Hosted in the Private Dining Room of Notch8 Restaurant & Bar, décor includes vintage photographs of hotels such as Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Empress, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, archival images of guests travelling aboard Canadian Pacific locomotives, and iconic Canadian Pacific promotional travel posters. The décor is only the beginning of the journey, as decadent tea fare offers a playful take on notable Canadian cuisine and flavours from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Tea guests begin by selecting their preferred choice of Fairmont fine tea blend to sip on, although the Maple Maple – a black tea with a caramel-like flavour – is highly recommended. Anyone looking to add a tipsy twist to their Afternoon Tea can order the Maple Leaf cocktail, a take on a classic whisky sour, with a distinctly Canadian flavour profile of bourbon, maple syrup, lime and apple, served in a glass maple leaf. The cocktail is named for the iconic symbol synonymous with Canada, whose origins date back three centuries to the earliest settlements.
The cross-country culinary experience begins with Maple Panna Cotta, Oka Scone with Saskatoon Berry Compote and Birch Syrup Chantilly. The savouries include an elevated take on a Calgary Stampede corn dog made with Wagyu Beef dipped in a blue cornmeal batter and fried to golden perfection; the classic Lobster Roll; Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich; and West Coast Club – all created in miniature versions that pack maximum flavours. Sweet treats from the in-house Pastry Shop complete the food journey with items like the chocolate dipped Nanaimo Bars, traditional Butter Tart, and a variety of Mini Donuts.
For tiny tots, a Children’s Tea is offered with kid-friendly tea sandwiches, scones, and other delicious sweets. Additionally, options catering to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as gluten- free, as well as dietary preferences like vegetarian and vegan diets are available with advance notice at the time of booking.
Canada 150 Afternoon Tea runs from May 1 to September 3rd, 2017, with daily sittings at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged.