What’s happening in May and June


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

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at

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

Until May 31
The Great Canadian Wine & Cheese Match at where wine and cheese lovers vote via social media and real-time voting for their favourite Canadian wines to match with Canadian cheeses to get ready for July 1 celebrations and summer entertaining. Go to the web site, get the scoop and vote for your faves.

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
May 29, Around the Mediterranean, classic dishes; Kid’s Camps, Summer, 8 – 14-year-olds; For details and registration, visit 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,

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Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Throughout May
The May Six-Pack, Expand Your Palate Pack, at Highlander Wine and Spirits, is ready to pick up.
Save 30% on the selection, normally $114.70 for $79.95, available while quantities last.  A selection of good wines from Italy, Australia, Washington and California.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
May 29, Tanner James and guests; May 30, Trevor Alguire & The Ruminants; Mondays with Miesha;  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 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, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at or call 403-253-9463.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit for tastings details and to register.

Hotel Arts
½ price wine pairings until the end of May when ordering Chef’s Choice at Yellow Door Bistro; June 12, Dinner and a Sleepover at Raw Bar; June 1 – 7, Negroni Week at Raw Bar; July 19, Plates & Palates, 5-course dinner paired with St. Supery Wines at Chef’s Table; Every Friday at Raw Bar, happy hour special, $.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.

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 and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at, 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

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at 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

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 in June: June 4, 5, 12, 18, Friday June 19 or 26 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. Also cook at home classes July 2, 17, 23, 24, 30. Details and registration at

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40; Advanced Cooking, June 3 – 24, $500; Thrill of the Grill, June 20, $110; Visit for all the 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.

May 29 – June 4
Co-op Gigantic Warehouse Sale – look for sirloin tip and outside round oven roasts, spring plants, boneless pork loins, frying chickens, tons of produce and much more!

Wild & Raw Wellness Workshop Series
May 31, Mommy Brain, for new mothers and seasoned mothers, stocking fridge and pantry to nourish family’s mind and body; June 14, Superfuel For Athletes, fuelling for fitness with whole foods and natural stimulants. Wild & Raw, 1119 Kensington Rd. NW, $50 for one, $125 for all three; details at register at

Visa Infinite Dining Series
May 31: Brunch with Andrew Moore at Ox and Angela, a country brunch of Spanish tapas and wine also with Alison Bieber and John MacNeil of Black Pig Bistro, 11 a.m., $85. June 2: Dinner with Dilan Draper, Avec Bistro, with champagne, 6:30 p.m., $145. Reserve at 1-888-711-9399,

May 28 – 30
Save 50% on Bella by Invivo Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, delicious New Zealand wine with the flavours of gooseberries, limes, lemons, grapefruit and passion fruit – at Willow Park Wines & Spirits. A lively, racy wine that is waiting to keep you cool this summer.

May 28 – 31
The Post Hotel & Spa hosts the 11th Wine Summit Lake Louise, with wine connoisseur Anthony Gismondi returning as moderator. This year’s line-up includes prestigious wine producers from France, Australia, Italy and the U.S.  The summit supports Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Reservations and bookings can be made well in advance at

Sunday, May 31
4th  Street Lilac Festival celebrates 26 years of FUN! 500 vendors and community organizations, 60 performances by local artists – focus on its environmental footprint, including kid’s crafts using recycled festival waste.  And more! Kick-off parade at 11 a.m. at 4th St. SW from 13th Ave to Elbow Dr.  Details at

Sunday, May 31
Sadly, this is the last day for Brava Bistro, after 17 years serving us delicious dining on 17th Ave. SW, so you better get yourself in there before the end of May for a good meal and a “good-by.”  A new project is in the works – keep your eyes peeled.  Reservations at 403-228-1854.

Throughout June
Visit River Café, CharCut Roast House and Rouge Restaurant in the month of June and eat their signature lentil dishes, then vote for your favourite online. Canadian Lentils – -- has challenged 24 restaurants in seven Canadian cities to develop a signature lentil dish and serve it to customers to showcase how versatile and tasty lentils can be.

Thursday, June 4
Annual Seafood Extravaganza & Wine Pairing  at the Bavarian Inn in Bragg Creek. Features lobster, crab, prawns and a selection of fine wild fish, 6 p.m., $120 includes everything, reserve at 403-949-3611 or at

Friday, June 5
1st Annual First Responders Pig Roast and Barn Dance featuring The Hillside Collective and The Ramblin Hey, Ho, Ha’s, 6 p.m. ‘til midnight, hosted by the Banff Trail Riders, sponsored by Authentic Western Productions, at Warner Stables. Dinner served 6 – 8 p.m., party ‘til midnight! Tickets available at The Trailrider Store, 132 Banff Ave. and at Banff Town Hall. Phone 403-762-4553 for more information.

Saturday, June 4
Mountain Mercato on Main St. in Canmore is having a Parmesan Party. The store brings in a wheel of parmesan and “cracks” it open in front of guests. Fun!

Sunday, June 7
Brunch Around in support of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.  Brunch at a participating restaurant and a portion of the proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House. Participating restaurants include Notable, The Nash, The Main Dish, Redwater Rustic Grill, Galla Winehouse & Bistro, CRAFT Beer Market, Fairmont Palliser, The Glenmore Inn, Oceana and Chefbar. Visit for details.  Be sure to cap “B” and “A” or it won’t work!

Wednesday, June 10
“Off the Pages of Pucker.” Gwendolyn Richards, cookbook author and food columnist for the Calgary Herald, cooks from her book Pucker, A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers, at the Cookbook Co, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $100 includes a copy of the book. Register at 403-265-6066,

Thursday, June 11
Team Rouge cycling team hosts the Tour for Kids fund raiser, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. to support children attending camp Kindle, a summer camp for kids with cancer.  A night of live music, great food and drink, live and silent auction at Rouge Restaurant, 1240 – 8th Ave. SE. Tickets $150 available online at or call 403-531-2767

Inglewood Night Market
Don’t miss the summer night market nights in Inglewood:  June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, 6 – 11 p.m., shop at night! Entertainment, too.

Monday, June 15
Deadline to enter your best sandwich in the Butcher and the Baker Sandwich Showdown! What they’re looking for: tasty pictures of tasty sandwiches; the winner’s sandwich is featured for a week, so flavour is the most important component; creativity matters – wow the tast buds and open the eyes! To enter, post your picture, description and name of your sandwich to instagram and tag #between2slices and #butcherbakeryyc. The winner receives a free sandwich per week until August 31.  Gotta good sammie?  Enter it!

Thursday, June 18
City Palate’s 5th Annual Pig & Pinot Festival at Hotel Arts, 7 – 10 p.m.. Our talented chefs cook tasty piggy parts that are paired with the world’s pinot wines. Proceeds to Meals on Wheels. Tickets $130 at

June 18 through October 1
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

Saturday, June 20
A celebration of the release of Black Hills Estate Winery’s 15th vintage of its signature wine, Nota Bene, including a Fashion Pairing show and charity fundraiser for breast cancer research. Entertainment, food by Joy Road Catering and wine.  And fun!  Tickets for all-inclusive event and details at 250-498-0666 or at

Sunday, June 21
Father’s Day Brunch at Heritage Park, a delicious brunch on the mezzanine of the Gasoline Alley Museum. Phone 403-268-8500 for tickets.

Monday, June 22
Picnic with the Bees and the Cookbook Co., 6:30 – 9 p.m., hosted by apiarist Joey from Calgary’s Backyard Bees, get up close and personal with honey-producing hives – a talk, a tour and a picnic supper, $90, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.