Forage-to-Table events filling up the summer season
Alberta adventurous chefs are leaving their kitchens and teaming up with local foragers to host forage-to-table events across the province this summer.
The Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has brought together a diverse group of Alberta foragers with some of the provinces most notable chefs to create new forage-to-table experiences with three unique experiences to launch this July.
Participants will spend a couple of hours exploring the bounty that can be found off the beaten path collecting and learning about local and indigenous plants like cow parsnip, pineapple weed, nettles and coltsfoot with regional experts alongside their chef partners. After collecting some local edibles, participants will head back to the restaurant where the chefs will incorporate the foraged products in a memorable meal showcasing those items and other local ingredients. Tickets will include transportation to and from foraging sites, tour and restaurant gratuities and a three-course harvest meal.
Forage to Garden – Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Full Circle Adventures & Rouge – Calgary Departure
Join Chef Paul Rogalski of Calgary’s Rouge (#60 on San Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2010) and forager Julie Walker of Full Circle Adventures to explore the backcountry near Okotoks. Returning to Rouge, guests will be treated to a garden party to celebrate what was harvested as well as what is grown right there on site.
Tickets $125.00 + GST & Service Fees
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Forage to Field – Friday, July 6, 2018
Mahikan Trails & Shokunin – Calgary Departure, Hosted in Mountain View County
Chef Darren Maclean of Shokunin (named one of Canada’s Top 50 restaurants two years in a row) and forager Brenda Holder of Mahikan Trails as the pair explores the lands of Painted Warriors Ranch near Sundre. Guests will get an introduction into the cultural stories of the region while seeking out plants such as pineapple weed, nettles, cow parsnip and blue violet. Chef Darren Maclean will bring together an amazing meal utilizing much of what was picked fresh that day.
Ticket purchasing information coming soon.
Forage to Table – Tuesday, August 7, 2018
RGE RD & From The Wild – Edmonton Departure
Local outdoorsmen and best of friends Chef Blair Lebsack of Edmonton’s RGE RD and Kevin Kossowan (of adventure series From the Wild) as they explore the Edmonton region. Guests will forage alongside the duo, and then return to RGE RD for a harvest lunch utilizing many of the items picked fresh on the trip.
Ticket purchasing information coming soon.
FEASTival turns 30! Wednesday September 19th
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton
Help us mark three decades of celebrating Alberta-grown and made food, local chefs and great food. Early Bird: $1050 table of 8, $140 single ticket
FEASTival is currently accepting new restaurants/establishments for this year’s event. There is no cost to the establishments to participate other than their time, decorating their booth/theme and a donation of a dinner for 2 or equivalent. All ingredients are supplied “black box” style.
To register your establishment, or for any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixteen of Alberta’s favourite restaurants have been named to Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants List for 2018. While top spots went to regular contenders Alo, Toqué, Joe Beef and Buca Yorkville, Alberta had a strong showing with 11 Calgary restaurants and 5 Edmonton restaurants making the cut.
Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants also produces a list of Canada’s 50 Best Bars, which featured Calgary’s Proof at #4, Bar Von Der Fels at #7, Edmonton’s Clementine at #9, Baijiu at #21, Calgary’s Ricardo’s Hideaway at #34, and Milk Tiger at #45. To see the full list, click here.
Alberta Parks opening up to Food Trucks
Alberta Parks is accepting applications for mobile food vendors for select parks. If you have a food truck, ice cream truck, food vending trailer or sidewalk cart and are interested in expanding your market while spending some days in the great outdoors, then this is for you!
Regional Mobile Food Vending Locations
Crimson Lake, Pigeon Lake
Carson-Pegasus, Pembina River, Pierre Grey’s Lakes, William A Switzer
Fish Creek Provincial Park Sikome Aquatic Facility
Beaver Lake, Cold Lake, Franchere Bay, Garner Lake, Anzac Day Use Area, Sir Winston Churchill Lesser Slave Lake, Moonshine Lake, Queen Elizabeth, Young’s Point
Dinosaur District Tillebrook
Lethbridge District Lake McGregor, St. Mary Reservoir
Pincher Creek District Beauvais Lake, Castle, Chinook Lake, Oldman Dam
Writing-on-Stone District Writing-on-Stone