Summer is here and the tastes just keep getting better

Story by Dawn Smith


Photos by Kristy Reimer

Summer 2018

Summer is here and the tastes just keep getting better – especially if you are on a patio!

Located in the heart of downtown Airdrie, First & Vine is a modern Canadian bistro that offers a fresh take on classic comfort food. This summer, guests can enjoy favourites like heirloom tomato bruschetta with fresh homemade cheese, a roasted lamb sirloin, or pan-roasted cauliflower with fried capers and chili-pepper aioli while sitting in the private patio area.

For local brewed craft beer, look no further than Fitzsimmons Brewing Co. Enjoy the provincial-gold-winning East Lake Amber, Big Hill Blonde, And Out Come the Hops IPA, just released this spring, or a unique roasted pineapple sour seasonal. Hours in the taproom have been extended, allowing guests to enjoy the tasty beverages on summer evenings.

It’s tea time! Quench your thirst this summer with lemon-based teas from Good Earth Coffeehouse. Try the African Nectar Lemon Tea filled with lemon and raspberries, or the Marrakesh Mint Julep that’s bursting with lemon and mint leaves. Here for a limited time only!

A warm atmosphere and an ever-changing menu that sources the vast majority of its ingredients from within a 50-kilometre radius await guests of Airdrie’s Hayloft Restaurant. The restaurant uses these local ingredients to handcraft everything, from their bread and pasta to desserts and sauces, in house, resulting in high-quality dishes. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Hayloft Restaurant’s inspiring menu and comfortable atmosphere this summer.

If you haven’t visited Sorso Espresso & Wine Bar, summer is the perfect time to do so. Guests can pair a variety of refreshing drinks, ranging from iced coffees to local beer to unique cocktails, with Sorso’s extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, all made fresh from locally sourced ingredients. If you are looking for the perfect patio this summer or want to spend an evening away from the kids, look no further than Sorso.

Pure, raw honey is the secret ingredient behind the refreshing meads at Tamarack Jack’s. Brewed in central Alberta, the meadery’s signature brews, Sawyer and Buzz Saw, are both best served ice cold, making them the perfect summertime drinks.

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