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A Matter of Taste

Feb 19, 2015

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On Tuesday (February 17), Taste of the Peace was held in Grande Prairie. As the official kick off to the Growing the North Conference, we decided to make a few changes for our fifth year. A new space, new chefs and a new sponsor helped bring our event to a new level.

We had producers come from all over the Peace Country to show off their wares to Growing the North delegates, industry representatives and the general public. In addition to producer booths, we also had two chefs in attendance, preparing appetizers for our guests. Shaun Paton*, from the Stonebridge Hotel, and Alex Herbert, from The Office, created all sorts of delicious bites for over 350 guests to sample.

From rack of lamb to turkey arancini, beef carpaccio to haskap sauced pork loin, the dishes were well received and delicious. In addition to the appetizers, people were also able to sample items such as caramels, raw chocolate, honey and preserves. I, for one, didn't eat dinner that night. I sampled enough to get me through the evening!

Taste of the Peace is sponsored by Farm Credit Canada and Community Futures of Grande Prairie. For the second consecutive year, Seven Generations Energy Ltd donated a glass of wine to each guest and, for the first year, we had the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre provide the event space.

Together, we've built Taste of the Peace into a true celebration of our Peace Country producers. Not only do people purchase products and sample foods at the event but we also convene prior to the event to help producers get the information they require to be successful. We gather experts who can assist with a range of topics, such as getting products into grocery stores, mastering social media and the highs and lows of being a producer in the Peace Country. We're creating a community, increasing awareness of our amazing local products and celebrating the Peace Country — and, it's great to bring you along with us.

If you're interested in either attending next year's Taste of the Peace, or showcasing products as a producer, keep an eye for the event listing on We Go North or my blog, Tales from a Small Kitchen for further details.

To find a Alberta Farm Fresh Producers, Farmers’ Markets and Dine Alberta Restaurants near you, check out the Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development website.

About Our Guest Blogger

Shari Johnston has lived in Grande Prairie for over a decade and is an avid home cook, local food advocate and food & drink junkie. Since 2011, she has written about her adventures, both in the kitchen and out, at her blog, Tales From A Small Kitchen. She loves everything about food:  Cooking it, reading about it, tasting it and talking about it.

If you want to keep up with all of Shari's adventures check her out online, Twitter or on Facebook.

*Photos courtesy of JD Robert Wiebe

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