More than 110 farms, ranches and small businesses across the province are gearing up to open their gates for the sixth-annual Alberta Open Farm Days.
Taking place Aug. 18 and 19, the agricultural tourism event will include farm tours and family-friendly activities. Albertans will have the opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of agricultural specialties, including meaderies, breweries and distilleries, dairy, poultry, crops, machinery, fruits, vegetables and livestock.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier stated in a press release that “Alberta has some of the best farmers and food producers in the world.”
“Open Farm Days is a great opportunity for Albertans to support this industry and meet the people who put food on their tables,” Oneil stated.
In addition, over the course of two days chefs from across the region will be teaming up with producers to create dishes featuring locally-grown and sourced products. Sixteen culinary events will take place across the province. Attendees can purchase tickets for the culinary events online.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda stated in a press release that he encouraged Albertans to use this event as an opportunity for a summer ‘staycation.’
“Open Farm Days is back for another incredible weekend of delicious food, family friendly entertainment and rural hospitality. The event helps people learn more about where their food comes from and supports rural tourism operators across the province,” he added in the statement.
Participating farms close to Calgary include Bow Point Nursery, Brooks Corn Maze, Greentree Village, Rockyview Wapitifarms Ltd., the Wildlife Distillery and YYC Growers.
Alberta Open Farm Days began in 2012 as a collaborative effort to educate consumers about food production, as wells as promote local businesses and products. The event is a partnership between the government of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance and Travel Alberta.
An interactive online planner is available at albertafarmdays.ca with specific details regarding the activities taking place at each location, availability, cost and directions.
Kristen Spruit is a Calgary-based Troy Media business reporter.