What’s happening in  August and September

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 albertafarmdays.com to find out who is opening their farm gates!

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.

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room can be made for September 4 through October 31. 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
August 23, Classic French Bistro; August 28, Cheese Making Workshop, level 1; August 27, From New Delhi with Love; Classes are hands-on, include meal, recipes and apron. For details about classes and registration, visit cuisineandchateau.com or phone 403-764-2665. France Tour, spring 2015, free info session August 24.

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
August 23, Soda Pony; August 27, The Greenbank Trio; September 5, Amy Hef; 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; September 11/12, Healthy Packed Lunches; September 1, Fall Raw Foods; September 25/26, Cuban Tour; September 27, hands-on pasta. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630, atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes


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.


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

August 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, August 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. August 23/24, Country Kickback; September 6/7, Harvest Sale; September 4, Hullabaloo at the Celebration Tent, 7 p.m., in support of Honens, a celebration of music and gastronomy, tickets $125 at honens.com

Inglewood Night Markets
Check it out on the 2nd Friday of each month – 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.

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.

August 23/24
Dragon Boat Race & Festival, North Glenmkore Park, with live entertainment, beer garden, kid’s zone, food trucks and merchant vendors. Including Breast Cancer Ceremony & Race and Dragon Boat Charity Race to support the Calgary Chinese Community Serevice Association.


Wednesday, September 3
Vancouver chef Ned Bell is on the final leg of his cycle across Canada raisig awareness for sustainable seafood choices.  He joins River Cafe chef Andrew Winfield, Rouge’s Paul Rogalski and Catch’s Kye Groves at River Café for a celebratory collaborative dinner, 6 p.m., $225 per ticket with $100 going to Ocean Wise.  For details and to reserve, river-cafe.com

Thursday, September 4 and 18
Calgary Co-op’s new pop-up farmers’ markets.  September 4 at Oakridge, September 18 at Richmond Road, both 3 – 7 p.m. Each market showcases 12 to 16 local food producers and some of Calgary’s favourite food trucks.  Don’t miss them!

Monday, September 8
Community Night hosted by Tango Bistro, featuring the art of Hayley Stewart, fresh tunes and culinary creations by chef Trevor Hopper.

Friday, September 12
Take a foodie road trip south -- to Fort Macleod -- from 5:30-9:30pm at Urban Core for an exclusive tasting event. Featuring food and drink products from local artisans and producers. Like facebook.com/TasteofFortMacleod or email domiec@gmail.com for info. (Urban Core, 257 Main Street, Fort Macleod, 1.5 hours south of Calgary on HWY 2)

Saturday, September 13
The Naramata Bench Wineries Association annual Tailgate Party celebrating 30th anniversary of the Canadian film, “My American Cousini”, takes place at Poplar Grove Winery, poplargrove.ca, and is all abou twine, food, music and fun. Details and tickets at naramatabench.com or call 1-800-663-1900.

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 calgaryhomeshow.com for all the details and tickets.

Tastings at 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, Nebbbiolo; October 24, Spanish Wine Festival; October 31, Brewster’s Trick or Treat. kesingtonwinebarket.com, 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 simandsavoursaltspring.com. Salt Spring Apple Festival, September 28,

Saturday, September 20
Don’t miss Circle the Wagons, Travelling Beer, Food & Music Carnival, presented at a beautiful secret outdoor location 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 circlethewagons.ca

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

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. poppyinnovations.ca

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 albertabeerfestivals.com and all Brewster’s locations. Ein Prosit!


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 reapcalgary.com/foodforthought5  or call 403-862-2874.

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

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