At the close of a mid-summer gastronomical festival, a Taste of Edmonton is an unprecedented success, say organizers.


“This year has been the biggest success yet,” said Angie Ewanchuk, production manager. “For the first time ever, we sold out of tickets.”


The festival ran out shortly after selling more than 250,000 tickets during the 10-day event.


“We had to pull out tickets left from last year’s festival and sell those,” she said.

A Taste of Edmonton completed its 23rd year this weekend hosting 38 booths, nine of which were new to the festival. In total, there were 78 food items to choose from and attendees of the festival voted on their favourites.

Winners this year included That’s Aroma for Best Decorated Booth, The Gas Pump and Panda Hut Express tying for Tastiest Appetizer and new-comer to the festival, The Blue Willow restaurant, winning Most Congenial booth.

The Blue Willow restaurant, an Edmonton staple since 1958, chose this summer to start participating in A Taste of Edmonton, said the establishment’s Jean Mah.

“It’s a great means of advertising,” she said about the chance to show Edmontonians their culinary chops.