What’s Happening in August and September

Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from -- a digital bacon cookbook you can download for free, then make your Caramel Bacon Popcorn or Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam.  Mmmmmm, bacon!

The Bridgeland Riverside Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday. Look for two community tables where new vendors, plus neighbourhood kids and seniors, can try out the market without having to pay a vendor’s fee. The tables are sponsored by Bridgeland Market and Lukes Drugmart. At the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 917 Centre Ave. NE.  Details at

Starts July 2
Flight Night, a Thursday feature menu at Catch & the Oyster Bar launches. Look for tasting –sized wine pours and shareable plated ideal for casual and social patio-season dining to be eaten in the Oyster Bar and on the Patio. Look for the likes of crispy roasted pork belly tacos with pickled carrot and cucumber, and warm cheddar hush puppies drizzled with smoked honey. View menus at

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Closed for the summer, the Highwood reopens September 10. Reservations for Sept. 10 – Oct. 30 have begun – make yours now. You’ll have some of the best food you’ll eat in in this culinary classroom. The Highwood serves lunch, Monday to Friday, including a Thursday lunch buffet, dinner is Monday to Thursday. Prices vary for the lunch menu, dinner is a set menu, $46. Menus re posted on the web site. Book at

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
LIBRARY TASTING: VINTAGE WINES, Signature Event, Oakridge Tasting Centre, September 25; get to know GERMAN FOOD & GERMAN BEER, Shawnessy, September 26, Beddington, October 3;  AROUND THE WORLD IN A WHISKY GLASS, From Scotland to Japan and Back Again, Oakridge, October 2; HIGH AND MIGHTY, Mountain Vineyards of Napa, Premium Event, Oakridge, October 15; MINDFUL TASTING WITH WORTHY & WELL, Premium Event, Shawnessy, October 17; “IF IT GROWS TOGETHER IT GOES TOGETHER” (Pairings), Get to Know SOUTH AMERICAN FOOD AND WINE, Oakridge: October 23; MODERN SPAIN, an Epicurean’s Delight,  Crowfoot, October 24; SATURDAY AFTERNOON SCOTCH SESSION, Beddington, October 24; BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, An Afternoon of Tuscan Nobles, Signature Event, Shawnessy, October 24.  Details and tickets at

Until September 30
Eau Claire Distillery’s Visitor Centre and Tasting Room is open. Taste and learn about “Farm-to-Glass” craft spirits in historic Turner Valley. Open to the public for tours and tastings Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. More information at

All summer long....
The Sunset Happy Hour Series, every night at Black Hills Estate Winery, Oliver, B.C. 2 for 1 wine tastings, DJ tunes, pizza and charcuterie plates from the vineyard kitchen.  When you’re in Oliver, have some fun at Black Hills. Great wine too!

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
Cooking classes: Made in France, August 21; Four Elements of Summer, grilling, curing, smoking, brining, August 23; From New Delhi with Love, August 26; Cheese Making Workshop Level 1, August 27; Classic French Bistro, August 28; Around the Mediterranean, August 29; Best of Brunch hands-on classes, August 22, September 19, October 24; Knife Skills, September 3; Cheese Making Level II, September 9; Flaky Viennoiserie, September 13; Special dinner/demonstration event with Poplar Bluff Farms, September 18;  For details and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665..

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20; September 10/11, Caribbean; September 17/18, Philippines; September 24, Craft Beer Infused Grub; Weekend Classes – Hands-on Artisan Bread Making, September 19, $70; Chef’s Table Local Harvest, September 26, $95.
At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

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Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
August 21, North of Here; August 22, Eve Hell and The Shelbys; August 28/29, Shaela Miller with Carter Felker; September 10, The Royal Foundry with Locomotive Gost; September 11, Amy Heff with La Rougette; September 12, Rick Poltaruk with Tanner James; T. Buckley every Tuesday; Wine-Ohs Open Stage/Drunken Promises every Wednesday; every Thursday with Curtis Glas and friends; every Friday with Tom Phillips & Friends; 811 – 1st St. SW.  Visit for upcoming live music.

Tastings:  Visit or phone (403) 205-3356  for info or to register.

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at  or call 403-453-1343.  

J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at or call 403-253-9463.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit for tastings details and to register.

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
September 8, Plates & Palates, a 4-course dinner paired with Spottswoode Estate Wines at Chef’s Table, $135, details at; Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Monday – Wednesday, 3-course tasting menu, Thursday – Saturday, 5-course tasting menu at Chef’s Table; complimentary corkage on Mondays and half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday at dinner at Chef’s Table; Every Friday at Raw Bar and Chef’s Table, happy hour specials -- $.99 oysters, $4.99 prosecco, $4.99 pints;  Live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar by Duncan Ly as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails.

Test Kitchen Restaurant and Bar “pop-up” dining series
An innovative take on dining out – each evening diners are treated to a 3-course meal created by the feature “chef of the evening” for $30, $50 with wine pairings.. Details at and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at, seating is limited.

Calgary Food Tours
Wednesdays - Inglewood’s Edible Enticements; Thursdays - Craving Kensington; Fridays - Palette to Palate food and wine appreciation in the Designer District; Saturday mornings, chef Judy Wood leads tasting tours of the Calgary Farmers’ Market; Saturday afternoons - Meet, Eat and Repeat on 17th Ave SW. Prices range from $30 - $90 for 2 - 3.5 hour tours. Tickets, calendar and detailed descriptions of each tour can be found at

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at 403-283-8000.

Sundays, through August 30
Afternoon Tea on the Verandah of the newest exhibit, the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women, at Heritage Park Historical Village. Tickets at 403-268-8500.

Through October 20
Poppy Innovations presents 6-week Parent & Child Culinary Programs. Prices include all food and supplies. Poppy Innovations also teams up with the Calgary Farmers’ Market to offer cooking classes throughout the year, and also offers “Canning & Preserving with a Twist” and “Edible Planters” and “Straw Bale Veggie Garden” classes.  All the tasty details can be found at

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
In your home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. Grilling for the barbecue season, August 27.  Celebrate the harvest with a Farm to Table cooking class, September 25, October 8, 16, 22, 23. Details and registration at

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Introduction to Cooking, Aug 31-Oct 5, $400;  Intermediate Cooking, Oct 19-Nov 9, $450; Thailand, September 3, $90;  Date Night, October 2, $75;  Knife Skills, October 7, $60;  France, October 29, $90;  Artisan Bread, October 31, $120.  At SAIT’s Main Campus: Sushi, September 4, $90;  Cake Decorating, Sept 15-Oct 13, $315;  Chocolate, September 19, $120;  Fondant, October 3, $90;  Vietnamese, October 20, $90; Indian, October 23, $90; Cupcakes, October 24, $100. Visit for details and for more courses.

New Vendors at Market on Macleod
Saigon sugar cane juices, Burnt to Order crème brûlée, Happy Kitchen, Bauer Meats, Hipster Nonsense and a coffee and salt grinder artisan who does custom grinding.

Inglewood Night Market
Don’t miss the summer night market nights in Inglewood: September 11, 6 – 11 p.m., shop at night! Entertainment, too.

Through October 1
The Bridgeland Riverside Farmers' Market runs Thursdays through October 1 from 3:30-7pm at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Ave NE.
Visit  for more information.

Until October 8
At the Canmore Farmers’ Market, Crush & Cork Wine Beer  & Spirits conducts tastings on Thursdays from 2 – 6 p.m. throughout October 8, #117, 1000 – 7th Ave, Canmore.

Through September 18
Thirteen Calgary Co-op communities will be the homes of 16 Calgary Co-op  YYC Pop-Up Farmers Markets. During July and August, the Pop-Up Markets operate Wednesdays and Thursdays; in September, they run Thursdays and Fridays. As part of the pop-ups, you get a chance to meet the producers on the weekends of August 6 – 9 and September 3 – 6.  Good food and fun to meet the peeps who grow our food!  All the details about the pop-up farmers market locations can be found at

Through August 29
Bring your own chair and enjoy local and regional films under the stars every Saturday at 9 p.m. at Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies at parking lot 57, located at 1210 Kensington Rd., the lot beside Purr. A new thought-provoking film every Saturday – don’t forget your popcorn! Details at, @kensingtonYYC, #kensingtonmovies

August 20 or 21
From Farm to Table, a special ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen day camp for kids to discover where their food comes from. They visit two working farms to learn about growing potatoes and carrots, then help dig up vegetables and work with chefs to help prepare dishes from their harvested crops. For kids 9 to 12. To register, phone 403-245-7630. Details at, click on “classes.”

