Market Box Chef’s Challenge – a Farmers’ Market tour, cooking class and lunch

Duration: 10am-1pm - 3 Saturdays

Location: We meet at Kitchen by Brad - across from the Coast Plaza and Beaver Hills Park on 105th St.




*Price is $104 plus GST and EZTix fee. Tours are non refundable and occur rain, snow or shine. Tabs, tips and taxes to vendors are included. Gratuities for our guide are greatly appreciated - and at your discretion.

Three Saturdays this summer, our guests will challenge chef Brad Smoliak with produce sourced at City Market 104 St then we'll enjoy lunch.

  • Start with a welcome bite at Kitchen by Brad - you know you're in for a treat.
  • Tour the market with chef Cindy Lazarenko, meet Alberta producers, and get tips on how to cook local.
  • Each guest will get $10 market bucks and 20 minutes to find the piece of produce they want chef Brad to prepare for lunch.
  • We enjoy a private cooking class with chef Brad Smoliak and then eat the menu that's truly fresh from the market.
  • Your ticket price includes the tab, tip and tax to all our vendor partners so all you have to do is relax and enjoy.

You'll start with a tasty snack, tour the market, have a cooking lesson and celebrate with lunch.

Our tours take place rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

This tour is for ages 14 and up and all fitness levels - though there is a lot of standing.

Tours run three Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - July 7, August 11 and September 22.


We meet at Kitchen by Brad on 105th St. You’ll be welcomed with fresh coffee, a hardy Ukrainian breakfast and chef’s demo that you’ll never forget. With happy bellies we’ll walk a block to the 104th St. market and taste our way through our favourite vendors with fruits, chocolate, Newget, cookies, dumplings, bison and more. We’ll toast our great morning with a wine tasting.

Start with a snack, tour the market with our chef leader and then challenge chef Brad Smoliak with items you select from the city market

Kitchen by Brad

Chef/Owner Brad Smoliak is a culinary legend in Edmonton. He'll create a completely spontaneous lunch from the ingredients chosen by our group.

Jacek Chocolates

Jacqueline Jacek is a "cocoanista" and bean to bar chocolate maker who presents a "new line" of fashionable chocolates with each season.

Fruits of Sherbrooke

Bravo for these community volunteers who use the bounty of Edmonton's fruit trees to produce these jams and jellies and then use the profits to feed school kids.

Gull Valley Growers

Vine ripened heritage tomatoes that taste like summer year-round

Ocean Odyssey Inland

Sustainability and seafood - they taste great together as you'll see.

Serben's Organic Farm

Pasture-raised pork and delicious sausages.

Kuhlmann's Market Garden and Greenhouses

Growing in Edmonton for decades.

Riverbend Gardens

Along the river valley, they grow an absolute abundance of produce.

Winding Road Artisan Cheese

Award-winning cheeses made in Smoky Valley.

Irving's Fresh Farm

Old-fashioned British sausages and meat preparations from Alberta's "high street" butcher.

Reclaim Urban Farm

Loads of fresh green things.

Sundog Organic Farm

certified organic produce

We'll meet inside Kitchen by Brad at #101, 10130 - 105 St and we end just one block away. It's opposite the Beaver Hills Park on 105 St.

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Are children allowed?

Our tours are recommended for ages 14 and older. The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18. Non-alcoholic beverages will be substituted for those under 18 and ID’s will be checked in accordance with the law.

Do I need to tip?

Gratuities for all our partner’s staff are included in our prices. Gratuities for our guides are not included but are greatly appreciated and completely at your discretion. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15- 20%.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations. Your guide will point them out as the tour progresses.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. The walking distance between the establishments on the tour is very short and we will enjoy our tastings inside in the event of poor weather.  Please check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately – including footwear.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring a camera and a reusable bottle of water, if you are a person that gets thirsty easily. When it’s really hot out, we recommend an application of sunscreen on exposed parts of the body and a lightweight pair of sunglasses. During the cooler seasons it’s important to wear an extra layer of clothing and consider bringing mitts and a toque (that’s Canadian for a warm wooly hat). If it looks like rain bring an umbrella. We want you to be comfortable so you can concentrate on having fun and enjoying the experience.

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Guests learn where their food comes from and how it is prepared and a tour leader shares stories about the neighbourhood’s history and culture.

Madeline Cummings, The Edmonton Examiner, April 2016

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