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Alberta’s Best Patios

Written by Nicole Liboiron-Coles and Karen Anderson Pandemic or no pandemic, Albertans love to spend time outdoors so, we’ve got your guide to Alberta’s Best Patios. Whether it’s plus 18 in February or plus 30 in June, Albertans need very little excuse to soak up every bit of outdoor sun and fun they can. If…

COVID-19 Protocols – Updated Fall 2021

Safety is our first priority at Alberta Food Tours. We have updated our Covid-19 Policy for the fall of 2021. ( Updated September 16th, 2021) To promote the safety of all guests, partners, and our team: Alberta Food Tours requires: proof of vaccination single dose accepted between September 20 and October 25 if received 2…

Edmonton – What’s it like to run a food tour company in the city of festivals?

Someone asked me recently, what is Alberta Food Tours’ competition in Edmonton? A light bulb went off over my head. I realized our competition in Edmonton isn’t other food tour companies. Edmonton has lots of room for others to join our celebration of the local food scene. Nope, that’s not it. Our biggest competition is…

Top 5 things we are excited about for the 2019 food tour season

This is it! It’s time to ramp up our food tour season across Alberta. Here are the top five things we’re looking forward to sharing with you this year. We’ve got three new world-class chefs to work with – Robert Ash, Ashley Cawdle and Dwayne Ennest. Murietta’s Mountain Grill has joined our newest tasting experience on our Canmore Tasting Trail. Our Inglewood tour in Calgary is designated as a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada. We are going to host our first ever #EatAlbertaFirst dinner in partnership with Rouge Restaurant and ABC bees in July. It’ll feature a multi-course honey-themed dinner in honour of the two beehives we keep at Rouge. Soon, we’ll announce a four night, five-day #EatAlbertaFirst trip to discover the secret gems of Southern Alberta. It’ll be October 3 – 7. Subscribing to our newsletter will get…

2018 – A year in the life of Alberta Food Tours, Inc. (AFT)

Thought for the year – “There is only success.”  Sadhguru Summary AFT conducted 373 tours in 2018. We served close to 2000 guests. We employed 20 guides. Corporate tour clients included: DIRTT, ATB, Bennett-Jones, Restaurants Canada, Focus on the Family, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Crystal Dental, Pensak Houghton Dental, Caldwell, Enbridge, and Backstreet Creative January AFT became a member of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. There is lots of travel throughout Alberta meeting with all our vendor partners to review the previous year, scout new partners as needed, and plan for the new year. February Launched both our Craving Kensington tour and the Calgary Farmers’ Market tour for the year this month. Our operations manager Callandra Caufield attended a Travel Alberta tourism development conference called “SHiFT” to help us develop a new culinary experience in Banff. March AFT featured in The New…

Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Alberta Food Lovers – 2018

Travel is the theme of this year’s Christmas Gift list for Alberta Food Lovers I’ve got travel on the brain. It’s always there and it’s usually fighting for attention with my other great love – FOOD!  I’ve brokered a peace between these two great passions by calling myself a food traveller. Are you with me? A food traveller is defined as someone who would travel across town or around the globe to experience food and/or drink. It’s a pretty inclusive definition and I’ll bet since you are reading this, you are like me, a food traveller. Here’s some great ideas to whet your whistle and inspire you to keep on exploring Alberta and the world. 1 – Make the vegan on your list happy In Calgary, you can drive across town to stock up on vegan goodies from the freezer at…

Ho-Ho-Hold onto these party ideas – Here’s our Top Ten list of how small groups can have BIG holiday fun

Today, we want to gift you with these holiday party ideas for your favourite small group. Whether you are celebrating with a small group of friends, family or your work team, these ideas are a sure way to factor in some festive fun and keep your bank account jolly at the same time. The list is mostly nice, not too naughty, definitely novel and filled with affordable party ideas.   1. Beer and Bowling Breweries like National on 10th in Calgary have a bowling alley and, they take bookings in advance.  High Rollers in Banff features both beer and pizza – yum. And in Edmonton, try third generation owned Plaza Bowling for their Pints and Pins lanes. Go all out and have team bowling shirts made. Who knows, this could be your new brainstorming centre. 2. Nosh a Neighbourhood  Our Craving Kensington or Savour 17 SW

What is a food tour?

  A food tour is a great way to get to know a place, its people and their way of life – especially what foods they enjoy. In this post we’ll not only look at what is a food tour but also the who, what, when, where and why of our company. The Who We’re Alberta Food Tours and we’ve been in business since 2006. Our president, Karen Anderson, is an award-winning cookbook author and co-author of Food Artisans of Alberta- Your Trail Guide to the Best of Our Locally Crafted Fare. We have over 20 members on our team and operate in four cities in our province. We have 90 plus partners and together we support about 150 farms. When you support us, we pay all our partners and team members and we all create a great food culture….

Summer Fun Things To Do in Calgary

  Looking for Summer Fun Things To Do in Calgary? I’m Karen Anderson, the President and CEO of Alberta Food Tours. I’ve lived in Calgary since 1984 and it’s my pleasure to share all my favourite things to do in Calgary in summer. Our partner Tourism Calgary’s Visit Calgary  is a wonderful starting place….

36 hours in Calgary – A New York Times feature

They say that the average “overnight success” takes about 14 years of effort. As we enter our thirteenth year of serving Calgary with fun – EAT. ENGAGE. EXPLORE. – food experiences, it feels like we are getting closer to fulfilling our purpose of building value for the soil, food and people in our city, province,…

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