Ah, summer! The time of year in Calgary when an invitation to “meet for drinks” always means a meeting on a patio; pancakes are acceptable for breakfast ten days in a row and denim is considered “work attire” during Calgary Stampede; and the word “festival” shows up every weekend on your calendar.
There’s so much going on this summer, so we’ve filled our pages with festivals, events, activities, and dinner dates that you can fill your calendar with. I’m especially looking forward to trying a mini doughnut ice cream bar at the Calgary Stampede (page 20) en route to watching Vance Joy at the Coca-Cola stage (page 34), and I think I’ll be spending a lot of time in Prince’s Island Park for picnics, festivals, and using the scenic walking paths (page 25).
When the days are hot and you don’t feel like cooking indoors, don’t hesitate to eat out—so many new (and excellent) restaurants have opened in the past few months. From having your morning coffee at the beautiful new Phil & Sebastian location (page 23) to enjoying a slice of melt-in-your-mouth pie for dessert (page 54), you can fill your day hopping between new restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, it’s our first issue in almost ten years without Calgary’s noted and respected food critic John Gilchrist as a contributor as he eases into retirement. Gilchrist’s first column for Where Calgary appeared in our September/October 2005 issue. Since then, John has been curating our Hot Dining section— and moderating our annual Where to Dine awards—with reviews and recommendations of new hotspots and mainstay favourites. We hope you enjoy one last recommendation from John in Where Calgary— see his pick for the best restaurant in Calgary, it’s an especially enjoyable place to visit this time of year (page 54). Have a wonderful summer!
BREANNA MROCZEK, Editor