In this Edition:
Holiday Entertaining with Local Food & Drink
Christmas Markets  |  Bits 'N Bites
Restaurant Spotlight: Fraser & Fig (Calgary)
Meet a Chef: Rafael Castillo (Fonda Fora, Calgary)
Meet a Producer: Route 304 Cattle Co. (Linden)
Featured Partner: Alberta Chicken Producers

Holiday entertaining with local food & drink

Holiday party season is upon us, and there's no better way to make sure you've got all your bases covered than by bringing in the best Alberta food and drink.  Whether you're a host or a guest, we've got you covered to make sure your menus are remembered for years to come.
Need a new recipe idea?

The holiday season is the perfect time to try delicious new recipes, and we've got a whole pile of great places to find them!  

Sweet: HoneySugar
Savoury: Beef, Chicken
A bit of everything: Alberta on the Plate Chef Recipes, BeerEggs, MilkWheat
Need something for the Christmas potluck?

D&A Gardens (Elnora) Individual Cheesecakes - Turtle, Salted Caramel, Candy Cane, Gingerbread. $6 each. Pick up from Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market or from the farm. Min. 1 week notice for large orders.

Flavours of Montreal (Airdrie) Festive Club - triple decker with turkey, homemade stuffing and topped with cranberry sauce. Available Dec 1-31.

Highlevel Diner (Edmonton) Hygge Comfort Menu - Frozen scratch-made dishes including tourtière, cottage pie, award-winning borscht, perogies. GF & vegan options available.

HomeRoom Diner (Devon) Gift Basket with locally-roasted coffee, honey, and Dundee cake soaked with Eau Claire Whiskey. $45. Pre-order for pick up on Dec 10, 11, 17, 18.

Paradise Valley Golf Course (Medicine Hat) Cranberry Stuffing Logs. $19. Pre-order min. 2 days in advance. Available until Dec 22.
Want someone else to do ALL the cooking?

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (Edmonton) Turkey - $550 (serves 8). Prime Rib - $600 (serves 8). Order 1 week in advance. Until January 5.

Flower & Wolf (Calgary) Turkey To-Go. $249 (serves 6) / $449 (serves 12). Order by Dec 16. Pick Up Dec 24 & 25.

Highlevel Diner (Edmonton) Christmas Turkey Dinners. Available Dec 14-23

Hotel Arts (Calgary) Take-Home Christmas Dinner. $55pp. Order by 5pm Dec 21. Pick Up Dec 24-25.

The Coup (Calgary) Vegetarian Christmas Dinner. $49pp. Order by Dec 15. Pick up Dec 22-24.
Don't forget the drinks!

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Christmas Dinner at the Restaurant

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (Edmonton) Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE. Prices vary.

Flower & Wolf (Calgary) Christmas Dinner - December 25, 3-9pm. 4 courses. $79 pp. 

Highlevel Diner (Edmonton) Turkey Dinners - December 14-23.

Christmas markets for all your last minute local foodie gifts

What better way to find those perfect last minute gifts than at a local Christmas market!  From one-of-a-kind kitchenware to cheesemaking kits to sweets and more.  Find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, while supporting local food artisans.

Calgary & Area
A Christmas to Remember at Granary Road (Foothills County) Sat-Sun to Dec 19. 9am to 5pm.
Christmas at the Nation (Tsuut'ina Nation) Dec 11-12. 11am to 6pm. $8pp, 12&Under free.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market (Calgary). Dec 3-5. 2pm to 6pm. $12. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Central Alberta
Bo's Bar & Stage (Red Deer) Dec 5, 12, 19. 11am to 4pm. 18+ only. 
Castor Christmas Market (Castor) Dec 2. 1pm to 7pm.
Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market (Red Deer County) Dec 17-23. 9am to 5pm.

