By Kenyon Stronski
The Joint Economic Development Committee (JEDC) has announced their ‘Taber Region Local Long Table Dinner’ coming in July 2023. The agenda states this event is designed to highlight local food and growers with a dinner. Communities like Lethbridge and Medicine Hat offer dinners like this, and then sell out well in advance. Amy Allred, economic development officer presented to council.
“I’m delighted to share with you that the Joint Economic Development Committee has announced they’re hosting a Taber Region Local Long Table Dinner on Friday, July 28 2023. It’s designed to highlight local food growers and producers with a delicious dinner in the park made by renowned chefs which, of course, we’re the perfect region to host that kind of event. The JEDC has hired consultants from food tourism strategies to help get the project up and running, this is what they do across the province — food tourism. They will come in the first year and then transition out after a couple of years as they teach us how to successfully run this event. There will be a local dinner made by chefs on a beautifully decorated table in Confederation Park with of course the community centre kitchen being used by the chefs and after we’re hoping to have a jazzy or swing-style band,” said Allred.
“Tickets are $100 with 100 people total and some tickets will go to sponsors. The budget is substantial but as we transition the consultants out, we’re hoping to replace them with a farm tour before dinner so we can use those funds in the future years to do that. There are a few different sponsorship levels and we only need a few of each to make it work. We need two feature sponsors and we have one already. There’s one of those left, four gold sponsors left, four silver, two bronze, and up to two each of the additional ones at the bottom. We just put out last week that we’re looking for sponsors so we’re happy we have $7,500 already committed from businesses in the community.”
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