Sip & Savour Winter Flavours!

The weather may be getting miserable, but take heart, Airdrie; we’ve got a lot of good excuses to get out of the house and into some of Airdrie’s best foodie experiences. TASTEairdrie has rounded up some of the goodness you can be nibbling and imbibing during the darkest months of the year and we’ve added some pretty fun ways to brighten your days with contests and promotions. Cheers, Airdrie!

Airdrie’s first microbrewery Fitzsimmons Brewing Co. opens Nov. 25 with free guided tours and local food samplings. Expect big things from this team – they will have two mainstay beers: Big Hill Blonde (a light citrus forward blonde ale) and East Lake Amber (a rye-based amber with hints of caramel and malt). Only available in the tasting room will be an exclusive seasonal ale starting off with “Rye off the Hop IPA,” which is a rye-based cashmere and citra-based hops IPA.

Speaking of beer, Thumbprint Craft Beer Market will expand your taste buds and your knowledge of craft beer as you can sip and shop with lots of great instore specials including beer advent calendars and 12 days of Xmas gift packs. Thumbprint celebrates one year in January so watch for lots of extra promotions and as always you can fill your growlers at the growler bar where a rotating lineup of beers is available.

Warm up this winter with some Good Earth holiday classics at Creekside Crossing! Their candy cane mocha has swirls of dark chocolate and peppermint, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of candy canes. Are you an eggnog lover? Good Earth crafts their spiced eggnog latte with real eggnog, butter rum flavour and a dash of nutmeg. The gingerbread latte is a creamy spiced latte with gingerbread syrup and a dash of cinnamon.

Abe’s calls itself a “Modern Diner” and we love this place for its fresh take on diner food as well as its hip vibe. Check out the new local artwork on the walls. The menu is always adapting to the season; this winter watch for more exotic meats on the menu. Check out the elk burger, wild boar chili and ostrich stew as well as fun twists on traditional dishes, like bacon-wrapped mozzarella sticks and a Naan tuna melt. And good news – Abe’s now delivers.

First & Vine Chef Michael Frayne is still glowing from his recent wedding AND announcement the restaurant made No. 2 on OpenTable’s Best Overall Restaurants in the Calgary area! Frayne is whipping up winter wonders on his new brunch menu with $5 Caesars and mimosas on Sundays, and the lunch/dinner winter menu is loaded with temptations like braised beef short ribs with smoked blue cheese perogies. Always expect the unexpected flavours on Frayne’s flatbreads and sharing plates.

Need a new gift idea or want to perk up your kitchen pantry? On Tap Oil & Vinegar is the perfect solution. The world’s highest-standard olive oils are sourced from both northern and southern hemispheres and their authentic balsamic vinegars, aged up to 18 years, come from Modena, Italy. Our winter fave flaves? Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar and Cayenne Chili Olive Oil. But the best part of this shopping experience is in the sampling – all of the oils and vinegars are available for tasting – an afternoon of fun in itself!

Hayloft is enjoying the buzz from their recent nomination for enRoute magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Canada. Winter menu items include braised rabbit agnolotti with brown butter carrot puree,  a slow-roasted apple insalata with housemade ricotta and a great sharing dish – the Butcher, Baker and Preserve Maker – a collection of salami, preserves and condiments (made in-house and by friends), gnocci fritto and grilled flatbread. Lunch deals (Tuesday-Friday) now include half-price bottles of wine, and a gourmet burger and beer deal. In the evening try the snack menu at the bar with a glass of wine. In January look for traditional Sunday dinners served family style.

Sorso Espresso & Wine Bar is always upping their game with new noshing like “The Guacamole Project” – make your own guacamole in a pestle and mortar bowl with avocado, cilantro, lime half and Pico De Gallo. Hearty winter fare includes a Rueben sandwich and oven-baked all-beef meatballs in marinara sauce and melted cheese, spinach-stuffed mushrooms baked in the oven with melted cheese and beef, and ricotta and spinac marinara lasagna. Breakfast items evolve too – look for an eggnog latte and avocado toast for a morning pick me up.

Ilforno Ristorante has joined the TASTEairdrie family and are we happy! This is hands down Airdrie’s most authentic Italian restaurant right down to the “hidden away” location in Kings Heights. Anna Marie Monna brings her Naples traditions to life on your plate. Our must have? Her secret recipe fresh ground pork salsiccia swirling in her homemade tomato sauce. Expect traditional pastas, seafood, veal and steak, but you can also make special requests in advance when you make a reservation. Considered the most romantic spot for dinner in town – there is even live accordion music on the weekends. That’s amore!

The golf season is over, but the dining season is heating up at The Woods. Airdrie’s top spot for Christmas parties, it’s also peak Sunday brunch time. The legendary brunch features omelette and waffle stations, prime rib, eggs benny, smoked salmon and chilled prawns and just about every possible brunch item you could pile onto your plate. Watch  plenty of fun evening events over the winter – date nights, New Year’s Eve Dinner Theatre, romantic Valentine’s dinners and the return of all you can eat Wing Night (note to guys – this is NOT to be confused with a romantic dinner!)

10 great-tasting holiday gift ideas

Gift a 64 oz growler with three fills for $45
Fitzsimmons Brewing Co.

Beer Advent Calendars
Thumbprint Craft Beer Market

4-pack Christmas tin or 6-pack samplers
On Tap Oil & Vinegar

Buy a $25 GC and get a $5 GC free
Abe’s Modern Diner

Brunch and Golf Gift Card
The Woods

Gift Cards for wine lovers
Sorso Expresso & Wine Bar

Gift Cards for hot chocolate
Good Earth

Date Night gift cards
First & Vine

TASTEairdrie has mouthwatering promotions all winter long!

The 12 TASTES of Christmas – 12 days, 12 taste giveaways!

Baby It’s Cold Outside – come in for a TASTE!
Savour three TASTE experiences with our partners Jan. 1-31 and you could win $100 in gift cards!

Chocolate Fest
Discover Airdrie’s best chocolate desserts, drinks and flavours Feb. 1-28. Vote on your faves to win great prizes!

Follow us on social media for all the details @tasteairdrie.

Airdronian, Hayloft AirdrieAirdronian Recipe

“It’s a drink I came up with and named the  ‘Airdronian’ to pay homage to Airdrie. I’m hoping it will stick and Airdrie becomes known for this drink!”  –James (Hoan) Nguyen, owner of Hayloft

1 1/4 oz Pendleton Blended Canadian Whiskey
1/2 oz of Campari
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
1 egg white
3 juicy lime wedges

Add all ingredients and dry shake for 20 shakes (no ice). Add ice and shake for another 10 shakes.
Double strain into desired glassware.
Top with three drops Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters.
Garnish with Hayloft’s brandied sour cherries.

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