The Red Deer region offers foodies a full spectrum of culinary adventures. From farmer’s markets to award winning restaurants, the area is home to a variety of delicious experiences that are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating pallets.
The area is home to a number of farmers’ markets and u-picks – allowing aspiring foodies the chance to hand select the freshest ingredients for their own culinary creations. The Market at Red Deer, in operation for over 40 years, runs on Saturday mornings from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving and boasts a wide assortment of vendors and products. Markets in Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Lacombe and Ponoka also keep shoppers busy.
For those that don’t mind getting a bit dirty, u-picks offer a true “hands-on” approach to gathering the freshest ingredients. Billyco Junction and Blooming Fields are just a few of the best spots to enjoy an afternoon picking berries and vegetables.
Prefer to have someone else do the cooking for you? No problem. Red Deer is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy some fine dining at Redstone Grill & Wine Bar, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or La Casa Pergola. Those looking for a slightly more casual meal are in luck too. Restaurants like Moxies Classic Grill, Original Joes, One Eleven, Fusion Cafe and Earls top the long list of possible destinations. There are plenty of options when dining with the family as well. Choose from a long list of familiar names like Boston Pizza, Denny’s and Tony Roma’s or opt for local favourites including Heritage Ranch, Dino’s Family Restaurant and George’s Pizza and Steakhouse.
The Holiday Inn and Suites Red Deer South offers an award winning culinary experience. Executive Chef Emmanuel David has won gold and silver medals in international culinary competitions and once cooked for Queen Elizabeth II.
There are a few unique and interesting culinary experiences in the area that are worth a peek. Look for the oversized teapot sign at Glenn’s Restaurant on Highway 2. This cozy eatery has been around for over 30 years and their extensive tea menu features close to 200 varieties. It’s pretty hard to miss the neighbouring Donut Mill. Head to the big windmill for soup, sandwiches and, of course, donuts. Locals will tell you that some of the best food in town comes out of a bus. If you’re looking for good coffee, yummy food and fun ambiance, look for the Cool Beans double decker bus downtown. If you find yourself needed something sweet while out at a local market or event, keep an eye out for the Wannawafel cart and satisfy your craving with a delicious Belgian waffle.