As Alberta is home to an amazing and dizzying array of agricultural products, is it any wonder that Alberta’s culinary scene is bursting with creative chefs and restaurants earning national and international recognition? Not to mention all the food festivals…! There is no better way to showcase the bounty of our province to visitors and Albertans alike as there are so many culinary events to attend.
There are dozens of these culinary events, ranging from small community potlucks to world-class events, taking place in every corner of the province. The choices can be overwhelming so if you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve helpfully compiled a list of the Top 10 food festivals that you can check out!
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Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton, July 17-26
More than 60 Edmonton restaurants set up shop in Churchill Square for 10 days in July ready to share their skill and flavours for all to enjoy. Looking for something more educational? Sign up for the classes and culinary adventures offered via the Sip ‘n Savour tent, which may include access to the themed evening events as well. No shortage of activities happening on the Square during Taste
Canadian Food Championships, Edmonton, July 21-25
Test your talent or come cheer on your favourite chef at the first Canadian Food Championships taking place at Churchill Square along with Taste of Edmonton this July. The cooking competition will see profession chefs and home cooks compete shoulder to shoulder in seven different categories. Aside from the prize money and bragging rights, winners will receive a golden ticket to the World Food Championships held in Florida in November.
Taste of Markerville, July 25
The central Alberta hamlet of Markerville comes alive with fresh local produce and culinary delights for the Taste of Markerville on July 25. A celebration of central Alberta farms, Markerville welcomes six of Alberta’s best chefs to prepare extraordinary dishes featuring local sourced goodies for a long table dinner set to the stunning countryside surroundings of Markerville. While you’re there, be sure to stop by Stephansson House, home to famed Icelandic poet, Stephan G Stephansson, called the Poet of the Rockies. An experience not to be missed.
Open Farm Days, August 22-23
Explore where your food comes from at one of the more than 60 farms open across the province for Open Farm Days. Take one step further and sign up for a culinary experience where farms partner with chefs to deliver field dinners, tastings and other delicious treats.
Really, Really Long Table Dinner, Calgary, September
Imagine a table the length of a city block stretched down Stephen Avenue in Calgary featuring restaurants and chefs from Calgary’s downtown culinary scene. You become the people watched by shoppers as you wine and dine in this unique urban setting. A foodie experience to check off your list for sure! Follow the City Palate for details of next year’s event.
Dig In! St Albert Horticulinary Festival, October 2-3
Exploring the hyper-local theme of growing ingredients to be savoured at the flagship long table dinner, Dig In! St Albert offers workshops on everything from nano-farming and edible landscaping to pickling and breadmaking. So Dig In! Alberta at St. Albert’s newest festival.
Relish Fest – Food on Film, Edmonton, Fall
A celebration of food on film, this new festival screens food focused films from around the world – often with delectable nibbles from Edmonton’s top chefs. Stay tuned to The Tomato for details about this year’s film festival.
Alberta’s chefs and restaurants are gaining traction as some of the best in Canada – including the likes of Model Milk and Charcut in Calgary, and Rge Rd and Rostizado in Edmonton. Check out the list to see how your favourites rank!
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