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Sample Alberta, Canada’s Tasty Food, Wine And Beers
There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Alberta, Canada but you’ll definitely want to save time for sampling the local cuisine, beverages and produce. The scenic prairie province is famous for its beef and there’s no shortage of eateries serving tender and juicy steaks. Whether you’re in the mood for a French-inspired bistro, an eclectic café or an old fashioned diner, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your food cravings. Many of the area’s top chefs offer farm-to-table menus so diners can experience delicious meals prepared from locally produced meats, produce and dairy products. Alberta has a well-earned reputation as a meat-lover's mecca but vegetarian and vegan options are available on most menus. Several award-winning restaurants in Calgary and Edmonton specialize in creative plant-based meals.
For foodies who want to experience the best of the region’s cuisine, Alberta Food Tours offers walking and tasting food tours in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton. During the tour you’ll enjoy excellent food, first class hospitality and a chance to soak up local culture. Travel to charming Bon Accord, north of Edmonton and enjoy a Fire-Roasted Culinary Adventure at Prairie Gardens. Guests dine on a five-course gourmet dinner with views of the fields where the farm-fresh produce is grown.
FARM Restaurant in Calgary offers an inventive, locally-sourced menu and works closely with local suppliers to ensure sustainable practices are followed. The seasonal menu offers bison, beef, lamb, pork and fish along with an array of fresh vegetables. You’ll also have a chance to sample artisanal cheeses, cured meats and pâtés paired with carefully chosen wines and beers. For a classic Alberta dining experience visit The Moose’s Nook in Jasper. The classic chophouse specializes in wild game, local seafood and organic meats. Grab a table by the cozy fireplace, listen to live music, and soak up the Canadian ambience.
The Canmore Tasting Trail is a fun walk on Saturdays. Enjoy tastings at seven local food emporiums and hear delightful anecdotes about Canmore and its history. The tour lasts 3.5 hours and begins at 11am in downtown Canmore.
Wineries and Breweries
Alberta’s climate and rich soil are perfect for growing fruits. The bounty of berries, apples and cherries has generated a thriving fruit wine cottage industry. Field Stone Fruit Wines in Strathmore makes some of Canada’s best fruit wines including award-winning black currant, Saskatoon berry and bumbleberry beverages. Enjoy tasting samples on-site and have fun picking berries in the orchard.
Spirit Hills Winery near Calgary is an artisan family winery and bee farm with an organic garden. The white, red and rosé wines are concocted using locally grown honey, flowers, rosehips and berries. Combining European recipes with western flair, Spirit Hills is proud of its grape-free wines inspired by Alberta’s original settlers. En Sante Winery near Lac Sante and Lac Brosseau is located north of Edmonton. Stop by the winery for group tours of the organic fruit cottage winery. Sample Saskatoon berry, raspberry, apple, rhubarb and wild cherry wines after a brief tour.
Calgary’s Trail Blazin’ Beer Tour offers visitors a behind the scenes look at some of Alberta’s legendary breweries. You’ll visit Big Rock, the grandfather of Alberta craft beer, beer pubs like Brewsters, plus several up and coming craft beer producers. Enjoy brunch, beer tastings and several stops along the way where you can shop. Tours are offered year-round from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm on Sundays. Your tour guide will pick you up at the famous Calgary Tower (101 9 Ave SW). Several breweries in Edmonton, Lacombe, Canmore, Banff, Red Deer and Jasper also offer fun tours and tastings.
Agritourism is thriving in Alberta. A variety of farms and produce markets are just minutes from Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Family-owned and operated Horse Hill Berry Farm is a fun experience for the whole family. Located just minutes northeast of Edmonton, the farm allows visitors to pick their own raspberries and roam eight scenic acres of land. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy fresh-picked berries for dessert. Saskatoon Valley Orchards in Edmonton and Poplar Hollows Berry Farm in Canmore also offer you-pick fruits and picnic areas. Innisfail in Central Alberta is a popular stop for Edgar Farms, Pearson’s Berry Farm and the Jungle Farm.
The Calgary Farmers Market is open year-round and features a food court, live entertainment and a variety of food vendors. Shop for artisan breads, local bison sausage, Alberta beef, fresh cheeses and seasonal produce. Old Strathcona Farmers Market in Edmonton features more than 300 vendors and 185 stalls. The weekly market offers baked goods, fresh produce, cheeses, crafts and more. If you’re traveling to northeastern Alberta, be sure to check out the High Level Farmer’s Market and the Pumpkin Festival in Redwater. Other popular agritourism destinations include the Medicine Hat Farmers Market, Hazy Hollow Acres and the Lethbridge Corn Maze.
Whether you choose to explore on your own or book a guided tour, the friendly staff at Best Western Hotels will be happy to assist you with directions and other food tour suggestions.
Horse Hill Berry Farm
A member of the Northeast Edmonton Agriculture Producers, Horse Hill Berry Farm serves as a rural respite bestridden against the North Saskatchewan River, minutes northeast from the center of Edmonton, in northern Alberta.
Family owned and operated, Horse Hill Berry Farm specializes in "U-Pick" raspberries, inviting summer visitors to roam eight acres of land – pick from raspberry bushes lined in neat, grassed rows. Enjoy some time out and about in nature with a visit to Horse Hill Berry Farm – ideal for wine lovers visiting Edmonton.
A response to the call for natural, locally-sourced cuisine, FARM serves the cultural center of Calgary, minutes away from downtown. The restaurant works closely with local suppliers to create dishes inspired by Alberta, with food produced through sustainable practices. Seasonal menus feature local bison, lamb, pork, beef and fish.
A sister business to Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, the restaurant boasts a wide selection of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and pâtés, while taking special care to pair them with a thoughtful selection of wines, beer, and champagne. FARM was called "Best New Restaurant" by FFWD Magazine and took an award in Where Magazine's Best Bistro category.
Farms & Fun in Alberta
Orchards, wineries, farmers’ markets, you-pick – you name it – Alberta agritourism is alive and well.
Plenty of farms and markets are set throughout this scenic prairie province, surrounding and within major cities like Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.
Head to northern Alberta for pick-your-own berry farms like Bevilaqua, Horse Hill Berry Farm, Berry Ridge, and Saskatoon Valley Orchards in the Edmonton area. Then make your way to the Camrose area for Crossing Farms and Poplar Hollows Berry Farm – featuring even more U-pick fruits and picnic areas.
Agritouring in northeastern Alberta? Check out H’ Evans Berries in Cold Lake. And if you’re way up north, don’t miss the High Level Farmer's Market in High Level. Other northern Alberta agri-spots include the Pumpkin Festival in Redwater, and Pork Palace Orchard – found at the en Santé Winery in Brosseau.
Central Alberta is packed with U-pick farms and markets as well. Check out Saskaberry Ranch in Olds, and Red Deer area farms like Buckler's Farm, Eagle Creek Farms, or Coronado Saskatoon Farm. Innisfail is then home to Edgar Farms, Pearson's Berry Farm, and the popular Jungle Farm.
Set for southern Alberta for even more agritourism. The Calgary area features area markets like Calgary Farmers' Market and Bearspaw Lions Farmer's Market, and must-dos like Kayben Farms and the Farm Restaurant.
Southeast Alberta offers the Medicine Hat Farmers' Market in Medicine Hat, and many more farms like Barnes Berry Farm, Hazy Hollow Acres, and the Robinpick Berry Farm & Lethbridge Cornmaze.
Alberta makes it easy for agritourists.