What’s Happening in May and June
Puppies and Prosecco
Dogs of all sizes and ages are welcome at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission to the Puppies and Prosecco Classes in support of the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation. Visit www.vinroom.com for all the furry details!
Spring is that you?
Plantshop invites all you greenthumbs to check out the goings-on of the growing season.
May and June workshops, such as the Succulent Terrarium Workshop; Girls Night Out in Inglewood, May 10; Mother’s Day Workshops building outdoor planters and choosing plants for them; Hand-Tied Floral Workshop; Plant Journal Entry No. 3, Air Purifiers; Seeds & Seed Kits; Mother’s Day Weekend Pop-up with one of Calgary’s most talented jewelry designers; Recess Workshops with paper people. Check out www.plantshop.ca for all the springy details!
The Happiest of Hours….
Cilantro’s secluded patio on 17th Ave. SW is now open and Cilantro has launched a happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. Indulge in a 9 oz pour of wine for the price of a 6 oz pour on all of Cilantro’s award-winning glass pours. Also look for the feature of $5 prosecco. Brad Royale, CRMR wine director says about the wine: “We focus on global selections from boutique producers that we believe showdase the unique personalities of wine.” Go drink wine and eat good food.
Top Restaurant in Calgary!
Canada’s 100 Best announced the 2018 best restaurants in Canada and River Café was named 28th best restaurant in the country, taking top honors for Calgary and moving up one place from last year! Well done Sal Howell and chef Matthias Fong!
ALSO, Shokunin placed in the top 50 of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants – number 35 -- for the second year in a row. Way to go, chef/owner Darren Maclean. Calgary does well in these “best of” things. Yay, the good guys are winning!
Eagle Creek Farms CSA registration
Eagle Creek Farms is accepting registration for its 2018 summer CSA season. The farm will be Certified Organic this year, though having been growing organically anyway! Visit www.eaglecreekfarms.ca for information and registration.
Joie Farm Winery’s Noble Blend
Heidi Noble, owner and wine maker at Joie Farm Winery says that we can now order 2017 Noble Blend online, it’s the 14th vintage of the winery’s flagship wine made from Germanic varietals in the Okanagan Valley, a classic blend of gewürztraminer, riesling , pinot auxerrois, pinot blanc and muscat -- an aromatic wine that opens up with unctuous flavours of lychee, coriander and guava carrying through to a grapefruit-fresh finish – oh, yes, bring it on! Flavours and texture focussed and intense, love it that way. Visit www.joiefarm.com/collections/all to find it and order it, then drink it! Thank you, Heidi Noble, we know you make great wines.
Food Network Canada Chef School
Learn how to make great simple recipes by tuning into the Food Network channel and watching some the country’s great chefs – Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking and Michael Smith, for example – cooking their favourite recipes and sharing must-know tips. Visit www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/food-network-canada-chef-school for all the tasty details.
Happy Hour at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff
From Sunday to Friday, between 3 – 5 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m., the Sleeping Buffalo Lounge will be serving signature cocktails, Alberta craft and draft beers and domestic bottles all for just $6. Can’t beat that, and we love hanging in our mountains, so all the more reason to! AND, Cilantro Restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge is now Buffalo Mountain Café, the perfect setting to stop in pre- or post-adventure for delicious, casual bites, like coffee, pastries, sandwiches, house-made desserts.
Learn About the Making of Japanese Knives
Springhammer, the award-winning Kevin Kossowan-directed documentary produced by Knifewear CEO Kevin Kent, about Japanese Blacksmiths and the culinary tools they create is streaming for free on knifewear.com. In 2013, Kent, Kossowan and Knifewear’s cultural ambassador, Naoto Fujimoto, travelled across Japan to film their blacksmith partners. Now you can see how the popular Japanese knives are made. Visit www.knifewear.com/springhammer to have a look.
Interactive Mexican Taco Kit
Native Tongues Taqueria just launched a new "catering" option called Home Taquero Kits, where you can order an interactive Mexican taco kit for a party at home or at the office. There's the option of pre-built kits or customizable kits. And Native Tongues will even throw it in an Uber to have it delivered. Visit www.nativetongues.ca/catering for all the tasty details.
