Supporting local since '98
Launched in 1998, RMWFF remains Alberta’s largest and most beloved food & adult beverage event. RMWFF entices exhibitors and guests to travel to & explore our host cities while they feast their taste buds at an elevated festival experience. Hundreds of exhibitors and over 25 000 guests travel from across Western Canada to discover and explore a variety of fine wines, premium spirits and craft beers. Chefs from local restaurants are in attendance, serving up delicious fare to pair with the wonderful assortment of beverages. RMWFF is even more anticipated than usual this year due cancellations in 2020 and 2021.
As a self-professed “ideas man”, Mike realized he could use the help of Cathy Cook, event planner extraordinaire and our Festival Director. With Cathy’s help, the second RMWFF grew to 60 booths in its second year, and 120 booths in the fourth.
Fast forward to today, the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival has grown to a staff of 16 and has become one of Alberta’s largest and most anticipated wine and food events, with hundreds of booths and over 25, 000 guests each year. During the Festival, guests sample and learn about a variety of different beverages like fine wines, premium spirits and quality beers. On top of that, local chefs from the best restaurants in the province are in attendance, serving up delicious fare to pair with the wonderful assortment of beverages.
But it doesn’t stop there. After a few Festivals and hundreds of samples later, the owners started to learn a thing or two about wine, spirits, and beer. They took over Winefest in 2007, expanded the event to Edmonton the same year, and in 2016 opened up Rocky Mountain Wine, Spirits & Beer, a Calgary liquor store which will keep the fun going all year round, not just on Festival weekends! You can now shop online at www.rmwsb.com and if you’re around the Chinook Centre area you can stop by to check out our award-winning liquor store.
So there you have it: the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival history in a nutshell. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that great things happen when you mix good people with a little wine.