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Whistler Farm-to-Table — The Ultimate Guide for Foodies

To experience Whistler, to really experience Whistler, you really ought to eat well while you are here. The health-conscious athletes who congregate here have turned up the volume on wellness and self care, to the point that good, no, great food is as much a part of Whistler culture as ski bums and mountain bikes.

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Chefs pride themselves on locally-sourced food, and in the case of Whistler, that is an easy thing to do: we are a mere 20-minutes from Pemberton, the "best little farm-to-table town in Canada" And, in fact, for a few of our choices, we'll be sending you to Pemberton. May as well go to the source.

Annual Foodie Events

For those who enjoy events, there are a few food-centred moments in Whistler you might want to set your calendars to:

  • Cornucopia: Each November revel in a solid 11 days and nights celebrating all things food and wine. The harvest is here, and it's bountiful.
  • Dîner en Blanc: "recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event." Yes, you want to click through to learn more.
  • Araxi Longtable: You'll travel to Pemberton for this. And you will eat outdoors, on an organic farm. 
  • Whistler Farmers Market: You won't want to miss this. You may have been to farmers markets before. We doubt you've experienced something this sublime that was still called a farmers market.
  • Wanderlust: Wanderlust is about much more than good food, but good food is an integral part of the experience.
  • Slow Food Cycle Sunday: Again, we take you to Pemberton, 20 minutes north. This annual event connects eaters to farmers and introduces farmers to their biggest fans: those who eat what they grow. 

Meals You Won't Soon Forget

There are a few places to list when one thinks of memorable meals in Whistler. In this category are those food experiences that you might want to actually visit Whistler for. Never mind that other stuff, like the biking, skiing, or whatever. This time, let it be about the food.

  • The Bearfoot Bistro: The food is sublime, but this place is an experience. The Ice Room, for example, allows you to taste vodka at -32C. Yes, that is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. You had to ask, didn't you? If that isn't your style, maybe the idea of champagne sabering is more to your taste. Do you fancy yourself a Napoleonic-era swashbuckler? You can climb down to the Bearfoot Bistro's massive wine cellar and try lopping off the top of the champagne bottle of your choice with a sabre. Yes, you read that correctly. Oh, and did we mention that the food is excellent, too?
  • Whistler Tasting Tours: This isn't just dinner, it's a Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience, because it is a “once-in-a-lifetime travel experience" and it "shows the world what Canada’s tourism brand is all about”. Each course of your evening's meal takes place at a different restaurant.
  • Il Caminetto: Umberto Menghi's signature restaurant, opened in 1981, still epitomizes Tuscan charm. Sit on the patio in the summer, stay warm and cheery indoors in the winter. This is a cozy Whistler experience. 
  • Alta Bistro: If food origin matters to you, but you are never able to sacrifice taste, you must eat at the Alta Bistro. Produce and meats are sourced from the Fraser Valley and Pemberton. Seafood is local. Wines are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable. Coffee, tea and chocolate are all fair trade, organic or sustainable. The food is insanely good.
  • Rimrock Cafe: This is a place that you go to when you want a perfect Whistler meal, with perfect understated but attentive service, served in a place that alternately makes you feel like you could curl up and get cozy, but also as though you are at the height of style and elegance. The Rimrock is, many might say, Whistler itself.

Take a few of these recommendations and have a foodalishiously good time in Whistler, all year round. There is never a shortage of reasons to visit, we know that. But let's add one more, just for fun. Come for the food and stay awhile.

 Image Credits: Mike Crane

Posted by on Tuesday, August 04, 2015