TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - As Canada's too-short summer season changes over into fall, farmers across the nation are harvesting their crops and foodies get to enjoy that bounty at a number of delectable food and wine festivals in every province.
The travel experts at Hotels.com™ have selected five outstanding examples of harvest festivals where you can sample the goodness that grows in Canadian soil and, like a sommelier pairing the perfect wine with the main course, have also selected the perfect hotel for each destination.
Fall Flavours, Prince Edward Island (Sept. 2 - Oct. 2, 2016)
Prince Edward Island's famous red soil is known across Canada as the perfect place for growing potatoes, but the farmers in the country's smallest province grow a lot more than just spuds. Pair that fresh produce with the bounty of seafood that is fished from the waters around the island and you can see why PEI also produces culinary stars like Chef Michael Smith.
Stay at: The Great George in Charlottetown; 4.7/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating & Loved by Guests award-winner
This upscale, boutique hotel boasts 54 sumptuous suites among 17 heritage buildings that date back to 1846 and had the distinction of hosting delegates from the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. If it was good enough for the Fathers of Confederation, it's good enough for any Canadian. Prices start at $253*.
Okanagan Wine Festivals, Okanagan Valley, BC (Sept. 29 - Oct. 9, 2016)
Summer lingers just a little bit longer in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, possibly the finest place in the country for growing grapes, which is why so many wineries are concentrated in the region. It's the perfect place for oenophiles to savour the many varieties of outstanding wines that are produced there. The Okanagan Wine Festival is a series of meals and wine-tasting events that are held across the Valley in September and October. As an added bonus, the scenery is spectacular that time of the year.
Stay at: Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon; 4.4/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating
There's a reason this outstanding resort is called Sparkling Hill and it starts with the 3.5 million Swarovski crystals that infuse the hotel and wellness centre that dazzle everyone who visits. Prices start at $298*.
Indulge New Brunswick Food and Wine Festival, St. Andrews, NB (Oct. 14 - 15)
In the idyllic town of St. Andrews on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, the summer visitors have thinned, but fall brings them back for a food and wine weekend known as Indulge. It features such events as the photogenic pumpkin festival at Kingsbrae Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in Canada, a pie-baking contest, a harvest feast, a beer and wine trail and lots more to satisfy the senses.
Stay at: Algonquin Resort St Andrews by-the-Sea Autograph Collection; 4.6/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating
The historic Algonquin is one of Canada's most legendary resorts. As part of the Indulge Festival, the hotel is hosting an Oktoberfest buffet and dance. Prices start at $169*.
Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival, Calgary, AB (Oct. 14 - 15, 2016) and Edmonton, AB (Nov. 4 - 5, 2016)
This food and wine festival makes two stops in Alberta, the first in Calgary and the second in Edmonton. Guests will savour local and international wines, spirits and beers along with a selection of delicious foods from local restaurants. A portion of the sales of early-bird or premium front-of-the-line tickets helps residents of the northern Alberta community of Fort McMurray that was struck by wildfires earlier this year.
The Westin Edmonton; 4/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating
Located in the heart of the city, the Westin Edmonton is steps away from the best that Alberta's capital city has to offer. It's also the host hotel for this year's festival. Prices start at $127*.
Hotel Arts; 4.0/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating
Calgary's first designer boutique-style hotel is known for its attention to detail and is loved by business and leisure travellers alike. It's this year's host hotel for the festival. Prices start at $179*.
Toronto Chocolate Festival (Oct. 15 - Nov. 6, 2016)
It's been rumoured that there are people who don't like chocolate, but for the rest, there is the Toronto Chocolate Festival, an incredible celebration of the many ways you can use this much-loved treat. Thrill to the Chocolympics, enjoy a full-course meal where all the dishes are infused with chocolate, or simply enjoy some chocolate tea. At the Toronto Chocolate Festival, you will discover that there is no such thing as too much chocolate.
Stay at: The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto; 4.5/5.0 Hotels.com Guest Rating
For more than a century, the Omni King Edward has set the standard for luxury hotels in Canada. It's well known for its afternoon tea, but for during the Chocolate Festival, the hotel will be serving enhancing tea time with decadent chocolates and chocolate pastries each weekend. Prices start at $567*.
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Notes to Editor
*Prices accurate as of September 19, 2016 and do not include taxes and fees. Hotels.com Guest Ratings accurate as of September 19, 2016.
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