Calgary International Beerfest on May 6 and 7 – Get Your Tickets

Calgary International BeerfestThe Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the 10 best beer festivals in the world.  The 2016 edition will cover over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in Calgary making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with over 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from over 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.

If you are in BC and enjoy tasting new beers, you may want to consider catching a short flight to Calgary and expanding your beer horizons.  I think there is a lot going on to keep you busy if you attend one day, or both days.  It sounds like lots of fun.


Friday May 6: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 7: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm


  • BMO Centre at Stampede Park
  • 20 Roundup Way


This is an 18+ event. Please bring a piece of government issued photo ID for admission to the event


  • Online Advance Tickets: $19
  • Weekend Passes: $30
  • Beer Geek VIP: $25
  • Beer Geek VIP Weekend Passes: $40
  • Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity

Tickets available at

VIP Beer Geeks

VIP Beer Geeks get several perks, costing only $6 more than General Admission tickets! They have their own separate entrance, early access to the event and free access to one Cooking with Beer Seminar and Brew Master Seminar of their choice. They will also receive a sampling mug, a Beerfest program and Beer Geeks will get first crack at meeting the brewers and sampling their beers! The first 100 VIPs through the door each day will receive tickets to Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 and 24.

Calgary International Beerfest – a Sampling Event

Upon entry, each guest will receive an official sample cup to use throughout the event and take home afterwards. All beer and food can be sampled by purchasing sample tokens. Tokens are sold in sheets of 10 for $10. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens, but food and specialty beers may cost more. Each beer sample is a legal 4 ounces, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.

Festival Highlights

  1. Brew Master Seminar – Hosted by Craft Beer Market
  2. Cooking with Beer Seminar – Hosted by Rickard’s
  3. People’s Choice Awards – Presented by Metro
  4. Live Local Music at Village Square, Mill Street and Black Bridge Brewery Stages
  5. ATB Financial Beer University
  6. The Distillery District (in case you need a break from beer)
  7. ABF Social Media Lounge

Galiano Island Wine Festival August 8 – Get Your Tickets

Galiano Island Wine Festival

Galiano Island Wine Festival

The Galiano Health Care Society is hosting its 23rd Annual Fundraising Wine & Beer Festival.

Where and When?

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.

Entrance fee for general public 19+ is $45pp.  The entry fee includes one wine tasting glass, one beer tasting glass as well as unlimited finger food all afternoon. 
This annual event is a major fundraising initiative for the Galiano Health Care Society which provides quality health care to Galiano Island residents and visitors.  Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands and is easily accessible by BC Ferry via Victoria or Vancouver.

Which Wineries and Breweries Are Attending?

Reserve tickets at or call Jenelle at 250-539-2422.

Reservations are available from May 1, 2015 and close 5pm Friday, August  7th, 2015.

Please note that tickets do sell fast. Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our 2013 & 2014 Festivals sold out on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit the links for the Galiano Health Care Society, the Galiano Wine Festival and the Galiano Chamber of Commerce:

2015 Calgary International Beerfest – Brew Master Seminars Schedule Announced!

Are you in Calgary, or plan to be in Calgary the May 1st weekend? Do you like beer, or like to learn more about beer?  Then you should attend the Calgary International Beerfest.  Details about the Brew Master Seminars are below.  Cheers!


Calgary, AB (April 23, 2015) The Brew Master Seminars, hosted by CRAFT Beer Market, are back at the Calgary International Beerfest this coming May 1st and 2nd in the BMO Centre on Stampede Park.


“The Brew Master Seminars are a fantastic opportunity to hear the history of different breweries and the creativity that goes into each of their beers. And the best part is that you get to sample the beers as you hear about what makes them special,” says Rob Swiderski, Operating Partner of CRAFT Beer Market.

Get the inside story about craft beer straight from local, national and international sources while sampling some of the beer they brought just for you to try!

This year’s Brew Master Seminar Schedule:

All guests of these seminars get to sample the beers that are being discussed, and Beer Geek VIPs get into one seminar of their choice free (seminars are 2 tokens otherwise).


Event Dates and Times

Friday May 1st: Beer Geek VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 2nd: Beer Geek VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm

BMO Centre on Stampede Park


Tickets available at all Brewsters, Sobeys Liquor, and Sobeys Grocery stores, as well as online at

Beer fest seminar schedule

Alberta Beer Festivals – Brewing Beer Culture

At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone.

2015 Calgary International Beer Festival

Just in case you are one of my readers in Calgary, or are travelling to Calgary for May 1 or 2, and you like beer, this festival is for you.  Read on.


Glass of beer

Glass of beer

Already rated as one of the 20 best beer festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of the Calgary International Beer Festival, presented by Sobeys Liquor, is expanding to over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in the BMO Centre and Corral on May 1st and 2nd making it the biggest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favorite amongst the hundreds of local, national and international craft beers while being able to sample tasty food from over 40 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries. Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) has a mandate to not only promote & celebrate the craft beer industry, we also believe it is important to be environmental conscious and strong members of the community. If you require further event information, a media kit, tickets for contests or yourself please do not hesitate to contact us. What to Expect This year the festival will take up all five halls of Calgary’s BMO Centre and the Corral, boasting over 250,000 square feet of beer! On top of the great beer selection, some of Calgary’s best eateries will be featuring their food at the Calgary International Beer Festival.

