Westerner Park, in conjunction with the Lethbridge & District Exhibition will launch a new food event this summer.
In a release, Westerner Park announced the start of an Agri-Food Innovation Expo that will be held from June 6 – 8, 2023 in Red Deer.
According to a release, both Westerner Park and Lethbridge & District Exhibition have experience in building and managing shows and projects that attract economic opportunities while providing a platform for the industry to gather, learn, and grow.
Recognizing a gap in the current trade show offerings within the agriculture industry across the prairies, these two organizations have joined forces to create an event specific to the agri-food sector.
“We believe there is a missed opportunity to generate revenue, increase employment and investment opportunities, and support sustainable growth within the province of Alberta and beyond,” says Dave Fiddler, show manager of Agri- Food Innovation Expo.
“Our vision is to see the Agri-Food Innovation Expo provide a place for agri-food innovators to gather together, share ideas, and learn how to build or expand their businesses within this rapidly growing industry.”
One of the event’s keynote speakers, founder and CEO of AGvisorPRO, Rob Saik, PAg, CAC added:
“The agriculture industry is facing an increasing amount of pressure to produce more food to meet the needs of our growing population in a responsible and sustainable way. I believe that the Agri-Food Innovation Expo is going to play a critical role in meeting these demands by exploring the future of food production technology and by opening up a dialogue to bridge the gap between the farm and the consumer.”
The expo will feature world-class speakers and mentors for three days:
Day One: The Butcher, the Baker, the Beer and Cheese Maker! An evening of culinary mastery, featuring appetizing creations from Alberta’s finest chefs and a charismatic address from the event’s keynote speaker.
Day Two: What’s in your toolbox? A full day of learning that will equip agri-food businesses with the tools they need to start, grow, or expand their business.
Day Three: Level Up! A continuation of day two, plus a half-day dedicated to one-on-one sessions to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas to world-class experts and gain valuable feedback about how to advance their business.
The two host organizations have planned to alternate hosting the event and have tentatively planned for Agri-Food Innovation Expo to take place from June 4 – 6, 2024 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
To learn more, visit agrifoodexpo.ca as more information will be added in the days and weeks to come.