Whether it is tantalizing barbecue under a blue Alberta sky or a trail ride through picturesque rural landscapes, family fun options will abound during Open Farm Days 2016.
The gates will swing open at a record number of host sites across the province August 20 and 21 as farmers, ranchers and ag-tourism operators invite visitors to spend a weekend experiencing rural life at its bountiful best.
“Open Farm Days is the perfect opportunity for Albertans to enjoy a staycation in the country, enjoying the beauty and bounty of rural Alberta. From farm tours for the family and farm-fresh feasts at one-of-kind culinary events for the foodie in all of us, there is something for everyone. With more than 100 host sites across Alberta, now is the time to start planning your Open Farm Days rural road trip.”
“Alberta has a well-earned reputation for quality, thanks to the hard work and commitment to excellence of the more than 89,000 people who work in the agriculture and agri-food industry. Open Farm Days is a great opportunity for Albertans to show their support for Alberta producers, while learning more about how their food is grown and why our province’s agriculture businesses are thriving.”
“Agriculture plays a vital role in the well-being of our rural communities and our province. Ag for Life is proud to join the Government of Alberta in support of Open Farm Days as a way to create awareness and appreciation of agriculture as an important contributor to our economy and our Alberta way of life.”
On Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, top Alberta chefs using locally grown products will be featured at unique culinary experiences being held across the province. There is a range of costs to participate in the culinary events.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, farmers and ranchers will welcome visitors at more than 90 host farms throughout Alberta. A wide array of activities will be offered from hayrides and petting zoos to on-farm demonstrations and opportunities to buy locally grown and made products. Admission to farms is free, but there may be costs for some activities. Visitalbertafarmdays.com for details, including a full listing of culinary events and participating farms as well as a trip planning feature to help chart your Open Farm Days road trip.
The fourth annual Alberta Open Farms Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches and agricultural societies.