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Taste of Fort Macleod serves food and fellowship

Josh Beusekom

Residents and visitors will gather Friday, Sept. 7 for a taste of the good things Fort Macleod has to offer.
Food, drink and fellowship is on the menu of the fifth annual Taste of Fort Macleod event.
The Fort Macleod and District Chamber of commerce hosts Taste of Fort Macleod from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police.
“As a Chamber event, the philosophy is to showcase those businesses,” Josh Beusekom of the organizing committee said. “It’s true that we’re all a bunch of foodies and love the event and that’s why we keep doing it, but it’s very much about allowing those businesses to shine.”
“Ultimately it is a fun event and it’s a social event. It’s a food driven event . . . but it has such a vast range of people enjoying it. Everyone comes together and it’s very much a positive environment.”
Taste of Fort Macleod was held the first three years at Urban Core, but simply outgrew the space as ticket sales increased.
Fort Macleod Historical Association board members and Fort Museum staff are happy to bring the event to their location.
“They’re super enthusiastic about bringing a very community focused event to that space,” Beusekom said.
Visitors attending Taste of Fort Macleod get to see the Fort Museum though a different lens, as the setting for a different kind of community event.
“That’s kind of cool,” Beusekom said.
Beusekom said the intent of Taste of Fort Macleod is to showcase exhibitors from the hospitality, food and farm-to-table sectors of Fort Macleod.
The spacious courtyard at the Fort Macleod provides the Chamber with ample room for people to move from exhibitor to exhibitor, sampling food.
“That’s what we’re definitely focusing on this year with layout, making sure everybody gets the exposure that they need.”
The Chamber expects to have 30 exhibitors for Taste of Fort Macleod, providing a variety of food and drink for guests to sample.
Exhibitors confirmed so far are Keith’s Candy and Lemonade Stand, Cafe Orange, Coulee Brew, Stockman Grill, Top Shelf Liquor, Van Voorst Greenhouse, AJ’s Diner, Homestead Bakeshop, Queen’s Hotel, Flyin’ Hawaiian, Fort Macleod Pizza and Bravery Blends Coffee.
“It’s a little bit of a different mix with the vendors,” Beusekom said. “We have some of the regulars but we have new ones as well, so there will be a different feel to it.”
“Even the exhibitors who have been coming for years are mixing it up. they’re having a little bit of fun and more creativity.”
Advance tickets earn 20 sample coupons that are redeemed at the various exhibitors’ tables for prices of two to six coupons.
More coupons can be bought at Taste of Fort Macleod.
A barbecue cookoff is part of the fun at Taste of Fort Macleod, with grill teams competing for the title and bragging rights for the year.
Cooks will grill a variety of food this year, including pork loin, salmon, jalapeno poppers and tandoori shrimp.
“Definitely some interesting things are going to be grilled, and very varied,” Beusekom said.
Confirmed grill teams are Structural Truss/Forma Steel, Next Home and Garden, LF Truck Center, Dennis Dirtworx-Avail and South Country Doors.
The cookoff is judged for an award, and guests will vote on a “Best of Show” award among the grill teams and exhibitors.
The Chamber is making 300 tickets available for Taste of Fort Macleod at Cafe Orange, the Chamber office and Next Home and Garden.

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