In August alone Calgary has an entire schwack of food-friendly Festivals.
Alberta has a long history (well, sort of) of international cuisine, what with every small town having a Chinese Western establishment, and with Calgary’s first East Indian restaurant opening in the mid-70s.
Fast forward 50 years and we have more cultural foodie festivals than there is time to attend.
The weekend of August 4th has the Inglewood Sunfest with a great selection of food vendors, and a couple of days later the Olympic Plaza hosts the 41st Heritage Day Festival, with plenty of ethnic experiences to enjoy.
The weekend of the 11th sees Taste of Calgary hosted by Eau Claire Market. The same day sees the Calgary Japanese “Omatsuri” Festival, and Summer Feast kicks off celebrating 10 days of foodie prix fixe at 23 chef-driven restaurants.
Almost half way through August and already a half-dozen foodie festivals. Why should we care? Because all of them will have ethnically-diverse coffee. I personally like the occasional Vietnamese or Senegalese coffee for variety, but when I wants me a good, reliable hit of caffeine I turn to the Perk.