Calgary’s festival season has arrived
Come rain or shine (probably rain), Calgarians will have their hands and plates full this weekend with two one-day festivals.
First up is Eat Real YYC, a new food festival with a mission to celebrate “local food, small business and real communities.” The event is being billed as a revolutionary street food festival, and 14 local food trucks will be there, along with other local merchants — there may even be some free samples. According to their site, big businesses have too much say in what we eat and where we eat it, and Eat Real YYC promises to “stick it to The Man.”
When: Saturday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: 2505 17th Ave. S.W. (Casel Marché)
Price: Free to go, various foods and drinks will be for sale, many of them for under $5
More info: http://www.caselmarche.com/eatrealyyc.php
After that, it’s time for the Lilac Festival. If you’ve been in Calgary for any length of time, you’ve probably attended this annual city favourite at least once. Fourth street between 13th Ave. S.W. and Elbow Drive will be taken over by vendors, street performers, bands and thousands of attendees. Seriously. Take the bus down there, because parking usually gets pretty hairy.
When: Sunday (May 27), all day (check this PDF for the stage schedules: http://www.4streetcalgary.com/files/2012%20Line-Up.pdf)
Where: 4th St. S.W. between 13th Ave. S.W. and Elbow Drive
Price: Free to go, there will be lots of stuff for sale but the entertainment is free
More info: http://www.4streetcalgary.com/Lilac-Festival