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Eat Local III

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The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta has partnered with Tourism Medicine Hat to host the third annual Savour the Southeast Campaign! The event will run one week from September 11 to September 18, and will showcase over 30 restaurants and producers who provide Southeast Alberta with local food.

To savour food is to taste it, enjoy it and appreciate it. Savour the Southeast celebrates our local producers and restaurants through gourmet dishes, locally sourced ingredients grown under our own Southern Alberta sun.

For more information on the event  follow @SavourtheSE.

We have arranged the opportunity for media to connect directly with local producers and participating restaurants for interviews. Please contact Jace Anderson of Tourism Medicine Hat @ (403) 548-1449 or follow him @jaceanderson and @DestinationMH.

Show your Support for Local Food – Add a Twibbon

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We’re ramping up for our upcoming event, Eat Local II which will run for two glorious weeks July 28th – August 9th. You can show your support for local food and celebrate this event by adding a Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.

Get the Savour Twibbon here

Bon Appetit!

The 2014 Cookbook is Here!!

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The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived – the 2014 Savour cookbooks have arrived at the EDA office and are ready for purchase!

Earlier this year, the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta  partnered with third and fourth year students in the Business Administration program at Medicine Hat College to explore new ways to promote and support the southeast Alberta local food initiative – Savour the Southeast. The Savour the Southeast 2014 Cookbook is one of the projects birthed through that collaboration.

The cookbook contains recipes from many Southeast Alberta restaurants, chefs, foodies, producers, and grocers. Some of the local food that has been incorporated into the recipes includes:

  • Fresh peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes (grown by the largest greenhouse operations in Alberta)
  • Lentils, canola and organic wheat (located on over 1,529,484 acres of cultivated land)

“With all of the food that is produced right here in Southeast Alberta, it just makes sense that we would celebrate it and offer people a book full of ideas for creative cooking with local food,” says Wendy Dupley, Executive Director of the EDA. “We’re pleased with how the cookbook has come together; kudos to the Medicine Hat College Business Administration students for such an awesome idea.”

The cookbooks are available for purchase in print at the EDA Office, at #28- 419 3rd Street SE in Medicine Hat or downloaded in an eBook version here  at a cost of $10.

Savour the Southeast is an initiative of the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta that aims to increase awareness of local food options in southeast Alberta, as well as promote the economic benefits of buying local. Savour the Southeast encourages community involvement in a local food movement, and enhances greater collaboration between local producers, retailers and consumers.

Alberta Open Farm Days

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On August 23rd and 24th of this year, farms across Alberta will swing wide the garden gate and welcome the public to come get familiar with your food and experience rural life during an event called Open Farm Days. During these two days, individuals and families will have a “back stage pass” to:

- meet the people who grow your food

- see how various types of farming operations… well… operate!

- experience Ag-tourism

- taste food directly from the producer

 

There will be culinary experiences on the 23rd (for a fee) and the 24th is dedicated to open houses (free!) at the participating farms. A participant guide is being developed so keep watching the website or, if you’re a farmer and you want to become a Host Farm, you can fill out an application form

It’s sure to be a super fun two days as well as a great educational experience for kids and adults alike. Enjoy!

Look Who’s Cookin’!

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With all the interest in the terrific local food in Southeast Alberta, it’s only natural that people would want great recipes. Well, your wish is our command!

We’re creating a Savour the Southeast cookbook so you can incorporate yummy local ingredients into your culinary creations.

WE NEED YOUR RECIPES!

If you use local food from Southeast Alberta in your delicious recipes? Send those recipes to us and we’ll include them in the cookbook.

Or just want to get a copy of the book when it’s complete?

Connect to info@edalliance.ca today or call 403.488.7015 for more information.

100 Mile Diet Catching On in Alberta

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Have you heard of the 100 Mile Diet? It’s a new way of shopping for food and a new way of eating that focuses on purchasing food within a 100 mile radius.

Benefits include:

- healthier, fresher food

- lower carbon footprint attached to your food

- an opportunity to teach your family where food comes from

- a chance to get to know your region better!

Check out the options in our area here: http://www.alberta100milediet.com/

 

Bonne Appetit!

Be a 2014 Savour the Southeast Sponsor

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Dear Local Supporter,

In 2012, the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta (EDA) launched Savour the Southeast – a community driven initiative connecting consumers to producers.  Savour the Southeast is a campaign that aims to increase awareness of what our food suppliers have to offer in Southeast Alberta and the economic benefits of supporting these local companies. By increasing consumer knowledge of locally made, grown, or developed foods and where to access them, we can help producers to engage consumers, teach them about the products, and ultimately, grow their businesses.

 

However, this project aims to be much more than that. Since implementation, Savour the Southeast has developed collaboration between producers, as well as developed  greater connections between local producers, consumers, restaurants, retailers and anyone else involved in getting food from farm to fork. Additionally, we have encouraged community involvement in a local movement with goals not limited to food. In 2013, the EDA launched “Eat Local Week” as a way to showcase local restaurants, retailers, and the local products that they serve.

 

For 2014, we want that momentum to continue and in order to make that happen, we need your help. I encourage you to review the lucrative sponsorship package that is attached and see what exposure to a dynamic, local-conscious audience we can offer you.

