6 Summer Food Festivals to Check Out in Calgary

There are festivals featuring Mexican food, local beer, barbecue and more.

Mexifest. Photograph courtesy of Mexifest


July 5 to 7 | $15 a day or $30 for the weekend

Hosted by the Latino Folkloric Society, Mexifest includes dancers and bands, a luchador wrestling ring, artisan market and authentic Mexican food and drink vendors.

Eau Claire Plaza, mexifest.ca


Taste of Calgary

Aug. 8 to 11 | Taste tickets $1 each

Use your taste tickets to purchase sample-sized foods from a variety of vendors, then enjoy while listening to live music.

Eau Claire Plaza, tasteofcalgary.com


Barley & Smoke

August 15 | VIP tickets $200, standard tickets $75

This new food fest and fundraiser hosted by Divine Flooring hopes to raise $100,000 for Kids Cancer Care. As the name implies, the event will feature both local beer and a barbecue competition. Confirmed brewers involved include Cabin, Cold Garden and Trolley 5. Tickets include grill tasting samples, brewery tasting samples, oversize lawn games and live music. There will also be a display of kids reading forts that will be later donated to Camp Kindle, a raffle and a 50/50 draw.

Enmax Park, barleysmoke.ca


Brewery & the Beast

Aug. 25 | $100

Individual tickets include all food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as eight alcoholic-beverage tickets that can be used to purchase drinks from individual vendors.

Fort Calgary, breweryandthebeast.com/calgary


BBQ on the Bow

Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 | Free admission

This event includes barbecue competitions, demonstrations and the opportunity to talk to barbeque competitors and learn about their techniques. There’s also live music, a play area for children, food trucks, a beer garden and a marketplace.

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


Moonlight Market

Sept. 14 | Free admission

The third annual Moonlight Market celebrates diversity through street food, artisan goods and artists.

East Village, moonlightmarket.ca

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This article appears in the July 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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