Big, boozy events to warm up your fall

- October 1st, 2012

Now, I know Alberta liquor laws prevent businesses from using words like booze in their names, but I don’t believe there’s anything preventing me from using the term.

And when it comes to big events in Calgary, the fall is the time to kick up your heels and try some new beer, wine, spirits and great food.

We’re currently in the middle of Oktoberfest, which is being celebrated at CRAFT Beer Market, Wurst, and other haunts around town.

But that’s just a warm up.

Following on the heels of Thanksgiving, we have the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, which will fill the BMO Centre on Oct. 12 and 13 with wine, and food, but not to mention beer, whisky, vodka and other wares.

Ticket info is available at the fests website, but I’m imagining you don’t want to wait to get your hands on some. This year’s event features wines from nearly 20 countries, 45 breweries, rum, vodka, Scotch, rye and various liquers, not to mention food from dozens of restaurants around town.

Also likely to sell out is the Co-Op Wines and Spirits Grape Escape in November, featuring more than 60 makers of the finest beer, wines and spirits, plus great eats that straight from your local Calgary Co-Op stores. Also coming in November is the new event the World of Whisky and Cognac Gala, Nov. 3, which features a buffet dinner, tastings, and a Glencairn glass to keep.

Willow Park Wines and Spirits, in addition to an already full tasting calendar, heads in to November with a Halloween-themed Whisky Festival on the unholy night itself, followed by a beer bash and a California wine event, leading to the Masquerade-themed charity wine auction. It’s bound to be a busy week. Full details are over at Willow Park’s spiffy new website.

I still have the low-down on a whole host of other, smaller events, but the ones I just mentioned sure do give bang for your buck.

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