Grand Taste Tour

Bust out the hats, sunscreen and your appetite Taste Alberta and 124 Grand Market are bringing you back to the farm!

As part of this years Alberta Open Farm Days, Taste Alberta and The 124 Grand Market are proud to present the forth year of Grand Taste Tour, an interactive educational experience that  celebrates and promotes local food grown and raised in Alberta.

Following the overwhelming success of last year and the growing popularity of food tours, Grand Taste Tour is expanding this year; with a new partnership with Open Farm Days and a now a tour out of Calgary! “Our partnership with Taste Alberta continues to be received very well by farmers, producers, chefs and attendees, so we are very excited to be presenting Grand Taste Tour for a fourth year with new producer and culinary partners!” says Kirsta Franke, Director of the 124 Grand Market. “We want to bring consumers together to educate them about the journey their food takes and show what it means to feed Alberta,” says Franke.

This year the event is thrilled to have the support of Alberta Open Farm Days which takes place August 19th & 20th. “Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their neighbours for a visit; to learn and share in the stories of farming. This aligns perfectly with the goals of this event” Franke adds.

The tour will be held August 19, 2017. Partners include family owned and operated Doef’s Greenhouse, Blindman Brewing, Rock Ridge Dairy and acclaimed Calgary Chef,  Liana Robberecht of Winsport. Tours will be available departing from both Edmonton and Calgary this year.

“We have such a diversity of farms in Alberta, from large family businesses to smaller niche operations, we grow a variety of crops, raise livestock, keep honey bees, and grow vegetables” says Carrie Selin, the Taste Alberta Manager. “This tour offers an opportunity to explore the farms, connect with nature and enjoy our beautiful prairie country-side.”

The Grand Taste Tour will be August 19, 2017. Tickets are $110.00 and includes transportation to all farm stops, tour guides, a snack, entertainment and locally sourced dinner. A cash bar and beer pairings  are also available. For more info and tickets visit www.wearewildheart.com/tickets/ or www.124grandmarket.com .

Taste Alberta represents a wide variety of organizations within the Alberta food industry that have come together to encourage consumer loyalty to locally produced food through communication, education and engagement. tastealberta.ca  

The Grand Market is a weekly, seasonal, outdoor market located in the heart of the 124 Street shopping district on Thursdays 4-8PM. Host to more than just fresh local producers, The Grand Market is an eclectic mix of artisans, food trucks, and local performance artists that creates a culturally significant hub for the area and a unique experience for patrons. 124grandmarket.com  

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. albertafarmdays.com

Buy tickets here! 

NEWS AND EVENTS FROM WHC HEADQUARTERS

2017 has been a whirlwind, with the "official" launch of Wild Heart Collective and already a couple successful events under our hats! 

The first of the Eats on 118 series wrapped this past Wednesday night. We'd like to thank Battista's Calzones, El Rancho and T&D Noodle House for their support in executing an incredible event; as well as the Alberta Avenue Business Association for allowing us to work with you on this awesome campaign. If you'd like to see a beautiful recap of the evening, check out the incredible local blog "Only Here for the Food". It was a pleasure having Sharon and Mack on our tour and we are grateful for the beautiful write up! Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts to see details for the June and August Eats Editions! 

Coming down the hatch for May is the Opening Day of the 124 Grand Market on May 11, 2017. The Grand Market will be returning back to its roots on 108 Avenue. Your favourite foodtrucks like Drift Food Truck, Sailin' On, Orbit and Little Village will be hitting the streets with Lactuca, Skyline Greenhouse, Sundog OrganicsMoonshine Doughnuts, Dandy Lion Confections, Confetti Sweets, and many more! Be sure to check in weekly on 124grandmarket.com or our Facebook page to see the weekly vendor list and other fun updates! 

If you're looking for a way to spoil your Mama this Mother's Day, don't miss the Wild Heart Brunch Club Mother's Day High Tea! Tickets for this event are just $30.00 and include delicious food and live music featuring Justine Vandergrift! Also happening this day is a Mother's Day Market featuring some GRAND Vendors as well as Workshops with Farmer & Daughter as well as Salvage + Bronzd. Info and tickets available online

We are looking forward to an incredible month and kick off to the summer! See you on 124!