Southern Alberta’s Premiere Culinary Event

Thank you to all our exhibitors, competitors, judges and fantastic volunteers for a successful Sunshine Skillet Food Festival 2015! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

The Sunshine Skillet Food Festival in Medicine Hat, Alberta, is a new exciting culinary event featuring a gourmet dinner, a live cooking competition for amateur and professional chefs and a farmers’ market style food festival. The Sunshine Skillet celebrates regional food and offers something for both foodies and families alike.

The Sunshine Skillet Food Festival begins with a five course gourmet meal, created by a five chef collaboration and served in a truly signature Medicine Hat location. Using regionally sourced food items and accompanied with wine pairings the Sunset Dinner is a truly unforgettable experience.

Throughout the weekend the Sunshine Skillet features Alberta’s only live cooking competition for both amateur and professional chefs. Held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Auditorium chefs battle it out using only two pots, one burner and 30 minutes to prepare their best dish with three mystery items. Celebrity judges travel to Medicine Hat from around the province to choose the Top Chef and award a $1000.00 Grand Prize in each category.

The Food Festival showcases regional food providers from throughout the Canadian Badlands. From butchers to bakers and apron makers, there’s something everyone in the family will enjoy. With a farmers’ market style layout exhibitors are approachable and enjoy discussing all aspects of their products with attendees. For those that work up an appetite from smelling all the unique chef creations there’s lots of great eats being made fresh from the many exhibitor booths. In 2015, the Sunshine Skillet is pleased to announce the addition of an entertainment stage, featuring artists from various local music festivals and a cash bar, so that attendees can relax, have a drink and savour their local food choices.

The Sunshine Skillet Food Festival is a culinary celebration in rural Alberta. The event showcases all of the excellent growers, retailers and chefs in the region. Be sure to check out the Sunshine Culinary Hotel Package and add Sunshine Skillet Food Festival to your To Do list this spring!

Congragulations to the 2015 Winners!

Amateur Top Chef

Rebecca Asselin

Top Amateur Chef Rebecca Asselin

Professional Top Chef

Sumit Kumar

Top Pro Chef Sumit Kumar





  • Sunset Dinner
  • 5:00pm Cocktails
  • 5:30pm Dinner


  • Food Festival
  • 10am - 5pm Food Festival

  • Skillet Competitions
  • 11am Round One
  • 1pm Round Two
  • 3pm Round Three
  • 4pm Final Cook-off


  • Food Festival
  • 10am - 5pm Food Festival

  • Skillet Competitions
  • 11am Media Competition
  • 1pm Professional Competition