Saturday, August 22
Don’t miss tasting the sweetest corn on earth at the Calgary Farmers’ Market Corn Roast, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The corn roast is free, BUT cash donations to the Calgary Food Bank are welcome.

Saturday, August 22
Food Water Wellness Foundation and Fisher Farms hosts Rootstock, a farm-to-table field fresh experience, 5 p.m. – midnight at Fisher Farms, west of Didsbury. Guests are taken by bus to Fisher Farms for a farmers’ market, cocktail hour and  a 3-course meal by David Cousineau, sous chef at The Bison in Banff. Live music by Alberta’s Cowpuncher. Transportation from Calgary at 4 p.m. Tickets $150 at

August 22/23
Don’t miss Alberta Open Farm Days, lots of activities taking place in Strathmore and environs, including BBQ in The Badlands at the Rocking R Guest Ranch just outside Strathmore, August 22, where Calgary chef Judy Wood will serve up local farm-to-table food.  Farm tours and events on August 23.  For details and tickets, go to

Sunday, August 23
Calling all carnivores to Festival of Meat, Brewery & The Beast, at Pumphouse Park, shining a spotlight on locally and ethically raised protein from  more than 35 Calgary restaurants, including Model Milk, Rouge, Anju, NOtaBLE, SAIT and Ox and Angela. Details and tickets at

Monday, August 24
Catch Restaurant hosts a Stag’s Hollow Winemaker’s Dinner. Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with the Okanagan’s excellent Stag’s Hollow wines, 6 p.m., $140.  Tickets at 4030-206-0000, ext. 252, or by emailing

Monday, August 24
Deadline for video submission for Miele Culinary Challenge. Miele Canada is doing a Miele Culinary Challenge, open to amateur and professional chefs. The winner will be showcased with some of the world’s top chefs at the Toronto Food & Wine Festival in September. The winner will get all kinds of great stuff including an internship with a celeb chef in an international restaurant.  Complete details about the challenge at

August 25, 26, 27
Tango Bistro hosts a seafood boil featuring crawfish, crab legs, Valbella sausage, mussels, red potato, corn on the cob, fresh herbs and artisan bread. $25 for 1, $40 for 2. Call 403-252-4365 for reservations.

Monday, August 31
Tango Bistro Community Night featuring the work of the next feature artist, the tunes of a DJ, complimented by a special tapas menu from Chef Trevor Hopper. Check it out Community Night.

Deanne Matley Trio Jazz Entertainment
September 4/5, October 2/3, December 11/12,  Bears Den Lounge; September 10, October 15, Hotel Blackfoot; September 13, NOtaBLE; September 18/19, Good Earth Cafe Cranston; December 13, The Nash. Details at

September 5 & 6
BBQ on the Bow, Canada’s oldest barbecue competition where barbecue teams from Canada and the U.S. compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes, including Grand Champion, Chef’s Challenge, Kids Q and the Jon Lord “Lords of the Grill” Rookie of the Year. Fun for the kids, lots of music, including Smoking Aces Blues Band, and cooking demonstrations. Don’t miss it!  Eau Claire Market festival plaza.

Friday, September 11
Take a foodie road trip to Fort Macleod for a Taste of Fort Macleod, 4:30-9:30pm at Urban Core (257 Main Street) for an exclusive tasting event, featuring food and drink products from local artisans and producers. For details, visit

Saturday, September 12
Order a picnic from Boxwood and spread your blanket in Central Memorial Park for an afternoon of music and food at the Honens Open Air Concert.  Picnic basket details at

Saturday, September 12
Rediscover boutique with Willow Park Village, 11a.m. – 4 p.m. Experience a free open-air market with a fashion show, live music, gelato, food trucks and more. Come down and show your support to the Women’s Centre, and also receive a ticket to WIN great prizes valued at $3000. Extra tickets are available with each purchase and the first 50 guests will receive swag bags packed with exclusive treats from the park. Swing in for wine tastings and get a glimpse of Willow Park Wine & Spirits’ brand new look. Also, don’t miss our newest pop-up vendor! This is the FAIR of the season to FALL for!

