Started in 2012 by the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, the Alberta Ate initiative hosted its first event called Tasting Terroir: Alberta’s Aboriginal Appeal at Fort Calgary. Alberta’s top chefs and some of Canada’s top Aboriginal chefs came together to showcase contemporary interpretations of Aboriginal food. This powerful food celebration brought a time and place to life through food and drinks as a way to entice, educate, and reward culinary adventurers. Created to share Alberta’s culinary history and modern-day stories with the public, tourists and media professionals, the Alberta Ate shines a spotlight on Alberta’s incredibly rich culinary offering by hosting annual food and cultural events.
The Alberta Ate raises national and global awareness of Alberta’s food offering and our provinces relationship with eating and growing distinct food. Inventive chefs from across the province are selected as ambassadors to collaborate, compete, create, and of course, cook at events here and afar, raising awareness about Alberta’s bounty to whet the appetites of curious visitors.
This goodwill initiative stimulates interest and the economies of the culinary tourism sector – not just restaurants, but the hundreds of producers in the province: local brewers, cheesemakers, honeymakers, bison farmers, fruit wine makers, bakers, produce suppliers, and more – all of whom have a story to share with visitors to Alberta.
Alberta Ate +15 – March 15, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Sunshine Skillet – April 11 2014 – Medicine Hat, AB
Terrior – May 14, 2014 – Toronto, ON
Taste of Edmonton President’s Reception – July 17, 2014 – Edmonton, AB
Famous 5 Belles & Bootleggers Gala – September 11, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Dig In Horticulinary Festival – October 10, 2014 – St Albert, AB
Jasper Dark Sky Dinner – October 24, 2014 – Jasper, AB