I pulled this list together for myself as much as for my readers. There are just so many foodie things that take place in Calgary – it’s hard to keep track of it all. Calgary truly is a mecca for food lovers!
This list is a work in progress. I’m hoping I’ve pulled together a few things that you didn’t know about, but I’m sure there are also many sources of info I haven’t listed. So, please comment below the post or contact me through Facebook, Twitter or email so I can add your knowledge to the page. I’d like to list events in surrounding communities as well.
I hope you find the list valuable! Please share your experiences in the comments below. Tanya 🙂
Resources & Information
Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter – they are a great resource for what’s going on in town. Free paper copies of City Palate Magazine can be found around town at restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. These magazines are full of event listings, advertising and foodie articles. The website even has recipes.
City Palate also hosts their own events such as Pig & Pinot, The Chef & The Farmer and the Really, Really Long Table Dinner.
ACTA is a not-for-profit professional association that works to unify Alberta’s broad and diverse culinary tourism community to enhance visitor experiences – at every corner, with every bite. ACTA wants Alberta’s culinary bounty known, savoured and grown through travel experiences.
They often host their own events including Cook it Raw Alberta: Feast on the Frontier.
A true magazine, you can subscribe for 10 issues for $39 (including delivery). It can also be found for free at various food establishments around town. The local magazine is a good source of recipes, articles, and ideas, including a listing of events around town. Like them on Facebook to get access to some of the articles as well.
Events Around Town
Vine and Dine organizes special events at local restaurants, pairing awesome food with delicious wines. They offer wine courses and even trips overseas (all wine and food centric of course!). Sign up for their newsletter so you can stay in the loop.
These guys host walking and tasting food tours across the city, showcasing some of the city’s best chefs, restaurants, markets, artisans and of course their delicious food. Stroll at a leisurely pace, stopping at 6 to 8 places along the way. You’ll learn about more than just food on these tours. Summer focus.
A fundraiser for Calgary’s Meals on Wheels, Pizza Week began in 2014. In 2015 it’s taking place September 25 through October 4. Follow @YYCPizzaWeek on Twitter for more information.
Over 40 of Calgary’s best Pizza Restaurants and Participants are participating in 2015, putting up their best pizza in one of three categories; Thin, Thick, Unique. Partial proceeds of every pizza sold will go to Calgary Meals On Wheels.
The point? Try them all and vote for your favourite!
In support of Mealshare.ca, every poutine sold at participating restaurants provides 1 meal to a person in need. In 2015 Poutine Week took place April 18-25 and provided 5,000 meals through Mealshare! There’s even a poutine crawl if you think you can eat 6 servings of poutine in one day! Follow @CalgaryPoutine on Twitter so you don’t miss it in 2016.
Another fundraising foodie event, you can choose a $10, $15 or $20 burger from participating restaurants. 10% of all proceeds from burger sales go to charity. Public voting determines the tastiest and most popular burger – the winner! During YYC Burger Week watch #yycburgerweek on Twitter.
In 2015 Chef to Be takes place in mid-October. It’s a competition where the head chefs of six well known Calgary restaurants team up with their ambitious pupils to compete and raise money for a $5,000 SAIT Culinary Scholarship. This is a blackbox competition meaning that students and chefs will get 10 surprise ingredients to prepare a meal for an audience of 150 with no prior preparation. For $139 attendees can watch the cook-off, sample all the food and vote for a winner.
Alberta’s largest selection of fine wine, spirits, beer and gourmet foods all in one location. These events take place in Calgary and Edmonton in October/November annually. Wear good shoes (and stretchy pants)! It’s a lot of walking and standing around (and a lot of food and booze!).
Check out the YYC Food Truck website for links to upcoming events and like their Facebook page to keep in touch. These frenzy events are a one-stop-shop for every glorious food truck out there. Again, wear good shoes, stretchy pants, and a shirt that is OK to get food drips on.
The next Taste of Calgary event is scheduled for August 11-14 2016 in Eau Claire. Enjoy a mix of exotic global cuisine like Cajun, Caribbean, East Indian, and Mediterranean. Buy sampling tickets for $1 each and use them to sample any of the food or beverage menu items. There are also a variety of artisans, entrepreneurs, and interactive activities to add to the fun of the festival. Admission to the festival is free.
Cooking Classes & Food Knowledge
Hosting cooking classes in Calgary and culinary tours abroad.
Cooking classes, culinary escapes abroad and a store. There’s something for everyone here!
A great place to attend cooking classes and if you work downtown, a delicious place to go for lunch.
With an interesting holistic and worldly approach to food, they believe food is healing, delightful, sacred and transformative. They offer regular classes on food knowledge, cultural approaches to food and using foods healing properties.
Cooking resources and lessons.