September 12 & 13
Join the Calgary Produce Marketing Association at Heritage Park for the annual Fall Harvest Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Load up your wagon with great deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and help raise money for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, the Calgary Community Kitchen Program and the Heritage Park Society.  Details at

Thursday, September 17
2nd Annual A Taste of Autumn, Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction to be held in Fish Creek, 7 – 9 p.m., Meadow Muse Pavilion, Bow Valley Ranch, Fish Creek Provincial Park. The Friends of Fish Creek invite you to celebrate the changing of the seasons and support the Friends’ conservation efforts in Fish Creek Provincial Park, a cherished natural area. Enjoy delicious appetizers supplied by the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Catering. Sample ine and beer provided by local companies and bid on silent auction items.  Details at

September 17 – 20
River Café presents Taste, a creative theatrical collaboration performed during Beakerhead, featuring story telling combined with food tasting. Fun! Details at or

September 17 – 20
The Calgary Home + Design Show, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, is the authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement, with big names in the field and more than 350 exhibitors and lots of new features. There’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration Details at tickets at

Saturday, September 19
Don’t miss Harvest Moon Farmraiser in Okotoks, an evening of good food, music and community featuring many of Calgary’s great chefs, music by 54-40 and Chad Brownlee. Proceeds support Calgary’s Community Food Centre, a place to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. The event is currently sold out, but tickets will come available in early September. If you’d like to attend, email event chair Tasha Egan at to be placed on the waiting list.

Monday, September 21
MARKET Restaurant presents its second annual “FRESH! Calgary’s Freshest Meal Ever!”   dinner taking place in partnership with Grow Calgary. This one-of--kind event will   focus on     capturing the conceptual reality of the word fresh. Held at MARKET, guests will enjoy   a four-  course meal created from the produce grown on the Grow Calgary farm prepared in a race     against the clock to deliver Calgary’s freshest meal ever. Grow Calgary is Canada’s largest   urban farm that provides sustainable fresh food for Calgarians in need.  6 – 9 p.m., tickets $100   with all proceeds supporting Grow Calgary. tickets at or

September 21 & 26
Workshops for the Beef Connoisseur presented by Organic Alberta: September 21, The Whole Beef for the professional chef, butcher and beef producer, a technical workshop, register by September 14; September 26, Beef Immersion for the home chef, cook and foodie, register by September 18. $65 per workshop includes lunch, at The Beef Centre of Excellence. Details and registration at 587-521-2400 or email

September 25/26
Alberta Beer Festivals’ 3rd Annual Calgary Oktoberfest in support of Kids Up Front and Autism Aspergers Friendship Society, at the Upper Big Four Building, Stampede Park. Great craft beer paired with food from our restaurants and pubs – special casks with beer brewed locally for this event! Tickets at and at Brewsters Calgary and area locations,

September 25 – October 3
Alberta Beer Week celebrates great beer brewed across Alberta launching at the official pre-party at Willow Park Wine & Spirits on September 24 followed by Big Rock Brewery’s 30th Birthday Bash on September 26 and a total Alberta tap-takeover for the week at Beer Revolution.  Watch #AlbertaBeerWeek and visit for all the updates and events.  Drink Alberta beer – it’s good for you!

Saturday, September 26
You’re invited to celebrate Big Rock Brewery’s 30th Birthday Bash and Farmers’ Market – free breakfast, local artisans, free brewery tours, live music, YYC food trucks, Big Rock Grill, beer gardens, activities for the whole family, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., free admission, open to all ages.

Friday, October 2
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Education Sessions at Hotel Arts. Industry leaders will explore the issues plaguing culinary women and share their trade secrets and practical guides to career advancement. Guest panelists include Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Cohen and Kathleen Bake, to name a few.  Visit for details.