What’s happening in  September and October

Visit our Farms this Fall  
Fall is harvest season, a good time to visit our farms and take advantage of the bounteous bounty at our farmers’ markets.  Go to  to find out who is opening their farm gates!


Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Tastings: Check the web site for all the fun things happening in September and October:, email or call 403-2238-0446, ext. 205.

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room can be made through October 31. November 1 to December 12 reservations may be made starting September 22.
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 – dates are November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11 -- 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. Book at except for Thursday buffet which is booked on the reservation line, 403-284-8615, ext. 2.


Cuisine et Chateau Interactive Culinary Centre
September 19, Made in France, French culinary traditions; September 20, Girls, It’s Your Night; September 21/28, Artisan Breads, 2-day workshop; September 24, Stocks & Sauces. For details about classes and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665. France Tour, spring 2015, free info session September 28, rsvp at

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Fall tasting schedule: A Pinot Party, September 25, $35; Wine 101, October 9, 16, 23, $75; A Wicked Halloween Beer Tasting BOO!, October 30; Heavy Hitters Series: France, November 13, Italy, November 20, USA, November 27, $65 each or all 3 for $175. Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
September 19, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris Tribute; September 20, Craig Moreau and the Taurino Band; September 23, Sadlier Brown Band; September 24, Open Stage/Drunken Promises; September 25, Ian Tyson Tribute; September 26, Noel Johnson and Tannner James; September 27, The Jamies and SAVK, Rick Potaruk, Locomotive Ghost and Soatoa. 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 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
September 25, Scotch tasting 101; October 2, Back to Basics; October 9, Pinot Noir Experiment; October 15, Spanish Food & Wine; October 16, True Brew, Old and New; October 22, Brown Bag 2.0 blind tasting; October 23, Oktoberfest autum beer tasting;  Details at or call403-253-9463.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit 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..

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m.,  $20; September 11/12, Healthy Packed Lunches; September 25/26, Cuban Tour; September 27, hands-on pasta; October 2/3, Oktoberfest; October 9/10, Pub Grub; October 16/17, Soups & Stews; October 30, Hors d’oeuvres; October 18, Chef’s Table Seafood.  At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,


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 and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at, seating is limited.


Calgary Food Tours, Inc.
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


Heritage Park Activities
Big Rock Brewing Course, September 25, October 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 – 9 pm, Heritage Park Historical Village, Big Rock Interpretive Brewery. October 11 – 13, Thanksgiving Weekend; October 29/30/31, Ghosts & Gourmet features dinner at the Wainwright Hotel and a ghastly ghose tour through the dark and deserted streets of the Historical Village. or call 403-268-8500.

Concorde Group Restaurants
Through October 5, Oktoberfest at all Nationals; September 27, Concorde Group hosts Paws in the Park charity event to raise money for AARCS, River Park, 11 a.m. – 3:30 pm.  Details for all events at

Saturday, September 20/October 18
Deanne Matley and Bruce Petherick at LeVilla Chophouse Fourth; Friday, October 17 at LeVilla Restaurant West.


Cooking at home with Chef Darren
Cooking at home autumn feast, September 19, October 16, 23, 30. Hand’s-on class, 6 – 10 participants, register at

September 18 – 21
Calgary Home + Design Show, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, featuring 350 exhibitors, lotsa new features, expert advice, innovation and inspiration for stylish living. Visit for all the details and tickets.

Kensington Wine Market
September 19, Cheese Please with Peasant Cheese, Italian cheese and wine; September 30, Revolutionary Gin; October 2, Passport Series 1, Cabernet, Cabs that taste like Cab; October 9, Okanagan Mini Wine Fest; October 17, Brews Festival; October 21, Modern Cocktail, tricks, techniques, ingredients; October 23, Passport Single Varietal II, Nebbiolo; October 24, Spanish Wine Festival; October 31, Brewster’s Trick or Treat. 403-283-8000.

