A few weeks ago I was racking my brain trying to think of the
best way to enjoy one of the last days of summer. Beer? Gardening?
Beer gardening? The choices were many, but my decision was made
easy when I was invited to attend Taste of
Calgary with a couple of friends. Populating the
Eau Claire Market area, the festival boasted 26
culinary venues, along with 17 beverage stops, just waiting to be
I really enjoy festivals like this as it can be made into a little
culinary adventure. You follow your map/guide, eat your way
through, and learn about some restaurant you haven't heard of
before. Items cost anywhere from 2 to 6 tickets (75 cents per
ticket), and with an average price of 4 tickets, I was able to
enjoy five 'tastes' for a reasonable $15! Tickets
in-hand, I was ready to go!
Here were some of my favourite eats at the festival:
Nubian Express: An African restaurant-in-the-works showing
off some accomplished skills. Their African-Style Grilled
Beef had a nice amount of heat and the accompanying
Coconut Rice was definitely coconut-y.
Frugal Gourmet Cookery: Their Organic Alberta
Green Onion Cakes were delicious. The accompanying creamy
Hawaiian Coleslaw were, without a doubt, my most
savoured sampling of the day!
La Vita e Bella: A Roasted Red Pepper Meatball
stuffed with Bocconcini cheese... mmm...how could I pass
that up? Now that's a meatball!
Chicago Chophouse: A well-known Calgary steakhouse showed
us their 'chops' (pun intended, obviously) with a Steak
Crostini topped with Ancho Chili Aioli. The crostini
itself wasn't great, but it had a good cut of meat, and the aioli
was very flavourful.
An afternoon of sampling left me
satisfied and full, although I am relieved this festival doesn't
happen every weekend... that could be trouble for my
Dan Clapson is a business manager and food
blogger based out of Calgary. He is always creating new recipes and
striving to expand his culinary limits.
Posted: Thu, Sep 23 2010
by Dan Clapson