10 Places to Celebrate Alberta Open Farm Days in Red Deer

Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide event that invites anyone and everyone to learn about rural life and experience local foods. This year’s sixth annual event will take place on August 18th – 19th, 2018. Here are some highlights in the Red Deer region:

Urban Farm Long Table Dinner

August 18th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
4847A 19 St, Red Deer

Westerner Park’s farm-to-table experience brings flavourful dishes created by Chef Jason Pederson using locally sourced ingredients and ingredients harvested from our Urban Farm site. Don’t miss a chance to learn about Central Alberta’s farmers and ranchers and what they produce right in your own backyard.

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Feast on Main

August 18th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Street, Innisfail

Join the Innisfail community for a farm-to-plate gourmet dinner. Dishes showcasing our local growers will be created by Chef’s Matt Burton and Derek Layden and their culinary team.

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Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre

August 18th, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
26554 AB-11, Red Deer County

Kick-start your day at the Parkland Nursery and Garden Centre, where they will be hosting a pancake breakfast followed buy a ton of family friendly activities including a scavenger hunt and a petting zoo. The day features live music as well as veggie tastings from Edgar Farms.

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Michener House Museum and Blacksmith Shop Museum

August 18th and 19th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
5036 51 St. and 5020 49 St., Lacombe

Learn to card, spin wool, and participate in their rainbow knitting bee at the Michener House Museum. At the Blacksmith Shop Museum, see smiths from across the region work together to make an ornamental garden trellis. Hear the anvil ring and learn about the important role of blacksmiths and Lacombe’s rich agricultural history.

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The Jungle Farm

August 18th and 19th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
28120 Twp Rd 362, Red Deer County

Fruit and vegetables are never fresher than when you pick them yourself! Take a tour through The Jungle Farm’s vegetable gardens and experience what it’s like to farm in Central Alberta.

Eagle Creek Farms

August 18th and 19th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Range Rd 14, Bowden

Mid August is the best time of year to visit our farm as our mazes have reached full height and full bloom. The U-pick gardens are bursting with fresh certified organic flowers and vegetables. During the Open Farm Days weekend visitors can enjoy free face painting from 12:30 – 3:30 and wagon ride tours of the gardens and newly established Hop Yard.

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Troubled Monk

August 18th, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm & August 19th, 1:00 pm – 6:00pm
5551 45th Street, Red Deer

Located in Red Deer, Troubled Monk is a local microbrewery that features expertly crafted beverages. This weekend they will be offering free tours of their facilities!
Tours: 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm on Saturday. 1:30 and 3:30 pm Sunday.

Blindman Brewing

August 19th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bay F – 3413 53 Ave Lacombe

Blindman Brewing is based in Lacombe and their founders have a range of backgrounds including brewing, farming, and engineering. Join them on Sunday August 19th for tours of their brewery.

Campfire Breakfast & Cattle Drive at Flying Cross Ranch

August 19th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
41129 Range Road 263, Lacombe

Have you ever wondered what life was like in the days of cowboys and cattle drives? Get a little taste of the cowboy life by joining the Flying Cross Ranch for a cowboy breakfast and cattle drive. When the work is done, enjoy hot coffee cooked over the fire and a breakfast created from ingredients grown and raised right on the ranch.

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DnA Gardens

August 18th and 19th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
35344 Range Rd 230, Elnora

Join Dave and Arden Delidais for some farm fresh gelato featuring their very own black currants and cherries. They also have cherry pies and uber healthy cold pressed juices. DnA Gardens will be mosting tours of their many varieties of fruit trees and orchards and a general show-and-tell of combines and cherry pitting operation. There may even bee fresh squeezed apple juice, depending on the season!

 

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Featured image used courtesy of Eagle Creek Farms