September 19 – 21
Salt Spring Island Sip & Savour Salt Spring, harvest food and drink festival with growers, food producers, chefs, brewers and vintners for harvest dinners, a Saturday market, grazing on food and drink, details at Salt Spring Apple Festival, September 28,

Saturday, September 20
Don’t miss Circle the Wagons, Travelling Beer, Food & Music Carnival, presented at South Calgary Park and Marda Loop Community Centre, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.  From the adventurous imaginations of BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks and Village Brewery teamed up with Green Event Services for a “Zero Waste” event. Find local food, beer, music, art and performers, with net proceeds going to build new parks, playgrounds and assist in giving back in ways that can be shared by many. Family passes, subsidized tickets and general admission passes available at

September 20/23
Making Salsa and Canning with a Twist, Poppy Innovations’ Edible Education, South Health Campus Wellness Kitchen, $60.

Wednesday, September 24
Test Kitchen and Harvest Vintage Imports and Torbreck Estate wines put on a wine maker’s dinner, 6 p.m., with food by chef Darren Maclean of downtownfood and chef Brent Klassen of Vin Room. Seating is limited, tickets at , details at

September  24 – October 29
Poppy Innovations’ Edible Education: Parent & Child Culinary Programs, 6 weeks to develop children’s cooking techniques and awareness of healthy eating, South Health Campus Wellness Kitchen, $175, also November 4 – December 9.

September 26/27
Oktoberfest at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Come for Beer, food and community in support of Kids Up Front charity.  All the tasty details and tickets at and all Brewster’s locations. Ein Prosit!

Saturday, September 27
A flavour filled day at Blue Door Oil & Vinegar with artists Fiona Couillard, Carl Meleshko and Maxine Boss. These accomplished painters will offer their works for sale alongside the chance to sample Blue Door’s wide selection of olive oiils and balsamic vinegars, 10 a.m – 7 p.m.,

Sunday, September 28
Don't miss REAP's 5th annual Food For Thought event, 1-4 pm at Hotel Arts. This harvest celebration connects you with farmers, retailers and chefs for sampling, live music and conversation. Keynote presentation by Judy Wicks, mother of the buy local movement, co-founder of BALLE, author, activist and restaurateur. Tickets $30 at  or call 403-862-2874.

Tuesday, September 30
Friends of Fish Creek host a fund raiser in Fish Creek, “A Taste of Autum – Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction,” 7 – 9 p.m., Meadow Muse Pavilion behind Annie’s Bakery & Café, $75, information and tickets at

Big Rock Brewery
New variety pack with two Brewmaster’s limited edition beers – Thresher Wheat Lager with caramelized wheat malt and Steel Cut Oatmeal Raisin Stout, the kind of beer that happens when the brewmaster gets a craving for cookies! In your fave beer store in October.

Thursday, October 2
Eye on Design Dinner and Fashion Show at Rouge, 6:30 p.m., $75, includes diner, fashion sho and a $50 gift certificate to Eye on Design. Space is limited, book now at 403-266-4750.

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,

Through October 5
Check out the Lake Louise Fall Festival for all kinds of fun alpine adventures, including dining specials, horseback riding, photography, hiking, canoeing, larch hikes, special programs, and special accommodation packages. For all the tasty details, go to

Vin Room
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m., Antinori Winery Dinner, Vin Room West, 5-course dinner with winei pairings, $125, tickets at or call 587-353-8812; October 7, Food and Wine Pairing Lunch and Learn series; Saturday, October 25, South African Wine Dinner at Vin Room West with Spier Winery from Stellenbosch, 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Details at

Thursday, October 9
Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market Fall Harvest Market with music, kids activities, and all vendors, including Noble Gardens, YYC Growers & Distributors, Bruce’s Bees, Eat Bake Love, Willow & whimsy and more. Details at

Wednesday, October 15
Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer Whisky Dinner at Swine and Sow Wine & Ale House, 131 – 6 Ave. SW, 6:30 p.m., $100, featuring Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Tickets at 403-219-6025, ext. 6290 or email or order online at

Thu, Aug 28 : There have been lots of recent additions to Calgary's restaurant scene and news of a familiar one re-opening at a new location. Liz Thompkins from City Palate brings us up to speed.