Calgary Weekender: May 17 through 20, 2013

Friday, May 17
Ever wonder why you drink wine? Vine Arts is hosting a wine tasting to answer just that. The Why We Drink Wine tasting is $45 and is dedicated to the grape-growers and winemakers who refuse to compromise. Call 403.290.0700 to secure your spot to this one or click here to peruse the other upcoming events. 1310 – 1st street SW.

Looking to quench your thirst and satiate your hunger? Right down the way from Vine Arts is Taste, the home of one of the best Mac n’ Cheeses in the city. A perfect date spot, order a few hot and cold items to share and grab a glass of vino from their constantly changing wine list; the wine director just happens to be from Vine Arts. Their patio is set up and it’s the perfect perch for people watching. 

Saturday, May 18
If you’re in town for the weekend, live it up and mix it up. Bistro Rouge is serving up some fine fare at the Signal Hill Location. While bistros can be more relaxed, there’s nothing casual about this menu. Sweetbreads with horseradish cream, anyone? The paillards grillé are perfect for spring as they’re surrounded by green at the bistro version of the original Rouge. Try the pork loin with candied apples, brie, pecans on endive with a glass of Dobbes Pinot Noir… heaven on a plate and in a glass. You’ll love it so much you might just be tempted to order something to take home for tomorrow. The train goes out there now, so if you haven’t been on the Western leg, why not go green and take transit? 1919 Sirocco Drive SW.

Sunday, May 19
Sunday night shows are no problem when you’ve got Monday off! Vancouver’s Gold & Youth are playing the Palomino on Sunday at 10pm. Their album Beyond Wilderness came out this past Tuesday; have a listen to their track Jewel here, then grab yourself a ticket. More information can be found here. The Palomino, 109-7th Avenue SW.

Monday May 20
Gardening experts tell us not to plant anything until May long weekend, so the time has arrived! Swing by Golden Acre and pick up some plants. Whether it’s a small pot of herbs on your urban patio or water-wise perennials for your yard, get your green thumb on this season. “Why yes, I would love a Mojito made with mint you grew yourself.” 620 Goddard Avenue NE.

Before you put your winter tweed at the back of your closet, wear it one more time at the Tweed Ride this Monday. Starting at the Sunalta Community Centre (1627 10 Avenue SW), the leisurely dress-up cruise starts at 3pm. There’s a lemonade pit stop and the ride starts off with tea and pastries. Sounds like this crowd isn’t leaving anyone behind in their dust. Click here for the deets.

Top photo courtesy Taste