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.
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.
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.
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!
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.