Neighboring Richmond boasts culinary might with 400-plus Asian restaurants, diverse dining in the village of Steveston and Alexandra Road, known as “Food Street.” The B.C. bounty extends to the capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island, where top group choices include the Empress Room at the Fairmont Empress, and Whistler, where Whistler Tasting Tours can customize group programs.
For the last 14 years running, Winnipeg has been crowned “Slurpee Capital of the World” for its citizens’ avid consumption of the icy treat. Also on the menu of Manitoba’s capital city: tantalizing fare such as golden caviar, pickerel cheeks and grilled bison tenderloin.
“Award-winning chefs, nationally renowned restaurants, contemporary bistros and ethnic eateries make Winnipeg’s food scene delicious, diverse and dynamic,” says Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice president of Tourism Winnipeg. “More than 1,100 restaurants dot the city’s culinary landscape, serving authentic global dishes, regional favorites and innovative fusion food that defies description.”
Tourism Winnipeg’s culinary tourism blog, Peg City Grub is updated twice weekly with the latest food news, restaurant reviews and chef profiles.
Among the standout choices for groups is a reception at the mesmerizing Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The “Gateway to the Arctic” section features underwater viewing tunnels known as the Sea Ice Passage. Here, delegates can gather for cocktail receptions as polar bears and seals swim freely overhead.
At event-capable Fort Gibraltar, planners can organize wine, local honey and cheese pairings along with traditional French-Canadian cuisine.
Claiming the most restaurants per capita of any Canadian city, sunny Saskatoon exemplifies the diversity of the national cuisine, with authentic Mexican, Burmese, Indian, Thai and Jamaican restaurants among its multiethnic mix. Farm-to-fork is also a focus, with standouts including European-style Truffles, along with Berry Barn on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
The provincial capital of Regina offers unique F&B-related programming such as tours of Last Mountain Distillery and event-capable Bushwakker Brewpub; visits to the Regina Farmers Market; and hands-on harvesting with local farmers.