Great Events Rentals
Great Events Catering has a rental operation and you can find beautiful things and save money on your party or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more. Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.
SAIT Cooking Classes
Main Campus Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1. Visit www.culinarycampus.ca for details and more courses. Main Campus: Cooking Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1. The Tastemarket by SAIT: Visit www.culinarycampus.ca for details and more courses.
Reasons to visit River Café
Friends & Family Price Chef’s Tasting Menu; Early Bird Dinner available nightly from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the flavours of the season for $29; Corkage-Free Sundays, pair your fave bottle with a seasonally inspired menu. Just a walk in the park, Prince’s Island Park. www.river-café.com
Leading Canadian restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini has unveiled Hudson, a state-of-the-art event complex. Hudson marks the completion of Oliver & Bonacini’s foray into western Canada and is the restaurant group’s final concept in the historic Hudson’s Bay building, following the opening of The Guild and Sub Rosa. Spanning the sixth floor of the building, Hudson features stunning views of downtown Calgary and an open-concept layout that can accommodate up to 710 guests at one time, whether seated or as a standing reception for all sorts of events, from corporate conferences to elegant weddings and high-profile social gatherings. Visit www.hudsonevents.ca for more information.
When a growing group of cyclists routinely met at Cassis Bistro, owner and avid cyclist Gilles Brassart (owner of Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro and Market 17) saw the need to create Velo Café, a space dedicated to their lifestyle and sense of community. Velo Café is one of Calgary’s first true cycling cafés, a cozy meeting place for cyclists and food lovers to chat with other enthusiasts, sip great coffee and eat delicious café fare. Velo Café is nestled in Market 17, next door to Cassis.
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres – Midtown, Crowfoot, Shawnessy, Beddington and Oakridge. For example – Boxed, Bottled or Canned, can you tell the difference? Wine Down Wednesday-Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more. Dates, details and tickets at www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events
Tinhorn Creek Tours and Tastings
When you’re in the Okanagan, check into the private tour and tasting options that offer a unique opportunity to sample top-tier Oldfield Series wines, sip award-winning wines while discovering innovative winemaking techniques and leading viticultural practices. Tinhorn’s tasty Miradoro restaurant is open for the season, closed ONLY in Jan and Feb. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.
The Lake House
Warm up to the new spring menu with both lunch and dinner offerings refreshed and bursting with new flavours and ingredients while maintaining the classic Rocky Mountain cuisine that The Lake House is known for. Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939. 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE.
Wednesdays Year Round
The Parkdale Farmers’ Market is open all year on Wednesdays, 2 – 6:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Centre, 3512 5th Ave. NW featuring more than 20 local vendors selling fresh food and produce, hand-made crafts, housewares and more. For vendor information, contact Brenda at 403-837-3640, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at www.brickswine.ca and stay tuned for the tastings activities, such as, May 24, Italian Whites You’ve (probably) Never Heard of; May 31, Got Brett? (A Beer Tasting); June 7, #YesWayRosé, why rosé is so popular; June 14, Oh Oh Ontario!, amazing world-class wines. And Bricks offers private tastings focused on the education and enjoyment of wine, beer and spirits. Check it all out on the web site and sign up for the monthly newsletter
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630, www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes
Tastings: Visit www.metrovino.com or phone (403) 205-3356 for info or to register.
Truffles and Bubbles
Treat Yo’Self Tuesdays Truffle Popcorn and Bubbles at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission, from open to close, $5 truffle popcorn and $5 glass of bubbles. A perfect match! www.vinroom.com
The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at www.thelightcellar.ca/teaching-kitchen or call 403-453-1343.
J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at www.jwebb.net or call 403-253-9463.
The Cellar Wine Store
Tasting details at www.cellarwinestore.com or phone 403-503-0730.
Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Every Friday at Raw Bar, happy hour specials -- $.99 oysters, $4.99 prosecco, $4.99 pints; live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails. www.hotelarts.ca
Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com 403-283-8000.
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at www.willowpark.net or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the spring calender of great events in-store at 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE, Willow Park Village.
