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Release Your Inner Foodie at the YMM Food Fest

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With the 2019 Alcor Fort McMurray Food Festival less than two weeks away, this year’s ten-day event offers plenty of ways to enjoy summertime in the city.

From July 19 to July 28, local restaurants and business owners are uniting together to host the third annual Fort McMurray Food Fest by celebrating the delicious drinks and dishes served in the community – all for a great cause to support Waypoints.

Waypoints is a local social profit organization which supports victims of domestic violence, abuse, assault and homelessness. Funding will also be raised through 50/50 sales and tickets will be able to be purchased at each of the twelve events to win the 50/50 Food Fest Jackpot.


13 Events in 10 Days – Largest Food Fest To-Date


  1. YMMEats for Waypoints presented by Peter Pond Mall

Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 28

*Pricing varies; Family-friendly


Participating restaurants and eateries are raising funds for Waypoints through their specially-priced three-course tasting menu. Patrons can have their passports stamped for a chance to win great prizes. (Passports will be available at the participating establishment.)


Special thanks to YMMEATS event partners Country 93.3 and 97.9 Rock.


  1. Best Pub Food Club

Friday, July 19; 4:30 PM – 11 PM

*$100 per ticket; 18+


The Best Pub Food Club presented by S. Millard Chartered Professional Accountant takes patrons on a pub crawl around Fort McMurray with several different local venues to sample food, beverages and entertainment.


Your ticket grants you access onto the Diversified Transportation coach buses hosted by Country 93.3 and 97.7 Rock. Each venue will also be competing for your vote to win the top Best Pub Food Club titles.


Best Pub Food Club venues include Earl’s, Fox Den, The Den, Surekha’s on the Snye, Canadian Brew House, Paddy McSwiggins, Mr. Mikes, Townhall and Prime Social Kitchen.


Special thanks to Best Pub Food Club event partners Country 93.3 and 97.9 Rock.


  1. Anzac Beach Party

Saturday, July 20; 1 PM – 4 PM

*FREE; Family-friendly


The Anzac Beach Party presented by Anzac Grocery returns to Gregoire Beach in Anzac with live music, BBQ, water activities and more beach fun. Come check out this family-friendly, free event. The BBQ lunch is by donation in support of Waypoints.


Special thanks to Anzac Beach Party event partners Fort McMurray Tourism, The District Recording Studio and UCB Radio 91.1.


  1. Midnight Madness

Saturday, July 20; 8 PM – 1 AM

*$25 per ticket; Family-friendly


Midnight Madness presented by Flett Manning Moore is taking the community back to the days of InterPLAY in YMM Food Fest’s newest event.


With a theatrical line-up of actors and musicians, the Midnight Madness is a must-see at Keyano Theatre. The variety showcase features acts from Theatre; Just Because and Grindstone Theatre. Enjoy delicious delicacies and mingle during the bar break and enjoy the show. 


Special thanks to Midnight Madness event partners Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and Mix 103.7.


  1. The Food Festival Classic

Monday, July 22; 5 PM – 11 PM

*$140 per golfer, $560 per team of four


The Food Festival Classic presented by A.P.E. Maintenance is the first-ever “foodie” golf tournament. The nine-hole tournament will feature a welcome drink and appetizer with live music with a minimum of two holes featuring food and one hole with a signature cocktail. The tournament wraps up with a gourmet BBQ dinner custom-created by Chef Nate Catto in the Club House. 


Special thanks to The Food Festival Classic event partners the Fort McMurray Golf Club and 100.5 Cruz FM.


  1. YMM Laughs

Tuesday, July 23; 7 PM – 11 PM

*$20 per ticket; 18+


YMM Laughs presented by Finning Cat is a night where Fort McMurray’s comedians come together to “get saucy.” With a show full of the city’s most laughable entertainers, the night will feature a chicken wing buffet to support Waypoints.


Special thanks to YMM Laughs event partners Bailey’s Pub, Erica Moeskau Comedy, Country 93.3 and 97.9 Rock.


  1. YMM Block Bash

Wednesday, July 24; 11 AM – 10 PM

*FREE; Family-Friendly


YMM Block Bash presented by TELUS is throwing the ultimate Urban Market with live music, food trucks and patio games with its regular vendors of local produce and artisans from the region and extended communities. This is a free, family-friendly event with extended hours for all to take in the action.


