Farm Tours & Farm to Fork Culinary Events with Slow Food Edmonton

 Next Event Coming Soon at Grass Roots Family Farm in Ferintosh, Saturday October 4th

Dia del Cordero at Tangle Ridge Ranch

Dia del Cordero at Tangle Ridge Ranch

Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with a team of dedicated friends and volunteers at Slow Food Edmonton to organize and host a series of Farm to Fork and Farm Tour events.  We’ve been working together in celebration of the amazing contribution that our local farmers and producers make to our community and we are especially grateful to those of you who attend our events since one of our goals is to donate the majority of the profits back to the farms involved: proceeds from Dia del Cordero went to the Horns at Tangle Ridge to help them fund a new watering system; and proceeds from Savour Local, our Open Farm Days event, are earmarked to help pay for a new cooler at Reclaim Urban Farm – a portion of the proceeds from this event also went towards an apple, fennel and cabbage slaw that our volunteers whipped up when we went to help serve up lunch at the Irvings Open Farm Days farm tour.

Farm Tour at Tangle Ridge Ranch

Our first event was held at Tangle Ridge Ranch in June. Vicky & Shayne Horn welcomed us onto their farm, where we enjoyed a tour of their pastures then convened for a couple of culinary demonstrations followed by Dinner, with paired Wines, in the Tangle Ridge Ranch barn.  We called our day the Dia del Cordero – Day of the Lamb – since we celebrated with a Mexican style meal, under the guidance of my good friend and colleague Israel Alvarez.  It was a glorious day, despite the rain!

Local Greens from Reclaim Urban Farm

Then in August we decided to do it again, but this time in the City at my new Culinary Studio.  Okay so the studio wasn’t quite ready for this kind of an event, but we all pitched in and made a brilliant day of it.  We were joined by the St. John’s Institue, who generously provided us with some Ukranian canapés,  before diving into a collaborative feast of foods provided by Tangle Ridge Ranch (ground lamb for Kefte), Reclaim Urban Farm (amazing produce which was served throughout the night) and Irvings Farm Fresh (who provided us with a whole Berkshire pig!). Along with the meal we poured beers from Alley Kat and wines from my good friends at Vines Wine Merchants.  We held our celebration as part of Alberta Open Farm Days, and a few of us continued celebrating the next day out at Irvings Farm, where we helped serve up lunch to around 200 good folk who came out to visit the farm – together we served up a lunch of Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Apple Slaw.

And now Autumn is fast approaching, so we’ve taken our inspiration from the Harvest Suppers I enjoyed as a kid back in the UK.  So on October 4th we’ll be in Ferintosh, at Grass Roots Family Farm.  The inspirational Coen Family are hosting a tour of their unique farm, including a talk on forest gardening.  Plus we’ll

Top Bar Bee Hive at Grass Roots Family Farm

Top Bar Bee Hive at Grass Roots Family Farm

be learning about beekeeping and honey from ecologist Mark Wonneck and expert Patty Milligan.  Mark will be talking bees and pollination and Patty will be guiding us through a fabulous honey tasting, including a tasting of honey made from the hives that you’ll be seeing at Grass Roots Family Farm.

Building Community with Food

Then at 5pm we’ll be convening at the Ferintosh Recreation Hall for a special Harvest Supper cooked up by yours truly, and my team, along with the crew of volunteers from Slow Food.  You can expect a salad with home made Chèvre (you can join us to make it at my place this

Roasting a Pig in a China Box

Roasting a Pig in a China Box

Friday) and Grass Roots beets, followed by a whole roast Berkshire Pig.  Your roasted pork will be accompanied by a panoply of veggies grown on the farm, including honey roasted carrots, garlic smashed potatoes, kale ….  We’ll be finishing up with a pumpkin pie made from freshly roasted Red Curry Squash, also grown on farm.  And again, if you want to drop

by the Get Cooking Studio this Friday night, you can help us roast the squash and even render out some lard for our pie crust while we are making our cheese! And as if that’s not enough, we’ll be pouring wines chosen to match the menu, all chosen by my amazing friend and Sommelier William Bincoletto from Vines.  All of this is included in the price of the event.

There are tickets to be had, and we don’t want you to miss out.  Please join us in our Autumn Celebration at Grass Roots Family farm.  We promise to entertain and inspire you, and to celebrate with you in style over a meal of our finest local bounty. You can book your tickets here!