What’s happening in July and August

Big Rock Swinger Pack
For a limited time, you can get Big Rock’s Swinger Pack just perfect for people  who like variety.  Look for Grasshopper Wheat Ale and Saaz Republic of Pilz, plus two new beers – Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager and Cracked Pepper Wheat Ale with Tellicherry peppercorns. Coming in September, look for the offspring of Traditional Ale – the hipster Cascadian with citrusy hops and the rebellious Anarchist, a punk-slapped mosh-pit of British hops and liquid attitude!


Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Tastings: Check the web site for all the fun things happening in July and August:  coopwinespiritsbeer.com, email wsevents@calgarycoop.com or call 403-2238-0446, ext. 205.

Starting  June 13
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room can be made for September 4 through October 31.  Booking for the Thursday lunch buffet starts July 8. You’ll have some of the best food you’ll eat in this city in this culinary classroom. The Highwood serves lunch, Monday to Friday, lunch buffet is most Thursdays, dinner is Monday to Thursday. Prices vary for the lunch menu, Thursday buffet is $25, dinner is a set menu, $46. Menus are posted on the web site later in the summer. Book at sait.ca/highwood except for Thursday buffet which is booked on the reservation line, 403-284-8615, ext. 2.


Cuisine et Chateau Interactive Culinary Centre
July 25, Indochine; July 30, Gluten-free Baking; July 31, Cheese-Making Workshop Level 1; August 3, The 4 Elements of Summer, Curing/Smoking/Brining/Grilling; August 6, Simply Italian; August 7, From New Delhi With Love; August 9, Table for Two; August 12, Tapas Tuesday; August 14, Vegetarian Fusion;  August 16/17, Cook Like a Chef Weekend, $399. Classes are hands-on, include meal, recipes and apron. Kids’ Cooking Camp this summer, for kids 8 – 13; A Week in a French Kitchen, summer program for teens 14 – 19; For details about classes and registration, visit cuisineandchateau.com or phone 403-764-2665.

Bin 905
Check out the completely redesigned store with a new tasting area and a new fine wine room.Tasting details at bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.


Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
July 24/25, Scotty Hills; July 26, Craig Moreau and The Taurino Band. T. Buckley every Tuesday; Last Jazz Jam every Wednesday; every Thursday with Curtis Glas and friends; every Friday with Tom Phillips & Friends; 811 – 1st St. SW.  Visit wine-ohs.com for upcoming live music.

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

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

J. Webb Wine Merchant
Tastings at Casel Marché, Details at jwebb.net

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

Hotel Arts
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.. hotelarts.ca

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, atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes


Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
Join Chef Darren for Cooking at Home: Grilling Classes, July  29, 31, August 7, 8, 14, 21, 22. For these classes, the cooking is hands-on and participation is required, requires a barbecue, 6 – 10:30 p.m., $100 per participant. Details and registration at cafedivine@hotmail.com


Test Kitchen Restaurant and Bar “pop up” dining series
An innovative take on dining out – each evening diners are be treated to a 3-course meal created by the feature “chef of the evening” for $30, $50 with wine pairings. Details at testkitchenyyc.ca and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at info@testkitchenyyc.ca, seating is limited. Location: 501 – 2nd Ave. SW.


Calgary Food Tours, Inc.
Throughout the summer, 5 tours per week (most weeks). 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 calgaryfoodtours.com

July 29 & August 12/26
Apiaries and Bees for Communities (ABC) presents Home2Hive Bike Tours. Discover ABC’s unique urban apiaries, obsserve honeybee behaviour with a glass of mead or put on a veil and take part in a hive inspection. Details and registration at backyardbees.ca/courses/h2h


Heritage Park Activities
Big Rock Brewing Course July  31 , August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25 October 9 & 23 November 13 & 20. Learn about, and participate in, the brewing process from start to finish. A small snack and samples of the type of beer that you are brewing will be provided at the event. Eight weeks later, you’re invited to return to Heritage Park and pick up a bottle of your very own beer creation. $89.95, 6:30 - 9pm, Heritage Park Historical Village, Big Rock Interpretive Brewery. Sunday Afternoon Tea, Sundays, until August 31, $19.95, at 403-268-8500.

Inglewood Night Markets
Check it out on the 2nd Friday of each month – August 8, September 12, 6 p.m. until midnight –square dance in July, Latin in August and Just Dance on a huge screen as part of Beakerhead in September.

Until October 5
Calgary’s Lougheed House serves up our prairie food history and culture with a delicious exhibition of rare and fascinating cookbooks and manuscripts from the Victorian era to the 1970s. Collecting Culinaria is an intimate look at the way our food is inextricably blended with – and expresses - our cultural identities and narratives. Rare and revealing recipe books and domestic manuals cast a fun, fascinating light on how and why we got food from the farm to the table for the past 100 years. 707 – 13th Ave. SW, lougheedhouse.com

July 26/27
Taste of Markerville features a Country Market from 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday followed by Cocktail Hour and a Long Table Dinner by Chef Darren of downtownfood plus John Jackson and Jessica Pelland of CHARCUT, Pierre Lamielle of Food on Your Shirt, Hotel Arts’ Duncan Ly and River Café’s Andrew Winfield. On Sunday sign up for workshops showcasing local food. For tickets and info: tasteofmarkerville.com

Tuesday, July 29
Cocktail Classes at the Bourbon Room,  7 p.m.,  learn the history behind three classic cocktails, how to stir your own, and enjoy snacks from the National menu.  Tickets $75, space limited, reserve early at bigtickets.ca/index.php?event_id=386

August 1 – 3
Vin-dulge at the Okanagan’s ultimate wine-food pairing course called the Okanagan Wine and Food Intensive, at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus. Cost is $630, all the details and registration at okanagan.bc.ca/fwtcourses or call 1-866-510-8899.

August 14 - 17
Taste of Calgary coming up @ Eau Claire’s festival plaza.  A great line up of restaurants, music and other interesting displays and activities for this year’s festival.    The highlights at tasteofcalgary.com.  The festival supports three local charitable and non-profit organizations – the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association and the Saracens Rugby Club.
August 14 – 23
Globalfest returns to Elliston Park to showcase Calgary’s cultural diversity in a multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that features super fireworks and great food! Visit globalfest.ca for all the tasty details and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, August 21
Smuggler’s Group of Restaurants’ Pig Roast. Lotsa details at smugglers.ca . Smuggler’s diners have helped provide 10,000 meals through the Mealshare Program.

Ellen Doty Jazz Singer B.C. Winery Tour July/August
This beautiful and talented jazz singer from Calgary will be touring this summer. If you’re going to be in B.C. sipping wine, you won’t want to miss her and her fellow musicians. They are VERY good.  July 26, Hester Creek Winery, 1 – 4 p.m.; July 27, Thornhaven Estates Winery, 1 – 4 p.m.; July 30, Liquidity Wine Festival, 8 p.m.; July 31,  Okanagan Crushpad, 7 p.m.; August 1, Kamloops Courthouse Gallery, 6 p.m.; August 2, Minstrel Café, Kelowna, 8 p.m.  Visit ellendoty.com for details.

Thu, Jun 26 : Liz Tompkins with City Palate Magazine joins Global Calgary with details on four new Calgary eataries