20TH AN­NUAL WINE AND FOOD FES­TI­VAL

Where Calgary - - DINING - —Hanna Deeves

Since 1997, the Rocky Moun­tain Wine and Food Fes­ti­val has been bring­ing Cal­gar­i­ans and vis­i­tors alike, wines, beers, and spir­its from around the globe, and they’re back in the city Oc­to­ber 13 - 14.

The fes­ti­val started with three On­tario beer rep­re­sen­ta­tives who wanted to bring a bev­er­age trade show to Cal­gary. At its be­gin­ning, RMWFF hosted 30 booths for 1,000 at­ten­dees. Twenty years later, the event brings out hun­dreds of ven­dors for 25,000 guests, and grows every year.

Some of the drink ven­dors in­clude Big Rock Brew­ery, Sum­mit Fine Wines, Two Wolves Brew­ing, Black Stal­lion Spir­its, Slee­man Brew­eries, and On The Rocks Liquor Agency.

To ac­com­pany the bev­er­ages, this fes­ti­val also show­cases Cal­gary’s best lo­cal cui­sine, in­clud­ing Kinjo Sushi, Mod­ern Steak, Pa­per St., and Sweet Tooth Ice Cream.

The fes­ti­val works by way of sam­pling coupons, which are sold in­di­vid­u­ally at the event for 50 cents a piece (in ad­di­tion to cost of ad­mis­sion). Dif­fer­ent food and drinks cost be­tween one and 20 coupons, so at­ten­dees can try as lit­tle or as much as they want to sat­isfy their taste buds (page 35) .

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