Taste of Edmonton – a Real Garden of Eatin’

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is known as the “Festival City”. Most of these festivals occur in the spring and summer months when Edmontonians escape to the great outdoors. The Taste of Edmonton festival where local restaurants offered samples from their menus started in 1984 and has been a fixture during the K-Days, since then. It runs for 12 days and is usually located in Sir Winston Churchill Square, surrounded by the downtown high-rises. As more and more restaurants got involved, the venue became more and more crowded and at times, you could barely move about the site.

This year, due to downtown LRT construction, it was relocated to Capital Plaza, directly North of the Alberta Legislature Building. 50 restaurants and Food Trucks are involved and 350,000 attendees are expected over the 12 day run. We were but 2 of them today in the boiling summer heat.

We were pleasantly surprised at how well you could move around the new site, how quickly the lines for ticket sales and vendors moved, how hot the food was and how much seating and shade was available on site. All in all, we hope it never moves back to Winston Churchill Square.

Prepare to spend about $67 for 40 tickets which will feed you well. Items cost from 2-6 tickets and there are plenty of good values out there along with some overpriced items.

A huge concert stage has been set up and live bands will be playing, although none were on stage while we were there. The main area of the site has an all ages liquor license, which means that minors can attend with their parents, similar to a licensed restaurant. You can also pay extra to enjoy a Dinner in the sky suspended from a couple of work lifts. Enjoy.

For our 40 coupons, we shared

  • Green Onion Cake with Sambal Oelek – Edmonton’s official summer food – tasty
  • Crispy Ginger Beef – a sinful once a year pleasure
  • Crispy Fried Pork Dumplings with Hoisin Sauce and Veggie Slaw – delicious and a great value
  • Meatball Lollipops with Sweet and Sour and BBQ sauce – tasty and good value
  • Yemisir Kik Wot – spicy Ethiopian lentils and injera bread – delicious as always and very good value
  • Tequila-Lime Chicken Taco with Mexican Rice – delicious but very small portion for the cost
  • Afghan Bolani – thin crust stuffed with potatoes with mint sauce – a real delicious surprise
  • Deep-fried dill pickles with Tzatziki – crispy and hot and to die for
  • Buttermilk Beignets – nothing special, but very good value
  • Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake – delicious
  • Gelato (2 flavours in a cup) – good value, but we have had better gelato in Vancouver and Nice.
  • we had one coupon left that we donated to a couple of young ladies trying to scrape enough coupons together for a treat

Now that I see this in print, we did eat a lot. But, this was our main meal for the day and we walked to and from the venue across the High Level Bridge, so I am thinking we wore it all off. Right!!!!

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