The Westerner’s “Dinner on Ice”

Friends, if you haven’t taken in an event at Westerner Park lately, you’re missing out! I recently attended their “Dinner on Ice” and it was AMAZING!

This was my second year taking in The Westerner’s Long Table Dinner, and they’ve gone above and beyond!

This was an unforgettable five course dinner, served on the Enmax Centrium Ice, while being entertained by silk aerialists from local Red Deer gym The Forum, as well as local synchronized skaters from Solstice Synchronized Skating.

The dinner is in conjunction with Alberta Open Farm Days. A weekend where participating farms across the province open their doors to public tours, and local restaurants create special menus using all locally sourced produce.

The soup was incredible ( I’m not ashamed to admit it’s been on my mind since). The roast? Oh SO tender. And don’t even get me started on the cheesecake!

Wine pairings are very common during dinner, however, in keeping with out of the box thinking ( I mean we are having dinner in the middle of August, in Alberta, ON THE ICE!), we’ve once again we’ve been introduced to a relatively new idea: craft beer pairings! Each course was accompanied by a craft beer, made by local fave brewer Troubled Monk, that complimented each dish! Think lager to begin, light and crisp in the middle, a full bodied sip with the entree, and a berry cream liqueur to finish with dessert. The thoughtful pairings enhanced each bite, and I must say I experienced some of my craft favorites in a new way!

This was an absolutely unforgettable evening. I mean… how often do you get to have dinner in the middle of the ice where your favorite local hockey team (Go Rebels!) play?

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year! Will I see you there?


Meeting Waters Coffee and Roastery

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Top Takeaways:

  • Delicious In House Roasted Coffee
  • Breakfast and Lunch Options
  • Baking
  • Free Parking
  • Locally Owned
  • Fast, Friendly Service
  • Open Mic Nights
  • Gluten Free Friendly

Open, spacious and inviting, Meeting Waters Coffee and Roastery provides a brand new and welcoming space to Red Deer’s coffee spot scene.

On our first visit we met friendly owner Dave Frotten. He explained Meeting Waters is an extension of his family’s coffee shop bearing the same name in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. In the city of Tatamagouche, an aptly named Mi’kmaq word meaning “Meeting of the Waters”, there are two rivers that join as one.

We’ve enjoyed their breakfast Quiche, purchased their take home granola, returned for their tasty lunch specials, not to mention often stopping in for a delicious and velvety cup of joe. Partnering with another local favorite “The Maple Tree Bakery”, you can now enjoy any breakfast bun or lunch sandwich on gluten-free bread.

With two floors of seating you are sure to find a spot to gather. Large tables would be great for a business lunch meeting.  A bar height counter upstairs, complete with several plug-ins, is an accommodating space for a student focusing on their studies. Bring a book along, sink into a cozy chair by the fireplace to enjoy your coffee and eats.

Plans for future “roasting” presentations are exciting and their regular “Open Mic” nights are a fresh addition to Red Deer’s night scene.


It’s safe to say we’ll be regulars here.






Bedford Food Company

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Zesty Peanut Bowl $9

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Vegan Bowl with Tzatziki and Falafel $9
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French Toast Poutine $7

Top Takeaways:

  • Locally Owned
  • Vegan/ Vegetarian Friendly
  • Fairly Priced
  • Fresh Ingredients
  • Fast, Friendly Service
  • Varied Menu

The new kid on the Red Deer restaurant scene is Bedford Food Company and after our first visit we think they’re here to stay.

Red Deer needed this. Needed a fresh spot with a cool, inventive edge. A locally owned “fast food” option including bowls loaded with veggies with in house made sauces, to creative poutines, donairs and even dessert. A spot the whole family can enjoy!

Walking through the door we were greeted promptly by the friendly and outgoing owner, Feek. His passion for getting great food to people is evident.

We decided bowls were for lunch. Bowl # 1 was the Vegan Bowl with house made tzatziki and light and crispy falafel. Delicious and very filling, we would order this again. Bowl #2 was the Zesty Peanut Bowl. This bowl has ALL the flavors. Loaded with veggies, the house made flavorful sauce gives this bowl a bit of a spicy kick.

Now dessert. Are you ready for this? FRENCH TOAST POUTINE. Yes you read that right. Slices of french toast, topped with cream cheese bites and drizzled with maple syrup. Are there any words to convey how good this is? Nope. You just gotta go get one, take a bite, close your eyes and say “Mmmmmmmm”.

As parents we’ve spent many a day at a fast food joint, grudgingly ordering the #4 combo because we got out voted for where to eat. A perfect family friendly option, Bedford Food Company’s menu is pleasing for every family member. Kids want poutines and donairs, and maybe Dad and Mom want a healthier bowl or wrap? Bedford Food Company is whats for dinner.