One of the best things about Edmonton summers are the number of special food related events going on. From Farmers Markets to What the Truck to Heritage Festival to Taste of Edmonton, it can be very easy to put on a few pounds while enjoying all of these events.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was really impressed with Taste of Edmonton when I visited this year. Some changes had been made to the venue layout, the special events, the portion sizes and pricing. And all of the changes seemed to be really positive, in fact, almost everyone I know who attended the festival this year had similar feelings.
This year, I was also lucky enough to attend the Alberta Beef Night at the Sip ‘n’ Savour tent courtesy of my friend, Adam, who very kindly hooked me up with a complimentary ticket.
The Sip ‘n’ Savour Tent is a newer addition to Taste of Edmonton, that provides “comfortable patio seating… [and] a place to sit and enjoy delicious food and live entertainment.” The Sip ‘n’ Savour Tent was used for various different events throughout the festival including culinary workshops, culinary adventures, and evening pop up restaurants.
The Alberta Beef night was one of the pop up nights, where the menu focused on … yup, you guessed it, Alberta Beef. The menu for the evening was created by Chef Eric Hanson of Get Cooking and Chef David Omar of Zinc and included:
- Beef cheek stroganoff and wild mushrooms
- Quinoa, kale, lemon, cucumber and spiced vinagrette
- Mustard and fennel meatball with baby mirepoix
- Sweetbreads with risotto and carrots
- Braised beef tongue taco
- Oxtail tortellini
- Root beer flat iron steak, roasted potatoes, confit tomato ketchup
The great thing about the evening was that there were so many different cuts and preparations of beef that I would have never normally tried. For example, I don’t know that I would ever order sweetbread off a menu, but I am glad I was able to try it. Now the question is, did I like it? Well, I would say I am fairly neutral on that. It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t say I loved it either.
My favourite item was the beef tongue taco. The meat was so tender, and the rest of the ingredients worked really well together to make one delicious taco. I also really enjoyed the flat iron steak and roasted potatoes, although I can admit that was probably the least adventurous item on the menu.
I think that the Sip ‘n’ Savour Tent and all of the different culinary events are excellent additions to Taste of Edmonton. It was really fun to try all sorts of interesting and delicious morsels, while relaxing in the comfortable patio atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle and crowds of the general festival. If you already enjoy Taste of Edmonton and are looking for something a little more unique, I would really recommend checking out the events held at the Sip ‘n’ Savour Tent next year. I thought it was a really great way to experience another side of one of Edmonton’s best summer festivals.
A big thank you again to my friend Adam for hooking me up with the ticket and for all of the beautiful food photos used for this post!