Discover Alberta’s culinary treasures during the second annual Alberta Open Farm Days, August 23 and 24.
Open Farm Days encourages Albertans to go to the source of their food – farms across Alberta.
“From farm visits for the whole family, to one-of-a-kind culinary experience for foodies, Open Farm Days is a great reason for a summer road trip. There’s no better way for Albertans to experience our agricultural heritage and immense rural landscapes. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the farm as a whole new tourism destination.”
~ Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
“I hope Albertans will get out and take the opportunity to learn more about our province’s wonderful food and meet its extraordinary producers. What better time of year to explore the country and see Alberta farms at their very best?”
~ Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
“Ag for Life is a leader in supporting agricultural education programming and we’re pleased again this year to be the major funder for Open Farm Days. We hear far too often how little our children really know about where their food comes from. Open Farm Days is a terrific opportunity for them and their families to learn more about Alberta’s great contribution to feeding Albertans and the world.”
~ David Sprague, CEO, Agriculture for Life
On Saturday, August 23, from $5 breakfasts to $125 gourmet dinners, Albertans can sit down to meals at participating events that celebrate the quality and diversity of local ingredients.
On Sunday, August 24, more than 60 farms around Alberta are welcoming visitors. Admission is free. There may be a charge for some additional activities. Organizers hope for 6,000 farm visits and $30,000 in produce sales. That would double last year’s 3,000 visits and increase last year’s $20,000 produce sales by half.
Visit albertaopenfarmdays.com for a full listing of culinary events and participating farms.
Alberta Open Farms Days is led by Agriculture for Life in partnership with Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, and Travel Alberta.
Tourism contributes more than 100,000 jobs and $7 billion to Alberta’s economy from more than 30 million person-visits annually. The Alberta Tourism Framework aims to increase the economic impact to $10.3 billion by 2020 through a collaborative approach with the tourism industry to create, enhance and market the experiences that make Alberta a must-see destination for travelers everywhere.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.