2020 Country Market and Long Table Dinner

Calling Local Vendors!

The Growing Kneehill 2020 Country Market & Long Table Dinner focuses on strengthening and supporting the growth of business diversity in Kneehill County and the surrounding area. This event will take place on August 14 & 15, 2020 at Horseshoe Canyon, tying into the popular Alberta Open Farm Days weekend and concluding Alberta Local Food Week.

The whole event is tailored to promote local business, agri-tourism, and tourism, and assist in expanding market access and promotion through networking and exposure. The event also provides thousands of visitors and residents an opportunity to sample all that Kneehill County and the surrounding area has to offer.

The event is located just off of Highway 9, 15 minutes west of Drumheller and a little over 1-hour northeast of Calgary, at the spectacular Horseshoe Canyon, which sees hundreds of thousands of visitors each year taking in the breathtaking views of this natural wonder. Last year over 2,300 people visited the Canyon on our event day, and we expect those numbers to grow even more in 2020.

The Country Market includes local vendors showcasing agricultural and artisan products grown or created in Kneehill County and the surrounding region, as well as agriculture info groups, local societies, and tourism operators from the area. This year’s market will run from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 15.

For more information on the Country Market, and to register as a Vendor, please call or email Fallon Sherlock, 403-443-5541. 

Calling all farm direct producers… you are invited to participate…Alberta Open Farm Days

Registration is open for farms wanting to share their agriculture story with consumers during the 8th annual Alberta Open Farm Days (OFD).

This year’s event will run province-wide the weekend of August 15  and 16, 2020. Last year’s event continued to set records with 150 participating farms, 31 culinary events, 42,500 visits, and over $262,000 in sales. It is a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer.

Farms can register online at https://albertafarmdays.ca/host-registration/. They can choose which day (or both days!) they wish to open their gates, and are provided event insurance at no cost to them when registered to take part.

For those of you interested in exploring adding culinary to your event, we have tools available to you. Combined with the materials on AHS and AGLC regulations, we have materials on:

1. Connecting & Collaborating

2. Food Sampling & Demos

3. Long Table Dinners.

This year Open Farm Days will host two workshops in the spring that will focus on marketing, social media and culinary for those of you interested in learning in a networking environment.

**New this year, we have an exciting new direction for working with local brewers and distillers. This opportunity is for farms wishing to showcase local craft beverages with their event. Your approved brewery partner (must have a MT, MP or MA licence) will be able to apply at no cost for a "caterers extension" and you will be able to select a chef or restaurant partner and attach the menu for your AGLC approvals. We will be sharing this information through Open Farm Days and continue to offer coaching assistance for your unique needs through Food Tourism Strategies. For any of your culinary questions, feel free to reach out directly to Tannis Baker tannis@FoodTourismStrategies.com or at 403 830 2846 as we aim to assist you in growing your Ag-tourism opportunities on your farms.

Farms can also contact openfarmdays@gov.ab.ca for further questions about how to get involved with this amazing event!