The festival is also a way for us to honour the dedicated restaurants that have helped secure Banff’s status as a top culinary destination in Canada.”

As the birthplace of Canadian Rocky Mountain cuisine, both Banff and Lake Louise have long celebrated the diversity and creativity of their culinary communities. The immensely popular Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival offers a weekend of food and wine tastings to the delight of thousands of enthusiastic “foodies” who descend on the destination every spring. (The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is scheduled to take place May 4-5, 2012.)

The introduction of this new culinary festival to Banff and Lake Louise, long known as the adventure capitals of Canada’s first national park, confirms their positions as unique gourmet communities, eager to celebrate more than just the breathtaking mountain scenery for which they are most well-known.

You can find a complete list of participating restaurants, their websites and menus, here.

To learn more about Banff National Park, visit: www.banfflakelouise.com.

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