Local Foods Cool Little Culinary Tour

of the Cool Little Towns on Calgary’s doorstep

approx. 215 KM
approx. 2.75 hours

This Made in Alberta tour is a feast for your senses. Bring your appetite for locally crafted food and drink from the coolest chefs, producers, and makers. Just try get through this tour without Saskatoon pie, syrup or ice cream; honey mead; Alberta grade beef; u-pick produce; locally sourced in-season, chef created meals; and small-batch spirits!

The foothills of Alberta are well known for cattle ranching – but they are also bursting with local food treasures you can taste or take home to savor later.

Explore local tastes and smells for a day or a weekend….. start your experience with a healthy hearty brunch at one of our rural cafes’, craft coffee roasters roasters or farmers markets, then spend your day…

  • learning about honey and mead production from friendly beekeepers and wine makers; or
  • making friends with farm animals at one of the kid-friendly farms and petting zoos;
  • or tasting the unique terroir our region gives to locally made kraft spirits and beers…

Round out your cool little culinary tour at one of our many acclaimed restaurants.

Be a road warrior and tackle it all in a full,  very satisfying, single day. Or, you can break it into an east side (Okotoks, Longview, Black Diamond) and west side (Turner Valley, Bragg Creek) adventure.

Eat, drink and tell your friends! Better yet, bring one or many along for the ride. Head south and then dip west to enjoy the rolling Foothills and west-facing views of mountains and big skies over your open roads.

Whether you explore a quick sampling of the tastes of the Cool Little Towns in a day or over several, you are sure to experience something new that you will want to share with the world!

  • Are you a fan of locally made food and drink – and the chefs, foodies, makers and craftspeople who produce and use them?
  • Want to see where some of Alberta’s best and most unique food and drink is produced?
  • Care to pick up some locally crafted spirits or u-pick berries and vegetables?
  • Do you love supporting local mom and pop operators who care about food and drink grown, raised or made in Alberta??

We recommend these featured made-in-Alberta culinary experiences:

Check out the events calendar to see live events, festivals, rodeos, pow wows, markets and more that may add even more fun in these Cool Little Towns.