Get ready for another season of festive food, drinks, and shenanigans.
Over 50 locations are participating in this year’s YYC Pizza Week. Restaurants have whipped up unique creations that fall within these four categories: Thick, Thin, Gluton Free, and Unique (there was mention of muffins, desserts, and even drinks in this one). A portion of all proceeds will go towards 100 Men Calgary and Calgary Meals on Wheels, so use your pizza-eating skills for good this week!
When: Friday, September 23 to Sunday, October 3
Where: Various locations around Calgary
It’s officially lederhosen season because Calgary Oktoberfest is back for another year with all of your Bavarian favourites. Featuring local craft and Bavarian breweries, this celebration of local beer and food will also include bites from some of Calgary’s top restaurants, games, traditional dancers, and authentic Oktoberfest music from the German Knights Band. Tickets are available online and at the door.
When: Friday, September 23 from 4pm-10pm, Saturday, September 24 2pm-9pm
Where: Upper Big Four Building, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE
Price: $30 per person for a weekend pass; $19 per person for a day pass (Friday/Saturday)
What could possibly be more seasonal than fall preserving? Learn the fundamental skills of canning and preserving, but with a modern twist. A fresh update of traditional recipes will be provided and you’ll definitely be happy when you get to take home your bounty. At $70 per person, each ticket includes food and supplies, so get canning!
When: Saturday, September 24 from 10am to 1pm
Where: South Health Campus Wellness – 4448 Front Street SE
Price: $70 per person available online
Combining two of our favourite activities, this event takes boozy brunch to a whole new level. National on 17th will be hosting this much-needed Sunday hangover cure where there will be a special brunch menu and $12 flights with a selection of Alberta beers.
When: Sunday, September 25 from 10am to 3pm
Where: National on 17th – 550 17 Avenue SW
The Calgary Farmers’ Market presents the fierce competition that is the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Pie Bake-Off. This year’s entries include Maple Pumpkin, Coconut Cream, Blueberry Rhubarb, Caramel Pumpkin, and Wild Turkey Bourbon Chocolate Pecan. To sample each of the five potential-winning pastries, contribute a cash donation that will go to the Calgary Food Bank, ensuring that all Calgarians have food on their plates this Thanksgiving.
When: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 from 11am to 2pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market (between Innisfail Growers and Big T’s Smokehouse) – 510 77 Avenue SE
Price: Cash donation
The 19th Annual Wine & Food Festival will include the latest in beverage products such as wines from around the world, premium spirits, blended and single malt scotches, ports, specialty liquors, as well as import and micro-brewed beers. It’s a good thing you’re provided with a complimentary wine-sling upon entry, because you’ll need both hands to eat the plethora of food available from a variety of restaurants, hotels, and food purveyors.
When: Friday, October 14 from 5 to 10pm,
Saturday, October 15 from 12 to 4pm and 6 to 10pm
Where: Stampede Park BMO Centre Halls D & E – 20 Roundup Way SE
Price: $28 per person Friday evening, $20 per person Saturday afternoon, $32 per person Saturday evening available online; Group and Front of the Line admission also available
A day of art and food appreciation in Calgary’s design district where you’ll get access to some of the best viewing and dining experiences in Calgary’s food and art scene. With a jam-packed itinerary that kicks off with Brunch at Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro, a tour of the contemporary art collection, and also features a stroll through Central Memorial Park, a stop inThe Cookbook Co Cooks and MetroVino Wines, and a sampling from Brûlée Patisserie and Decadent Desserts.
Where: Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro – 119 12th Avenue SW
When: every Saturday until October 22nd from 11am to 2:30pm
Price: $100 per person, tickets available online
You know you’re going to have one amazing experience when the tour starts off at Rouge, one of Canada’s most celebrated restaurants. On this culinary walking tour of Calgary’s SE neighbourhood, you’ll also pop into Apiaries and Bees for Communities, Spolumbo’s, Savour Fine Foods, and SUGO to name a few.
Where: meet at Rouge Restaurant – 1240 8 Avenue SW
When: every Friday until October 11 from 11am to 2:30pm
Price: $100 per person
Check out one of Calgary’s most scenic neighbourhoods and all the culinary treats it has to offer. Destinations on this tour include Crave Cookies and Cupcakes, Brasserie Kensington, Kensington Wine Market, Pulcinella, The Naked Leaf, Peasant Cheese Shop, and The Kensington Riverside Inn.
When: every Thursday until October 27nd from 11am to 2:30pm
Where: meet at The Kensington Riverside Inn – 1126 Memorial Drive NW
Price: $100 per person
In this exciting blackbox competition head chefs from six top Calgary restaurants team up with pupils to raise money for a $5,00 SAIT Culinary Scholarship. Ten carefully chosen ingredients are presented to teams and then it’s up to them prepare a meal for an audience of 130 people in only four hours – talk about pressure. Come watch foodies duel it out on October 27 and see who will be named Chef to Be.
When: Thursday, October 27 at 5pm
Where: SAIT Culinary Campus – 226, 230 8th Avenue SW
Price: $139 per person available online
Some of YYC’s top chefs are gearing up for an epic showdown that will determine who will be named the 2016 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. In this thrilling competition you’ll get the chance to taste the chowders, along with some beer, and all for a great cause – to raise awareness for the sustainable seafood movement. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite chowder when you’re finished.
When: Thursday, November 17 from 7 to 10pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary – 700 Centre Street SE
Price: $57.75 per person available online
Exploring Calgary’s busiest street never tasted so good. With stops at CIBO, Itza Bakeshop, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Parc Calgary, Ox and Angela, and Anju, you’ll definitely need to loosen your belt when your finished with this walking tour.
When: every sunday until November 26 from 12 to 3pm
Where: meet at CIBO – 1012 17th Avenue SW
Price: $100 per person