A Fallout Shelter-Themed Bar Opens in the Beltline, Pie Junkie Opens in Kensington and BBQ on the Bow Returns

All this and more in our bi-monthly round-up of local restaurant openings, food news and events.

Shelter opened on July 27 in the Beltline. Photograph courtesy of Shelter.

Barbecued meats, freshly baked pies and monster smoothies are just a few of the things you can eat in Calgary this month. Here’s what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.


BBQ on the Bow celebrates its 25th anniversary

Get your fill of southern style barbecue at the 25th annual BBQ on the Bow festival. This year’s event will take place on September 2 and 3 at the Montgomery Community Association in Shouldice Park. The festival will feature a barbecue competition for adults and children, food demonstrations, food trucks, a market, beer gardens and an area with activities for children. There will also be live music performances by Boogie Patrol, Darren Johnson, Tim Buckley Trio and more.

Shouldice Park, 5003 16 Ave. N.W., bbqonthebow.com


Pie Junkie opens a second location in Kensington

Pie Cloud may have closed its shop in early 2017, but now, you can once again get your pie fix in Kensington. Pie Junkie recently opened its second location in Kensington along the north side of the new Lido by Battistella building. The bakery makes a range of sweet and savoury pies, including sour cherry, peach, blueberry, key lime, chicken pot, butter chicken and more. The bakery, which was called The Pie Hole until it changed its name this past March, also has a location in Spruce Cliff.

1081 2 Ave. N.W., 403-287-8577, piejunkie.ca, @piejunkieyyc


Quickly locations in Calgary and Edmonton become Jusfruit

You may have noticed some changes at Calgary and Edmonton’s Quickly locations this summer. All nine of the bubble tea shops across the two cities are transitioning into JusFruit shops, which will specialize in fruit and bubble tea drinks and desserts. Drink options include tea lattes, monster smoothies, regular bubble tea and more, plus Korean desserts like bingsoo, which feature shaved ice with fruit and other toppings.

Various locations, jusfruit.ca


Shelter opens in the Beltline

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To find the newest addition to Calgary’s dining scene, look for the black flag hanging outside the space that used to house Taste Restaurant. Now, the space is home to Shelter, an approximately 1,200-square-foot cocktail and wine bar with a moody, upscale vibe. The bar features some majorly eye-catching design features, such as a wall lined with gas masks, large chandeliers and a huge light fixture that has more than 5,000 individually hung light bulbs. The bar’s shelter theme is continued with the food and drink menus, which are “inspired by the rations that might be stored in a fallout shelter.” The food menu is divided into “old world” and “new world,” with dishes such as root chips and tzatziki, panko and sesame crusted spam sliders, a shelter burger, a house cured sliced pork belly trio and more. The drink menu features a selection of wines, bubbly, beer and cocktails with clever names like “American Diplomacy,” “The Count of…” and “Et Tu, Brute.”

1210 1 St. S.W., 403-233-7730, shelteryyc.com


Visit a local farm during Alberta Farm Days

Ever wonder where your food comes from? You can find out during Alberta Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20. That’s when you can visit participating Alberta farms and ranches such as Fallentimber Meadery, Aspen Ranch, Riverbend Gardens, Harrold Family Farm and more. Meet the families that grow your food, watch a farm demonstration or take part in a culinary experience.

Various locations, albertafarmdays.com

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