Dining Extravaganza

Incredible Nelson and Kootenay Lake Restaurants and Cafes

The Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is fast becoming known for incredible culinary diversity—there are more restaurants and cafes per capita here than in Toronto, Manhattan or San Francisco. We’re also home to a premiere, award-winning cooking school at Selkirk College, and many graduates continue to live and work in our region after graduation.

Hyper-Local Fresh Ingredients and Award Winning Restaurants

Many residents in the region are committed to hyper-local, farm-to-table cuisine, and seasonal ingredients are all a part of the increasingly popular 100 Mile Menu. For a mountain region we have a surprisingly large number of nearby farms and fields.

If you have heard of Whitewater Ski Resort you have probably heard of their famous food and the Whitewater Cooks series of cookbooks. You can purchase these online or at a local store in the region.

Local BC Wines and Beers

Nelson has one of the first certified organic breweries in British Columbia, the Nelson Brewing Company. Torchlight Brewing and Backroads Brewing Co in Nelson and Angry Hen Brewing in Kaslo serve up a variety of fresh craft beers. Restaurants in the region serve the local brew as well as many other local BC wines and beers - there are over 100 craft beer taps in the region. Nelson's close proximity to the Okanagan allows for many delicious regional options on the wine menus.

Burger Month

If you are able to visit Nelson in November you will be in for a gastronomic adventure focused around burgers, of all sorts. Burger month, hosted by the Nelson Star, gathers about 24 restaurants serving up mouth watering options. If you want to try them all, sharing or getting takeout for a group are some effective tips used by locals. 

Unique and Diverse Culinary Experiences

From fast food to the finest dining, the region caters for all needs. Nelson also features Canada's oldest food co-operative grocery store, artisan bakeries, a cheese shop, and charcuterie, all within walking distance of dozens of other restaurants. Multiple cafes serve up locally roasted coffee from Oso Negro and No6 Coffee, and patios in the region offer a captivating blend of beautiful outdoor scenery and vibrant mountain life. 

Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Indian are also among the countries represented in local restaurants.

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