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Celebrating Food Day Canada 2019 and the bounty of Alberta this August

Alberta Beef from Hotel Arts for Food Day Canada celebrations- photo courtesy of Hotel Arts
Alberta beef – photo courtesy of Hotel Arts

Food Day Canada is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s always held on the Saturday of the August long weekend and it’s a time to celebrate the height of our country’s growing season and the abundance of local produce available.

This Saturday, August 3, I’ll be celebrating Food Day Canada a few fun ways. First, I’ll lead a Canmore Tasting Trail food experience for my company Alberta Food Tours (there’s still a few spots left on that tour but our Savour 17 SW food tour in Calgary is sold out that day) and then I’ll be attending a long table Beef and Barley Food Day Canada Dinner with partners Hotel Arts and Trails End Ranch. Tickets are only $125 per person and there are still a few left.

Here in Alberta, that’s just the beginning of the celebration of local bounty this August. We’ve also got a new festival called Alberta on your Plate, August 9 to 18, to look forward to and our annual Alberta Open Farm Days, August 17 and 18, with 160 farms across the province participating. Check out the links for these last two events and read on for more info about the Food Day Canada Beef and Barley Dinner at Trails End Ranch.

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Secrets of Southern Alberta – An #EatAlbertaFirst Road Trip – Oct 3-6, 2019

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

Join me this October 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.

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The Prairie Farm Project – a dinner by Food Artisans of Alberta: Redtail Farms and friends

announcement of a farm to table dinner at Redtail Farms on June 8

Holy collaboration – this makes my heart sing. This is all about three young farming family in South Eastern Alberta doing what they do best and inviting you all out to enjoy a meal and learn more about them and how they raise the food they grow.

Here’s what The Prairie Farm Project is all about:

The Prairie Farm Project is a partnership of Alberta producers dedicated to providing nutritionally dense and ethically raised food to families. Members can sign up on a week-to-week basis — in the summer, receiving weekly shares of vegetables, with options to add on eggs, beef, pork, flowers, honey, and more, and in the winter, receiving monthly shares of pork, beef, and chicken, with the option to add on eggs, honey, root vegetables, and preserves. It’s completely dependent on what’s in season and what’s abundant.

Everything offered is raised or grown in a way that respects the environment and that honours Mother Nature. Unlike other box programs, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with your farmers and ask questions, because The Prairie Farm Project is committed to not just feeding families, but educating people on food production and farming realities. We called it a “project” because there is no model we’re following, and as time goes on, we hope to grow and evolve in a way that best meets our community’s food needs.

Get tickets to their dinner on June 8 at Redtail Farm in Castor, Alberta (bring your tent and camp out) or sign up for their food box subscription program here. Learn more about Redtail farm owners Ian Griebel and Dana Blume, and over 199 other Alberta food producers in the Gourmand World Cookbook award-winning Best Culinary/Food Tourism book  Food Artisans of Alberta.

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World Food Day – taking a global idea and making it local

a poster about a winter vegetable box available through YYC growers and distributors

World Food Day is a U.N. sanctioned “day” to bring awareness of their goal of #ZeroHunger in the world by 2030. We have a long way to go. One in nine people in the world are still going to bed chronically hungry each day.

The Facts

A report by Brookings Institute states that, “As of 2017, over 150 million children remain stunted, roughly 820 million people are undernourished (a number that has increased for each of the last three years), and over 2.5 billion people responded that they lacked the resources needed to buy food at some point in the last 12 months, again a sharp increase.” They believe governments need to “focus on policies to raise yields and build efficient and inclusive markets, and on public and private investments needed to achieve these outcomes.” That seems like overwhelming stuff. I’m glad that there are experts in global health working on this. But, instead of feeling powerless, I feel empowered to ask what I can do on a personal and local basis?

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#ArtInstallation No 19 -@jennifer_ck proves food is a legit form of art with Food Artisans of the Okanagan

Food Artisans of the Okanagan by Jennifer Cockrall-King

Jennifer Cockrall-King is an accomplished food writer and mentor to many of Western Canada’s developing writers, bloggers and literary enthusiasts. She divides her life between homes in Edmonton, Alberta (where she’s been the director of Litfest for 5 years) and Naramata in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia (where she started the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop). Because of her frequent coming and going she has the perfect perspective to write about the Okanagan Valley because she is at once a local but also a visitor who notices the nuances of change and development.

I’ve had a sneak peak at her new book Food Artisans of the Okanagan – Your guide to the best local crafted fare and am longing to go west and thoroughly explore (read eat!) the Okanagan Valley anew. Cockrall-King has also included the Similkameen Valley which will be terra incognita for most. I cycled that valley in early May a few years ago and fell in love with its laid back vintners, rolling hills and hidden farms and restaurants.

My friend and colleague in Edmonton, Liane Faulder, has written more extensively about the book. You can read her recent interview with Cockrall-King and learn about the details of the Edmonton launch on April 13 here. The photo above has all the information you’ll need for the Calgary launch on April 21.

Cockrall-King’s in-depth research and innate good taste make her a very well-chosen curator for this national treasury of farms and food artisans. This book proves that people that dedicate their lives to creating beauty and appreciation for food are indeed artists. I’m confident it will help many people savour it all.

 

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#FoodNews – A foodie’s #Calgary – Thx 2 @CntryGuide for the feature article on @calgaryfoodtour @savouritall

Around the world, the mention of food and Calgary conjures up thoughts of a great steak in a bustling town. But the idea of Calgary as a foodie destination…

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Source: A foodie’s Calgary – Country Guide

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Stock your pantry with a bounty of #local @albertaculinary @cookitraw produce – my @CityPalate Sept-Oct column

Alberta is a great place to eat - photo - Karen Anderson

Alberta is a great place to eat – photo – Karen Anderson

Click this The Local Pantry link to find an article I just wrote for Calgary’s City Palate magazine featuring 50 of my favourite local food and beverage products.

Choose these products first and you’ll help grow a strong Alberta and Canadian economy from within. We are blessed with the very best tasting food in the world.

I’ll eat and drink to that. In fact, I think eating local might be the very best way to savour it all.

Cheers, K.

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