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Has launched a happy hour program offering a new red and white wine glass-pour selection chosen each Monday and featured all week accompanied by a feature cheese plate and small plate crafted by chef John Donovan. The wines from the copiously stocked cellar are wines you might not otherwise consider. All wine pours during happy hour are $9 the small plates and cheese plates range from $5 to $9. Good deal! Keep tabs on what’s happening during happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m., at #divinohappyhour
Cuisine et Château Culinary Centre Classes
Wine! Wine! And Food! A wine and food pairing series; demonstration classes/special events; Winemaker’s dinner with a guest speaker; Kids Program, ages 8 – 13. France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. Cuisine et Château hands-on classes: Artisan Bread, May 12; Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13. Demonstration/Tasting Events: Wine & Food Series. Details at www.cuisineandchateau.com or call 403-764-2665.
Find Dwayne and Alberta Ennest at Bite in Inglewood
Though they closed their wonderful restaurants, they’ve joined up with Bite Grocer & Eatery in Inglewood, YAY! www.biteyyc.com. Take yourself to Bite and check out what these great food people are doing these days. It’ll always be delicioius and creative!
Ollia Macarons & Tea
Macarons Baking Classes. Classes are hands-on, 12 participants max. Participants get about 30 macarons and a recipe booket. There’s a break where participants sample macarons and tea. Details at www.byollia.com/classes, register at 403-457-9775. Accompanied children 10 – 15 are welcome, private class option available.
Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market
Located at 14555 Symons Valley Rd., NW, just off the north end of Shaganappi Tr. NW. A new market is going to be built. Keep checking www.symonsvalleyranch.com for updates on the new market’s progress. It was always a great market, we can’t wait to have it built and operational again.
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at email@example.com. May and June classes include A Night Out: Couples Classes; Italian and French Farmhouse Menus; Food of the Sun: Brazilian Street Food; Rise & Shine: Yeasted Sweet Doughs (a two-day workshop); Hands-On Chocolate-Making Workshop with Cochu Chocolatier; Glen Manzer’s Cancer Research Fundraising Dinner; Bar Bridgette and Metrovino Specialty Dinner; Tuesdays on Ice: Whiskey-based Cocktails and Tappas; Fabulous Burgers, 4 Craft Beers; The Return of the Florentine: Allan Shewchuk’s Greatest Hits; Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk, the king of grilling and barbecue, comes to town for a number of hands-on classes, always fun and instructive and tasty tasty; Jamaican Reggae Party!; Tagines: Stews from Morocco; Grown-Up & Kid Class (8+). And much more. Check www.cookbookcooks.com for all the classes, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.
One Saturday a month……
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters launches a new monthly event series called Good Neighbours at their Mission café. In partnership with pals Sugar Water Cocktail Lounge and DJ Carl Cassidy, the Mission café becomes a vintage cocktail lounge with a cocktail menu, beer and wine list, an evening food menu and hand-picked records. One Saturday a month, 7 – 11 p.m., visit www.philsebastian.com/mission for all the fun details.
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; reservations 403-476-1310. All the tasty details at www.bvrrestaurant.com
High Tea Saturday and Sunday
What fun! Brasserie Kensington serves High Tea every Saturday and Sunday from 2:15 to 4:30, 1131 Kensington Rd. NW, $35, includes a selection of teas with finger sandwiches, canapés, scones and compotes, pastries and desserts. Reservations required online at www.brasseriekensington.com or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.
Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants. It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.
Laughing Stock Vineyards Barrel Room Tastings
Something exceptionally good to plan for when you’re tootling the Okanagan. Laughing Stock, near Penticton, makes some of the best of the Okanagan wines, so go taste them. Hosted by owners/winemaker David or Cynthia Enns, these tastings are held monthly on Sundays and include local artisan cheeses, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., $25 for preferred share wine club members and guests, $50 for non-members, and worth every penny for this exceptional wine. Visit www.laughingstock.ca for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.
Tasting Room Now Open
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls has opened its tasting room for the season for when you’re tootling the Okanagan Valley, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 2385 Allendale Rd. www.bluemountainwinery.com
Out of school Culinary Day Camps
Poppy Innovations Edible Education Program invites your youngsters to participate in a culinary day camp at the South Health Campus, Wellness Centre, 4448 Front St. SE, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no need to pack a lunch! Ages 6 – 12 years. Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too. Visit www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.
