Sturgeon County offers up a bounty this weekend

A popular pirate prepares to pummel a pirate ship with a seasonal favourite during last year's Haunted Pumpkin Festival.
By Étienne Thevou

Bon Accord – Sturgeon County is teaming up with Travel Alberta and Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm for a celebration of local cuisine and art this Saturday. Called the Sturgeon County Bounty, the economic development initiative is a one-day festival where participants will get to sample a wide selection of seasonal flavours from the best local cuisine Sturgeon County has available.

A dozen local purveyors of food have been lined up for the four-hour event, each providing a variety of their special dishes. Admission to the event is $15 and includes six sample food tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at a cost of $1 each. Dishes run between one and four tickets each, depending on the dish.

And not everything on the menu is something everyone has likely to have experienced. Grilled lamb souvlaki, curried carrot soup, wheat grass juice and Italian meatloaf with Alpaca are all on the various participants’ menus.

Admission to the Sturgeon County Bounty also includes admission to Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm’s Haunted Pumpkin Festival, home of a certain pirate and his pumpkin-firing cannon. The Haunted Pumpkin Festival continues throughout October on weekends.

The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Prarie Gardens and Adventure Farm, located on Lily Lake Road.

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Premium Food Services

Stampede BBQ Beef on a Bun (1 ticket)
Juicy slices of slow roasted Alberta beef sirloin, smothered in a smoked hickory barbecue sauce. Served on a fresh roll with creamed horseradish.

Caribbean Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Salsa (1 ticket)
Pan-seared pork tenderloin medallions seasoned with cumin, allspice, and cardamon. Flambéed with dark rum and served with a seasonal fruit salsa.

Grilled Lamb Souvlaki (2 tickets)
Tender lamb morsels marinated in lemon, oregano, and olive oil. Flame broiled, then topped with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Tipi Creek Farm

Curried Carrot Soup (2 tickets)
Tipi Creek’s coreless Amsterdam Carrot soup creamed in a mild Thai curry
with coconut milk and fresh cilantro.

Zesty Lemon Zucchini Cake (2 tickets)
Grated zucchini with a zest of lemon, drizzled with fresh lemony icing.

Cajun Angus

Bratwurst Sausages (2 tickets)
Smokies with Cheese (2 tickets)

High Q Greenhouses

Wheat Grass Juice (1 ticket)
Freshly-juiced Wheat Grass sample…1 oz of wheat grass juice is equivalent to 2.5 pounds of leafy green vegatables!

Dinner Factory

Italian Meatloaf with Alpaca (4 tickets)
Delicious lean Belle Valley alpaca meatloaf stuffed with spinach, mozzarella and sundried tomatoes! Delicious!

Rosemary’s Rhubarb and Raspberry Crisp (2 tickets)
The tartness of rhubarb and the sweetness of raspberries combine under a double thick oatmeal crisp. Served with whipped cream.

NoNuts Golden Peabutter

Peabutter Rocky Road Square (1 ticket)
Peabutter Granola Bar (1 ticket)
Peabutter Chocolate Energy Bar (1 ticket)

The Nutty Canadian

Pumpkin Harvest Spice Nuts (1 ticket)
Sweet Country Coco Sugar Nuts (1 ticket)
Sturgeon Honey Kissed Nuts (1 ticket)
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm

Pumpkin Chili Served with Pumpkin Corn Bread (3 tickets)
Prairie Gardens’ pumpkins make for an unexpected creamy chili — rich, chunky, spicy and just a tad sweet! Especially delicious!

Dilly Garlic Roasted Banana Potatoes (3 tickets)
Gourmet golden banana potatoes roasted with dill and garlic. Served with sour cream.

Harvest Pumpkin Pie (3 tickets)
Prairie Gardens’ Harvest Pumpkin Pie is soft on the tongue, delicately spiced and sweet…but, not too sweet! Served with fresh whipped cream.

Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association

Seasonal Vegetables with Parsley Pesto (1 ticket)

LCD’s Catering
Menus are available upon request, but we will customize a menu to suit your event!

Saskatoon Berry Trifle (1 ticket)
Pumpkin Torte (1 ticket)
Hearty Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup (1 ticket)

Sprout Farms & Lola Canola Honey

A Honey of an Apple Crisp (2 tickets)
Hot Apple Honey Cider (2 tickets)
Orchard Garden Trail Mix (1 ticket)

Don’s Steak and Seafood Bistro

Pumpkin Spice Soup (2 tickets)
Oven roasted pumpkin with a hint of garlic and seasonal spices,
blended and finished with cream.

Tomato Bruchetta (2 tickets)
Thinly sliced and toasted French bread, topped with chopped tomatoes, fresh basil, onions, olive oil, herbs and garlic and finished with a cheese blend.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops & Fire Cracker Prawns Skewers (4 tickets)
Marinated scallops wrapped in Sturgeon County bacon, finished with garlic butter and jumbo prawns, marinated and dipped in a spicy tempura batter.

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