Karen Anderson founded Alberta Food Tours in 2006. A former Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, she wanted to connect people with healthful sources of food as food-related illnesses had become the leading cause of death. Frustrated with her inability to change that within the health care system she left to forge a new approach. Anderson began a second career as a food journalist and gradually pulled together a community of people and businesses to share healthful food during food tour experiences.
Now, Alberta Food Tours, Inc. operates in Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Edmonton. We employ over 20 people, partner with over 85 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.
Eat, Engage and Explore Alberta - with us.
Karen Anderson founded Alberta Food Tours, Inc. in Calgary in 2006 and serves as President and CEO. She is certified by Food Tour Pros and leads a team of over 20 talented people in Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Edmonton, 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 is also an IPPY and Taste Canada award-winning cookbook author for A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen with her Indian cooking mentor Noorbanu Nimji.
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 brings a wealth of knowledge from over 15 years in tourism and event management in Banff and Canmore. Now living in Cochrane she still loves to lead tours in both Canmore and Calgary.
A PR grad of Calgary’s Mount Royal University, Alyssa has worked in small towns and big cities. She was PR manager for Tourism Calgary and Calgary as Cultural Capital in 2012.
Tilly has worked as a tour leader in Calgary since 2007 and in 2018 became our brand manager. She has over 15 years experience in corporate communications and is co-author of Food Artisans of Alberta.