The Lake House Prix-Fixe Menu now available
The return of The Lake House’s annual prix-fixe menu offered at dinner Monday to Thursday for $50 per person for a limited time. The menu will change regularly and feature CRMR’s distinctive Rocky Mountain Cuisine in a delicious three-course menu crafted by chef Gareth Colville and his culinary team. Due to the nature of a feature menu and its limited ingredients, there will be a finite number of prix-fixe menus available each evening, so reserve your table at 403-225-3939 or visit www.lakehousecalgary.com .
Bin 905 Tastings
May 24, the Pinot Noir Phenomenon; May 31, World Cup Winners, the wines from the different countries that have won the tournament; June 7, What to Pair with BBQ, unique and delicious wines that are classics with BBQ, plus new and fun ideas; June 14, French Grand Crus; June 21, First Summer Sips, great summer wines. Visit www.bin905.com and click on “events” for details and to book, or phone 403-261-1600.
Cilantro celebrates 30 years
After getting freshened up with renovations to the décor and the menu. Tuesday is Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Wednesday Chef’s Feature Pasta, Thursday Charcuterie Boards & Wine, Friday Cellar Nights with a rare wine. Check it out at 338 – 17 Ave. SW, 403-229-1177.
Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close at all National locations, you can take part in buck-a-shuck oysters paired with ½ price bottles of wine!
Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park
Each evening begins with the themed 3-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille followed by the movie on the big screen in Gasoline Alley Museum, Reserve your table today, dinner and movie is $44.95 or $8 for the movie alone. Dinner reserves may be made between 5 – 6:45 p.m. with show time starting at 7:45. A popcorn and cash bar are open during the film. To view menus or reserve your table, visit www.heritagepark.ca or call 403-268-8607.
Starting April 24 ………
NOtaBLE, one of the city’s favourite restaurants, has introduced NOtaBLE Hour, which features drink and food specials that let people, who want to, escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown but still enjoy after-work leisure before heading home. Offered every Tuesday to Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., NOtaBLE Hour offers $8 drinks, including the Moscow Mule, Grilled Grapefruit Swizzle, a pint of Village Brewery ‘No Bull’ beer or a glass of wine. Also, NOtaBLE Hour offers a chicken dinner for two for $30, featuring a half a wood-fired rotisserie Happy Chicken with a NOtaBLE signature salad and bottomless fries on the side. Such a NOtaBLE hour!
May 18 – 20
Kensington Wine Market is celebrating its 26 years with an anniversary sale with at least 15% off all wines, 10% off all whisky and deals on beers and other spirits. The biggest sale of the year for this popular liquor store and will be your best chance to try something on your list that you have had your eye on. Owner, Andrew Ferguson, known as The Scotch Guy to many in Calgary, can educate you on his passions, and you will be pleased because then you know what to try!
Thursday, May 24
The Deane House invites you to A Journey Along the Loire winemaker’s dinner with Maison Saget La Perrière, an exquisite collection of Loire Valley appellations, 6 p.m., $135 includes five courses with wines matched to each course. Seating is limited, so call to reserve, 403-264-0595, 806 9th Ave. SE. Visit www.deanehouse.com for more information.
May 27, June 3, June 10
The Asparagus festival returns to Edgar Farms, Alberta’s largest asparagus farm, and you are invited to celebrate on three consecutive Sundays in the prime of asparagus harvesting season. Go check it out, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy tasting it freshly picked in the fields, and cooked into tempura asparagus by chef Matt Burton and bring the children for a real farm experience, complete with animals, displays and a bale maze. Visit www.edgarfarms.com for more information or email email@example.com.
