The culinary scene in the Tri-Region is a unique blend of so many different things. Local ingredients meet international flavours. Big city cooking techniques and innovations meet small town hospitality, friendliness and community. Around here, you’ll simultaneously find establishments that have been around for many decades as well as new and exciting places to try. The Tri-Region is home to so many talented farmers, producers, servers, makers, baristas, bakers and chefs that make our culinary scene so great. With that in mind, it’s time you planned a weekend exploring some of the food related experiences the Tri-Region has to offer. Your Tri-Region culinary weekend awaits!
Thursday’s theme: local!
Let’s get started with some market-going! Make your way west through Parkland County to the quaint hamlet of Carvel. Each and every Thursday throughout the summer (May 9th to August 29th, 2019) Carvel hosts the Carvel Station Farmers’ Market. This is where you’ll find products that are homegrown, homemade, and locally produced. Blending a community feel with a “Make, Bake, Grow” ethos, the Carvel Station Farmers’ Market is a terrific way to spend a summery Thursday evening in Parkland County. Beyond browsing through the offerings of over 25 different local vendors, you can enjoy the onsite food trucks, and families will get a kick out of the bouncy castle.
Friday’s theme: new!
Rise and shine and smell the Banana French Toast. For this rendition of the glorious ‘most important meal of the day’, we’re headed to Stony Plain – and more specifically Twenty Eight Urban Kitchen. A new addition to the local culinary scene, Twenty Eight Urban Kitchen is located in Stony Plain’s Decker Centre on 44th Ave. Their breakfast menu ranges from classics like Steak & Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes, and an assortment of Bennies – to new favourites such as Chorizo Shakshuka, Early Burger, and Tapsilog. Twenty Eight Urban Kitchen is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Added bonus: the restaurant is just a short jaunt from Stony Plain’s Rotary Park, so a brunch and stroll date is very attainable.
Once dinner time rolls around we’re off to Spruce Grove to experience authentic Thai food. Thairific Thai Restaurant is one of the city’s newest culinary hotspots. The menu features an array of Thai curries, noodles, fried rice, stir fry and fish. Thairific also has a selection of Thai desserts as well as three bubble tea flavours.
Saturday’s theme: easy-going!
No sleeping in this morning! Okay, well maybe just a few more z’s – we did promise an easy-going day after all. Whatever your sleeping preference, the first stop on Saturday morning is the Stony Plain Farmers’ Market. It runs every Saturday from April until December. As mentioned for those early risers, the market opens at 9a.m., but if you prefer to sleep in, no fretting as the market is open until 1p.m. With an extensive list of market vendors Stony Plain Farmers’ Market always has something fresh, local, and beautiful for just about every taste and mood. This market has been a community staple since 1974, so prepare to stay awhile as you browse and converse with the vendors.
Next up, we’re headed to Perks Coffee House. While there are multiple Perks locations in the Tri-Region (1 in Parkland County, 2 in Spruce Grove, and 1 in Stony Plain, as well as their travelling bus), on this particular trip we recommend heading to the closest one in Stony Plain. Over the past few years Perks has grown from an idea into a flourishing Tri-Region culinary success story. Now, the coffee house is known as a local gathering place – and with good reason. Their drink menu includes everything from classic drip coffee, to espressos and red eyes to macchiatos and frappes. Feeling hungry? Perks has several breakfast, lunch and bakery offerings.
With the afternoon at your whim, use that time to keep exploring the Tri-Region. Need some ideas? May we suggest golfing, greenhouses or a local park? Everyone has their own definition of relaxing – find yours and do that for the afternoon.
Back to the food tour – it’s time for dinner and we’re headed to 9 Iron Grill & Patio in gorgeous Seba Beach. The combination of the beautiful backdrop of the Pineridge Golf Resort plus Chef James’ splendid creations make 9 Iron the ideal place for a relaxing yet extravagant dinner. Featuring items such as sterling silver steak, pan seared atlantic wild salmon, and chicken baked brie & cranberry the menu here is exquisite. Plus, they have weekly specials so there’s always something new to try.
Sunday’s theme: the choice is yours!
First up on this lovely Sunday is Happy Acres U-Pick, located south of Spruce Grove in Parkland County. Here, you’ll find a vast selection of u-pick items (seasonally available, of course) as well as farm animals to pet and visit, ice cream, gift baskets, and a number of other gift items. The best way to make sure you know what’s available for picking is to visit Happy Acres’ Facebook page. On top of having the great selection of fruits and veggies you’d expect to find at an Alberta u-pick, Happy Acres has an array of specialty and unique items, as well as fresh cut flowers. The garden and u-pick are open from July to September, while the yard and farm animals are visitable from June to September. Happy Acres is open weekends from 10am to 7pm, as well as extended weekday hours during their peak season in July and August.
It’s lunchtime and we’re headed to SandyView Farms in Spruce Grove. At SandyView you’ll find an amazing deli on the first floor and their inviting Loft Restaurant on the second floor. While the deli will tempt you, let’s head upstairs first. An extensively delicious all day breakfast as well as lunch menus await. Homemade waffles? Check. Poached eggs? Check. Pan scramblers? Check. Frittatas, paninis, burgers? Check, check, and check! The Loft runs on the philosophy “try it, then buy”, meaning most of the menu items in the restaurant are also available in the deli.
After lunch, head downstairs to the deli and peruse the local and international products, and find and pick up the ingredients used to make the flavourful lunch you just enjoyed. Grab a few things for a barbeque or picnic later.
The choice is yours for the final stop on our culinary adventure. You could head to Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar and pick up one of their awesome smoothies or juices, then head to a nearby park, lake or greenspace for a picnic dinner with all the Happy Acres U-Pick, SandyView Farms and Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar finds you picked up today.
Alternatively, you could enjoy one of the Tri-Region’s outdoor adventures then head to Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar for a healthy, early dinner (keep in mind they’re open until 6pm on Sundays). Eat Clean’s menu features an array of Paleo, Keto, and Pro-Athletic items, all of which look absolutely delicious.
Thanks for joining us on this Tri-Region culinary tour. Wherever your taste buds take you in the Tri-Region, we know you’ll enjoy yourselves. Let your love of great food spur your next adventure just west of Edmonton!