Special thanks to YMM Block Bash event partners Fort McMurray Urban Market, Mix 103.7 and 100.5 Cruz FM.


  1. Annual Summer BBQ

Thursday, July 25; 11 AM – 2 PM

*FREE; Family-Friendly


The Annual Summer BBQ presented by ATCO is a free event to celebrate community and the launch of Your McMurray Magazine and Fort McMurray Tourism’s annual Food & Entertainment Guide. Come to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre for a free lunch and fun and pick up a copy of the latest issue of the guide. Learn more


Special thanks to Annual Summer BBQ event partners Fort McMurray Tourism, Your McMurray Magazine, Mix 103.7 and 100.5 Cruz FM.

  1. Name That Tune with Open Mic Night

Thursday, July 25; 7 PM – 1 PM

*$25 per ticket; 18+


Name That Tune with Open Mic Night presented by Enbridge is a new event on the YMM Food Fest list. Join Mike Jones of Country 93.3 for a special evening of competition with musical trivia and a chance to win incredible prizes. Local talent will also be entertaining the crowd and great food and beverage specials will be available in support of Waypoints.


Special thanks to Name That Tune with Open Mic Night event sponsors Tavern on Main, Country 93.3 and 97.9 Rock.


  1. #WeLoveYMM Largest Outdoor Patio Party

Friday, July 26; 6PM – 12AM

*$45 per ticket; 18+


#WeLoveYMM Largest Outdoor Patio Party presented by Coldwell Banker of Fort McMurray is back again for its third year to host an evening under the beautiful canopy at the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard. Dance the night away with a line-up of local bands and DJ Q-Pid and enjoy the east-coast nautical theme with signature drinks at the Aluma Safway Bar.


Special thanks to #WeLoveYMM Largest Outdoor Patio Party event partner Mix 103.7.


  1. A Taste of Fort McMurray

Saturday, July 27; 11 AM – 3 PM

*$45 adult ticket, $15 child ticket; Family-friendly


A Taste of Fort McMurray presented by Suncor is welcoming the best in taste to the Fort McMurray Heritage Park for its annual food tasting event. Restaurants, pubs and local cultural groups from the Wood Buffalo region will join together to present their best dishes to guests and each patron will vote for their favourite.


Special thanks to A Taste of Fort McMurray event partners Country 93.3 and 97.9 Rock.


  1. Boots N’ Brews

Saturday, July 27; 6 PM – 12 AM

*$45 per ticket; 18+


Boots N’ Brews presented by Service Master Restore is bringing the best summer country party to the Fort McMurray Heritage Park for a second year. This night of Country music has an all-star line-up featuring one of Canada’s most electrifying entertainers – Canadian Country Music Association award winner Aaron Pritchett. Drunk Flamingo Project, Kelsi Mayne and local country musician Mychela will also take the stage.


Guests will also enjoy delicious BBQ eats provided by Prime on Franklin, who will also be hosting the official after-party.


Special thanks to Boots N’ Brews event partners Prime Social Group and Country 93.3.


  1. The Community Breakfast

Sunday, July 28; 10 AM – 1 PM

*Free; Family-friendly


The Community Breakfast presented by Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo is the YMM Food Fest’s way of saying thanks for taking part in the annual celebration. Join the fun at this free, family-friendly event with great eats and activities for children at MacDonald Island Park.


Special thanks to Boots N’ Brews event partners YMM Parent and Mix 103.7.


Dawn Booth is a local journalist and business owner of the communication service, Media Booth. Residing in Fort McMurray since 2007, Booth has been actively working in the Wood Buffalo region as a media and marketing expert. From her arrival to the city, until November 2010, she worked as the Special Features Editor at the Fort McMurray Today. In April 2011, she co-launched snapd Wood Buffalo and managed the publication for three years, until June 2014. In March 2014, she created Media Booth and is currently working with a wide-variety of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors throughout Alberta. Her passion for volunteering in the community has given her two civic awards from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has also received the title for the Fort McMurray Connect's Top 40 Under 40 and is one of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta's 2014-2015 Women of Inspiration. A happy wife and loving mother to two young boys and a baby girl, Booth can be found easily at