6 Cool Events Happening Across the West This Fall
Eat! Vancouver, the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Fest, Fashion Calgary’s Portrait Campaign gala and more fun ways to fill your social calendar.
1. Taste of Yaletown
Vancouver, October 11 to 27
The annual eat-your-way-through-Yaletown festival returns, this time with more than 30 top restaurants cooking up sharing and pairing menus at set prices of $25, $35 and $45. The event also teams up with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and makes a donation from the proceeds. yaletowninfo.com
Vancouver, November 6 to 11
Between expert cooking demos and chef collaborations, there’s a lot to love about this annual food festival, but one of the best parts is the intimate dinner series featuring top local talent—Andrea Carlson, Trevor Bird, Angus An—paired up with hot chefs from back East and the U.S. Also new this year, the Eat! Pastry event serves up desserts from 16 of Canada’s best pastry chefs and chocolatiers, like Toronto’s Nadège Nourian. Events at various locations. eat-vancouver.com
Calgary, October 13 to 14
Celebrate 20 years of wining and dining at the Stampede Park’s BMO Centre with over 100 vendors and the finest selection of beers and wines in the Rockies. Then wind down from the reverie with a few tasty bites new to the festival this year from the Sky Bistro at the Banff Gondola featuring the flavours of Canada. rockymountainwine.com
Calgary, November 9
Each year, Fashion Calgary celebrates the top ambassadors in Calgary who are responsible for shaping Canada’s vibrant cultural scene; the gala event is a spectacular evening that helps to raise money for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (so you can look good, eat good and feel good all in one night).
Edmonton, October 12 to 22
Canada’s only nonfiction literary festival connects readers to writers and noteworthy topics from politics to cooking trends for 11 straight days. Through workshops and readings, the citywide event has a selection of 50 speakers including author of The Handover Elaine Dewar and Montreal-based international lawyer and writer Payam Akhavan. litfestalberta.org
Edmonton, October 27 to 29
Illuminate kicks off Citie Ballet’s three-performance season by paying homage to late American jazz icon Nina Simone. According to guest choreographer Alysa Pires, with melodies from Good Bait to Do I Move You, “Simone’s music will act as the score for a work that explores human relationships in their many forms.” citieballet.ca