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Join me for the 2019 Flight Across the Top of Canada with Eric Pateman of Edible Canada

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am collaborating with Eric Pateman, chef extraordinaire and owner of Edible Canada, to sell spots on his award-winning Flight Across the Top of Canada scheduled for June of 2019. As many of you know, this is the first time, after seven straight years of taking groups, that I will take a break from my annual India sojourn. I want to explore my homeland and in particular the three parts of our country I’ve not been to – Newfoundland, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. So….

I have booked my spot on this incredible journey!

And for the first time ever, on one of my culinary adventures, my husband will join me. I’ve finally found the place he wants to see and it is our own true north strong and free (in case you are not Canadian, that’s a line from our national anthem).

The trip starts in Vancouver on June 14, 2019.

Here, we’ll board our chartered Air North 737 and fly directly to St. John’s, Newfoundland for a few days of puffins, icebergs and hearty Atlantic seafood and craft beer exploration. On June 17, we fly directly to Iqaluit in Nunavut to immerse in Inuit culture and feast on wild game from the tundra. On June 19 to the 21, we visit Churchill, Manitoba – the Polar Bear Capital of the World – before winding up in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, to explore this small town and all it has to offer. On June 21, we land in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon to fish and forage and feast with boreal chefs and local legends. On June 23, it is back to Vancouver after having toured the country from coast to coast and coast!

What’s included:

  • Private chartered 737 aircraft traveling round trip from Vancouver
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 4 signature meals with top Canadian chefs
  • Breakfast each day
  • Alcohol in- flight and at signature meals
  • $1000 excursion booking credit
  • All ground transportation

What’s the price?

This once in a lifetime offering is $14,995 based on double occupancy. Airfare alone on regular airlines added up to over $11,000 when Eric Pateman scouted the trip in 2016. These are not easy places to get to.

You can sign up here.

Use – Alberta Food Tours – as your booking code to receive two passes on our Eat the Castle experience at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as my thank you.

Please contact me at karen@albertafoodtours.ca with questions. I’ll love to talk to you about this incredible chance to see a part of country that so few have the opportunity to experience. I’ll leave you with a few more photos.

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Dine at Four Fairmont Banff Springs Restaurants on a New Tour with Alberta Food Tours

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on a snowy winter day

Cool thing No. 58 on this blog

I was really thrilled to open the pages of Avenue Magazine Calgary in October and find a full page spread about the new “Eat the Castle” tour that my company Alberta Food Tours, Inc has developed in partnership with the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. In just over two hours, guests indulge in food and a drink pairing at four of the hotel’s restaurants: Stock Food & Drink, The Vermillion Room, 1888 Chop House and Grapes. Plus our wonderfully informed guides bring the history, art and architecture alive with their stories of the people that built and keep the spirit of this iconic national historic site thriving.

Now, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, you can enjoy an in-depth experience with exclusive access to these fabulous venues and the chefs that create the food to match this luxurious setting.

Read more about the tour at the source – Avenue Magazine Calgary’s article: Dine at Four Fairmont Banff Springs Restaurants on a New Tour with Alberta Food Tours

Enjoy a few more photos of the the tour here.
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An invitation to my 2018 India trip – Delhi, Rajasthan, Agra and Kolkata

The Taj – photo – Karen Anderson

I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian cooking for a very long time. My mentor Noorbanu Nimji and I published A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen in December of 2015 but we’ve done tours and taught Indian cooking together in Calgary since about 2007. In 2011, because I am also founder and owner of Alberta Food Tours, Inc., I was asked to lead tours to India and have been happily doing so since 2012 thanks to my partnership with Indus Travels.

My 2017 trip has been sold out for some time so I’m happy to announce my plans for  India 2018. Click on the link for the full itinerary. The synopsis follows along with some photos from past trips to whet your appetite. Continue reading

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Enjoy an Edible Escapes weekend in #Chicago this October with my friend Liane Faulder

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The Windy City – photo credit – Karen Anderson

There are some cities you just don’t want to miss and Chicago is one of them. I’ve had the pleasure of travelling there three times in the last two years and so when my friend Liane Faulder said it was top of her bucket list, I designed a great trip for her to lead with my company Alberta Food Tours, Inc.

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Micro brewing in Alberta is catching up with the North American macro-trend

Wayne Sheridan, Situation Brewing, Edmonton Food Tours, Alberta Food Tours, Inc.

Wayne Sheridan, owner of Situation Brewing – photo credit – Karen Anderson

By the end of 2017 Alberta will have close to 60 microbreweries. That’s a cool thing (no. 51 on this blog) because in 2013 there were only 14. Here’s a little background on why local kegs are increasingly what’s on tap at your favourite watering hole. Continue reading

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Talking about Alberta’s signature foods on Global Calgary

Talking about Alberta’s signature foods – bison, beef, honey, Red Fife Wheat, canola, Saskatoon berries and root vegetables – is a great way to start any day for me.

Here I am on Global TV Calgary doing just that.

Watch the segment, get a super easy recipe for an Alberta Grizzly Gold appetizer and come on out and join one of the 15 talented food tour guides that lead our Alberta Food Tours in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton during our 2017 season. It’s a great way to savour it all – Alberta-style.

 

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Eating #India with @AlbertaFoodTour – a @CityPalate article by Catherine Van Brunschot

Alberta Food Tours annual cuisine and culture trips to India with Karen Anderson

Cooking with Sumeet Nair in New Delhi – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Huge thanks to writer Catherine Van Brunschot for the City Palate magazine piece she wrote about the 2014 cuisine and culture trip to India I organized. I’ve been leading these tours with my company Alberta Food Tours and our business partner Indus Travels since 2012.

Catherine’s a writer’s writer. She quietly observes, scribbles notes and jots details. Her camera is always close at hand. She’s able to capture a moment and it’s feeling to share a sense of the traveller’s journey. I hope you enjoy reading her piece from the source: Eating India with Alberta Food Tours

I’m pleased to report that my 2017 trip to India is sold out and that Catherine is returning. When you get to the end of her article, you’ll see I’ve shared with you the answer to the question she poses.

For my 2018 trip to India we’ll return to some places I love – Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur – and also venture to a place I’m longing to visit – Kolkata. Please comment below if you’d like more information about that trip and I’ll be happy to email you an itinerary.

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