9 mouth-watering Edmonton food festivals this summer

June 6, 2017

By Jana Lee

Edmonton definitely lives up to its "Festival City" status in the summer with no shortage of festivals – including for you foodies out there. Whether it's international food, backyard barbecue staples, classic carnival grub or fresh locally-sourced eats, Edmonton’s roster of summer food events is guaranteed to make your mouth water. [Photo credit: Taste of Edmonton]

9 mouth-watering Edmonton food festivals this summer

Porkapalooza BBQ Festival

Summer means it’s barbecue season! Celebrate the culinary art of BBQ at Porkapalooza. Enjoy local food vendors, family-friendly entertainment, beer gardens and – of course – a 50-team barbecue competition.

What the Truck

Edmonton's very own food truck extravaganza, What the Truck is a local food truck community gathering. Visit your favourite local food trucks in one convenient location. Beaver tails, scratch-made burgers, Jamaican patties, mac and cheese – come see (and taste) for yourself!

Keep posted on What the Truck's event lineup on their website.

Taste of Edmonton

Sample dishes from Edmonton’s best restaurants at Taste of Edmonton, a highly-anticipated event for food lovers. Conveniently located in the downtown core, there’s even a discount if you buy your tickets early – from June 19 to July 19, save $10 off a sheet of 40 tickets.
Come for the food, stay for the drinks and entertainment. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Bif Naked, I Mother Earth, Hawksley Workman and more. The Canadian Food Championships are also held during Taste of Edmonton, where you can cheer on your favourite chefs in seven categories.


It’s a summer must to try carnival food at least once, so grab a battered, filling and tasty treat in between carnival rides at K-Days.

Servus Heritage Festival

Servus Heritage Festival celebrates Edmonton’s multiculturalism through food, culture and art. This massive event features 70 pavilions representing more than 90 countries and cultures. From samosas to empanadas to everything in between, take your taste buds on an around-the-world gastronomic experience.


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Eats on 118 Food Tours

Join a local food tour in one of Edmonton’s best kept secrets – the restaurants on 118 Avenue. Sponsored by the Alberta Avenue Business Association, this tour offers an intimate experience of an up-and-coming dining district just north of the more well-known downtown core.

  • When: June 28, August 30
  • Where: Alberta Avenue
  • Admissions: $42
  • More information

Summer markets

Shop locally-sourced, farm-fresh products at Edmonton outdoor markets while soaking up the sun’s rays. Whether it's fresh herbs, grass-fed and free-range meat, duck eggs or jams and preserves, these markets are a great way to spend time outside while supporting your local community. These markets are also dog-friendly, so you can bring every member of your family!

124 Grand Market

  • When: May 11 to October 5
  • Where: 108th Avenue and 124th Street
  • Admission: Free
  • More event info

City Market Downtown (summer location)

With such a stellar lineup of festivals almost every weekend this summer, there’s bound to be an event that appeals to even the pickiest of eaters. Now that you know what's up, it's time to eat your way through the summer this year in YEG!

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