Last month, we decided to go on a trip to Edmonton, which prides itself to be Canada’s Festival City. With some sheer luck, ended up going on the almost-spontaneous, barely-planned trip when a couple of interesting events were going on: Taste of Edmonton and K-days. Yup, apparently there’s more to Edmonton than shopping (although it is home to West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest malls the world).
Taste of Edmonton
Taste of Edmonton, which has been “[p]utting picnics to shame for 29 years” has everything: a wide variety of food (from steak to vegetarian to glutten-free), more than a few drink choices, and live music. While I usually dread attending anything that’s mostly food-related because I am vegetarian–and most places around town still, surprisingly don’t serve a decent variety of vegetarian options–I find that Taste of Edmonton actually has a a good selection of vegetarian dishes.
My personal favorite was the Vegan Chicken Drumsticks, from Padmanadi, a vegetarian restaurant. I literally dreamed about it and had to go back to the festival and have some more. Oh and I apologize for the lack of food photography. I was too busy stuffing my face.
This year, the 10-day festival hosts a trade show, lots and lots of carnival food (funnel cake, donuts, ice cream, nachos, fried cheesecake–or was I imagining that?–and more), carnival rides & games, live stage performances and fireworks.
One day, I will muster enough courage to get on this ride. Either that or bungee jumping, maybe.
Edmonton hosts different festivities throughout the year. So if you happen to be in the area, check out the city’s website for a list of activities. Or if you’re just looking for any festival or event to go to before the freezing, cold weather starts again, try Festival Seekers!