Canadian wine has transformed in the last thirty years, from a curiosity into a daily ritual for so many of us. We have our favourites, from the wineries big enough to ship into Alberta, and we can go to regional and international expos.

But until now, there hasn’t been one gathering place for all of Canada’s winemakers, big and small, from all of its regions: from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. When we decided to put this festival together, we thought: why stop at wine? We invited craft beer producers and distillers too. And we’re pairing it all with some of Canada’s finest chefs — all in the country’s most entrepreneurial city.

Northern Lands will be a place to learn about wine, to taste it, to drink it with food from one of Canada’s most fertile agricultural regions and culinary labs, and to gather for a pint of the country’s most exciting craft beers. All that and Northern Lands raises funds for the High School Culinary Challenge and the Edmonton Community Foundation Grateful Palate Fund.