The Event of the Year is Coming Soon
The 13th annual Nelson Food and Wine Festival at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson happens Saturday after the Thanksgiving weekend, this year on September 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. With over 100 wineries represented and 600 wines, and delicious hors d’oeuvres served throughout the Adventure Hotel, the evening transforms the hotel into a culinary extravaganza, with 8 food stations, including a chance to actually tour the kitchen, eating food as you watch it being prepared.
And what food it is – rosemary skewered swordfish, chocolate fountains, cheese and charcuterie — I was getting hungry just listening to Head Chef Rob Little describe the evening to me. The staff basically take out all the furniture — everything — from the downstairs areas including Louies, the banquet room, the lobby and the Uptown sports bar. The entire area becomes a food and wine lovers paradise for the evening.
No Shortage of Places to Dine in Style
To put that in perspective, the most restaurant-dense cities in the United States (unfortunately, I couldn’t find data for Canadian cities, but I’m sure it’s similar) have around 23 – 24 restaurants per 10,000 people (San Francisco and New York, for example) up to 36 for Juneau, Alaska.
We have 60 per 10,000 people here in Nelson. Think about that for a moment.
Yes, we’re spoiled silly.
More to the point, it’s a little lost on some of our visitors that in such a tucked away gemstone like the Nelson Kootenay Lake area, people visiting from high falutin cities might be able to dine in style while engaging in our combination small town charm mixed with high octane adventure. It is something residents take for granted sometimes.
Harvest Time in Nelson Kootenay Lake
And now, with fall colours just beginning to show their glory and the warm, gentle autumn sunlight easing us into a change of seasons, now is a wonderful time to visit our many restaurants and sample the creations from our top chefs.
This weekend, as we cheer for Amanda Skidmore from All Seasons in our inaugural sibling rivalry Chef Championship in Sandpoint, Idaho, we also give thanks here for the many offerings presented to us each night. The restaurants are diverse: Thai, Mexican, Fusion, Indian food represent as well as Japanese, Chinese, Greek and Italian.
And what would a harvest be without mention of local foods and spirits? One thing the area is rightly known for is our farm-to-table scene, with many of our restaurants serving a 100 mile diet. Often with organic ingredients and locally-raised meats.
Many of our local restaurants support our local organic brewery, and many have an extensive wine list. All Seasons, for example, is well-known for winning awards for its excellent wines. In short, we’re lucky to have these options, and we love sharing them with visitors. Come enjoy the fall season with us, and while you’re here, take in one or more of our lovely eateries.
Take in a Few of These Restaurants Next Time You Visit
For fine dining in Nelson, All Seasons, Louie’s Steakhouse and Grill, and Bibo are perfect options for that romantic dinner for two or a memorable family and friend gathering. If you’re in the mood for some local favorites, and still want something homemade and mouthwatering, try Mikes Pub, the Library or General Store, located in the Hume Hotel, or Oso Negro or Grounded Cafe for breakfast and lunch.
Kaslo Hotel Dining Room, Ainsworth Dining Room, Main Street Diner, or the Dock n’ Duck are excellent choices for a gorgeous meal that can be as simple as fish and chips or as sophisticated as fresh seafood grilled to perfection. Louies serves up a total of 28 martinis to enhance your dining experience as well, and the lake views from Kaslo Hotel and Dock n’ Duck are stunning.
Header image from Main Street Diner, photographer Nick Diamond.