It’s a first. And a family event not to be missed. Local food producers in and around Lac Ste. Anne County are hosting the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase on Saturday August 17th at the George Pegg Botanic Garden near Glenevis (off Hwy 43). The popular Alberta Open Farm Days is celebrated province-wide that weekend and this Showcase will feature local area farms and artisan food producers proudly offering their goods at a vendor market. But this is not your ordinary farmers market. It’s a unique opportunity for food lovers to find growers and producers who share their passion for quality. The wide and wonderful variety of fine local area products for sale includes: beef, pork, chicken, turkey products, rabbit, and fresh eggs, as well as organic garden produce and naturally grown vegetables, fruits, canned goods and other delicacies. Come for The Ruby Apron’s fresh sourdough bread along with fresh baked pizzas and other baked goods from the outdoor cobb oven. Take home fresh flowers, unique condiments from Janice Beaton Cheese Partners, and locally roasted coffee from Rio Better Beans in Edmonton. Culina to Go, Edmonton’s newest take-home food shop, will be selling a selection of their special edibles. There will be tours of the historic George Pegg Garden, with its pioneer artifacts and buildings, and there will be kids’ events, animals onsite and other family fun. The Farmer Showcase runs 9AM to 4 PM on Saturday August 17th. Come and enjoy the day - rain or shine. Free admission. But that’s not all! A gourmet culinary event follows the Market! Get your tickets for the fabulous Farm to Fork Dinner in the Pegg Garden from 6PM to 9PM that evening. This dinner will be prepared by the acclaimed chef team of Brad and Cindy Lazarenko, (Culina Restaurants, Edmonton) using proteins and produce from the day’s vendors.
Guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail by Black Diamond Distillery, followed by an array of dishes that showcase the diverse offering of our local farmers. There will be a cash bar featuring Bent Stick Brewery and Color de Vino Wine & Spirits, offering craft beer and wine paired to the menu. Guests will dine under the big tent (rain or shine). Tickets are available online at eventbrite.ca(rural-roots-farmer-showcase-farm-to-table-dinner-tickets) As a family outing during the day - or a unique fine dining occasion in the evening - the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase is not to be missed.