For many years, Events Edmonton has played an important role in enhancing the city of Edmonton’s culture. As producers of Taste of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Championships, Events Edmonton is proud to be a part of the city’s popular festival lineup. Our not-for-profit organization strives to provide Edmontonians and Albertans with festivities that demonstrate the spirit and energy of the city. Creating events that engage volunteers and residents, Events Edmonton provides the city with family-friendly entertainment that supports our growing community.
Events Edmonton works closely with the community, supporting local not-for-profit groups through partnerships and donations. Through these partnerships, Events Edmonton secures donations to many deserving groups such as Hope Mission and Youth Empowerment and Support Services.
We pride ourselves on being an integral part of the community and work hard to ensure we do our part to support those who help the less fortunate get a fresh start in life.
History of our Organization
We have been producing events since inception as Edmonton’s Klondike Days Association in 1965. The organization was founded by a small group of individuals keen on providing entertainment and events to the downtown core of Edmonton. As the Klondike Days theme had recently been accepted as the new theme of the city’s summer fair, the group felt the name would be the best way to gain city wide acceptance of the event.
Over the years, the organization would produce many exciting, themed events such as the Klondike Kate search, King of the Klondike, Sunday Promenade, Edmonton Bathtub Races and eventually Taste of Edmonton. Starting in 1984, Taste of Edmonton was a small, two-day event geared at exposing Edmontonians to the incredible depth of restaurants the city had to offer. As the years have passed, the event has grown to 10 days and is practically bursting at the seams with approximately 500,000 guests annually.
In 2006, with the end of the Klondike Days theme in Edmonton, Edmonton Klondike Days Association officially became Events Edmonton. In this new era for the Association, the organization began producing new events such as the Canada Day Festival and Metropolis International Winter Festival. Today, we continue to develop new concepts and ideas to enhance the current events and to provide community events for all to enjoy.
Events Edmonton Board of Directors
President- Robert Winfield, Past President – Maryanne Gibson, First Vice President – Beth Mossop, Treasurer & Chair of Taste of Edmonton – Miles Quon, Director & Co Chair of Taste of Edmonton – Brian Welch, Corporate Secretary & Chair of the Canadian Food Championships – Milena Santoro, Director of Entertainment – Heather Klimchuk, Director of Community Engagement & Government Relations – Karen Leibovici