Scrumptious samples offered at annual event
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 06:00 am
On March 31, Bragg Creek visitors will be able to sample some of the best food and drink offerings the hamlet can provide with the community’s fifth annual Taste of Bragg Creek event.
“A lot of people don’t know that we have some world-class restaurants here, and this event is a great way for us to encourage people to come out and visit Bragg Creek during sort of our off-season,” said media coordinator Mackenzie Walsh. “It’s that time of year when people are sick of winter and looking to get out and do something fun.”
For the first three years, the event was hosted at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, but due to a leak in the fire suppression system last January, last year’s Taste of Bragg Creek was held throughout the hamlet – giving visitors the chance to wander around the community while visiting shops, restaurants and vendors.
“Everyone really liked that format, but we wanted to make it a little bigger so we could include people who don’t have storefronts,” Walsh said. “The community centre will be a great starting base where we will have 16 or 17 vendors inside, and with free parking, you can leave your car behind while you head out on a short walk to visit the other 10 or so vendors throughout the hamlet.”
Taste of Bragg Creek will offer a wide variety of samplings this year, with everything from dessert to beef brisket. According to Walsh, participants will be able to try Thai food, Indian food, Italian food and Bavarian food – as well as a number of beers, spirits and wines, including honey wine.
When the event began five years ago, Walsh said it started small – only a couple hundred people inside of the community centre. That number has increased each year, and according to Walsh, this spring’s Taste of Bragg Creek will bring an estimated 1,000 people to the community.
“I think people like coming out to Bragg Creek just for the scenery alone – it’s beautiful, with the foothills and the trees, and people don’t mind the drive,” Walsh said. “This is a great social event where you can hang out with friends, walk around and see the unique samplings we offer here. Some people don’t realize that we’re more than just trees and biking.”
Taste of Bragg Creek also helps with the revitalization of the community, as it was one of the hardest hit communities during the 2013 flood and Walsh said it’s been challenging bringing people back to the hamlet.
“I don’t think they realize that there are still a lot of businesses here that are thriving,” she said. “We want to remind people what Bragg Creek is all about. We have a lot to offer – great stores, great restaurants and great people.”
For more information or to purchase tasting tickets in advance, visit tasteofbraggcreek.ca.