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100+ Flavors, 11 Days, 1 Epic Food Fest: Taste of Edmonton Awaits!

Calling all culinary adventurers, epicurean explorers, and anyone who loves a good excuse to celebrate deliciousness! Edmonton’s annual food festival, Taste of Edmonton, is back, and this year, we’re celebrating its 40th anniversary, which means it promises to be an explosion of flavour unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Mark your calendars: For 11 glorious days, Churchill Square will transform into a haven for foodies. Over 50 restaurants and food trucks representing the diversity of Edmonton’s culinary scene will showcase their signature dishes, offering you a chance to embark on a tastebud odyssey like you’ve never experienced before.

Taste of Edmonton is more than just a food festival. It’s a sensory experience, a cultural celebration, and a chance to connect with your community over a shared love of good food.

Here’s what awaits you at Taste of Edmonton:

  • A Global Feast: From succulent jerk chicken to delicate dim sum, Taste of Edmonton is a passport to culinary exploration. Savour the bold flavours of Indian curries, tantalize your taste buds with fresh ceviche, or indulge in the comforting warmth of a classic poutine.
  • Local Gems and Hidden Delights: Alongside established restaurants, Taste of Edmonton shines a spotlight on Edmonton’s up-and-coming culinary stars. Discover innovative dishes from hidden gems and sample the creations of passionate chefs who are pushing the boundaries of flavour.
  • Sweet Treats and Savory Delights: Don’t forget dessert! Taste of Edmonton features restaurants and food trucks overflowing with decadent pastries, refreshing ice cream, and handcrafted chocolates. It’s the perfect way to end your culinary adventure on a sweet note.
  • Something for Everyone: Whether you’re a seasoned gourmand or a curious first-timer, Taste of Edmonton caters to every palate. Vegetarian options, gluten-free selections, and kid-friendly choices ensure everyone can join the delicious fun. Plus, with 11 new restaurants, 2 new food trucks, and 88 new menu items to discover, you won’t run out of new things to try!
  • Beyond the Plate: Taste of Edmonton isn’t just about food! Enjoy live music from local and international artists, participate in interactive workshops, and explore THE MARKET by Wholly Handmade, where local artisans and crafters peddle their wares. New this year, check out the Night of Artists, showcasing unique pieces by talented artists across Canada. Also, enjoy performances from Magic Pixie Brush Entertainment in the Kids Area, and support Edmonton’s Food Bank with donated tickets.

Making the Most of Your Taste of Edmonton Experience

Looking for the perfect partner to help you craft an unforgettable experience at Taste of Edmonton? Luckily, Edmonton’s Best Hotels has your back!

Here are some tips to plan the ultimate foodie adventure:

Choose Your Perfect Hotel: With a diverse selection of hotels across the city, Edmonton’s Best Hotels caters to every budget and style. Opt for a luxurious downtown stay to be in the heart of the action, or choose a charming boutique hotel in a historic neighbourhood for a more intimate experience.

Plan Your Day: While spontaneity is part of the fun, having a loose plan can ensure you don’t miss your must-try dishes. Check out the festival map beforehand, browse participating restaurants’ menus, and prioritize your culinary cravings.

Pace Yourself: With so much deliciousness on offer, it’s easy to overindulge. Remember, you have 11 days to explore! Pace yourself by sharing dishes with friends, taking breaks to enjoy the live music, and staying hydrated.

Capture the Memories: Don’t forget to snap photos of the mouthwatering dishes, capture the exciting atmosphere, and document your culinary journey. Share your Taste of Edmonton experience on social media using #TasteofEdmonton and inspire others to join the food fun.

Live Performances to Celebrate Taste of Edmonton’s 40th

Taste of Edmonton is not only a culinary delight but also an exciting celebration of music and entertainment. This year, as we mark the 40th anniversary, the festival’s McLennan Ross Stage promises to be a hotspot for music lovers, offering a diverse lineup of live performances that will keep the energy high and the crowd buzzing.

Highlights of the Live Performances:

  • Glass Tiger – July 27 at 8:30 PM Prepare to rock out with Glass Tiger, the iconic Canadian rock band known for their energetic performances and classic hits. Presented by 92.5 The Chuck, this concert is set to be a highlight of the festival.
  • Classified – July 26 at 8:30 PM Hip-hop enthusiasts can look forward to an electrifying performance by Classified, one of Canada’s most celebrated rappers. Presented by Play 107, this show promises to be an unforgettable experience.
  • Court Jester Dueling Pianos – July 18-27 at 6:00 PM For those who enjoy the sounds of ivories being tickled, the Court Jester Dueling Pianos will provide nightly entertainment with their dynamic and interactive performances.

Additional Performances:

The McLennan Ross Stage will feature a rich variety of artists and bands throughout the festival. From local talents to renowned acts, here’s a glimpse of the additional performers who will be gracing the stage:

  • OStella
  • Alicia Lov
  • Demivyb
  • Dirt Road Angels
  • Donita Large & The Small Band
  • Edmonton Elks Cheer Team
  • Legends of Drag
  • Jordyn Rayne
  • Martin Kerr
  • Reno K.O.Q.
  • QuietLove
  • Robin Cisek
  • And many more!

These performances, spanning genres and styles, will ensure that there’s something for every musical taste to enjoy. Whether you’re into rock, hip-hop, indie, or classical, Taste of Edmonton’s musical lineup is designed to complement the diverse culinary experiences available at the festival.

Turning Your Foodie Trip into a City Exploration

While Taste of Edmonton promises to be a gastronomic adventure like no other, Edmonton offers much more than just a world of flavours. As you plan your visit to this culinary extravaganza, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the city’s rich tapestry of attractions and experiences.

Edmonton’s River Valley is a true gem, offering a scenic escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride along the winding trails that follow the North Saskatchewan River, or rent a kayak and paddle through the heart of the city, surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of nature. This urban oasis is a testament to Edmonton’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and providing residents and visitors alike with a tranquil retreat.

For those seeking to delve into the city’s rich history, Fort Edmonton Park is a must-visit destination. This living history museum recreates life on the Canadian frontier, transporting visitors back in time with its meticulously reconstructed buildings, costumed interpreters, and immersive experiences. Explore the bustling streets of a 19th-century fur trade fort, or step into the shoes of early settlers as you discover the challenges and triumphs of life on the prairies.

Of course, no visit to Edmonton would be complete without exploring the charming Whyte Avenue district. This historic neighbourhood is a haven for art lovers, with its eclectic mix of galleries, boutiques, and independent shops. Wander through the tree-lined streets, admiring the colourful murals and street art, or indulge in a leisurely afternoon of shopping and people-watching at one of the many cafés and restaurants that line the avenue.

Taste of Edmonton isn’t just a food festival—it’s a celebration of everything that makes Edmonton special. Come for the food, stay for the city, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t Miss Out on This Epicurean Adventure

Taste of Edmonton is a celebration of life, flavour, and community—a true feast for the senses that will leave you craving more. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend this extraordinary event, where every bite is a journey, and every sip is a celebration of the rich tapestry of flavours that make our world so vibrant and delicious.

Embrace the spirit of adventure, open your heart to new experiences, and let Taste of Edmonton transport you to a realm of culinary bliss. Book your stay at Edmonton’s Best Hotels and take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can get up to $225 in rewards. Together, let’s embark on an unforgettable journey that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you with memories to savour for a lifetime.

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Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

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In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

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Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

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Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 

Reservations

Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

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Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

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What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

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