Last year I attended Eat Alberta with my friend Jenn, and we had an awesome time! We enjoyed a hands on demonstration on how to make sausage, we learned the tips and tricks of backyard gardening, we tasted all sorts of different kinds of beef, we were taught the basics of making vinaigrettes and of course, we ate all sorts of delicious food and met lots of awesome people. The conference was a lot of fun and something I really recommend if you are a foodie looking for an educational and delicious event in Edmonton.
Eat Alberta is a non-profit association, managed entirely by volunteers. Every year they put on a one day, workshop-style conference that features a mix of hands-on learning, food tastings, and presentations that focus on local and regional Alberta foods. Participants come together with farmers, chefs, foragers, botanists, and bakers to learn about what is produced in our province, how to prepare it, and what it tastes like.
This year’s conference is on April 26th and is again held at NAIT. It features fifteen different presenters and fourteen different sessions, many of which are new to Eat Alberta. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about jowl bacon, pumpkin ravioli, cider-making, Alberta cheese tasting, and much more. The full list of sessions can be found on the Eat Alberta website, here.
The keynote speaker for 2014 is John Schneider, from Gold Forest Grains. He will give his thoughts on how to re-focus our attention on food advocacy and real-life ways to pressure law-makers to improve our food and agriculture systems. He will also offer a glimpse into life on his farm, and how he produces food for his family.
The day will close with three “Seedy Business” discussions – 5-10 minutes presentations on backyard bees, backyard chickens, and raw milk – followed by “Taste of Alberta” tasting boards and a wine down.
Tickets for Eat Alberta are $150 each and include the keynote and lightning talks, four sessions, breakfast, lunch, the “tastes of Alberta”, and the wine down. Registration opens today at 10:00 am! Last year the registration filled up fast… so to avoid disappointment, get on-line early to pick your sessions!