Eat Alberta 2013Posted: May 7, 2013
This post comes super late after the event (2 weeks ago… sorry al!), but that wont stop me from writing about it! Eat Alberta was a wonderful day of culinary adventures! I attended the first Eat Alberta two years, but couldn’t attend last year because of the election. There was no way I was going to miss out this year, so I decided to volunteer to offset the cost of attending. It was super fun!
All of the food for the event prepared by NAIT’s culinary program. Wow. Breakfast was incredible! We were definitely well looked after that day.
As a volunteer, I got to attend one of the hands-on classes for free! I was so lucky, I got my first choice – knife skills! Kevin Kent from Knifewears led the session, and let me borrow one of his knives – this one says “Hello Kevin” on the side. How awesome, eh?
Next, to actually sharpen the knife, you need an abrasive surface (if I’m remembering correctly, he used leather). The concept is to remove a small layer of the knife’s surface to make the edge smoother and sharper.
Kevin then showed us how to properly hold a potato while cutting it. Hold the end of the potato with your thumb, to steady it, then curl your fingers in so that the knife runs along the knuckles as you cut. This grasp helps you cut really fast!
The next session I volunteered at was a beer tasting with Niel Herbst, owner of Alley Kat brewery. It was super informative and tasty!
The next session I volunteered at was with Owen Petersen from Prairie Mill Bakery. He taught a class how to make bread using a sourdough starter.
At the end of the day, we were all presented with an incredible tasting board filled with local treats (Sylvan Star Gouda, Evans Cherry jello, Gold Forest Grains Wheat Berry salad… hmmmm it was so good!)
A big shout out to the organizers for putting on such a great event! I was floored at how much work must have gone into preparing for it! I had a great time, and loved the sessions! I will definitely be volunteering again next year!