Sunday, May 27
The Deane House invites you to the Sunday Supper Series, The Bees Knees, when Jason Barton Brown, chef at Hayloft in Airdrie, joins chef Jamie Harling in the kitchen to work with good spring ingredients. They’ve been aging TK Ranch beef in beeswax and experimenting with honey, but no protective gear required! And since Sundays are corkage-free, you can bring your fave wine or order from a great cocktail and wine list. Dinner 6 p.m., $90, some seats left, reserve now and more information at www.deanehouse.com
Wednesday, May 30
The grand opening of the first Edo Japan’s “Fresh Take” mall concept location at the Chinook Mall food court. Born in Calgary, Edo has expanded it’s restaurant concept to “Fresh Take” earlier in the year featuring a trendy new design and layout, fresh new branding, a menu evolution and a grab and go cooler with a variety of sushi, salads and Japanese-inspired snacks and treats. Also, a new fruit-infused CRAFT soda beverages, including its newest flavour, Strawberry-Hibiscus. Check it out!
Thursday, May 31
Cibo’s 6th Anniversary party, $25 to enjoy samples of wine, beer and cocktails with tasty bites from the Cibo kitchen and from some of the other Creative Restaurants. Visit www.cibocalgary.com for tickets and more information. Also, for those who live in the north of the city, Cibo is moving up north and will be like its cousin in the south with great daily specials, the same look and feel inside and everyone’s favourite $5 pizza happy hour. Cibo plans to launch June 1 with a big party in the neighbourhood on June 16 for Neighbour Day.
Thursday, May 31
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Teatro where chefs Matthew Batey and Dave Bohati treat you to an indulgence of caviar, truffles and fine Italian wine, an elegant evening with a delectable meal in this beautiful historic space. Tickets $200 includes food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or www.visainfinite.ca/dining and reserve your seat at the table. Tickets on sale now.
Thursday, May 31
Rodney’s Oyster House invites you to its annual Alexander Keith’s Lobster Boil. It’s a sell-out event so don’t wait, tickets are $65 for a lobster dinner, a Maritime ight full of lice music, beer and messy hands! Sunday, June 24, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., eat, drink and watch some of Canada’s fastest shuckers compete at the Alberta Oyster Festival. Tickets now on sale and registration is open for the shucking competition with the winner going to Tyne Valley Oyster Festival in PEI to compete for Canada’s top shucker award! Visit www.rodneysoysterhouse.com/calgary to get all the details or call 403-460-0026.
Saturday, June 2
Eat North presents Alberta Era, a one-of-a-kind dinner inspired by the Mesozoic world. It will take place on the rooftop of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. Alberta Era will be an innovative, entertaining and educational event that will offer an immersive prehistoric experience hosted by paleontologists and some of Calgary’s acclaimed chefs – JP Pedhirney, Bridgette Bar; Andrea Harling, Made Foods; Paul McGreevy, The Nash; Quinn Staple and Kat Edwards, Hotel Arts -- using their talents to create a multi-course dinner inspired by dinosaurs from different periods of the Mesozoic Era with wine pairings. Coach transportation is provided in front of Hotel Arts, 119 – 12 Ave SW, leaving at 2:30 p.m. Guests will go on a tour of the museum hosted by Tyrrell’s paleontologists at 4 p.m. After the tour, guests will go to the roof for a cocktail reception followed by dinner. After dinner, the coaches will deliver guests back to Hotel Arts by about 10:30 p.m. Visit www.eatnorth.com for more information. Only 100 tickets available, so don’t wait!
Saturday, June 2
A new Farmers & Makers Market launches at cSPACE King Edward, a creative hub located near Marda Loop at 1721 – 29 Ave. SW. Until October 6, more than 40 local and ultra-local farm, food and artisa vendors will join cSPACE’s thriving community of artista, makers, gallelries and arts organizations for an exceptionally dynamic outdoor market, every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Look for an incredible selection of fresh produce, locally made, baked and grown goods, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and more! (An Alberta Approved Farmers Market.)
Saturday, June 2
The Calgary Humane Society invites you to its Dog Jog, a fundraising walk and festival for you and your furry friend, South Glenmore Park. A fundraiser for the animals, a party for the people. Register at www.support.calgaryhumane.ca
June 4 – 10
It’s YYC Beer Week presented by BeerGuysYYC with participation from 34 local craaft breweries, more than 40 restaurants and 30+ retail locations – more than twice the size of 2017! The week will once again feature a collaboration of local restaurants, breweries and retailers, all lwith a strong focus on local craft beer. Eash partiipant will provide an exclusive beer-related menu item, promotion or event throughout the week, with a dollar from every item sold going towards a charity of their choice. Visit www.yycbeerweek.com to see the full list of participants, and updates are made daily so check often to see them. Follow on twitter and instagram at @beerguysyyc for more information.
