Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Growing Rural Tourism Conference in Camrose, Alberta. This annual conference connects groups that have embraced innovative tourism strategies and partnerships, and those looking at how they might bring new sources of revenue and employment to their own communities. I met some great new people, collected heaps of information, enjoyed a tour of Camrose and had my imagination sparked with many new tourism possibilities!
I have been working on plans to add more events to our Sturgeon County Bounty roster. I need events that are fun, and show off all of the hard work our farmers do- from growing food, to raising animals, to operating a tourism destination on their working farm. Well, did I ever find the perfect fit- Alberta Open Farm Days! This is a province-wide two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. As explained in the conference workshop hosted by Alberta Tourism Parks and Recreation, Open Farm Days is a "backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer." I thought this was a great description... our farmers are definitely rock stars, and who wouldn't want an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of what they do every day?!
The demand is identified: People from urban areas want to visit the country, experience life outdoors, learn where their food comes from, buy some of that fresh food, pet some animals and ask the farmers questions. Alberta Open Farm Days offers just that! The event takes place over two days, day one- August 23, 2014 is focusing on culinary events, where talented chefs will team up with local producers to create farm-to-table dishes. The following day, August 24, 2014 will be a province-wide open house for participating farms. All farms that choose to have an open house day will be listed on our website, as well as the Alberta Open Farm Days website and directory.
Last year Sturgeon County had two farms that participated, this year let's make it more! This is a great opportunity to connect with more visitors and potential customers. I will work with you to coordinate a culinary event, driving tour and promotion of your farm - call me today 780-939-8296 and get on board!
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