There will be special seminar stages where people can sample food and learn about some unique breweries and beer made right here in Alberta! We have local bands taking part in the festivities to keep up your spirits, and keep the atmosphere lively. It’s good to be a VIP! These tickets get you early access to the festival via a separate entrance, free swag, great door prizes and free access to seminars. On top of that, many breweries will be bringing special cask beers to the event and Beer Geeks get first crack at these beers all for six bucks more! As a way for people to enjoy a wider beer and food selection this is a sampling event!

Event Dates and Times Friday May 1st: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm Saturday, May 2nd: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm BMO Centre Halls A,B,C,D & E and the Corral at Stampede Park Alberta Beer Festivals – Brewing Beer Culture At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone. Along with ABF`s charities of choice Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS) and Kids Up Front we want to invite you to be a part of this year’s world renown Calgary International Beer Festival. For more information please visit

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Chefs Signature Dishes Festival – Get Your Tickets

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Wouldn’t you be honoured if a chef made a dish specially for you to try, not on their menu?   I would. This is the opportunity that Vancouver Foodster is offering to you through his Chef’s Signature Dishes Festival.  Below are the details of the event from Vancouver Foodster.  Bon Appetit!


We are fortunate to live in a city which has one of the most exciting culinary scenes in North America, where chefs are passionate about the ingredients that they use, are committed to pushing boundaries and are creating dishes to excite the diners palate. I have created this Signature Dishes Festival to put the spotlight on these creative chefs and their restaurants who support their creativity and passion; said Richard Wolak, this festival is also a challenge featuring 15 participating Chefs and their Restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley where diners are invited to vote for their favourite dishes, this festival runs from September 6-30, 2013.

Chefs create a must try signature dish (this dish can-not be on the restaurant’s menu, it must be a new dish created by the chef) to enter in this Chefs Signature Dishes Festival. The Chefs creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as he/she wants, I told them to be creative and imaginative and to stay true to their type of cuisine or restaurant

Participating restaurants are featuring their Chefs who have created a new Signature Dish creation

These are just some of the creative Chefs and their Signature Dish creations in this festival:


Chef Dan Craig

EBO Restaurant

Signature Appetizer Dish: Tasting of Dungeness Crab and Butternut Squash

Pink Salmon, Crab Chawanmushi and croquette, Butternut Squash Terrine.

Price: $14

Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 453-0788



Chef Siriwan (Grace) Rerksuttisiridach

Simply Thai Restaurant

Signature Dish: Thai Steak

Prime sirloin steak strips on a bed of steamed broccoli topped with Simply Thai’s red curry sauce. Jasmine rice topped with bell peppers, fresh basil and lime leaves complete this plate.

Price: $25

1211 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 642-0123



Chef Matt Repeto

The Bibo

Signature Dish: Risotto Mediterraneo

Delicate Risotto with the best B.C. seafood that join the Italian traditional with a taste of the sea.

Price: $24

Offered: Wednesday dinner, Thursday lunch and Thursday dinner

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177



Chef Brian Fowke

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Signature Dish: Brown Butter Broiled Organic Peace Country Beef Marrow ‘Provençal’ with fried green heirloom tomatoes, bourbon onion jam, butter potato gnocchi and chanterelle mushroom cornbread.

Price: Appetizer (without the gnocchi or cornbread): $18 OR Entrée: $32

Special Add-on: A complete bone’s pour of White American Bourbon to finish your meal – $12 (bring a bib)

Offered: Dinner nightly (starting Sept 7)

1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 569-2741



The full list of Chefs and their Dishes creations with details including the participating restaurants are listed here

How people can Vote for their favourite Signature Dish Creations?

Once people have ordered and tried the Signature Dish Creations at the participating restaurants, they can vote on their mobile phones or ipads from their table in the restaurants or later in the day. People can cast their vote once a day, so if they are visiting the other participating restaurants daily or during the festival they can vote for their other favourites as well.

You are invited to try these signature dish creations at the participating restaurants, keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.  You are then encouraged to VOTE for their favourite Dish creations at

We will announce the winning Chefs and their Dish Creations on October 1, 2013.

The Khatsahlano Art + Music Festival Food Preview

The Khatsahlano Art + Music Festival is this Saturday, July 13, 11am to 9pm.  A grand street party that is free to attend.  Stages with music from 50 Vancouver musicians. Lots of local artists and street performers too.  With all these activities you will be hungry and thirsty. I attended a preview of some of the participating restaurants today.  Enjoy the pictures below AND attend the festival this Saturday.  It will be a beautiful sunny day.


