What’s happening in July and August

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 have begun – make yours now. 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 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; September 10/11, Caribbean; September 17/18, Philippines; September 24, Craft Beer Infused Grub; Weekend Classes – Hands-on Artisan Bread Making, September 19, $70; Chef’s Table Local Harvest, September 26, $95.
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 24, 25; details at www.cookbookcooks.com

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
July 24/25, Scotty Hills with guest Darren Johnson; July 27, Poetry Slam; July 31 Carter Felker Trio with The Lifers; August 1, Lisa Anderson and Long Jon Lev; 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
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, July 30, August 6, 7, 20, 21, 27.  Details and registration at cafedivine@hotmail.com.

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40; Artisan Bread, August 29, $120; Date Night, 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: 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.

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.

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
August 1, Food Day Canada, an annual event that celebrates the country’s farmers, fishers and chefs with an all-Canadian feast. www.bvrrestaurant.com

July 15 to September 18
Thirteen Calgary Co-op communities will be the homes of 16 Calgary Co-op  YYC Pop-Up Farmers Markets. 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.

Friday, July 24
LAST DAY to place your order  for the July 31 edition of produce boxes from Seasons Harvest brought in by the Cookbook Co. – including, cherries, blueberries, apples, peaches, tomatoes, beans, black kale and garlic scapes, and much more. For more info and to place your order, phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1 or email cook@cookbookcooks.com

Friday, July 24
Fashion Market downtown, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. details at www.facebook.com/DelisleMarketingAndEvents

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

Saturday, July 25
Taste of Markerville, a Country Food Fair in historic Markerville, Alberta. The BBQ and country market run from noon to 4 p.m. followed by ‘Appy Hour and a long table dinner by chefs Blake Anderson, Mike Ubbing and Derek Layden. Details and dinner tickets at www.tasteofmarkerville.com or check the facebook page.

Friday, July 31
Last day to get early bird pricing -- $2,999 – for The Distillery School, September 14 – 18 at Sons of Vancouver Distillery, North Vancouver, where you can learn all about opening a distillery if that is what you’d like to do. The cost for this intensive school goes to $3,499 after July 31.  Visit www.distilleryschool.ca for all the details and to register.

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.”

Saturday, August 8
Black Hills Estate Winery presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the live water ballet of The Aqualillies, 6 – 10 p.m., plus wine, food and the latest trends in a sexy Beachwear Fashion Show from the Bum Wrap. Tickets $98 includes everything and shuttle transportation from major Osoyoos Hotels. Details at www.blackhillswinery.com

Tuesday, August 11
City Palate’s Field Trips Dinner Series launches with Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Experience summer in the park with Chefs Daryl Kerr and Jenny Kang as they work with Poplar Bluff Organics, Red Hat Farms and Hog Wild Specialties. What speaks more to summer than great food accompanied by “summer in a glass” – rosé wine, of course! Crush Pad Wines creates a variety of wines to while away the summer days. Tickets at www.citypalate-bowvalleyranche.eventbrite.ca, details about the dinner series at www.citypalate.ca

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.”

Saturday, August 22
Don’t miss tasting the sweetest corn on earth at the Calgary Farmers’ Market Corn Roast, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The corn roast is free, BUT cash donations to the Calgary Food Bank are welcome. www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

Saturday, August 22
Food Water Wellness Foundation and Fisher Farms hosts Rootstock, a farm-to-table field fresh experience, 5 p.m. – midnight at Fisher Farms, west of Didsbury. Guests are taken by bus to Fisher Farms for a farmers’ market, cocktail hour and  a 3-course meal by David Cousineau, sous chef at The Bison in Banff. Live music by Alberta’s Cowpuncher. Transportation from Calgary at 4 p.m. Tickets $150 at www.albertafarmdays.com/culinary-experiences/

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

September 5 & 6
BBQ on the Bow, Canada’s oldest barbecue competition where barbecue teams from Canada and the U.S. compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes, including Grand Champion, Chef’s Challenge, Kids Q and the Jon Lord “Lords of the Grill” Rookie of the Year. Fun for the kids, lots of music, including Smoking Aces Blues Band, and cooking demonstrations. Don’t miss it!  Eau Claire Market festival plaza.