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Private and Corporate Events – Building Connection and Community

Helping plan private and corporate events has created wonderful connections in our community. DIRTT is a great example from Caglary’s corporate community. The client relations team at DIRTT calls on Alberta Food Tours to provide an experience of Calgary’s culture to the many returning and prospective clients they host each year. We are flexible in creating the product they desire and at times they need it. Their guests are happy, after their very intense time at the DIRTT training facility, to have a break to experience our local culture and vibrant city with our team. We, in turn, love that we get to learn about DIRTT’s state of the art environmental design manufacturing. We also show our appreciation of their business by contributing to the fundraising efforts they undertake for Calgary charities, with gift certificate donations. Today, we got a…

Why does Alberta Food Tours love being part of Alberta’s tourism economy? Because Tourism Works

 For sure, we are a small business but if you check out the page devoted to our tourism partners, you’ll see that our reach and ability to support many other small businesses in Alberta’s tourism industry is exponential. We exist to build value for soil, food and people and with every tour ticket you buy, you are helping us build Alberta’s food culture and a healthy tourism economy filled with great jobs and food for our visitors and locals to enjoy. We love this video from Travel Alberta which features some of our great partners including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Eau Claire Distillery. Watch it and enjoy a little glimpse behind the scenes. Better yet, come on out and experience it for yourself.

Food Tour Partner Profile – Alberta’s own Crave Cupcakes

  by Matilde Sanchez-Turri Jodi Willoughby (left) and Carolyne McIntyre-Jackson (right) are sisters and co-founders of Crave Cupcakes. They’re one of our guests’ favourite stops on our Craving Kensington in Calgary and we are proud to have them as a food tour partner. Raised on a ranch near High River and trained by a long line…

A new partner for our Canmore Tasting Trail in 2018 – the Carter-Ryan gallery

 Spending time with Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan is a breath of fresh air. Carter is a painter, sculptor and graphic artist. He practices his art seven days a week. Ryan is a singer, writer, actor, producer and TV host. Together they are respectful, fun and energizing. I met them at a tourism conference and fell in love with their passion and willingness to experiment and collaborate. In Carter’s artist statement he says, “In the world we live in, there is much to be cynical about, but I have found an outlet that I, myself, gather much joy and light, and am so fortunate to be able to pass that joy on.” He also says, “I am aware that much of my craft comes from an innate ability that I have been born with, and believe this to be a…

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,…

Warm up with our “Anti-Freeze” tour on March 1 & 2, 2018

Thanks to our friend Liane Faulder of the Edmonton Journal for including our Anti-Freeze food tour in her most recent Eat My Words Blog post. You can read it here. The details: Friday, March 2, 2018 – 5 – 7pm, $89/person plus GST and ticket fee. Price includes all food, beverages, tax and tips to the vendors. Please note: Because we sold out our March 2 tour, we’ve added a Thursday March 1 tour – same timings, same places. Thank you Edmonton!  We meet at The Marc for a surprise French appetizer treat with wine, go to Wishbone to enjoy chef Brayden Kozak’s famous Napa Cabbage Slaw and finish with meat treats with Kitchen by Brad’s Brad Smoliak. There will be beverage pairings with each stop and everyone leaves with some Jacek Chocolate to ensure sweet dreams. With this much camaraderie…

Exploring Old Strathcona with a custom food experience

More items are being added to the menu that is Edmonton’s food scene all the time. Thanks to our dedicated team of food loving tour leaders we are always investigating the new offerings around town. We do a super fun tasting of food and beverages at five “downtown delights” along Jasper Avenue downtown on weekdays in the summer. We have a year round Sunday brunch offering coming in the Strathcona district this spring AND, we will create custom tours by request year round. Recently, we developed a tour especially for the Young Presidents Organization. We started with beer, pretzels and a tour of Situation Brewing. We visited Porc Sale to learn about the art of charcuterie and sausage-making with chef Mark Kalynchuk, nibbled on sweet delights from Amy Nachtigall at her newly opened Sugared and Spiced bakery and finished with…

Put on your parka and come eat with us as we launch our Craving Kensington tour for 2018

  by Callandra Caufield What a winter. Crunchy snow, a blizzard or two, and more than our usual share of grey days. There’s only so many nights one can read a book beside the fire. If you are ready for a change, put on your warmest boots and your oh-so-Canadian toque, and come on out and join in the fun of our Calgary Food Tours’ Craving Kensington neighbourhood food tour. “What exactly is a food tour?” In brief, a food tour is an eating, sipping, guided walking tour with just enough history, culture, and food stories to make you sound really interesting at your next dinner party. The ulterior motive of all of our Alberta Food Tours is to help you fall in love with our local farm to table food scene.  When you buy a ticket to come on…

17 Local Gift Ideas to Source in Canmore during Holiday Season

Ready, set – SHOP. Time is of the essence. Callandra, our operations manager, and I had some meetings in Canmore today AND we managed to sneak in a little holiday shopping too. We are talented that way. What follows are some of the fun things we found. We hope these ideas will inspire you to…

Long Table, Short Drive – our Edmonton Food Tours team attends a Kitchen by Brad Long Table Dinner

Elk Island has 800 bison, 300 elk, 200 deer and about 1000 beavers in Canada’s only full fenced national park. The park is only a 30 minute drive from downtown Edmonton and is 194 square kilometres in size. One of our country’s oldest parks, early naturalists recognized the unique character of this land in what is known as the beaver hills. Formed by a collision of three glaciers, rolling hills and thousands of sloughs and ponds were left behind in this small district which is completely surrounded by Prairie otherwise. Our Edmonton Food Tours team – Karen Anderson, Liane Faulder, Cindy Lazarenko, Suzanne Dennis, Howard Kowalchuk and Debra Anzinger –  pulled in on a windless, 25 degree Celsius Saturday evening. It had been a dry summer so there were no mosquitos to pester and only the promise of a dinner laden…

Long table dinners: a return to farm-to-fork eating

During the brief, glorious summer season, it is recommended that every lover of local food, whether you live in Alberta or are just visiting, sign up for an outdoor, farm-to-fork dinner. This not-to-be-missed Prairie experience generally features a long, communal table set out under a big blue sky in a farmer’s field, and laid with the best of local protein and produce. If you’re lucky, there will be a few cows standing around. The trend began in Edmonton a few years back, when RGE RD chef Blair Lebsack teamed with farmers Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres to hold an outdoor meal on the Ruzicka farm, located near Viking, about 120 kilometres east of Edmonton. Lebsack served vegetables that he had grown himself on the Ruzicka property, and all the meat was also supplied by Nature’s Green Acres…

What’s on Alberta’s plentiful summer food festival menu? Glad you asked.

The long-awaited languid days of summer are here. Finally. And that means one thing for those of us who love to savour the flavour of anything freshly picked or locally made.  Biting into fresh–picked corn dripping in butter. Popping juicy, purple huckleberries straight from the bush into your mouth, like candy. That first sip of your favourite cold and hoppy craft brew on a hot summer day.   We are spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the province’s exploding culinary scene this summer. Thrown into the blender of this summer’s festivals and events is Alberta’s booming food truck scene, creative chefs and a chance to meet local farmers and ranchers.   We’re hard pressed to pick favourites, but here are a few. Check the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance or Travel Alberta for a fuller list.   To market, to market – June through fall – You don’t have to drive far to come across a local farmers’ market. Outside of Calgary and Edmonton city markets, you’ll find stalls of fresh produce and more in towns and cities from Medicine Hat to Cochrane and Camrose, all the way north of…

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