The Calgary Home + Design Show is coming up soon! This is a trade show that I always look forward to every year and this year looks like it will not disappoint!
I will be there most days supporting the YYC Food Trucks team but I will also be keeping my eyes on the Trail Appliances Cooking Stage. That is where the city’s top chefs will dish on their must-have tools, techniques and ingredients. Fan favourites and fresh faces like Dan Clapson, Darren Mclean, Dave Bohati, Paul Rogalski and Kyle Groves will join forces to share their personal recipe collections, tales of culinary mastery and tips for achieving professional results in any home kitchen. Live, full-action cooking demonstrations will leave no doubt about it: Canadian cuisine is not just about smoked salmon, maple syrup and poutine anymore.
Max and I always enjoy Family Day and we would love to see all of you there this year as well! It is on Friday, September 20, NOON-5PM . This year Family Day includes special performances from Peter the Puffin, kid-friendly cooking lessons from Crave Cupcakes, and a scavenger hunt flush with fun and prizes. Add in free face painting, temporary tattoos and exclusive grab bags to the mix, and you’ve got all the ingredients for the perfect day out – no kidding around.
Here are a few other things I want to be sure not to miss this year at the Home + Design Show:
IKEA White Room Design Competition
Pristine white gets a shot of colour and creativity in this unique new feature. Four of Calgary’s top interior design companies will turn a white room (complete with five key furnishings from IKEA) into a work of art, using only their skills, a license to hack and a $1,000 budget to spend on IKEA home décor and accessories. Cast your vote and enter to win one of the four final designs, or a white room of your very own courtesy of IKEA. Let the hacking – and the designing – begin! Presented by the Calgary Herald.
Outdoor living goes inside out, thanks to the ultra-modern CasaBubble, the newestdesign trend taking European gardens, outdoor spaces and high-end accommodations by storm. Imagine a next-generation playroom, office space, dining room and sleeping chamber, complete with translucent walls and genuine hardwood floors, all in the comfort of a high-design, spherical structure. No inclement weather, no mosquitoes, no noise pollution – just the perfect pristine environment 365 days a year. Don’t burst your bubble. Live in it! Furnished by IKEA.
Food Truck Eatery & Alley
All that shopping is enough to work up a major appetite! Score tasty nibbles from four of YYC’s favourite rolling restaurants. Kings of Calgary’s latest food craze Fiasco Gelato, Vasili’s, Red Wagon Diner and Waffles & Chix will offer up delicious sweets and savouries just outside the south entrance to the BMO Centre. Seconds, anyone? Presented by CJAY92.
Western Living Lounge
Sip and flip through the latest edition of Western Living magazine, all in the lap of luxury. Conveniently located adjacent to the Trail Appliances Main Stage and designed by the talented Nicole Sjostedt, this is one space that will beg for a break – and a lengthy one at that, thanks to a wide variety of wines and beers suited to every palate. Presented by Kool 101.5.
Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged
Open the door to unexpected style! Calgary’s most respected designers, craftspeople and trade superstars will reuse, recycle and repurpose a single door from ReStore Calgary for under $100. Think artwork, furniture and other common household pieces, crafted out of a conventional door left over from past construction projects and auctioned off to the highest bidder, with all proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. Presented by Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta & ReStore Calgary. (I was invited to participate in this challenge but unfortunately had to back out due to a family emergency. I can’t wait to see what everyone else did with their doors!)
SHOW DATES & TIMES
Thursday, September 19 4PM to 9PM
Friday, September 20 12PM to 9PM
Saturday, September 21 10AM to 9PM
Sunday, September 22 10AM to 6PM
The BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
Seniors Friday before 5pm only $6 (Box Office & Online)
Children 12 and under:FREE