Calgary Poutine Week is April 20 – 28, 2018 (hurry! It’s only until this weekend!) It’s the seven days of the year you can eat poutine GUILT FREE! Every poutine sold during Poutine Week in any of the participating restaurants provides a free meal to someone in need thanks to Canadian non-profit, Mealshare. Last year, Calgary Poutine Week sold 8,000 poutines, which means 8,000 youths received a free meal!

YYC Taco Fiesta runs April 27 – May 6. This week-long festival celebrates everyone’s favourite hand-held food, and supports two charities, The Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front.

After a decade as one of North America’s most exciting culinary events, Cochon555 is heading north! On Saturday April 28, Fairmont Banff Springs will be the first destination in Canada to host his dramatic chef’s competition to prepare and present a heritage-breed pig. 40 courses of ethically sourced heritage pork dishes will be served to hundreds of roving diners enjoying wine, local craft beer, and spirits. The winning chef will compete at the finale in Chicago for the Grand Cochon crown. The aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers, raise awareness of Banff and Lake Louise culinary offers, and create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into: honest food from real farmers.

A portion of all event sales will benefit charities Piggy Bank and the Banff Food Bank.

Calgary International Beer Festival is coming soon! Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 500 different types of beer on site. There are beer seminars to enjoy, People’s Choice awards to vote for, new people to meet, and delicious foods to sample, on Friday, May 4 (3-10pm) and Saturday May 5, 2018 (2-10pm) at Calgary’s BMO Centre. (Watch this space for news on Edmonton’s Craft Beer Festival June 1 and 2 in our May newsletter!)

New this year is the Craft Distillery District, a special area at the festival for people to discover locally distilled spirits, and to connect with the people who brew and distil it. There are also opportunities to learn about the process of making craft spirits with seminars in this new area, and all visitors to the festival receive an official Calgary International Beer Festival mug to use throughout the event and take home with them afterwards!

Downstairs beneath Two Penny Chinese on Calgary’s 1st Street SW, The Tea House is now holding weekly comedy nights on Thursdays at 7pm. Mark your calendars for an hour of Ken Valgardson, Adam Blank, Brent Ayton, Tim Nutt and Jebb Fink – all coming soon. Tickets $10.

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