Fernie Food Fest back after years-long hiatus

The Taste of Fernie was last put on in 2009. Next week the Fernie Chamber is resurrecting this tasty event, with a twist.

By Ezra Black

The Taste of Fernie was last put on in 2009. Next week the Fernie Chamber is resurrecting this tasty event, with a twist.

In past years the event was held in a single location but this year participants will have to ferry themselves from one eatery to the next.

Amy Levesque, the Chamber’s visitor information coordinator, said the Chamber decided on this new format to encourage more businesses to participate.

“We’re doing it a bit differently,” she said.” In previous years the businesses that participated had to hire extra staff to run their businesses that day or they had to close,” said Levesque. “We figured if we brought the people to them, they would be able to stay open. They’d also be able to have special deals or offers to encourage these people to buy.”

Fifteen restaurants and retail shops are participating in the Taste of Fernie Food Festival, which is happening Nov. 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce office or on its website for $35. Maps to guide eaters to participating businesses will be provided. Only 100 tickets are available.

“We just think it’s really cool and it’s something we wanted to bring back,” said Levesque. “It gets people excited about Fernie. It gives them an opportunity to learn more about the businesses we have in town and what we have to offer as a really awesome destination.”

Restauranteurs across the community are preparing specially created edibles for the event.

Alejandro Verdi, owner of a recently opened Mexican restaurant in the Red Tree Lodge called Frida, said he would be offering a sampling of tacos.

Frida offers 11 different varieties of the iconic fried and folded tortilla dish from a short rib variety to a tempura taco, “So when they come they can choose from any one of those,” said Verdi.

Freshies Cafe will be serving its recently introduced variety of crepes, which will be both sweet and savoury, said cafe spokesperson Melissa Mainwaring.

“We’ll also be serving hot drinks throughout the evening,” she added. For more information on participating businesses or to purchase tickets visit Ferniechamber.com

Just Posted

Summer fun has just begun

Ice cream sales are expected to peak today as residents savour the longest day of the year.

Medicinal cannabis clinic opens in Fernie

A new cannabis clinic is open in Fernie, with plans to transition to a dispensary, come legalization

Columbia River Treaty meetings hear farmers’ plea

Ranchers say this is Canada’s last chance to restore their agricultural industry

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

High school presents Alice In Wonderland

Since January the students, costume designers, set designers and musicians worked on this performance.

VIDEO: B.C.’s ‘unicycle cowboy’ aspires to be rancher one day

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

Trudeau in nothern B.C. to announce pledge to protect oceans

Prime minister announces conservation agreement with 14 First Nations

New seniors care facility officially announced

Golden Life Management will operate Kootenay Street Village, which features 97 units.

FIFA World Cup weekly roundup

Host nation Russia remains unbeaten in Group A, tied with Uruguay

Trudeau says he can’t imagine Trump damaging U.S. by imposing auto tariffs

New tariffs on Canadian autos entering the U.S. would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy

FAR ready for summer

On Saturday, June 23, the Timber and Elk chairlifts at Fernie Alpine Resort will crank into action.

B.C. inmate gets 2 years in prison for assault on guard

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

Temperature records broken across B.C., again

The first heat wave of the season went out with a bang across the province

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion

Most Read