Beer selection at The Bimini

Beer selection at The Bimini

Spring rolls at The Bimini

Spring rolls at The Bimini

Beef sliders at Romers

Beef sliders at Romers

Quinoa salad with smoked tofu at Romers

Quinoa salad with smoked tofu at Romers

Preparing pizza at The Bibo

Preparing pizza at The Bibo

Two pizzas from The Bibo

Two pizzas from The Bibo

Trattoria Italian Kitchen meatballs and burrata

Trattoria Italian Kitchen meatballs and burrata

Gazpacho at Fable Kitchen

Gazpacho at Fable Kitchen

Guacamole at Las Margaritas

Guacamole at Las Margaritas

Ceviche at Las Margaritas

Ceviche at Las Margaritas

The salad bar at Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

The salad bar at Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

Beet salad with asparagus and green beans at Tractor

Beet salad with asparagus and green beans at Tractor

Pulling a beer for me at the August Jack Tapas and Craft House

Pulling a beer for me at the August Jack Tapas and Craft House

Do You Like Chocolates? And Red Wine? Get Tickets

Who doesn’t like chocolate with red wine?  A wonderful pairing.  I like to pair my 70% dark chocolate wafer, or dark chocolate truffle, with a juicy Merlot.  Maybe a Zinfandel with a raspberry flavoured chocolate truffle would be divine too?

Learn about chocolate, and in some wine pairings events, during the Festival of Chocolates.  Here is information that I received recently about upcoming events.  Enjoy!


2011 Festival of Chocolate expands across the Lower Mainland

Join the Festival of Chocolates for events held from October 15 through to
November 10, across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Awesome events to experience!

  • Chef Alessandra Quaglia and Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia expand outside the chocolate box with Chocolate and Salsa – the Dance, not the condiment. On November 2, 2011, at Provence Marinaside, Vancouver. Chefs pair these delicious appetizers with three wines: Cocao and Coffee Braised Shortribs, Cocao Butter & Espelette Seared Scallops and a Duck Confit with a Cocao Nib vinaigrette. Following this, a chef’s demo (and tasting!) of mini pot-du-crème shots. To end, a Salsa Dance Lesson, with Ivan from
  • Moving south to White Rock, the Ocean Park Village Pub, and Dione’s Chocolates of Crescent Beach pair up for an evening of fine wines and fabulous chocolates – at only $28 per person for 5 wines, 5 chocolates, and a chocolate infused Village Pub specialty coffee; this is one event that is not to be missed! Dione Costanzo, Dione’s Chocolates, loves the pairing of hand rolled lemon chocolate truffles with a Lindeman’s Shiraz.
  • Moving east to Port Moody, Rubens Chocolate host Chocolate High Teas and Chocolate Fondue – an amazing menu, filled with Belgian Chocolate – and family friendly. The Rubens Chocolate Bistro in Port Moody is delightful, the gelato delicious, and the chocolate fondue delectable. Peter Paul Rubens would be pleased.
  • Moving west to Wellbrook Winery in Delta, wines, chocolates, and chocolate  blueberry infused appetizers are the theme of these events. Chef is pairing lamb, venison, and scallops in the test kitchen. Only $28 per person, another delicious few evenings with chefs, wine, chocolate and chocolate influenced foods.
  • Sinfully The Best Chocolates, in Steveston, is offering complimentary samples every day throughout the Festival. Owner Cathy Cheung says “The Goats cheese and chocolate truffle was inspired by Donahue’s Cheese, Chocolate and Champagne Tasting Seminar in 2010.” The lemon mousse truffle is sinfully luscious. Cathy Cheung, owner, Sinfully The Best, Steveston, says: “The Festival of Chocolate inspired us to create, bake, test, try and finally open our own artisan chocolate shop here in Steveston. We use fresh local fruit, and have regulars popping in every day to taste our newest creations.”

Hundreds of chocolate events and locations over the course of the Fall
Festival of Chocolate – including chocolate spa treatments, chocolate
romance and chocolate pairings galore. Festival Director Dawn Donahue says:
“There are no limits to the use and enjoyment of chocolate – the unsung hero
of the pastry chef, the baker, the home cook, and kids treats – the sinfully
delicious small indulgences that have proven to be a healthy part of
everyday life.”

CTV, in partnership with the Festival of Chocolate, is hosting a contest,
where the prize is an amazing Chocolate Experience. Enter at The Grand Prize includes:

  •  Chocolate pedicure and manicure for two at Absolute Spa in Vancouver
  • Return flight for two from Vancouver to Victoria with Harbour Air
  • Stay two nights at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria
  • Chocolate high tea for two The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria
  • Private Beer and Chocolate tasting at Spinnakers Gastronomic Brewpub in Victoria

Festival Director Dawn Donahue says “Bringing chocolate and events to the
forefront of culinary tourism, chocolate lovers, and chocolate producers is
so much fun. Working with our team of interns and students seeking work
experience just makes it that much sweeter.”

For a full listing of chocolate events for 2011