What’s happening in July and August

Stampede Caravan Pancake Breakfasts
Don’t miss these, good pancakes and it’s FREE!  July 4, Marlborough Mall and West Market Square; July 6, North Hill Centre and CrossIron Mills; July 7, Market Mall and Douglas Square; July 8, Southcentre Mall and Dalhousie Station; July 9, Northland Village and Southland Leisure Centre; July 10, Sunridge Mall and Genesis Centre; July 11, Deer Valley Shopping Centre and Coventry Hills Centre.  The Stampede Caravan will also help host the Family Day Breakfast in front of the Stampede Grandstand on July 5.  For details, visit www.caravan.calgarystampede.com

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

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 www.catchrestaurant.ca

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
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.

Starting July 3
Summertime in the City: Couples Class, hands-on cooking class at the Cookbook Co. Cooks, Friday and Saturday evenings, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $95. Available July 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25; details at www.cookbookcooks.com

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
July 3, Cam Penner and Sean Burns; July 4, Michael Wood Band with the Ashley 100;.  July 6, Bistro Act TBA/Mojo Lisa Mondays; July7, Sean Burns Bistro/Sweet Potato Cellar; July 8, Carter Felker Bistro; July 9, Kent McAlister Bistro/Jay Aymar with Mariel Buckley & Jenie Thal; July 10, Frank McShane Bistro, Jake Ian and Scott Macleod; 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 16, 23, 30, August 6, 7, 20, 21.  Details and registration at cafedivine@hotmail.com. Friday 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; 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.

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.

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 www.BridgelandFarmersMarket.com  for more information.

Friday, July 3
Bar C Food & Drink has a Stampede-inspired cocktail list featuring six signature cocktails 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.

Saturday, July 18
The Food Truck Flock is back, noon to 3 p.m., The parking lot behind Metrovino and The Cookbook Co, 722 – 11 Ave. SW. YYC food truck are flocking together for a delish afternoon, including Bento Burrito, Jane Bond, Sticky Ricky’s, Taiko Taco, Take it and Go, The Noodle Bus, as well as local ice cream. No cover charge. Grown ups can flock inside at Beer & Rosé Garden for a glass of wine or a craft beer by Village Brewery to pair with the street eats. Drink tickets available on site,

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

Thursday, July 23
Oregon Pinot Noir and Canapés Night, Vin Room West, $65, includes wine, canapés, all gratuities and taxes, 6 – 9 p.m., tickets Vin Room West, 587-353-8812 or info@vinroom.com.

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

August 7 – 9
The 3rd Annual Silver Star Summer Wine and Food Festival in the Okanagan, main event the popular Mile High Wine and Music, August 8, 4 – 7 p.m., Main Street in Silver Star’s mid-mountain village. Lots of other tasty events may be found at www.skisilverstar.com/summer/activities-events and go to “feature events.”

August 13 – 16
Don’t miss Taste of Calgary at Eau Claire’s festival plaza.  Great line-up of restaurants, local musicians, and a host of unique interactive displays and shopping.  Highlights at www.tasteofcalgary.com and twitter @tasteofcalgary and facebook. T of C supports
the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association and the Saracens Rugby Club.  

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 www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com, click on “classes.”

Monday, August 31
Tango Bistro Community Night featuring the work of our next feature artist, the tunes of a DJ, complimented by a special tapas menu from Chef Trevor Hopper. Check it out Community Night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc0qgsRkqmI