Last year my husband and I visited the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival and had an amazingly fun date night! I have no idea who drove home after (it certainly wasn't me) but it was a blast and I can't wait to go again this year. I'm still drinking a bottle of wine that I discovered last year at the festival (and pick it up from the store every chance I get) and I'm hoping to find some new favourites this year. After all, how can you go camping without a bottle of wine? Or even head into the backcountry for the night without a fun "reward" for making it into the cabin, hut, or campsite.
Not into wine? No problem. The festival also gives you the chance to sample some pretty cool spirits (I'm really hoping I get to try the Pumpkin Spice Whiskey that I saw at the liqueur store the other day,) some great craft beers, and to sample the best food that Calgary chefs have to offer.
While this blog normally promotes "family-friendly" events and activities, this is one "adults only" event that I enjoy sharing. We all need an afternoon or evening away from the kids, opportunities to get out with our partner or some friends for a few hours, and chances to just go out and have fun sans the responsibilities of being a parent.
You'll probably only spend a couple of hours at the festival but you can "pair" the event with a bike ride on the Bow River or Elbow River pathway since the event is located at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park and you'll be right on the pathways, or you can head out for brunch or dinner with your partner or friends before or after the event.
Full event details:
Dates: Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th
Times: 5 - 10 pm on Friday, 12-4 pm on Saturday, and 6-10 pm on Saturday
Location: Stampede Park BMO Centre, Halls D & E
Tickets: For ticket pricing, please visit the event website. Each day/time frame has individual pricing and you can buy tickets on line for a reduced cost.
An entrance ticket brings you into the Grand Tasting Hall to access the best wine, liquor, beer and food in Alberta. Upon entry you can purchase sampling coupons, allowing you to customize what you try and how much you spend. Please note tickets are day specific and only valid for one session.
For a full list of all participating wineries, adult beverage companies, and restaurants, please visit the Festival website.
Enter to Win Admission for Two People to the Calgary Festival
Enter to win one pair of entry tickets to the festival (tasting tickets not included.) The tickets will be available for the winner at will call under your name.
The pair of tickets will be for the afternoon tasting session on Saturday, October 15 from 12-4 p.m and please note that you must be 18 years or older in order to win.
The contest ends on October 10th at midnight (11:55pm.) The winner will be chosen through a random draw and then notified the morning of the 11th.
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Please note that I was offered the opportunity to promote this festival and have received complimentary admission into the festival. As always, all words and opinions are my own and I was not paid to promote the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival.