What’s happening in June and July

Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/bacon -- 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 season begins 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 www.facebook.com/bridgelandriversidefarmersmarketassociation

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Closed for the summer, the Highwood reopens September 10. Reservations for Sept. 10 – Oct. 30 commence on July 7. 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 are posted on the web site. Book at www.sait.ca/highwood

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events

Eau Claire Distillery
The Visitor Centre and Tasting Room is now 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 until September 30, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. More information at www.eauclairedistillery.ca

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
The Cutting Edge, Knife Skills, June 30; Best of Brunch hands-on classes, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 24;  Summer Kid’s Camps, 8 – 14-year-olds; For details and registration, visit www.cuisineandchateau.com or phone 403-764-2665..

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

Bin 905
Tasting details at www.bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
June 19, Los Montalbans; J une 24 – 26, Sled Island; June 27, Dave McCann.  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 www.wine-ohs.com for upcoming live music.

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

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.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit www.cellarwinestore.com for tastings details and to register.

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
July 9, Plates & Palates, 5-course dinner paired with St. Supery Estate Wines at Chef’s Table; June 24, Wente Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner, Yellow Door Bistro; 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. www.hotelarts.ca

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 www.testkitchenyyc.ca and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at info@testkitchenyyc.ca, 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 www.calgaryfoodtours.com

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com 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 www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
In your home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. Grilling for the barbecue season coming up July 2, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 7, 20, 21.  Details and registration at cafedivine@hotmail.com. Friday June 26 or July 17 at Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat, call Pat or Doug at 403-933-5755 to book the class that includes a night at the B & B.

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40; July 8 or August 5, $110; Artisan Bread, July 4 or August 29, $120; Date Night, July 10 or August 14, $75; Canning, July 18 or August 22, $150. Visit www.culinarycampus.ca for all the tasty details.

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.

Wild & Raw Wellness Workshop Series
June 14, Superfuel For Athletes, fuelling for fitness with whole foods and natural stimulants. Wild & Raw, 1119 Kensington Rd. NW, $50 for one, $125 for all three; details at www.wildandraw.ca register at www.wellnessworkshopyyc.eventbrite.com

Throughout June
Discover the cuisine of Venice every Thursday to Sunday evening at Vero Bistro, 5 courses, $75 with optional wine pairing of $25, seatings at  6 and 7:30 p.m.. Reserve at 403-283-8988 or verobistro@yahoo.ca

Throughout June
Visit River Café, CharCut Roast House and Rouge Restaurant in the month of June and eat their signature lentil dishes, then vote for your favourite online. Canadian Lentils – www.lentils.ca -- has challenged 24 restaurants in seven Canadian cities to develop a signature lentil dish and serve it to customers to showcase how versatile and tasty lentils can be.

Vin Room Mission and West
July 23, Oregon Pinot and Canapés night. Details at www.vinroom.com.

Inglewood Night Market
Don’t miss the summer night market nights in Inglewood: July 10, August 14, September 11, 6 – 11 p.m., shop at night! Entertainment, too.

June 18 through October 1
The Bridgeland Riverside Farmers' Market kicks off another year with its launch market on June 18. Don't miss this special event featuring live music from Matt Masters, free kids' activities, food trucks and a lineup of local vendors serving up Alberta produce, fruit, coffee, eggs, cheese, baked goods, bread, jewelry and more.  The market runs Thursdays June 18 - Oct 1 from 3:30-7pm at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Ave NE.
Visit www.BridgelandFarmersMarket.com  for more information.

June 19 -21
In honour of your Dad, save 15% on selected cheeses and Speck ham or spoil him with a custom box or basket from Janice Beaton Fine Cheese. Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Brunch or Fondue Night at FARM. Arrive early for brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., because there are no resos, but you can reserve for fondue dinner, 5 – 9:30 p.m. at 403-245-2276.

Saturday, June 20
A celebration of the release of Black Hills Estate Winery’s 15th vintage of its signature wine, Nota Bene, including a Fashion Pairing show and charity fundraiser for breast cancer research. Entertainment, food by Joy Road Catering and wine.  And fun!  Tickets for all-inclusive event and details at 250-498-0666 or at info@blackhillswinery.com

Sunday, June 21
Father’s Day Brunch at Heritage Park, a delicious brunch on the mezzanine of the Gasoline Alley Museum. Phone 403-268-8500 for tickets.

Sunday, June 21
Spoil dad on his day at a traditional brunch for Father’s Day at Cravings Market Restaurant, seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., book your reservation at 403-252-2083.

Sunday, June 21
Toscana Italian Grill invites you to bring Dad for lunch, brunch or dinner for eggs benedict, frittata, steak and eggs, prime rib burger or surf ‘n’ turf. Go to www.toscanagrill.ca for details.

Sunday, June 21
Dads tour free at Eau Claire Distillery Visitor Centre on Father’s Day. Take Dad to watch craft distilling in practice, located in Turner Valley, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit www.earclairedistillery.ca for details.

Monday, June 22
Picnic with the Bees and the Cookbook Co., 6:30 – 9 p.m., hosted by apiarist Joey from Calgary’s Backyard Bees, get up close and personal with honey-producing hives – a talk, a tour and a picnic supper, $90, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.

Friday, July 3
Bar C Food & Drink will release a Stampede-inspired cocktail list featuring six signature cocktails that will be available until the end of the Stampede on July 12. If you like your libations unadulterated, you’ll also find Cazadores Añejo on the rocks for $8 as well as 1 oz. shots of Fireball Whisky for $3 during Stampede. Check into Bar C during the Stampede for some fun drinking: The Red Herring, Fireproof, The Celery Caesar, I Got Bucked, Hacienda Caliente and Buffalo Fig Fizz, and much more!

Calgary Stampede Fun
Here’s a different idea for your Stampede party – Pop-Up Shuck by Catch and the Oyster Bar. Freshen up your party with a live oyster shucking experience that’s fun and unique action for your guests. Call 403-206-0000 for information and to reserve: 1 week’s notice required, 12-person minimum. Get your guests involved, they’ll love it!  Get shucked for the Stampede!

Throughout July
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.

Thursday, July 9
Tango Bistro’s 2nd Annual Pig Roast featuring Live Entertainment, $5 shots of Jack Daniels & $5 pints of Village Brewery. $25 tickets gets you entry, dinner & sides. They are on sale now at Tango. Get them while they last. Or email rich@tangobistro.com for tickets. The roast is on from 4:30 – 9:00.

Tuesday, July 14
Vasse Felix Winemaker’s dinner at The Lake House with Virginia Willcock, one of the most awarded female wine makers in Australia. Hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner. Only 24 tickets available, so don’t wait!  $115, tickets at www.lakehousecalgary.com

Wednesday, July 15
Thirteen Calgary Co-op communities will be the homes of 16 Calgary Co-op  YYC Pop-Up Farmers Markets, beginning July 15 until September 18. 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 www.yycfarmersmarket.com.

Wednesday, July 15
July 15 is the last day to save $100 on early-bird pricing for registration for the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop. Join Canada’s finest food, wine, and travel writers and editors at this 2.5-day professional development program in Kelowna, Sept 11 to 13. The workshop is open to writers of all levels, and includes writing workshops and incredible food and wine experiences. Check www.foodwinewriters.com  for schedule details, instructors, and accommodation information.

Sunday, July 19
The Friends of Fish Creek invite you to experience Creekfest, a free one-day celebration of water in Fish Creek Provincial Park, noon – 5 p.m., Bow Valley Ranche. Creekfest will feature musical acts, like Juno-Award winning Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales, plus award-winning theatre troupe, Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT, and Coyote Kids Theatre will return to the Creekfest stage to perform The Muskrat’s Tail, a fun and innovative look into the world of water-loving mammals. Everyone can learn about local watersheds through interactive games and activities hosted by community-based organizations.Creekfest is an important component of the Friends’ Watershed Public Awareness Campaign, designed to spread the word in communities near the park about protecting our local waterways. Details at www.friendsoffishcreek.org/event/creekfest

July 24 – 26
Food on Wood is the latest exhibition from Calgary-based photographer Jonathan Ferguson of Von der Rusch Photography. Through 40 fine-art food-related images printed directly onto wood, the exhibition will transport viewers to more than 20 countries and Alberta.  From colourful quinoa fields in Bolivia to salt pans in Malta, find it at The Crossroads Market.  For further information visit www.vonderrusch.com