Turkey is not the only thing that’s cooking this Fall! If you get just as excited over large-scale events and festivals as you do about dining out, be sure to check out these popular Canadian food festivals happening this month and next.
Cornucopia (Whistler, BC)
Head to the mountaintops for Whistler’s yearly food and drink festival that happens over the course of 10 days. Enjoy everything from one-of-a-kind chef dinners, cocktail workshops, engaging debate, wine tastings and much more. If you find yourself with some free time in-between eating, learning and all-round merriment, make sure to pop in to Bearfoot Bistro’s signature ice bar (don’t worry, they’ll give you a big, warm jacket) for a cocktail or two.
Devour! The Food Film Fest (Wolfville, NS)
Canadian food and film lovers alike are getting pretty excited about this culinary-meets-film festival on the east coast, and it’s easy to see why. With a fantastic ensemble of panel discussions, film screenings, culinary workshops and collaborative dinners, Devour is definitely one of the most unique and immersive food experiences you can have in this country. This year, the Devour team is bringing in a slew of talented chefs like Newfoundland’s Jeremy Charles of Raymond’s, Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage and Top Chef Canada contestant, season one, Michelin-starred Canadian chef Daniel Burns of Luksus in Brooklyn, New York and a lot more.
MTL à TABLE (Montreal, QC)
October 29-November 8
Most major Canadian cities have their equivalents to this dine-out festival (i.e. Dine Out Vancouver or Calgary’s Big Taste), offering food lovers the opportunity to eat at a long list of contemporary restaurants at reduced prices. If you’ve always wanted to get a taste of a trendy Montreal restaurant like, say, Toque!, but haven’t felt like splurging, book a lunch or dinner between October 29th and November 8th to have a prefix meal with a price tag that won’t break the bank.
Ottawa Wine & Food Festival (Ottawa, ON)
October 30-November 1
Walk in and get ready to sip a myriad of wines and taste some delectable bites while you walk around and soak up all the fun. There are also educational sessions from food and drink experts alike. Headliners for the weekend include Canada’s favourite baker extraordinaire Anna Olson, as well as MasterChef Canada alumni, sisters Marida and Narida Mohammed.
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival (Calgary and Edmonton, AB)
October 16-17 (Calgary), November 6-7 (Edmonton)
There’s wine, liquor and food tastings as far as the eye can see at this classic Albertan large-scale event. The set-up is similar in either Alberta city, so expect to find plenty of wines from around the world, canapés from a mix of local and chain restaurants, and plenty of food and drink, with lots of people buzzing around the room to make friends with. You’ll probably need a cab home after this one!