June 8 – 10
Don’t miss the second annual Untamed Kootenays Summer Chef Showcase at Fernie’s Island Lake Lodge. Throughout the weekend, the Tamarack Dining Room will welcome food lovers to dine on Lodge-made gourmet food created with ingredients sourced and foraged from the surrounding Elk Valley. A Winemaker’s Dinner on Friday with select wine pairings, and the Chef’s Showcase features Calgary chefs, John Paul Pedhirney of Bridgette Bar and Model Milk’s chef de cuisine, Blair Clemis, joining up with the Lodge’s chef Keith Farkas to create an unforgettable weekend dining experience that highlights the culinary wealth found in the region. Two impressive dinners, the opportunity to forage with the chefs on a guided hike, and more. Spots are limited for this unique event, so don’t wait, sign up now with Island Lake Lodge, www.islandlakecatskiing.com
Saturday, June 9
Eight Ounce Coffee Garage Sale invites you to go and give all the "less than pristine" coffee gear a home for a sweet price! Visit www.eightouncecoffee.ca
June 15 – 24
All things burger in Calgary during the YYC Burger Battle, a food festival celebrating all things burger whether it be Alberta Beef, vegetarian, vegan or dessert, the competition has it all! Consume whatever burgers tickle your fancy and vote for your favourite. A champion will be crowned at the end! Each burger in the festival is a unique creation meant to show off the best of Calgary’s culinary minds and local food fare. YYC Burger Battle is partnered with the Alex Community Wellness Centre, investing in the health, housing and food programs it brings to the most vulnerable Calgary citizens. Plenty more information can be found at www.yycburgerbattle.com including team details and a full list of participating restaurants available in mid-May.
Sunday, June 17
The Calgary Farmers’ Market invites you to a memorable day of Tires & Tunes, and a good time with Dad on his day, Father’s Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – a unique car show where there’s a collection of vehicles and a set of tires to delight every Dad! And local live music all over the market, including Bebo Grove and Steel & Timber along with many others. With giveaways for Dad and complimentary balloons for the kids, too! A free event for everyone and lots of free parking! Take Dad, he’ll like it and so will you.
June 22 and 23
Black Hills Estate Winery invites you to an exciting weekend in the South Okanagan with these two events: Winemaker’s Invitational Dinner, June 22, 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Spirit Ridge Resort. A four-course dinner paired with all-star wines from throughout the Okanagan, tickets $149 with discounts for wine club members; Nota Bene Release Party, June 23 at Black Hills Estate Winery, 5 – 8 p.m., a winery party celebrating the 18th vintage of the Black Hills signature Nota Bene with live music, dancing, guest DJs, delicious food by chef Lee Humphries and his tema from Vintage Hospitality, and much more fun! Tickets $199 with discounts for wine club members. Purchase online at www.blackhillswinery.com or phone 250-498-0666.
Tuesday, June 26
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Deane House where chef Jamie Harling invites Mandel Hitzer of Winnipeg’s deer + almond, plus Calgary’s Eric Hendry of Bar Von Der Fels and Matthias Fong of River Café to make the most of the early summer season – a garden of delights at Deane House. Tickets $160 include food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or www.visainfinite.ca/dining and reserve your place at the table. Tickets go on sale April 30.
Okanagan Spring Celebration
Road 13 Vineyards Celebrates Spring and the 50th Anniversary of its Chenin Vines with Road 13 Dinners in the executive lounge that pairs Road 13 artisan wines with a four-course meal prepared by chef Chris Van Hooydonk of Backyard Farm. Dates are May 4, July 21, August 18, September 29 and October 6 at 6:15 p.m. Many other fun activities, too, like Class in a Glass: paint pARTy, plus tastings and tours. Visit www.road13vineyards.com to get all the details and make reservations.