Central Alberta in the summer means farmer's and public markets. Head out with Chef Mike Ubbing to discover local food and unique vendors.
The Market at Red Deer has been a Saturday morning tradition for 49 years. Find out why people come to this busy outdoor market each week, the stories behind your food, how to pick the best veggies and a few meal ideas along the way.
We get an early start, heading out before the market gets busy and then we have a chance to chat with many of the producers themselves. The vendors we visit varies from week to week and by market but the tour usually includes 5 to 8 of our favourites.
- Explore the bustling outdoor public market with a chef.
- Learn about local producers and taste samples along the way.
- Leave with recipes and ideas for locally sourced meals.
Perfect for: Anyone interested in local food.
- Activity: Local Food
- Difficulty: Easy
- Duration: 2 hours
- Departure: Red Deer
Available on Saturday mornings during market season.
A Chef's Perspective
A Red Seal Chef with years of experience showcasing Central Alberta food at some of the best local restaurants, Chef Mike will share with you some of his favourite local food stories. See how he gets inspired by what's in season and get meal ideas as you go through the market.
Chef Mike is the owner at Three Stones Catering.
Get the story behind the food as you meet some of our favourite producers at the market. Learn about the farmers that bring us chicken, fruits and veggies. Meet the butcher and learn about the best option for your next campfire cookout.
The tour often includes stops at Innisfail Growers, Klein Farms, Caroline Meats, S4 Greenhouses and other great local producers.
Get a taste of local food as we sample our way through the market. See how a chef looks at different ways to incorporate flavours into a meal and enjoy exploring one of Alberta's largest outdoor public market, now in it's 49th year of operation.
- 1 Adult: $140
- 2 Adults: $70
- 3 Adults: $45
- 4-5 Adults: $35
- 6-9 Adults: $30
- 10-12 Adults: $25
Rates are per person, for adults (13+).
Chef guide and samples are all included.
Transportation is not available for this tour, you will meet your guide at the market.
The Explorer Series
Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure.
There are no upcoming departures at this time.
Where to Meet
The tour starts at Pursuit Adventures' booth at the market. The easiest way to find us is to park in either of the free parking lots near Pioneer Lodge (get directions here) and walk to the market through 47 avenue / 43 street. We're the first booth past the raised crosswalk.
What to Bring
Dress comfortably and ready to play. We'll be outside so dress for the weather.
- Proper footwear (walking/running/hiking shoes or boots)
- Appropriate clothing for the weather
- A re-usable bag to carry your purchases
- A professional guide.
- All activities.
- Samples from various vendors.
What's Not Included
- Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
- Additional food and products you may wish to purchase directly from the vendors.
Terms and Conditions
All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.
Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here.
Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.
A Few More Things To Know
We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how much fun we can have even when the weather isn't the greatest!
Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.
Come For A Visit
We're located in Capstone at Riverlands, near the trails of Waskasoo Park and Downtown Red Deer. Stop by to plan your next adventure, rent the gear you need and grab a bite with friends.
While you're in the neighbourhood make sure to check out some of our great neighbours like Wild Brewing Co, Purearth Organics, DOSE Coffee and Troubled Monk Brewery.
You'll find us at #10 5579 47 Street in Cronquist Business Park.
- Monday: 8 am to 4 pm
- Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
- Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm
- Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
- Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
We're open for check-in 10 minutes prior to departure for all tours.