The second annual Alberta Local Food Week kicks off August 11, 2019, culminating in Open Farm Days, the weekend of August 17-18, 2019. The Alberta Farmers’ Market Association and the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association have teamed up to celebrate local food in Alberta and to promote 63 events across the province – 42 farmers’ market events and 21 on-farm events.
How can Albertans participate in Alberta Local Food Week?
- Visit a farmers’ market with your family. Take the time to talk to vendors, learn more about their products and try something new.
- Jump in the car and take your family to a U-pick or participate in a farm tour organized through Open Farm Days.
- Make a meal with ingredients grown in Alberta, ask your local grocery store what produce is locally grown and sourced, or dine at an independent restaurant known for sourcing ingredients from local farmers and growers.
- Share how you eat local and support Local Food Week on social media, using the hashtag, #ablocalfood.
Farmers’ market events
- Some markets are hosting cooking demonstrations, or will have a chef conducting tours of the market, or customer appreciation meals featuring market products.
- Some markets are holding agriculture and food based demonstrations, explaining honey production, wheat and grain grinding and milling, raising livestock and more.
- You may find cooking contests and cook-off competitions at a local market.
- There will be lots of activities and fun things for kids to celebrate during Local Food Week.
- Many farms are offering a farm tour with Open Farm Days, giving you the chance to see agriculture and food up close and personal, and behind the scenes.
- Several farms are hosting long table dinners or culinary and dining events, giving you the chance to eat the food right where it was grown or raised.
- Some farms are staging special events just for kids, including wagon rides and games.