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About Alberta Food Tours

You’ll eat life to the fullest with Alberta Food Tours, Inc. Since 2006, we’ve grown from a one woman operation in Calgary to now include experiences in Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Edmonton, Alberta. We partner with over 100 Alberta businesses and support many regenerative farms and farmers throughout the province.

This is why we say when you eat, engage, and explore with us, you support farmers who create healthy soil and food, you keep our food businesses thriving, and you create rewarding jobs for our team. Soil, food, and people — that’s what we are all about.

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Meet the Founder

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Karen Anderson

Founder & President of Alberta Food Tours, Inc.

Karen Anderson is founder and President of Alberta Food Tours, Inc. Since 2006, she’s been a pioneer in developing unforgettable food experiences for locals and visitors to Alberta.

Anderson is also a food journalist who has written for radio, television, print and new media including CBC Radio, PBS-TV, Apple Magazine, City Palate, Avenue and WestJet magazines. She’s an IPPY and Taste Canada award-winning cookbook author for A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen with her late Indian cooking mentor Noorbanu Nimji and a World Gourmand travel writing award winner for Food Artisans of AlbertaHer latest book is called Eat Alberta First and that doubles as the credo of our company!

You can follow her personal and travel adventures at Savour It All and watch her build a new South Indian cookbook at Faces Places and Plates.

Meet the AFT team.

When you spend a day with our team, you are not only connecting with local food experts but also Alberta tourism ambassadors with extensive knowledge of fun things to do.

Callandra Caufield

Tour Leader & Special Projects

With us since 2016, Callandra brings a wealth of knowledge from 20 years in tourism and event management in Banff and Canmore. Now living in Cochrane she loves to lead tours in both Canmore and Calgary. And, we’re very lucky her family loves to test the new tours we develop.

Nicole Liboiron-Coles

Community Manager & Tour Leader

Nicole’s an avid traveller, photographer, scuba diver and eater. Ask her where the best Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings are in Calgary or anywhere for that matter! We love the creativity and passion Nic brings to everything she does.

Cindy Lazarenko

Tour Leader

Cindy Lazarenko is an award-winning chef who loves to give the Ukrainian dishes of her heritage a modern spin. She lives in the Highlands neighbourhood of Edmonton and is very active in the community.

Howard Kowalchuk

Tour Leader

Edmonton Food Tours leader, Howard, is a high school teacher, passionate cook, and traveller who loves exploring all things Mediterranean. His favourite countries are Turkey, Italy and Greece.

Simone Demers-Collins

Tour Leader

Simone is a Professional Home Economist who brings great passion for Alberta’s local producers and agriculture to her guiding. She lives near Old Strathcona and guests will truly enjoy the depth of her local knowledge when they tour with her.

Karen Lewin

Tour Leader

We are very proud that Karen won the Tourism Calgary White Hatter award for exceptional service – tour leader – in 2017. She is one of the best story tellers we know and also works part time as a cheesemonger extraordinaire.

Barbara Connolly

Tour Leader

Barb is a great traveller, food lover and cook. She’s been to India, Thailand and Morocco on culinary expeditions with our founder Karen Anderson and when she’s in Alberta she is thrilled to divide her time between Canmore and Calgary.

Lisa Monforton

Tour Leader

Lisa is a journalist for media outlets across Canada. She is a heck of a lot of fun too. When not leading our Calgary Food Tours you can find her travelling the globe (usually on her bicycle) or camping in Alberta.

Nora Comerford-Seto

Tour Leader

Nora hit Europe with a backpack after college and hasn’t stopped travelling since. China, South Africa, Ireland, Spain with her family of six, India and Morocco on her own for culinary adventures with our founder, Karen Anderson.

Tracy Ritchie

Tour Leader

An ardent food lover originally from Scotland, Tracy now lives in Canmore to feed her passion for the outdoors as well as for great food. Join Tracy for our Eat the Castle tour where her Scottish accent lends charm to the Castle in the Rockies.

Beth Durupt

Tour Leader

With her degree in eco-tourism, Beth has lived in the Bow Valley for over 15 years and worked as both a business owner and tour leader for over 20 years. Her favourite food is Saskatoon berries and each year she marks her calendar for when her favourite U-Pick opens. Beth’s favourite thing about living in the Bow Valley is the access to so many cultural events and the array of activities literally outside her back door.

Amanda Barclay

Tour Leader

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Amanda’s called Canada home for over 20 years. A passionate traveller her favourite country is Italy and Morocco is her current bucket list trip. A vegetarian for over a decade, root vegetables are her favourite of Alberta’s signature foods. Amanda loves living and working in the Bow Valley because of the sense of community her and having such vast stretches of nature as her playground.

Maren Doernbrack

Tour Leader

Originally from Germany, Maren loves the ever-evolving culinary landscape that she’s discovered in Canada. An accomplished wedding planner in Banff and Canmore, her time off is spent in the great outdoors and her backpack is always filled with a stash of local goodness. With her guiding experience primarily gained in Thailand’s marine national parks, Maren is delighted that our Eat the Castle tours won’t trigger any seasickness among the participants!

Drew Delbaere

Tour Leader

Drew is a born and raised Edmontonian who loves to pair food with art. His perfect evening includes a live theatre performance in Old Strathcona followed by some drinks and nibbles in the neighbourhood.

Sue Shih

Tour Leader

Sue Shih has lived, worked, and played in Banff for over 20 years. She’s a passionate and much sought after back country lodge chef. In winter, you find her snowboarding almost daily and in summer, she’s a fearless Stand Up Paddleboard instructor on the glacier cold lakes of the Canadian Rockies. That’s how Sue Shih rolls!