Alberta Local Food Week is now less than a month away, and this week, one of the annual celebration’s newest and most anticipated draws announced its updated format for 2020.
Alberta on the Plate showcases the province’s producers, growers, distillers, and brewers, the incredible bounty they produce, and the restaurants and chefs who support them. Throughout the 10-day festival, restaurants from across the province--from casual to fine dining--will offer multi-course fixed price menus and accompanying drink pairings.
Like many events and festivals before it, Alberta on the Plate has had to alter this year’s format due to COVID-19 restrictions. And while this had led to the cancellation of the festival’s in-person events, Albertans will still have ample opportunity to see and taste true farm-to-table fare, either dining in or taking out from one of more than 30 participating restaurants.
Restaurants will have the option to offer multi-course lunch, brunch, dinner, gourmet dinner, and takeaway menus. Additionally, because some of the participating restaurants aren’t able to offer dine-in options, this year’s festival will also include caterers and artisanal grazing boxes.
And since the scaled back format restricts some of the interactive and educational opportunities typically available during the festival, Alberta on the Plate is also offering a brand new online Networking Series for guests to learn about local ingredients and interact with a selection of featured producers.
Alberta on the Plate will take place from August 7 to 16. The festival is currently accepting restaurant registration until July 27. The list of participating restaurants and producers is updated daily and can be found online. Menus will be revealed on August 1.