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Your Own Taste of Fernie

When it comes to the holidays, the best part about this special time of year is food. Steaming apple cider, savoury shortbread, a glass of Malbec with spiced vegetable pakoras. There are not enough days in the week nor enough hours in the day to taste and sip at every place in Fernie.

Fernie is filled with flavour for even the most diverse of taste buds. The annual Taste of Fernie event hosted each November by the Chamber of Commerce is an incredible way to explore Fernie's shops and restaurants, and though the time has since passed to attend for 2018, once you sink your teeth into the tastes of Fernie you might find you want to snag a ticket for next year.

We invite you to come in, sit down, and spend an hour—or several—at our tables.

A great cup of coffee to start your day this holiday season begins at the Valley Social. Fresh-brewed beans and daily homemade scones make the drive up to Fernie Alpine Resort for your first lap of the day far too easy. If you plan to be back in town by lunch, check out the daily soup specials. This space has a cozy feel, making it easy to settle in for an afternoon with a good book while the snow dances to the ground outside.

After a long day of skiing, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, Fernie's 2nd Avenue is the first place to go. Main Street is made up of a mix of delicious eateries.

Nevados is a tapas-style restaurant featuring Latin American cuisine, and serves little dishes with big flavour. Fresh tacos, ceviche, and tamarind ribs are sure to warm the inside of your belly. Pair any tapa with a sample from the wide selection of sipping tequilas. If you dare, try the margaritas—the salty-rimmed cocktail tastes like you won't be going to work tomorrow. It is the holidays, though, and you might not need to.

Check the Himalayan Spice Bistro for a full-body, spice-filled cuisine experience; deep-friend onion bhaji fritters are a great appetizer to the wide variety of korma, masala, and paneer dishes. You can also order take-out at Himalayan Spice, a perfect option for early nights in before your next big ski day.

Fernie is abundant with pub-style food; both the Fernie Hotel (1st Avenue) and the Park Place Lodge (Highway 3) have a plethora of cocktails and beer on tap. The hearty winter menus are sure to make you feel good. Try sangria at the Fernie, or slide into Max's Restaurant at Park Place Lodge for the risotto-stuffed arancini rice balls smothered in tomato basil sauce.

Just down the highway from here, the Bridge Bistro is another great alternative with moist lamb skewers and daily homemade lunch specials. The Bridge Bistro's newly renovated space gives floor-to-ceiling views of the Lizard Range, too. It's a view hard to pass up.

If a quick in-and-out is more your style, Le Grande Fromage cheese shop has great cheese platters and service for your preferred charcuterie, fondue and raclette needs. Select your favourites from all over the world and create your own smorgasbord, or ask the talented folk at the shop to make one up for you. Stop in at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for late-night sweet treats to take home

If you run out of time during this visit to Fernie and can't manage to check all the incredible places to eat and drink from your list, our doors are always open. Come back next weekend, next month, and next November for the annual Taste of Fernie. Discover your own taste, just the way you like it.

See Part II next week for the best places to shop in Fernie during this Holiday season.

--Jesse Bell

Jesse is a local writer and adventurer with a huge passion for Fernie, BC and the Canadian Rockies.