Take a bite out of Calgary

Calgary

5 mouth-watering reasons to visit this lively culinary hotspot

When it comes to Calgary’s food scene, it’s not all about that word-famous Alberta beef. From purple potatoes and heirloom beets to garden fresh carrots and sweet-tart rhubarb, you’ll be swooning over the local produce faster than you can say, “cheesecake”.

Thinking of hosting your next corporate event in Calgary? Then let us help you imagine some of the wonderful, succulent reasons to make it so. Here are five tips to help you explore the chicest restaurants and downhome comfort foods available in Canada’s young but flourishing culinary hotspot.

1. Alberta beef

It really is as good as they say. And with dozens of steak houses and saloons scattered throughout every Calgary neighbourhood, quality dining options for meat-seekers are aplenty. For an exceptional meal, however, be sure to reserve a table at Charcut Roast House, one of Canada’s most lauded restaurants. This bustling open kitchen offers house butchered meats, homemade preserves, seasonal menus, and even a beer steward overseeing cellared international brews.

2. Farmers market

If it’s fresh, you’ll find it at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Located just off of Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive, the popular venue was built to be a family friendly, dynamic place for community engagement, with over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, art, meat, poultry, ethnic food, organic goods, jewellery and more. From apricots to Swiss chard and everything in between, strolling through the market while sampling the seasonal favourites is a great way to spend a day.

3. International cuisine

From Korean or Italian to Japanese or Mexican, in Calgary you’ll find whatever flavours your group is craving. Anju is a popular Korean restaurant on 17th Avenue featuring both traditional fare and trendy new dishes. Then there’s Shokunin, a brand new Japanese izakaya offering a truly contemporary dining experience. In the mood for Italian? Bocce, one of the Mission District’s newest restaurants, is serving up only the freshest pasta with seasonal ingredients in an open-concept, colourful setting.

4. Cafes & eateries

Time-pressed visitors looking for a quick snack or mid-day fuel-up will love the bakeries and cafes Calgary is known for. When in Inglewood, stop by Bite—an independent grocer and eatery selling everything from scratch-baked breads and fresh-made sandwiches to cappuccinos and curated cheese. Sidewalk Citizen is a bread-lovers delight serving artisan breads and baked goods in two convenient locations: East Village and Sunnyside.

5. Craft brewed beer

All across Canada, the craft beer scene is going off. Calgary’s Village Brewery is a brand on the rise known for its excellent ales and clean, crisp lagers, and a visit to their brewery is the perfect place to quench that thirst. Or, hit up the Calgary Craft Beer Market—a great, lively place to enjoy a bite to eat while sampling through Canada’s largest selection of draft beers.

To learn more about Calgary’s food scene and to book your next corporate event, visit http://www.meetingscalgary.com.

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