One of these farms, The Bear and the Flower, is known for their humanely outdoor raised pigs, which provide some of the best pork products around. They’re dedicated to revolutionizing the pork industry and they’ve done award-winning work with Chef Hergott before. “We want to show people that we can do great things at the top of the mountains,” says Hergott.
More than just great food, Farm & Fire promises a culinary experience. “We’re an attraction company,” says Hergott, “and we want to give people an experience. How do we make food taste as good as the mountains? We really want to make sure we are showing everyone what Canada has to offer.” The menu is inspired by the breathtaking landscapes that surround Banff. “This is one of the most amazing places in Canada and we get to see things that people rarely get to see. We want people to experience that.”
Everything at the restaurant features a uniquely Canadian flair. From the classic, truly Canadian poutine to the dishes that show off prime Alberta beef and even the flatbreads that have a uniquely Canadian spin, emphasized by local ingredients. Their cocktails also feature the best Canadian spirits, including products from local Wild Life, Eau Claire and Park Distilleries.
Farm & Fire was originally slated to open in April, but the restrictions surrounding the pandemic caused them to wait until June before showing off their new concepts. The goal of this restaurant is to create something that embodies the experience of Banff, from great food to great views and a great time spent in the restaurant. Chef Hergott says, “We’re seeing some great return customers. That’s how I dictate how well we’re doing – especially in a town like Banff where there are a lot of options. It’s great when people want to come back.”