Taste Airdrie!

TASTEairdrie is an exciting new year-round promotion of the city’s best independent restaurants and food and beverage retailers. From tapas to craft beer on tap, Airdrie has an awesome lineup of flavours and promotions.

Follow TASTEairdrie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up to speed with promotions such as the popular Price Fix Menus, wine pairings, samplings and other great-tasting ideas, plus the chance to win dinner out for a whole year!

And coming Sept. 21 at the Days Inn – the first TASTEairdrie Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits Festival! Nibble on local flavours from top chefs, sip on wines and craft beers and spirits, and discover a new favourite for the table.

TASTEairdrie partners are always cooking up a good time, from breakfast to late-night snacks, and Airdrie’s food scene has never been better.

Savour these incredible flavours:

Burger lovers take note: Abe’s Restaurant, located in Kingsview Market, offers up big, juicy burgers and other classic diner food with a focus on quality. The sleek, modern decor with an open kitchen, where customers can see their meals being prepared, complements the fresh, locally sourced menu offerings.

Owner Satish Sappani says customers at the casual dining restaurant, now with full table service, appreciate the eclectic menu that changes twice a year. The summer menu includes local craft beers and classic cocktails. What never changes is the quality Abe’s customers have come to expect. That quality is due to the fresh-ground farm-to-table bison burgers, house cut fries, flavourful salads and paninis and exceptional brunch goodies – all locally sourced and never frozen. “We are very homemade. Everything is fresh,” says Sappani. “People love it because it’s a neighbourhood diner.”

What could be better than a night filled with great food, wine and friends? First & Vine, located on First Avenue, offers a classic bistro experience at lunch, and tapas-style dining – with plates designed to share – taking over the dinner menu.

Chef Michael Frayne prides himself on creating seasonal dishes with fresh Alberta-sourced ingredients. “The quality is way better when the ingredients are in the field a day or two before they get to the customer,” says Frayne, noting to support local producers makes sense for both the environment and taste buds. The restaurant’s wine program also reflects First & Vine’s commitment to quality with its focus on single-estate, family-run wineries.

Date night is every night at First & Vine so come and check out the oldest (1905) house in Airdrie that is now home to the award-winning freshest takes on cuisine.

Great food, high-end service and ambience combine to make Hayloft in Airdrie a restaurant destination for locals and visitors alike. Owner Hoan Nguyen is proud of the restaurant’s seasonal menu, which changes in accordance with the fresh ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. For example, the restaurant sources its chicken and pork from farms in Beiseker and Carstairs and fresh beef from Airdrie’s Hanson Ranches. Watch for local duck on the menu for summer.

This freshness, combined with Hayloft’s commitment to preparing everything – from bread to dessert to sauces – in house, adds to the quality and wholesomeness of all the items on the menu. “If you are really thinking about what you are eating and what you are putting in your body, that’s what we care about,” says Nguyen.

A new brunch/lunch menu just launched in May and diners can look forward to an always evolving selection of menu items for dinner to complement each season.

hayloftHayloft has earned accolades from across the country – making The Globe and Mail’s top five new restaurants in Alberta and named “one to watch” on the Canada Top 100.

Busy Airdrie families have a new way of dealing with dinner. Social Supper, open since December 2016, saves customers loads of time by doing all the advance work necessary for a healthy family meal. Shopping, food prep and cleanup is all taken care of – clients just assemble their nutritious meals onsite, then take them home to cook and enjoy.

Social Supper is located on Kingsview Boulevard and the menu – filled with fresh ingredients that are often locally sourced – changes frequently.

Kaidy Morgan, the store’s owner, has created a clean, trendy atmosphere and is one of the friendliest, hardest-working entrepreneurs out there. She is even offering workshops, such as kombucha brewing, and caters to groups both large and small. If you want a healthy, convenient alternative to fast food, that you can still customize to suit your family’s tastes, check out Social Supper.

sorsoSorso Espresso & Wine Bar wants you to “rethink your hang.” Serving only the best ethically sourced beans, supplied by the top roasters from across Canada coast to coast, Sorso also offers 30+ teas and local organic kombucha on tap.

All of their food and pastries are made in-house – wholesome, healthy and locally sourced. Start your day with a breakfast sandwich made with free-range eggs, homemade sausage, oven-baked ham or candy peppered bacon. Pop in on the weekend and grab some brunch with family and friends.

For lunch try out their popular farm-local beef dip, pulled pork or turkey bacon guacamole sandwich, homemade soups and fresh salads. On the go? They have drive-thru! Yes, wholesome food at a drive-thru.

Meeting up for drinks? Sorso has a large shareables menu. Why not order some nachos or bacon-wrapped-and-stuffed pickles? Belly-up to the bar and sip some wine from their extensive selection or grab a booth and enjoy one of their many cocktails. When the sun is shining there’s no better place to be than relaxing on Sorso’s patio and enjoying a cold draught beer … at Sorso they really do have it all

Kara Fulton from Thumbprint Craft Beer Market for Airdrie Life Magazine. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

Airdrians and their guests now have access to a huge variety of craft beer, thanks to Thumbprint Craft Beer Market. Located on MacKenzie Way, the boutique beer store has about 400 varieties of beer, from IPAs to stouts, all sourced from small breweries, many of which are situated in the region.

Kara and Dave Fulton, the owners, have created a unique store with a cool vibe, and are super friendly and knowledgeable about what they have to offer. In addition to the bottled beer, of which customers can purchase just singles to be able to taste a variety before choosing a favourite, Thumbprint’s on-tap growler bar gives clients a chance to try beers they typically couldn’t sample without going to a brewery.

“We wanted to bring the brewery to the customer,” says Kara, noting Thumbprint is focused on sourcing hard-to-find beers. The couple is also looking to work with local breweries, such as the Calgary-based Dandy Brewing Company (which has a local connection in Matt Gaetz, one of the partners in the microbrewery). The Fultons feel when it comes to beer, local is often best.

Casual fine dining at The Woods Restaurant & Patioh! at Woodside Golf Course is getting even better this season. Chef Li Luo and Jaimie Dachy, food and beverage director at the popular restaurant, have been inspired by the flavours of fresh herbs and artisan greens and are creating space at Woodside to grow their own. “I am a huge gardener … and I wanted to bring that freshness,” says Dachy. “And Chef is really excited about it.”

Open daily for lunch and dinner, The Woods has an expansive menu offering so many delicious options that choosing one will be the hardest thing you do all day. Try one of their gourmet grill cheese sandwiches, and be sure to complement it with the roasted red pepper bisque – it makes the perfect dip! Reservations are recommended, especially when the sun is shining as the outdoor patio at Woodside is second to none! Special occasions call for Sunday brunch, something for which The Woods is famous.

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