10 Mile Meal Celebrates Alberta Open Farm Days

Event features 4 course meal, working farm & museum tour, pop-up market, live music, and author-hosted Q&A

    Edmonton, AB – Organizers are pleased to announce that the 10 Mile Meal project, a new farm-to-fork initiative, will partner with Alberta Open Farm Days for a full-day celebration of local food Saturday, August 24 at the Sunnybrook Community Hall near Thorsby, Alberta. 
    10 Mile Meal founder Carol Neuman invites guests to visit Anchor 7 Museum, explore a pop-up farmers’ market, try a signature cocktail made from local ingredients, enjoy live music from The Provincial Archive, meet local producers through a Q&A session emceed by award-winning Food and the City author Jennifer Cockrall-King, and share a delicious family-style dinner together where 75 per cent of the ingredients will be sourced from farms and gardens within 10 miles of the Sunnybrook Hall. 
    “Our goal with the 10 Mile Meal project is to provide guests with a way to get to know our regional farmers and explore our rich agricultural and cultural heritage,” says Neuman. Guests can look forward to starting off the day exploring the Anchor 7 Ranch and museum, where curator/owner Larry Gitzel has amassed over 3,500 farming artifacts from his decades-long career as a farmer and auctioneer. “It’s one of rural Alberta’s hidden gems. There’s a collection of artefacts here that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, and may not be able to find anywhere much longer,” says Neuman. Photographer Alistair Henning will lead a photo walk accompanying a guided tour of the site. 
    After the tour of Anchor 7 Ranch and museum, guests will be transported to the Sunnybrook Hall, where they can purchase local produce, meats and preserves. At 6:00 p.m. a cocktail hour will begin, where two locally-sourced signature summer drinks will be served, and Edmonton band, The Provincial Archive, will play a selection of music from their recent albums.
    At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a four-course meal inspired by traditional prairie-German classics including Bavarian-style soft pretzels, hand-raised 4-H beef rouladen, and streusel-topped fruit crumble. Neuman explains that, “This edition of the 10 Mile Meal will allow diners to experience summer fare pared down to its essentials – fresh, vibrant and uncomplicated flavours. We want to get out of the way and allow the quality of ingredients speak for themselves.”
    But Neuman adds, “local food isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about creating a connection to food producers, and their stories and traditions. It’s important for us to showcase the farmers, gardeners, food historians that make local food possible.” Volunteers from a local 4H club will serve the meal. During the evening, host Jennifer Cockrall-King, author of Food in the City will have an onstage Q&A with local food historians, producers and 4H club members. 
    Tickets for the summer edition of the 10 Mile Meal are $80, including museum tour and return transportation from south Edmonton; dinner-only tickets are $65. Discounts are available for large groups. All tickets can be purchased online at:
10milemeal.com

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