Creative Culinary

Move over farm-to-fork! It’s no longer a trend in Alberta, it’s a way of life. As well, the hyper-local food movement is growing and we’re seeing eco-conscious, plant-based hotspots, savoury cocktails and desserts, and international street foods taking centre stage in Alberta’s every growing food scene. Here are a few ways to take a bite:
  • Whether it it’s following the plant-based movement or zero waste, many restaurants are catering to the ever-growing market of sustainability in cooking. Calgary’s brunch spot, The Dandelion Café, offers plant-based comfort food and a low- ecological footprint. Also, check out the vegan pulled pork pizza at Edmonton’s Die Pie, the vegan cinnamon roll from Canela in Calgary.
  • Forage for wild edibles and healing plants in the Rocky Mountain Kananaskis Country with Full Circle Adventures. Or tour a local farm and ranch with Chef Blair Lebsack from RGE Road in Edmonton to get a feel for the diverse indigenous plants and animals that call Alberta home. 
  • Playing on the “eat local” theme, local designers and artists are running away with the newest design trend of maximalism. Bold murals, art deco, metallic prints, textured materials and vibrant colours are sweeping the culinary scene, pairing unique ambiance with the authentic personality of a cuisine. Not to mention the perfect backdrops for snaps and instastories! 
  • Mosey down the Cowboy Trail and clink glasses at Eau Claire Distillery. Alberta’s first independent craft distillery recently won the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, considered the most influential spirits competition in the world.
  • Break out the baking pans at Edmonton’s Duchess Bake Shop. The famed Parisian-style patisserie has recently expanded with a new teaching school, provisions shop and French-Scandinavian influenced brunch spot Cafe Linnea.
  • Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance has identified beef, bison, canola, honey, Red Fife wheat, root vegetables and Saskatoon berries as signature Alberta foods. 

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