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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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#loveyyc – #community is such a cool thing – #calgary – #ilovewhereilive

From now until November 5, 2016 you have an opportunity to show Calgary some love. In particular you can show Calgary’s businesses some love.

Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development have partnered to, “celebrate our city, people and all the countless things that make Calgary one of the greatest cities in the world”.

It’s a call for citizens to advocate for our community and to engage and to support local businesses. Boom, bust or flood, Calgary is strong and here’s another chance to prove it. Get involved by:

1 – being inspired by the video above
2 – using and following the hashtag #loveyyc from now until November 5
3 – choosing activities to attend and businesses to support on #loveyyc day November 5 from the list at Visit Calgary

It’s just that easy. Local businesses have all been called to action to offer special promotions to locals. My company Calgary Food Tours is offering 20% off all tours between now and November 5th and we added a special Savour 17 SW tour for Saturday, November 5 so we can be part of the celebration of our city. Just use LOVEYYC as the promo code to save and come and join the fun.

Cool thing #47 on this blog

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The Incomplete List of #CalgaryStampede Breakfasts for 2016 by Karin Olafson – via @AvenueMagazine 

I’ve got my first Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast all planned. I’ll be at the parade bright and early this Friday and am already looking forward to Spolumbo’s sausage and flapjacks fresh from the griddle that my friends Richard and Nora Seto (Stampede volunteers extraordinaire) will be whipping up for me. I’m going to need the fuel.

Later that day, at 7 p.m., I’ll be presenting a cooking demonstration at The Calgary Coop Stampede Kitchen Theatre. It’s the International Year of Pulses so my presentation will give cowboys a different take on campfire beans. My recipes will come from the A Spicy Touch cookbook I co-authored with Noorbanu Nimji. Should be fun. I’d love it if y’all came on down. There’ll be a tasty reward.

Here’s Avenue Magazine’s list of Stamped Breakfasts to keep you fuelled up over the 10 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

From the Source: The Incomplete List of Calgary Stampede Breakfasts

PS – If you get tuckered out next week and are looking for a break from rodeos and the deep fried haze of the midway, please check out my company Calgary Food Tours Stampede Week Action. We’re launching our Inglewood Edibles tour July 12 – 15 and if you use the discount code – STAMPEDE2016 – you’ll save 15%. Catch you later pardner. K.

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@AlbertaFoodTours progress report

Here’s a great video Shaw’s Go TV put together on my food tour company’s expansion. Alberta Food Tours Inc. has three divisions now in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.

Calgary Food Tours has six different tours every week until November when we’ll go to three indoor tours weekly.

Canmore Food Tours is up and running every Saturday 11 – 3 p.m.

I’m just back from a few days in Edmonton and am pleased to say we’ve signed on some wonderful partners there and will have that website up and running very soon.

Thanks to the generousity of our Alberta BoostR campaign contributors we raised a record-setting $22,105.00 to help fund our expansion. We have 12 staff now and as always, we’re bursting with Alberta’s best food, fun and adventure. Come on out and join us sometime. Food Tours are a great way to savour it all.

 

 

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The leading edge of food tourism – #GFTC2016

Last October I had the chance to attend the first ever Global Food Tourism Conference in Chicago. My mentor Shane Kost of Food Tour Pros, and my good friend Jeremy Mitchell, CEO of EZTix, were the masterminds behind this gathering and like everything they do, it was first class and leading edge.

They were kind enough to include me in the video above and I shared that the conference taught me how to build the infrastructure I need to expand my business.

That was last October. I was serious.

We’ve changed our name to Alberta Food Tours Inc and will start year round tours in Calgary and expand to Canmore and Edmonton, Alberta this year.Check out the pre-sales of tours and the community building I’m doing for this initiative here.

Food tourism is good for Alberta’s economy because it creates jobs in our the food, tourism, agriculture and hospitality industries. It creates value for food in our culture and it garners attention for Alberta as a food destination.

The next Global Food Tourism Conference will be October 24 – 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  This year I’ll be there with my team!

 

 

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