Here are the 12 dishes I tried, including my top 3 for 2019.

Taste of Edmonton is celebrating 35 years in 2019 and is a great opportunity to try out different local Edmonton food. The event has evolved throughout the years as they’ve brought in new restaurants. You get to experience these different restaurants and food trucks in Edmonton before going there for a full meal. For those visiting outside of Edmonton, all the OG vendors are present and form a stable of must-try eats. Directions are at the end of the article.

Nomtip:
Be an eco-aware foodie! You can actually buy your tickets from your phone this year using the app CrowdBlink – no more waiting in line! Full ticket prices and details here.

Top 3 (Tastiest, Best Bang for the Buck, Exceptional):

1. Wishbone Restaurant: Buttermilk Beignets – Tastiest

Wishbone Restaurant: Buttermilk Beignets
Wishbone Restaurant Buttermilk Beignets. Photo Credit: @saieii

2. Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine – Best bang for buck

Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine
Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine. Photo Credit: @saieii

3. Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera – Exceptional

Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera
Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera. Photo Credit: @saieii

The final 9 (in alphabetical order):

4. Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll)

Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll)
Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll). Photo Credit: @saieii

5. Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie

Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie
Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie. Photo Credit: @saieii

6. Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice

Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice
Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice. Photo Credit: @saieii

7. Grillicious – BBQ Pork Skewers

Grillicious - BBQ Pork Skewers
Grillicious – BBQ Pork Skewers. Photo Credit: @saieii

8. Lemon Heaven – 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Lemon Heaven - 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade
Lemon Heaven – 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade. Photo Credit: @saieii

9. Little Bear Gelato – Mango Sorbet

Little Bear Gelato - Mango Sorbet
Little Bear Gelato – Mango Sorbet. Photo Credit: @saieii

10. North Fork Event Catering – Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles

North Fork Event Catering - Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles
North Fork Event Catering – Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles. Photo Credit: @saieii

11. Nyonya Malaysian – Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad

Nyonya Malaysian - Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad
Nyonya Malaysian – Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad. Photo Credit: @saieii

12. Vintage Fork at Rutherford House – London Fog Creme Brulee

Vintage Fork at Rutherford House - London Fog Creme Brulee
Vintage Fork at Rutherford House – London Fog Creme Brulee. Photo Credit: @saieii

Nomtip 2:
Can’t decide what to eat? Do a lap first to see what is new, popular or unique to spend your tickets wisely.

Taste of Edmonton July 18-28, 2019, Capital Plaza (108 St. & 99 Ave.)

July 18-27, 2019: 11am – 11pm
July 28, 2019: 11am – 9pm
Public transportation recommended. Take the LRT ($3.50 one way, $7.00 round trip, cash only machines) and exit Grandin/Government Centre.

Final Thoughts
Taste of Edmonton is one of the many festivals Edmonton has that brings food and people together to enjoy. I really like the change in venue (from a few years ago), the live entertainment and being outdoors. The ticket prices are pricy but are somewhat in line with festival food prices. Overall the event was fun and lively and I continue to go back every year.

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