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This photo reflects the culture of food in Edmonton.

Pull up a bench and enjoy the abundance of life at Taste of Edmonton, the Capital Region’s premiere food event running until July 25 at Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Neither rain nor blazing sun deters the dedicated foodie and typically the food fest draws about 500,000 visitors throughout its 10-day run.

This year there are 54 menu items, culinary workshops and adventures, evening pop-ups and even a food fight on July 19. Visit tasteofedm.ca for events.

New this year is the debut of the Canadian Food Championships held July 22 to 25. Among the approximately 70 amateur and professional competitors, three St. Albert chefs/cooks are battling it out for a chance to gain entry to the World Food Championships.

The three kitchen warriors are Daniel Ducharme listed in the bacon competition, Tu Le in the sandwich and burger battle, Lindsay Porter in the pasta and seafood dogfight. For complete information visit canadianfoodchampionships.ca.

This year, technophobes can plan their trip with a brand new mobile app available for iPhones and Android phones. The app features a full menu in addition to scheduling and ticket information on programs, workshops and entertainment.

Food is one of the best ways we understand culture and how people live. Edmonton photographer Curtis Comeau, recognized for his remarkable photography in Avenue magazine, is exhibiting a collection of food photos at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Titled Off the Menu YEG, the exhibit features 30 images printed on a 24-inch by 36 inch canvas expressing Edmonton’s food culture. They include portraits, food images, commercially shot images and some hard-hitting photos.

“The original idea was to do a massive chef portrait of 13 of the most eclectic chefs in the city, ones that were nationally recognized,” said Comeau. “But after the first one of the chefs, we realized we needed to explore the entire culinary culture and industry.”

He displays a broad palette of how people eat, whether it’s fine dining or images of meals served at the Mustard Seed Church or the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation (E4C) lunch program for inner city schools.

Proceeds from the sale of these photos will go to the E4C lunch program. The photos’ price tags range from $350 to $750. Half the photos have a sold sticker, however all are still on display.

Comeau’s children fuel his strong sense of charity.

“I was making lunch for my kids this winter and I realized I’m fortunate to have the resources even if I found it difficult to get up and make the lunches. I wondered, ‘What if I was a single mother and didn’t have the resources or support.’”

Through the exhibit, he also hopes to raise awareness for E4C.

“Sometimes we assume that organizations like E4C are sustained. But they need a lot of help.”

For more information visit e4calberta.org.

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.