Cochon555 / April 6

Cochon 555 – April 6, 2019

5 Pigs / 5 Chefs / 5 Winemakers

Imagine an elaborate 40-course, stand-up, sustainable dinner featuring wine, craft beer and spirits; where you get to help pick the best bite from five competing chefs.

Cochon 555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs, April 6, 2019. This world-renowned culinary event shines the spotlight on the local farmers and chefs that push the boundaries to support safe, honest and delicious food experiences.

Experience Cochon 555 as part of your ski vacation in beautiful Banff, Alberta.

Cochon555 Epic Culinary Event in Banff

Apres this culinary experience!

Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Banff National Park.

Taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs on April 6, 2019, five notable chefs will compete to win the title of “Princess/Prince of Pork”. Each chef is tasked with the challenge of winning votes from celebrity judges, the participating chefs have one week to prepare a 200 pound pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” of up to six dishes which is scored on utilization; technique; and overall flavour. Guests can vote for the “Best Bite of the Day”. The winner of the local competition advances to the epic national finale, the Grand Cochon, held in Chicago in September.

Rounding out the evening, foodies can indulge in a diverse collection of tastings, including:

  • Artisan cheese bar
  • Dessert bar
  • Alberta spirits cart

General Admission

(5 – 7:30 pm)

General Admission are now SOLD OUT.


  • 25+ courses of pork-based dishes, originating from five responsibly raised heritage breed pigs
  • Endless rounds of beverages from local breweries, distilleries, and wineries
  • Access to 10+ mouth-watering food stations

VIP Access

(4 – 7:30pm)

VIP Access lets you start celebrating an hour early!


VIP access gets you up close with the chefs, winemakers and farmers who make it all happen. Chefs will serve up two preview dishes to entice your palette while professional bartenders and sommeliers bring their best game forward with specialty cocktail punches and reserve wines.


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Approximate Non-Stop Flying TimesGetting to Calgary International Aiport (in hours)

Calgary International Airport – Get to the Rockies Sooner!

If you want to fly to Banff, the closest airport is located in Calgary, Alberta. Frequent direct flights connect Calgary International Airport (YYC) to many cities across Canada, the US, UK, and the rest of the world. From there, the town of Banff is an easy 90 minute drive along the all-weather, four-lane Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1). Lake Louise is a scenic 45 minutes further west.

Frequent airport transfer services are available between Calgary International Airport and Banff-Lake Louise hotels – this can be booked with your package with our reservations specialists.

Reasons to visit Banff and Lake Louise

Ski Terrain

Ski Terrain

Collectively boasting a staggering 8,000 acres of accessible terrain blanketed annually with an average of 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder, Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village offer skiers and snowboarders virtually unlimited variety. And with two gondolas and 26 chairlifts accessing everything from super-wide groomers, gladed runs to steep and deep chutes and black diamond mogul thrill rides, there’s a run for everyone.

Abundant Wildlife

Abundant Wildlife

Home to over 50 mammal species, including deer, elk, moose, cougar, lynx, wolverine, northern river otter, wolves and grizzly and black bears, Banff National Park offers once in a lifetime wildlife viewing opportunities. Exploring Banff’s over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) of wilderness trails, chances are good that you may spot some of them, especially elk, which number in the thousands and are commonly found in the valleys of the park with mule deer and white-tailed deer. Remember to pack your binoculars and a healthy capacity for wonder.

Activities & Experiences Galore

Activities & Experiences Galore

While skiing has long been a way of life in Banff and Lake Louise, many other iconic outdoor winter activities and experiences can be enjoyed. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to dog sledding, ice walks and horse-drawn sleigh rides, a winter vacation here can be as active as you like. Add shopping, dining, museums, galleries, nightlife and a mandatory soothing soak in our famous hot springs to the list of can’t miss memories and you’ll be left wondering where the time went.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Canada's First National Park

Canada's oldest and most iconic national park, Banff is the very definition of pristine wild beauty. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this pristine paradise of unspoiled wilderness and mountain lakes is a dream destination for travellers the world over. Banff is everything a national park should be – majestic, welcoming, wild and fabulously photogenic – overflowing with adventures and memorable moments for the whole family.


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