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Secrets of Southern Alberta – An Eat Alberta First Road Trip – September 10-13, 2020

old man reservoir - photo by Neil Zeller photography
Old Man Reservoir – photo by Neil Zeller Photography

Join me in September of 2020 for this once in a lifetime #EatAlbertaFirst road trip

There are as many ways to explore Alberta as there are range and township roads criss-crossing the province. But, how many of us have the time to plan a trip to truly get to know this beautiful place?

We dream of meeting Alberta’s leading edge food artisans and tourism entrepreneurs but don’t know how to make the connections? We search for meals brimming with Alberta’s signature foods and end up settling for roadside fast food. We long to slow down and soak up the beauty of this land but are too busy navigating life to take it all in.

Finally, here’s a trip where you just have to show up and every detail has already been taken care of for you.

DAY #1 – Thursday, September 10, 2020 – Calgary – Red Deer

  • Okay – I know that may not sound exciting at first but this trip is about taking you beyond what you expect to discover Alberta’s secret gems and there’s no better place to start than Red Deer with some amazing friends I’ll be you’ve never heard of. Here’s how the day will roll
  • Board our executive coach in Calgary and whisk up the QE2 highway to Pursuit Adventures cafe in Red Deer.
  • Meet owners Daniel and J.P. Fortin and enjoy a welcome snack before heading out on the mighty Red Deer River for an alfresco lunch afloat.
  • Thirsty for more, tour the award-winning Troubled Monk Brewery and then sip through a tasting flight while savouring artisan cheese and charcuterie.
  • Complete a true taste of this place with an Alberta Signature Foods Harvest Dinner that chef Danielle will prepare and present.
  • Overnight at the Pomeroy Hotel in Olds.
Bison in mist - photo courtesy of HGB bison ranch

Day #2 – Friday, September 11, 2020 – Olds – Kneehill County – Drumheller

  • This day is jam-packed with experiences you’d never be able to access on your own.
  • Start the day getting in touch with Alberta’s first animal – the bison – at HGB Bison Ranch in Olds.
  • Visit an award-winning goat cheese farm and taste, taste, taste.
  • Tour Sunterra’s state-of-the-art authentic Italian prosciutto factory – smack dab in the middle of Kneehill County and lunch with their team.
  • Travel back in time to experience life as an early Hungarian settler and miner near Drumheller.
  • Get your hands a bit messy helping with an authentic Hungarian dinner experience in nearby East Coulee.
  • Overnight at the CanAlta hotel in Drumheller.

Day #3 – Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Drumheller – Medicine Hat

  • Medicine Hat is the sunniest place in Canada with 330 out of 365 days per year.
  • Rise early – your reward is a Medicine Hat coffee crawl that will prime for action.
  • Visit the famous pottery works at MedAlta.
  • Cruise to Camp Cookhouse in Cypress Hills for a scrumptious lunch.
  • Capture a photo opp stop at the Cypress Hills Lookout.
  • Meander on a local breweries tour and finish with a chef-inspired dinner at the Medicine Hat Brewing Co.
  • Overnight at Medicine Hat Lodge.
Nikka Yukko Japanese Garden

Day #4 – Sunday, September 13, 2020 – Medicine Hat – Lethbridge – Pincher Creek

  • Sail through Southern Alberta’s fields to Lethbridge where a private tour of Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens awaits.
  • Savour a Sake and Sushi Brunch exclusively arranged for our group.
  • Instagram a photo opp stop at the scenic Lethbridge Viaduct.
  • Mosey on down the road to Mitchell Brothers Beef Ranch overlooking the mighty Old Man River Dam.
  • Get the lay of the land with the Mitchell’s and enjoy lunch fresh from the ranch cookhouse rustled up by Chef Barb Thomas.
  • Head back to the corral in Calgary with a belly – and brain – full of wonderful taste memories on this first ever #EatAlbertaFirst road trip.
Chef Barb Thomas - photo by Karen Anderson

What’s included:

  • Fully guided tour with hosts Karen Anderson, Alberta Food Tours President and Callandra Caufield, our operations manager
  • All meals for 4 days with many extra snacks and tastings along the way
  • Beverage tastings as indicated on the tour outline
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities for the excursions and bus driver
  • 3 night’s accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Executive 24 seat Prairie Sprinter chauffeured bus round trip from Calgary
  • GST

What’s the price?

This once in a lifetime offering is $1859.00 CAD 
July 31, 2020 is the cut off for registration or when we reach capacity of 20 guests – whichever happens first. Minimum 14 guests required. Price is based on double occupancy.

Sign up HERE

With my company Alberta Food Tours, our mantra is EAT, ENGAGE, EXPLORE. I do this because I believe we have world class food, culture and natural splendour and the more we celebrate it, the more it will thrive!

Come #EatAlbertaFirst and experience an Alberta road trip like you never have before.

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