If you’ve eaten out lately, you may have noticed the phrase “farm to table” knocking about. Knowing where our food comes from has become increasingly important but many of us don’t really have the opportunity to get to know our local producers…until now.
On August 22 and 23, farmers, ranchers, local chefs and agricultural societies are throwing open their doors to visitors at Alberta Open Farm Days. Here are the top five reasons why you along with your friends and family should participate in the Alberta Open Farm Days.
Earth oven made by Blair Lebsack (Rge Rd, Edmonton), Kevin Kossowan (StoryChaser Productions, Edmonton), Brayden Kozak (Three Boars, Edmonton) and Alessandro Porcelli (Cook It Raw)
What does Alberta have in common with Copenhagen, Denmark; Collio, Italy; Lapland, Finland; Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan; Suwalki, Poland; Charleston, United States; and Yucatan, Mexico?
Each has hosted renowned Chef Alessandro Porcelli as a site for his Cook it Raw events!
Cook it Raw is a gathering of top avant-garde and emerging chefs to find unique dining experiences that explore the culture and natural ingredients of a region. Hosted with partner Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, Alberta joins an exclusive group of exceptional culinary destinations . Each event is captured on video and shared with a global audience through the Cook It Raw website.
“The distinctiveness of the Alberta landscape, its richly diverse population and the relative newness of its gastronomic culture all make for a compelling story that the culinary world will be eager to discover” – director and founder Alessandro Porcelli
Cook It Raw Alberta is described as “the shaping of a culinary frontier”, with the first gathering held May 19 to 22 with 14 local chefs exploring and cooking up Alberta-authentic fare. International chefs will join local chefs in Canmore/Kananaskis in September who will continue to explore the possibilities of Albertan cuisine and how we can connect with where our food comes from.
After touring the province and spending time digging into Alberta’s culinary roots, we asked Chef Alessandro to describe Cook it Raw and his experience in Alberta so far.
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!
And if you do go, tag us (@AlbertaCulture) on Twitter and Instagram and share your experiences with us! How do you experience Alberta?