Visitors at the Edmonton Valley Zoo can now sip alcoholic beverages anywhere that food or drinks are permitted on the premises.
Prairie Catering, the operator of the two food venues at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, has worked closely with AGLC and the zoo to ensure that all licensing requirements have been properly met.
Prairie Catering is a full-service catering and event-planning company that has been the food and beverage provider at the Edmonton Valley Zoo since June 2019.
The company runs both Sandwich & Sons, located in the zoo’s main concourse, and 40 Acres Cafe, inside the zoo grounds.
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According to a news release from Prairie Catering, the zoo’s licensing aligns with the present-day perception of what is considered responsible consumption.
Prairie Catering says that the ability to consume alcohol during a visit to the zoo makes the venue more appealing for occasions such as date night.
And, since Sandwich & Sons is located in the main concourse, Edmontonians can even grab a boozy drink without having to enter the zoo.
Prairie Catering owner Jimmy Shewchuk says that Albertans have been looking forward to more freedom surrounding consumption for a long time.
“You see events like music festivals moving away from strict consumption zones every year,” says Shewchuk. “Being able to walk around and enjoy your beverage at your own pace is much more in line with responsible consumption. I think it will help the zoo become a new date night hotspot.”