Northern Bites Tour: Formosa Bistro x Barr Estate Winery

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 9314 34 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X8 and  51526 Range Rd 231, Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1K9

I’ve been to a couple of Northern Bites Tours in the past and always had a good time. They pair up a local producer or farm, and another local restaurant for their tour. Often, on the tours, you get to see a lot of behind the scenes, how restaurants make certain dishes, or how producers make products. On this occasion, we went to Formosa Bistro and Barr Estate Winery.

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The tour started off at Formosa Bistro, where we were treated to a bagged lunch which we ate on the way to the wintery. It included famous Taiwanese Triangle sandwiches. It was filled with porkfloss and a fried egg, with fluffy, delicious bread. I’ve had a few of these types of sandwiches before, they are very popular in convenient stores in Japan. It was really good and I actually ended up recreated some similar sandwiches at home.

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At Barr Estate Winery, we sampled some of their wine. They use only what they can grow locally. My favourite was ‘The Rhuby’ which had strawberries and rhubarb. It had a nice and light and fruity flavour. We also learn about the process of making wine, the fermentation. I really enjoyed the science-bit of the tour.

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Back at Formosa Bistro, we were able to sample some of their famous Taiwanese chicken, which is like a small popcorn-like chicken. Small delicious bites!

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We also then learnt how to make and fold dumplings for their spicy dumplings. Overall, a really fun tour! The tours have a good balance between food and education, and the fact that it highlights local businesses is always nice. Definitely check out a tour or two! They host them all year-round.

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