I am seriously in love with my city, Edmonton. Not only is it gorgeous all year round between the lush summer greens and the crisp winter whites, but it's full of creative, friendly people who lift each other up and cheer each other on. Edmonton, known around the world for its festivals, has become a cultural mecca in Alberta. We celebrate the arts here: particularly literary arts, theatre, music, and handmade goods. We celebrate food here: from upscale organic to pub food, from food trucks to farmers' markets, and from artisanal caramels to gourmet cookies. We celebrate each other here: we help each other, we promote each other, we support each other. It's become so ingrained in our city culture that that support, that community, is Edmonton's beating heart, its soul, and it's bloody beautiful. I'm lucky enough to be a part of both Edmonton's food community and an amazing group of creative entrepreneurs with my Tuesdays Together meetup through The Rising Tide Society.
Just over a year ago, I wrote a a Literary City Guide for Eat This Poem (a literary food blog - hell yes). To do this, I reached out to Edmontonians in the literary community: Matt Prins of You're a Naked Booby Star and Instant Books are Your Future, Omar Mouallem of The Yards, and Jason Lee Norman of Words with Friends and 40 Below. When I first put this guide together, I was new to the literary community, so I turned to these literary superstars to get their input on what to include and what Edmonton offers its writing community. Lucky for me, I am now a freelance writer who is part of this very community. Not to mention that I've joined Nicole, of Eat This Poem's, online writing community, the Wild Words Collective, and taken her Write Where You Are Course (which was outstanding, by the way, absolutely life changing, but more on that later).
Needless to say, I did a lot of research to put this guide together (and I just recently updated it to add some new discoveries and to honour a chef I adore, Doreen Prei). Make your way over to Nicole's site to check out the city guide here. Please share it; spread the love.