Who doesn’t like a Festival… and especially a festival centered around our favorite topics, Wine and Food. The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is coming to Calgary Oct 14 & 15 at the BMO centre in Stampede park.

One lucky Calgary Foodies subscriber will win two tickets to the Friday tasting session. (BIG thank you to Brookline Public Relations for the tickets). All you have to do is like our Facebook Page and comment under the photo just posted, “I love Calgary Foodies”. Random draw will be done Thursday at 4pm.

Check out the following for more details of what you can expect at this year’s festival:

The Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is back for its 14th year with more culinary creations, premium beer, spirits and, of course, world-class wines. The weekend long Festival will once again draw the city’s most prominent foodies, wine connoisseurs and festival goers.

A major trend this year is creating new and funky ways to drink spirits. Liqueurs and vodkas are making it easier to try new variations on established styles of drinks with quirky new flavours. Chocolate wines and flavoured sakes and have raised eyebrows and helped to create new and interesting taste profiles. To name a few:

Flavoured fruit sakes such as a Takara Hana white peach sake;
Dessert inspired vodkas from Pinnacle including cookie dough, cake and whipped chocolate ; and
Spice infused beers including a Mexican chilli beer.

the Festival welcomes back The Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars. Patrons will be treated to complimentary cheese samples while learning about cheese made from 100% Canadian milk. Legendary winemaker Charles Smith, known for his big hair, rock star attitude and bold and fun wines will be making several appearance at the Purple Valley Imports booth, and International Cellars, Peter Lehman booth will have daring aerialists suspended from “chandeliers” over their booth.

Chef’s from across the city will be serving up specialty’s such as:

· Braised pork belly served with an orange gastrique glaze and orange fennel slaw from the Newport Grill on Lake Bonavista;

· Ancho chili rubbed albacore tuna, topped with a chipotle gastrique, served with rocket frisee salad and avocado mousse from Spur Gastropub; and

· Lobster corn dog, tempura style lobster served with a lime aioli courtesy of UBU Lounge.

The Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is the largest and most delicious wine and food festival in Western Canada. It will be held at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre, Halls D & E. Guests can choose from two tasting sessions:

Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets for each tasting session are sold online for $27 or $30 at the door (based on availability). “Front of the Line” tickets are also available for $35 which guarantees immediate entry through an exclusive entrance, and includes a welcome chocolate, sample of bubbly, bottle of water coupon, and access to a private coat check. Sampling coupons are available for purchase for $0.50 each upon arrival, allowing consumers to customize what they try and how much they spend. Please visit www.rockymountainwine.com for more information.