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Banff Food Tour - Eat the Castle

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    What to Expect
    Visit: Calgary Food Tours Inc., 327 Whispering Water Bend, Calgary, Alberta T3Z 3T3 Canada

    Your tour guide will greet you at STOCK Food and Drink inside the main lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for robust refreshments to welcome you. The tour progresses into the heart of the hotel for fine French Brasserie fare at the newly refurbished Vermillion Room before an intimate retreat into the cellar room of Grapes and its offerings of house made charcuterie. The grande finale see us nestled into the hotel’s signature restaurant, the 1888 Chop House for a signature dish to top off the tour.

    Along the way, you’ll engage with the culinary team, enjoy stories of the history, art and architecture brought to life by our guide. You’ll soak up the luxury of our small group private access to one of the world’s most iconic hotels. A National Historic Site in a world UNESCO setting, our guests always leave having experienced the royal treatment at the castle that is the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

    This fully guided tour starts at 3:00pm, lasts 2.5 hours, and involves walking a small distance inside the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. All food, non-alcohol drinks, taxes and restaurant gratuities are included.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    STOCK food and drink, located in the Lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
    Departure Time
    3:00 PM
    2h 30m
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • 4 "fork and knife" tastings
    • Local professional guide
    • Lunch
    • Non-Alcoholic Craft Culinary Beverage Pairings
    • Entry/Admission - Calgary Food Tours Inc.
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and some allergies can be accommodated.
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The food was pretty good, the tour of Banff Springs was good. But alcoholic drinks Are Not Included as described on this site. The description on TripAdvisor is incorrect, this is fraud in my opinion. We paid $175 CAD for essentially $80 worth of food and a tour of the castle.
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    Response from savouritall_karen, Owner at Banff Food Tour - Eat the Castle
    Responded Nov. 9, 2019
    Dear rpX8141VN, Thank you for your review. Let me address your concerns to the best of my ability. You are talking about our Eat the Castle tour at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff. I am not sure when you booked or took your tour. In August of this year, we found out that the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission does not allow for companies like ours to sell liquor as part of our tour price. Guests can buy liquor directly from a licensed venue but we cannot get in the middle of that. At that time, I removed all mention of alcohol from our site. Our site only mentions non-alcohol and spirit-free beverage pairings. We worked with all our partners in the province to make sure all beverages we serve are hand-crafted and culinary. They are delicious and of the highest quality. I am not sure if this change happened between the time that you booked (where it might have mentioned alcohol?) and when you took your tour? If it did, please accept my heartfelt apologies that your experience did not meet with what you were expecting. If you had contacted me directly - using the card all our guides give out at the end of each tour - I would have been able to address your concerns directly and compensated you as best I could. I am grieved to hear that you would not recommend the tour for the special attention received from the chefs, the chance for a hands-on experience in the kitchen, our guides knowledge and story-telling ability, and the amazing quality of the locally-sourced and made-from-scratch food. Tourism Canada has designated this tour as a Canadian Signature Experience and most guests truly enjoy each moment. I feel guests reading a description of the tour on the website will honestly get exactly what we describe. Again, I apologize if you got caught in between the description change. With gratitude for your time and the opportunity for clarification, Karen Anderson President and CEO Alberta Food Tours, Inc
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    We took this tour on Thursday, 08 August and had an absolutely fantastic tour. The food was amazing as was the guide, Nora, who entertained us with wonderful stories of the hotel and it’s history. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone travelling to Banff.
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    Response from savouritall_karen, Owner at Banff Food Tour - Eat the Castle
    Responded Aug. 16, 2019
    Thank you so much for your kind review. I will share it with Nora and she'll be so happy. Thank you for highly recommending the Eat the Castle tour at the Banff Springs Hotel. We love operating in this National Historic Site and helping bring it alive. Please come back and see us again some time. With gratitude, Karen Anderson
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    Kerry was our tour guide for eat the castle and we couldn’t imagine anyone better! She gave us great history of the hotel, told us all about the amazing food, and introduced us to the awesome chefs! You truly feel as though you’re with an old friend throughout the tour. The food
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    Response from savouritall_karen, Owner at Banff Food Tour - Eat the Castle
    Responded Aug. 4, 2019
    Dear Denise, Thank you for your kind review and hearty recommendation. I will share this with Kerry and she will be as thrilled as I am. We love the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and the privilege of sharing its stories and gastronomy. I'm so glad that shows! With gratitude, Karen Anderson, President and CEO Alberta Food Tours, Inc.
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    Barbara was an excellent tour guide. We enjoyed hearing from the different chefs about their particular niche as well as the overall operations of such a large and grand property. The food and alcohol pairings were terrific. Don’t eat before your tour - you will come away very
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    Response from savouritall_karen, Owner at Banff Food Tour - Eat the Castle
    Responded Jul. 6, 2019
    Dear Jjalten, Thank you for your kind review. I will love to share this with Barbara. She will be as delighted as I am. Thank you so much for joining us and we'll hope to see you again. With gratitude, Karen Anderson Presiden and CEO Alberta Food Tours, Inc
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    Overpriced and they were not honest.
    The food was pretty good, the tour of Banff Springs was good. But alcoholic drinks Are Not Included as described
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