January 6, 2023 in , ,

Best food to eat during Jasper in January

Sabrina Doyle
3 minute read
Written by Sabrina Doyle

Fuel up for winter adventure with Rocky Mountain comfort food from Jasper's best restaurants.

The Jasper in January festival is one of the best winter festivals in the province. Partly because of the lovable community spirit this authentic mountain town has become known for, and then many amazing and unique activities there are to do during this celebratory time.

But if you only came to the Jasper in January festival for the powder days, you'd be missing out. In order to fully appreciate Jasper's winter wonderland, locals know the importance of fueling up with comfort food. Luckily, Jasper has plenty of delicious restaurants that serve up hearty meals to keep you going from first run to last call. Bonus: during the Jasper in January festival, many chefs offer special deals on dishes that are only available at this time of year.

Below, see some of the events and offerings that will rev up your taste buds.

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Poutine Showdown

Join the hunt for Jasper's Best Poutine! All festival long, restaurants around town will each create their own take on this iconic Canadian dish. Try some or all of them then vote online for your favourite. Whether that's the most unique, the tastiest, or even the craziest poutine, it's all gravy baby!

Tastier Side of Winter

Indulge your taste buds with these J-in-J exclusive menus, unique dishes, and irresistible specials. These festival long specials will highlight the tastier side of winter! For example, enjoy a tomahawk steak dinner for two at Terra for just $89, complete with an entry for the Jasper Beer and Spirits Festival's Journey to Jasper Contest.

Caesars & Sliders

Do you feel like a meal or a beverage. Get the best of both! Pair two sliders with a signature Caesar for $25 at Hearthstone Lounge and receive an entry for the Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival's Journey to Jasper contest. Available every day of the festival from 4pm to 6pm.

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Jasper Inn & Suites Patio Party

Jan. 14 from 4pm to 6pm

Warm up your winter night and gather fireside on The Inn Grill Patio for live entertainment and family friendly fun! $10 gets you access to the Smores bar and some hot coco (don’t worry parents, they have Bailey’s!).

Sunday Supper Club

Jan. 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Get a taste of the alpine at Terra's weekly winter-inspired dinners. Expect drink specials, soul-warming dishes, decadent desserts and a backdrop of local live music.


Street Party and Fireworks

Jan. 28 from 6pm to 9pm

Turn back the clock at this retro block party on Patricia Street. In addition to an ice bar, family activities and Insta-worthy lighting installations, foodies will love the many booths serving up local eats.

Mountain Malanka

Jan. 21 from 5pm to midnight

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival presents in the inaugural Mountain Malanka - a Ukrainian New Years Celebration in Jasper! Join us for a night of Ukrainian winter culture, food, music, dance & celebration as we ring in the old new year. Starting with a traditional Ukrainian bread & salt welcome, enjoy Ukrainian food and drinks all night long. Enjoy entertainment of the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton. Then party, polka and dance the night away to the musical stylings of Edmonton's Euphoria Band! $90+taxes/adult | $60+taxes/youth (5-12) | Children under 5 free

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Beverage-centric events

Maybe your favourite part of a meal is finding the perfect wine pairing. Maybe you're big into apres culture. Whatever your reason or inclination, these 18+ events are guaranteed to be a good time.

Jasper in January Kick-off Party

Jan. 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Start your festival experience at the Whistle Stop Pub with complimentary appies and Kokanee on tap.

Wine O'Clock

Every weekday of the festival from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Taste and explore three different wines of a single grape variety. Compare and consider how growing regions, climatical influences, and winemaking techniques impact the color, aromas, flavors and style of wine from our grape of the day. $30 ticket includes 3x 3 oz samples. Entry complimentary with a full price ticket to the Downtown Foodie Tour during Jasper in January.

Vinophilia: For the the love of wine

Jan. 13 from 6pm to 9pm

Indulge your wine craving. Come and sample wines from around the world and learn from experts about their unique offerings. Mingle with your friends, enjoy a variety of delicious snacks at this cocktail style event. We will have a full service bar open throughout the evening should your cravings venture beyond wine. $58

Whiskey, Wine & Hops

Jan. 14 from 6pm to 9pm

Break out your best knits, plaids and (faux) furs for the ultimate après ski event. It’s an evening of scotch, wines, spirits, local and international beers and a selection of delicious tapas and après snacks.

Brewpub Bingo

Jan 19 & 26

Grab your friends and head to the Jasper Brewing Co. for Brewpub Bingo! $10 Steins and bingo starting at 9pm! Or arrive earlier in the afternoon for a brewery tour.