 

One of the EDA’s objectives is to help the region’s businesses flourish. The ability for our area’s businesses to overcome barriers and pursue new opportunities translates to job growth and increased economic wealth. In a constantly changing environment, the EDA aims to provide support to our private sector through professional development tools and pertinent industry knowledge. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

______________________

 

Wendy Dupley

Executive Director

Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta

 

________________All About Savour the Southeast__________________

 

Eat Local Week

Last year, this initiative drove hungry traffic through 36 local businesses that featured 23 local producers. The participating restaurants and retailers offered their ’Savour Special‘ at a discounted price as a way to entice consumers to take advantage of this opportunity while learning more about what products are available to them within the region.

During the 7 day period, many participating restaurants sold over 100 of their ‘Savour Specials‘!

 

Eat Local week was such a success that we have extended it to 2 weeks for 2014 – Eat Local II,  giving producers, retailers, restaurants and consumers that much more time to connect with each other.

 

Local Directory

Compiling a comprehensive list of local retailers, restaurants and producers our online directory helps consumers to locate local products and determine where they can get them whether they want to access fresh, healthy ingredients to use at home or they want to support local restaurants serving local products.

 

Consumer Education

Using social media tools like Twitter and a blog, we create informative, engaging content to teach consumers about what is available in their area. This includes “Did You Know?” posts informing consumers what products are produced locally, health facts about those products, recipes from local restaurants and chefs and much more!

 

By featuring local guest bloggers we give producers a platform to teach consumers about their products, production methods and give them an inside look into the business of food production. Similarly, allowing those same producers to read the consumer written posts and see how their food looks from behind a plate.  Retailer and restaurant bloggers also allow a glimpse into the world of farm-to-table, walking both producers and consumers through the process of turning fresh, local products into creative dishes and products for purchase

Using social media tools like Twitter and a blog, we create informative, engaging content to teach consumers about what is available in their area. This includes “Did You Know?” posts informing consumers what products are produced locally, health facts about those products, recipes from local restaurants and chefs and much more!

 

By featuring local guest bloggers we give producers a platform to teach consumers about their products, production methods and give them an inside look into the business of food production. Similarly, allowing those same producers to read the consumer written posts and see how their food looks from behind a plate.  Retailer and restaurant bloggers also allow a glimpse into the world of farm-to-table, walking both producers and consumers through the process of turning fresh, local products into creative dishes and products for purchase.

 

 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Locavore: $5000 +

-          Prominent logo and company description on the Savour the Southeast website

  • Links to your corporate website and social media

-          3 social media mentions per week on all Savour the Southeast and EDA accounts (LinkedIn and Twitter) from time of sponsorship commitment up until 2 weeks after the Eat Local II event. Mentions will always link to your corporate accounts.

-          Mention in all radio spots (i.e. Savour the Southeast brought to you by…)

-          Prominent logo on all marketing materials and participant communications

  • Posters, brochures, menus, web banners etc.

-         Opportunity to name or submit a feature recipe that gets promoted in the Medicine Hat News

-         4 complimentary tickets to the sponsors event

 

Sustainable: $3000 – 4999

 -          Prominent logo and company description on the Savour the Southeast website

  • Links to your corporate website and social media

-          2 social media mentions per week on all Savour the Southeast and EDA accounts (LinkedIn and Twitter) from time of sponsorship commitment up until 2 weeks after the Eat Local II event. Mentions will always link to your corporate accounts.

-          Prominent logo on all marketing materials and participant communications

  • Posters, brochures, menus, web banners etc.

-         4 complimentary tickets to the sponsors event

 

Homegrown: $1000 – 2999

 -          Logo and company description on the Savour the Southeast website

  • Links to your corporate website and social media

-          1 social media mention per week on all Savour the Southeast and EDA accounts (LinkedIn and Twitter) from time of sponsorship commitment up until 2 weeks after the Eat Local II event. Mentions will always link to your corporate accounts.

-          Logo on all marketing materials and participant communications

  • Posters, brochures, menus, web banners etc.

-         2 complimentary tickets to the sponsors event

Have a sweeter idea?

Contact us for custom sponsorship package designed to suit your business!

403.488.7015 – info@edalliance.ca – #28- 419 3rd Street SE Medicine Hat

 

Show us your Savour!

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Savour the Southeast wants to hear from you!

Whether you are a chef, a retailer, a restaurant owner, a farmer, a butcher or simply an eater, we want you to share your story and help us connect the dots between farms and forks. Savour the Southeast is launching a guest blogger series to promote our local food scene and the people who make it happen.

What will you write about? Anything offering readers a glimpse into your part of the food chain. Some examples:

-        Livestock producers: share your production practices (the how and the why you produce beef like you do), a day in the life of a cow on your ranch or how you established a relationship with a local steakhouse.

-        Restaurants: Do you serve local products? Share the story of how you sourced them or how the products get to a consumer’s plate ( feel free to include a secret recipe or 2!).

-        Food lovers: Share a recipe that uses local produce or review the great meal you had at your favourite local restaurant.

-        Greenhouse growers:  Teach consumers about the life cycle of a locally produced vegetable or how you choose what to grow and when.

-        Retailers: Help us understand the process of getting food from a farm to a table – what is the retailers role and how do you facilitate between producers and consumers.

And these are just to name a few! If you are in any way involved in feeding the world, we want to share your story.

Not a writer? Not a problem! Show us your story through a video, a series of pictures or any creative way you want. We can also help you tell your story by assisting in writing and editing.

Email mmadden@edalliance.ca or call us at 1.(877) 787-7780 to participate. While you’re at it – remember to register to be promoted during Eat Local II – May 16-31, 2014.