Exploring Southgate with DishcrawlJuly 17, 2013
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the local Dishcrawl in the Southgate area. Edmonton's Dishcrawl now has a new ambassador named Gemma, so I was excited to see if the experience would differ from my first led by Teresa. To be honest, I live in the south side of the city and often drive around Southgate. I wasn't too excited about eating in the area since there really isn't much. But to my surprise, there were some great local gems we visited that I never considered in the past.
All in all, I thought the food quality served at this Dishcrawl was pretty good. However, I wouldn't be willing to pay the $50 ticket price for the portion sizes that we ate, as each portion was quite small, and drinks were not included. The $40-$45 range would probably be more suitable for future dishcrawls, as they do happen fairly frequently and can end up costing quite a bit if this type of event interests you and you attend one in each of the featured neighbourhoods. Compared to the Dishcrawl I had attended previously, I do wish that there was more of a group component and greater direction when travelling between restaurants. On this particular crawl, participants came and left as they pleased, so there wasn't much cohesive structure or travelling together as a group, giving people less of a chance to socialize and meet others. In addition, an identical Dishcrawl led by Gemma was hosted the evening prior to mine, and all the locations had been revealed through twitter. The element of surprise and having to guess the next location wasn't there, making the dishcrawl less mysterious and fun as it is supposed to be.
For anyone interested in the next crawl in Edmonton, keep your eye out on their website! The events for August on the 104 Street Promenade are already sold out, but maybe you can snag a ticket if they release more!
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this Dishcrawl free of charge. However, this post is 100% my opinion, and as always, my priority is to you, the reader, to present an unbiased, thorough review.