Edmonton & Area
Dalla Tavola Zenari (Edmonton) Dec 4 & 18, 11am to 3pm. 
Edmonton Christmas Market (Edmonton) Dec 3-5, 8-12. 2 locations.
St Albert Indoor Christmas Market (St Albert) Sat to Dec 12. 10am to 3pm.

Cochrane Christmas Farmers' Market (Cochrane) Dec 11-12. 10am to 4pm

Northern Alberta
Grande Prairie Christmas Show (Grande Prairie) Dec 2-4. Hours vary. 

Southern Alberta
BIG Christmas Market & Trade Show (Lethbridge) Dec 2-4. Hours vary.
High River Cowboy Christmas Market (High River) Dec 4. 10am.

Looking for more? Filter by type for "Christmas" via Alberta Approved Farmers' Markets.

Bits 'N Bites

Banff Craft Beer Week
December 3-11

Banff Craft Beer Week is back in 2021, featuring beers from over 30 vendors across the province. In addition to the Banff Craft Beer Festival running over the two weekends, there will also be unique beer-themed offerings and promotions running at restaurants and bars across the town.  Learn more...
Christmas on the Farm at
Lil Ryley Farms

Head out to the farm for hay rides, outdoor activities, market vendors, animals, and more!  December 19th at Lil Ryley Farms in Camrose County.  Free event with a non-perishable food item donation for the Camrose Food Bank.  Learn more...
Last minute gift ideas for all the food lovers in your life

Gift certificates to local restaurants, breweries, and farm stores make for the perfect last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Some establishments even offer specials, like Calcutta Cricket Club and Murrieta's who gives you a free $25 GC for every $100 GC purchased until Dec 23.
Experience 'Home Alone' come to life at Calgary brewery

Calgary's Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. is transforming their taproom into the McCallister house from the cult classic, Home Alone.  Experience all the magic, including all-out Christmas décor, booby traps, seasonal brews, and maybe even a wet bandit. Tuesday to Sunday throughout December.  Learn more...

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Have a #ABfood story idea?  Share it with us and you may see it featured in one of our monthly newsletters!

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT: Fraser & Fig (Calgary)

2010, 34 Avenue SW, Calgary  |  403.923.7632

Fraser & Fig creates curated grazing boxes ideal for snacking, appetizers or as a meal on their own.  Elevated cheese and charcuterie platters loaded with local artisanal ingredients from producers across Alberta and beyond.

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MEET A CHEF: Rafael Castillo (Fonda Fora, Calgary)

Born and raised in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Chef Rafael Castillo has been closely connected to cooking since growing up as a young child in the kitchen with his Mother and Grandmother. Rafael watched with fascination as they cooked and prepared family feasts, building a fond relationship with food that has lasted to this day. This fascination continued as Rafael grew older, spending time with his mother in her Tortilleria in Merida.  Chef Rafael is now at the helm of the contemporary Mexican restaurant, Fonda Fora, at The Westley Hotel in Calgary.

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MEET A PRODUCER: Route 304 Cattle Co. (Linden)

Brandon and Danielle Toews own and operate Route 304 Cattle Co. based near Linden, Alberta.  The mission at Route 304 is to provide you with nutritious, high-quality proteins raised on pasture at a price families can afford. While caring for the land and animals is a huge part of their mission, establishing long lasting relationships with their customers is also of utmost importance!

AOTP: How did Route 304 Cattle Co. come to be?
We were born into the the ranching way of life and have have made it our goal to continue the lifestyle.

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FEATURED PARTNER: Alberta Chicken Producers

Alberta Chicken Producers (ACP) is a farmer-run, not-for-profit marketing board that regulates broiler chicken production in Alberta.

Alberta Chicken Producers is comprised of 250 regulated chicken producers. ACP license and register all producers, hatcheries and processors engaged in the production of regulated product in Alberta.

In addition to regulated producers, Alberta also provides an exemption limit of 2,000 chickens per year for individuals to raise and market chicken for the purposes of personal consumption, sale from farm gate, or sale at farmers’ markets within Alberta.

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