Exciting Changes Ahead for Eat Alberta

Since Eat Alberta’s inaugural event in April 2011 our mission has been to encourage and inspire Albertans to connect with each other, to learn about and enjoy the bounty of Alberta food.

Much like the evolving Alberta food culture and community, Eat Alberta is excited to announce that our organization is also evolving with the goal to share our passion for eating local with more Albertans than ever before.

What does 2016 hold for Eat Alberta?
Over the next few months we will be unveiling two significant changes for the organization. First, Eat Alberta will be launching a new visual identity. We are pleased to share that over the past few months we have been working with DDB Canada to create a new visual identity for Eat Alberta and we can not wait to share our new look with all of you!

Secondly in an effort to connect with more local food enthusiasts this year, we plan to celebrate all that Alberta has to offer by hosting smaller events throughout 2016. The Eat Alberta Series will be a collection of everything you have come to know, appreciate and love from our one-day workshop conference. The events will be supported by expanded online content, which will be released throughout the year to help you cook, taste and enjoy the best of Alberta’s bounty.

The one-day Eat Alberta Conference remains our flagship activity. To our loyal volunteers, presenters and past attendees we thank you for your continued support. We look forward to once again hosting our workshop conference in 2017.

How do you find out more?
Details of the Eat Alberta Series and the developing online resources will be released throughout 2016. To stay in the loop with our announcements and content releases, please follow our social media channels, newsletter and website blog. 

Track of the Day: Mountain View

Mountain View County is a rural municipality located between Calgary and Red Deer. Nestled against the picturesque foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Mountain View County is a mix of magnificent vistas, and some of the finest agricultural land in all of Canada.

Much like the county it is named for the Mountain View track is a mix Alberta's finest bounty. From learning to cook with rose hips, to preparing and cooking offal, the sessions in this track will expose to you to the best of Alberta food and take you on a wild ride!

Session 1: Cooking With Wild Rose.

Debra Krause and Molly MacDougall will be teaching you the whens and hows for foraging wild rose petals and hips, how to prep them for use in the kitchen, and some recipes you can make! Of course, there will be some wild rose goodies to sample as well!

Session 2: Offal Doesn't Taste Awful.

Elyse Chatterton will show you how to give a little love to these under appreciated animal parts. She will discuss how to select it, trim, and prepare it, and she will be cooking some fabulous Offal Tapas. Time for you to see if this old school ingredient deserves a place on your dinner table. If you'd like a preview of this class Elyse has a great introduction on her blog Life Without Lemons.

Session 3: Cooking From Your Root Cellar.

Kathryn Joel returns this year to teach Eat Alberta participants about using seasonal vegetables in early spring. This time of year in Alberta is the time to draw on the Root Cellar and the Greenhouse when it comes to eating local, so Kathryn will be using a selection from both in this class on eating local in early May. Expect a mezze selection of appetizers from the roots available at Old Strathcona, including Carrots, Beets, Sunchokes - and a smattering of produce from our local greenhouses too. 

Session 4: Cheese Education and Tasting.

Addie Raghavan will guide you through a journey of aromas, flavours, and textures from cheeses that are young and fresh to those that are nutty and old. He will lead you through the science of cheese making, while talking about the cultural influences of cheeses from around the world. As the class winds down, the focus will shift towards Alberta cheeses and understanding the essence of terroir. You will leave the class equipped with ideas of how to prepare a cheese board, how to pair cheese and beer, and innovative ideas of employing cheese in the kitchen. 

If you want to join in this wild Alberta adventure, tickets for the Mountain View track are available from yeglive.ca 


Eat Alberta 2015 Conference Ticket Sale Announcement

Eat Alberta is pleased to announce we will be hosting our fifth hands-on food conference on May 2, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta at NAIT (Main Campus). 

Tickets for Eat Alberta 2015 will go on sale March 31st at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased from YEG Live. There are a limited number of tickets, be sure to buy early to avoid disappointment!

As May 2nd draws closer we will be sharing details with you on what to expect the day of and introducing to you the session presenters.

First up we would like to announce our keynote speaker this year - Takota Coen of Grass Roots Family Farm. Takota will be sharing his unique insight into how permaculture design can save the family farm. He will provide practical examples of how family farms everywhere can use the principles and design methodologies of permaculture to strengthen our local food systems, restore the environment, and ensure profitability. It will be a motivating and insightful start to the conference!

Following the morning keynote, you will be spoiled for choice with a fantastic line up of sessions hosted by local producers, chefs and food advocates. The full listing of sessions is available on our website, which, as fellow food lovers, we hope will excite you! There is truly something for everyone, from pie making to ramen, and cheese education to wild food, we have a diverse and unique collection of sessions that capture the spirit of Alberta’s food community.

We look forward to seeing you at Eat Alberta 2015 conference this year! If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to leave a comment below or via our social media accounts.