Duke at Mission: The Big Taste Foodie Festival

This weekend The Big Taste kicks off and we couldn’t be more excited! For ten glorious days we can let our inner foodie run wild through downtown, sampling delicious menu items from 85+ restaurants, snapping enticing photos of the chefs’ creations, and sharing the experience with friends.

The festival brings together some of Calgary’s best restaurants to feature three-course and five-course fixed price menus ranging from $15 to $65 per person. Whether you want to hit your favorite spots or to venture out and try something new, you definitely won’t run out of options. And, with so many newcomers to the Calgary dining scene this year, Big Taste is the perfect opportunity to sample what they have to offer!

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We definitely want to make the most of the festival, so we did our homework and found the menu items that got our mouths watering. Here are just a few of our picks (so hard to choose – everything sounds so good!):

Charcuterie board
Elk salami, Calabrese, St. Andre triple cream brie, served with house made picked vegetables, fig and rosemary jam, honey, grainy mustard
Bar C, 340 17 Avenue S.W., 403.984.3667, bar-c.ca

Brussel sprout Caesar salad
Korean chili crouton, Grana Padano
The Mission, 1919 4 Street S.W., 403.455.5775, mission4th.ca

Mushroom ramen carbonara
Bacon, black truffle, black garlic, 63˚ Vita eggs, Grana Padano
Anju, 344 17 Avenue S.W., 403.460.3341, anju.ca

Steamed fish with ginger & black bean
Ma po tofu, snake beans Sichuan style
Model Milk, 308 17 Avenue S.W., 403.265.7343, modelmilk.ca

Karage Don
Ginger marinated fried chicken thigh with chives, fried egg, on sesame dressed rice.
Shokunin, 2016 4 Street S.W., 403.229.3444, shokuninyyc.ca

Pear ‘Belle Helene’
Poached pear, chocolate ganache, vanilla ice cream, toasted almonds
WURST, 2437 4 Street S.W., 403.245.2345, wurst.ca

Hungry yet? We sure are! Reservations can be made online via OpenTable or by phone. Tickets for one of the 15 Big Taste Signature Culinary events are available through the Big Taste website only.

Also, remember to Instagram photos of your fave dishes using the #BigTasteYYC hashtag. There are daily foodie prizes to be won, plus a grand prize that will keep you feasting at downtown restaurants all year long! Check out calgarydowntown.com/the-big-taste for more details and for a full listing of restaurants and menu items.

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Bon appetite! We hope you enjoy your culinary journey. Don’t forget to comment and tell us what dishes knock your socks off… because we will want to try them next!

Erin @ Duke