Registration is now open for farms and ranches to be part of the next edition of Open Farm Days.
The weekend showcases Alberta’s agriculture industry and growing rural tourism sector. Host farms open their gates to share their agricultural experiences with their urban neighbours and to help them understand where their food comes from.
In 2019, more than 150 host farms were part of Open Farm Days, and 29 culinary events helped connect urban and rural Albertans. Host farms have included traditional farms, livestock - bison, cattle, alpaca, sheep, llama, goat, poultry - farms and ranches, organic operations, corn mazes, wineries, meaderies, craft breweries, stables, petting zoos, along with honey, fruit, vegetable, grain and u-pick farms.
Since 2013, Open Farm Days has seen nearly 125,000 person visits, injecting close to $900,000 into the rural economy through on-farm sales. Since its launch, 634 Alberta farms have been enjoyed by the public.
Host farms can participate either day or both days, and educational materials about hosting are available.
Open Farm Days will host 2 workshops in the spring that will focus on marketing, social media and culinary for those interested in learning in a networking environment.
Material is available for farms interested in adding a culinary piece to their event, including:
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) regulations
- connecting and collaborating
- food sampling and demos
- long table dinners
For 2020, farms that want to showcase craft beverages from local brewers and distillers with their event have a new opportunity. An approved brewery partner with and AGLC licence that identifies food on premise will be able to apply at no cost for a caterers extension. The farm will be will be able to select a chef or restaurant partner and attach the menu for AGLC approvals.
For questions concerning culinary events, connect with Tannis Baker at Food Tourism Strategies: