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Edmonton

Edmonton Cycling 101

CyclistExplore the city while perched atop a bike! No wheels? Rent one from MEC Edmonton (12328-102 Ave.), River Valley Adventure Co. (9735 Grierson Hill), or Bike Works (8001-102 St.). Enjoy your ride!

Rules of the Road
Cyclists are not permitted on sidewalks unless they are clearly marked as shared-use, but are allowed on all roads where they must obey the same rules as a motor vehicle.

Required Equipment
Your bike must be outfitted with a bell or horn, a bicycle brake, and reflectors on the front and back for cycling at night. Helmets are only required for riders under the age of 18. Make sure you have a strong bike lock with you as well so you have a way to secure your bike when you need to stop for a coffee break.

Share the Trail
Edmonton’s river valley has more than 160 km of multi-use trails, multiple parks, and is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air no matter the season! The pathways are designated as shared-use, meaning that runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, and skateboarders can all use them at any time of year. Anyone on wheels must yield to pedestrians, and it’s also a good habit to always keep to the right of the path so that people moving faster than you can pass easily.

Visit the city’s website for more information.
—Lindsay Shapka

The Tastiest Edmonton Street Eats

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Bully Food Truck layers its yummy comfort food with an abundance of cheese and nostalgia. One of their most popular items, The Bully Mac, contains six different cheeses blended in their signature cheese sauce, which is poured over macaroni. The Turkey Burger, topped with pickled red onions, bruschetta, and a four-cheese blend, is another cheesy must-try.

Once featured on Food Network’s Eat St., Molly’s Eats serves up classic food with a sentimental and gourmet feel. The Mac and Cheese Sandwich is stuffed with cheesy goodness, crisp bacon, and slow-roasted pork shoulder — and you won’t want to skip dessert once you see the tempting Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

Fusion Foods
Enjoy out-of-this-world fusion tacos from Orbit’s bright white truck. The Jerk Chicken Taco, smothered in a tasty mango and habanero salsa and a creamy lime sauce, is a pleasing combo of spice and citrus.

Food-truck favourites are given an Asian spin for the hungry foodies who come to conquer Attila the HUNgry’s eats. The Duck Tots, which are crispy tater tops covered with tender braised duck leg, lime sriracha sauce, hoisen aioli, and green onion, never disappoint!

Sandwich Artists
Chedda’ Heads serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh-baked breads and premium cheeses. From the Big Poppa — grilled jalapeños and cream cheese — to The Hellbent — a three-cheese blend with avocado and crushed nachos — one bite will feel like a trip to cheese heaven.

S’wich doles out (as you’d expect from the name) delicious sandwiches made with handcrafted breads, such as ciabatta and pretzel, homemade condiments, and cured meats. The glorious icecream sandwiches are a thick layer of ice cream with sweet cereals, like Cap’n Crunch, mixed in for a nostalgic experience.

Delightful Desserts
Choose your flavour and tasty mix-ins, and then watch your ice cream be made fresh before your eyes! At Scoop N Roll Creamery, your dessert is chilled on a cold sheet and rolled into cylinders, creating a unique (and delicious!) ice-cream treat.

The impressive donut machine at Go Nuts 4 Donuts can serve up to 2,400 fresh and hot mini-donuts in an hour! Pick from the classic cinnamon sugar donuts and other gourmet toppings — you’ll be mesmerized by the show of watching the machine work while you snack on these warm treats.

New Trucks on the Block
These trucks took to the streets just last year, and they’re sure to conquer more pavement with each return visit.

At Hot Mess, expect food that will make you sweat as its tasty sauces drip down your fingers. Smoked pork on cornbread with apple slaw makes up the signature Hot Mess dish. Be sure to have water and a napkin at the ready!

The classic English pastries served out of Meat Street Pies, including Cornish pasties and chicken pot pie, feature hearty ingredients baked into flaky crusts. The pies hold a simple blend of veggies and spices, but offer a complex and satisfying taste.

Food Truck Show and Shine
Once a month, over a dozen trucks gather in one spot for a food-truck fiesta at What the Truck?! Make a multi-course meal of the event by starting with an appetizer at one truck, find your main course at another, and then finish off with the most eye-catching dessert!
July 8 | 5 pm – 8 pm | Northlands Park | 7410 Borden Park Rd.
August 20 | 4 pm – 8 pm | Edmonton Ballpark | 10233-96 Ave.
September 25 | 2 pm – 5 pm | Churchill Square

—Matthew Stepanic

Violent Delights at Freewill Shakespeare Festival

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Photo by Lucas Boutilier.

Every year, the Freewill Players return to the “golden world” of Hawrelak Park for their theatre double feature, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival! This year, they’ve programmed a summer of romance with the classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet and the absurd comedy Love’s Labour Lost. Witness what violent ends await the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s most popular romance, and appreciate the sophisticated wordplay in the untraditional play in which a king and his companions attempt to swear off all women for three years. You’ll regret it if you swear off the violent delights of either of these passionate plays!

For this year’s performances, the festival has planned some extra special events to introduce Shakespeare to new audiences! Worried that your kids may not understand the plays? Bring them early on Saturday & Sunday matinees for Thou Art Here Theatre’s Puppet Primers, which will explain the plot of the play in a fun 15 minutes! For alcohol connoisseurs, grab tickets for the Shakesbeer Cask Night on July 7 & 14, which features a special brew from Alley Kat Brewery for that night’s show. Or head to the Unwined Date Night on July 9 for a wine and food pairing before the evening’s entertainment. —Matthew Stepanic 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival | June 21 – July 17
Hawrelak Park | 9930 Groat Rd. | 780-442-5311

6 Spots for Father’s Day Gifts in Edmonton

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Duchess Provisions. Photo by Pedro Escobar.

