The Banff area is developing a reputation as a foodie destination, and the Eagle’s Nest restaurant at Sunshine Village deserves part of the credit.

TripAdvisor recently deemed Banff the culinary capital of Alberta, with the town ranking 8th overall in Canada in the Travellers' Choice Food and Wine Destinations.

If you want to find out what is all the fuss about, head to the Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival this weekend.

Stampede Park's BMO Centre will host Calgary's 2011 Grand Tasting Hall on Friday and Saturday. More than 200 exhibitor booths will showcase the latest beverage products, including a distinguished collection of wines from around the globe, premium spirits and micro-brewed beer.

A wide variety of Calgary and the Bow Valley’s finest culinary creations will be there, with such offerings as turducken sliders, lobster corn dogs, pecan smoked pork and truffle cannelloni.

The Sunshine Mountain Lodge team will share some of their delicious samples as well, offering visitors yet another reason to visit Banff’s only ski-in/ski-out lodge.

“The Sunshine Mountain Lodge offers a unique experience. Visitors are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and everything they need is at their fingertips – including outstanding dining,” said John Scurfield, Senior Vice-President Sales, Marketing and Resort Operations.

Visitors to the Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival will have an opportunity to experience the Sunshine Mountain Lodge first-hand by entering a draw. The winner will receive an all-inclusive weekend getaway for two at the beautiful Sunshine Mountain Lodge, with a day of skiing and riding, VIP parking, dinner for two at the Chimney Corner restaurant and a couple's spa treatment.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at the door, visit the Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival for more details.