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saturday - August 18, 2018

Racetrack, Red Deer


Urban Farm Long Table Dinner

This event has now sold out. Final tickets can be purchased from the Troubled Monk Brewery in Red Deer.

All culinary experiences tell a food story.

At Westerner Park, we believe in delicious, locally produced and sustainably sourced food. On August 18, we will showcase some of Central Alberta’s finest produce at our Long Table Dinner. From the pastures of HGB Bison to the fields of Hidden Valley Garden to the hands of our Executive Chef Jason Pederson.

This amazing experience will start off with a chance to learn about Central Alberta’s farmers and ranchers, and what they produce right in our own community. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the food story by touring each of the local farms responsible for the amazing five course meal they are about to share.

The first stop on our tour will be the HGB Bison Ranch, which runs a 100 strong bison herd. For over thirty years they have been guided by two key principles; conservation and preservation. Being guided by this vision has enabled their herd and land to flourish as one. Their bison are allowed to graze on the pastures year round like they have done for decades. During winter months they put out bales of hay, free choice minerals and salt licks to make sure the bison’s needs are met. The farm’s choice to steer clear of all growth hormones, antibiotics and grains is guided by one of their sustainability mottoes: “We are in no hurry”.

Our next stop will be the Hidden Valley Garden, a U-Pick farm and market garden in Sylvan Lake. The farm’s goal is to provide a garden and orchard where visitors can feel at home. Guests enjoy the peace and quiet of a garden setting, whilst picking their own vegetables, berries and herbs. Their passion is producing fresh produce for their customers as well as taking a hands-on approach to educating their visitors on sustainably and responsibly produced local food.

Many guests will be delighted to know that the final stop on our farm to table tour is the Troubled Monk Brewery. Troubled Monk poured their first pint from their 15-barrel brew house on June 12, 2015. The brewing process relies on 4 main ingredients; malt barley, hops, yeast and water. The majority of the malt they use is locally grown in the fields of Alberta, but they also source malt from other parts of the world. Troubled Monk uses Canadian hops whenever possible, and source hops from the US, Europe, and New Zealand. Their water is local, filtered Red Deer water. In addition to letting us join them at their Taproom for the authentic Troubled Monk experience to up your brew knowledge with our onsite experts, they will also be providing beer flights later on in the evening.

Finally, for our incredible five course dinner with entertainment, it’s back to Westerner Park, where our evening will begin with an equine extravaganza set to music provided by members of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. The majesty of the horse in the evening light will take your breath away. Following the show, guests are invited to take a seat at our table for a five course meal that will bring the freshness of the fields directly to our plates. Our Executive Chef Jason Pederson will create flavorful dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Central Alberta farms you have just visited.



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