Having trouble finding a last-minute gift for dad? Try one of these local shops in Edmonton with great options for fashionable fathers or dads who appreciate delicious bites!

For Fashionable Fathers

The Briefing Room
Looking for top-quality products from the best designer brands? Specializing in men’s underwear — from conservative to funky — this local shop also carries a range of men’s lounge wear, sleep wear, swim wear, and socks. You can also find various grooming products, from shaving utensils and creams to beer soap (yes, beer) and an anti-static beard comb.
10151-82 (Whyte) Ave. | 587-521-0384

Henry Singer
For more than seven decades, Henry Singer has been outfitting men in everything from sleek formal wear to business wear with personality to trendy casual wear. Each location has a master tailor available to ensure that what you’ve chosen fits perfectly.
Manulife Place | 10180-101 St. | 780-423-6868
West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-444-3444

Jaisel
This chic and exclusive menswear boutique focuses on modern classic looks in clothing, footwear, and accessories. A specialty includes raw denim, such as ethically produced Naked & Famous Denim and 100% organic cotton denim Nudie Jeans.
8133-104 St. | 780-702-1388 

Gourmet Food & Cookware

Barb’s Kitchen Centre
This gourmet kitchen store has everything you need to whip up your own culinary creations. They carry small appliances, cookware, flatware, stainless steel products, and innovative kitchen gadgets, as well as various cooking and baking necessities like flour, nuts, spices, and gluten-free products. Take in a cooking/kitchen class and learn how to prepare your own specialty breads, nutritious desserts, or holiday feasts.
9766-51 Ave. | 780-437-3134

Cavern
Find the perfect artisanal cheese at this retail cheese boutique and bistro wine bar. Sample their ample selection with a signature cheese board, or take a favourite home with you. For a unique gift, get a gift box (or customizable gourmet gift crate!) or a subscription to their monthly cheese club.
10169-104 St. | 780-455-1336

Duchess Provisions
Next door to the popular local bakery is their own baking supply shop. Here you can find bakeware, baking tools, cookbooks (including their own award-winning Duchess Bake Shop), and specialty ingredients (like almond flour, pistachio extract, and dried rosebuds). Make your own Duchess macarons at home with the elaborate macaron kit!
10720-124 St. | 780-705-3344

—Tamara Aschenbrenner

Chef Spotlight: Jan Trittenbach

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Photo by Chantelle Tyler.

From Swiss hotel cook to military sergeant to Edmonton line cook to head chef of his own restaurant, Jan Trittenbach has certainly worked hard for a place in the Edmonton food scene.

With three friends who were also established in the food industry, Trittenbach opened Solstice Seasonal Cuisine over a year ago. The small restaurant consists of only four cooks, all of whom work together to ensure the success and integrity of both the restaurant and their other endeavours. Of all local competitions and events, the Solstice team is particularly drawn to the Gold Medal Plates culinary competition, for which Trittenbach is well known for his two first-place wins. “I love comparisons between sports and cooking, [because] I think they’re very similar in team efforts and teamwork. You need the whole team to succeed. It’s not a single-person sport,” says Trittenbach.

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Photo by Aspen Zettel

This commitment to strong teamwork is especially important for a restaurant that changes its menu every three months. The main focus of Solstice — as the restaurant’s full title suggests — is on seasonally available foods, thus ensuring the freshness and quality of the ingredients. “Sometimes we have items that go really well, so we extend it a little longer… maybe a different vegetable. [But] we don’t run anything longer than six months,” says Trittenbach.

Lucky for Edmontonians, Trittenbach really has listened to customer feedback. The spring equinox menu includes a throwback to one of their most popular past dishes: the pig tail appetizer. And you can be assured that the revamped summer solstice menu will bring about something just as delicious. —Tamara Aschenbrenner

Check out the restaurant and current menu on its website.

Solstice Seasonal Cuisine | Mon – Sat 5 pm – Late
10723-124 St. | 780-488-4567

Ask the Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (June 2016)

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald‘s new Gold Floor for her advice about summer and great sips in the city!

1. Where would you send a guest if they are looking for somewhere to enjoy great wine?
I would recommend The Marc — a warm and inviting atmosphere to help you unwind after a busy day and enjoy a glass of wine and an assortment of wonderful cheeses and baguette!

2. What festival in June is a can’t-miss for visitors?
I enjoy Porkapalooza from June 17–19 where you can experience the art and culture of BBQ! There are competitors from all over western Canada competing for $16,000 in prizes. Get tips and tricks from the pros, try some incredible food, and take part in the Tail Gate Party when the Eskimos play the Roughriders at Commonwealth!

3. Where is the perfect local spot to enjoy a cup of specialty tea?
Without hesitation, it’s the High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald! Every Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy High Tea, a historic tour, and visit the Queen Elizabeth II Suite!

4. If a guest were looking for great nightlife, where would you send them?
I recommend Old Strathcona — there is so much diversity to experience in the night life. Visit O’Byrnes Irish pub or El Cortez — an old-style Mexican tequila and taqueria — or sit back and enjoy some live jazz music at Yardbird. There’s something for everyone, from bistros to cafés to live music!

Les Clefs d’Or Concierges have been opening doors for hotel guests in Canada since 1976, and today there are more than 150 members from coast to coast and more than 3,500 members worldwide! 

Learn the Mystery & History Behind Sherlock Holmes in Edmonton

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The murder scene. Photo courtesy TELUS World of Science—Edmonton.

The game is afoot! Follow in the brilliant footsteps of the most famous fictional detective! The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes highlights the histories and mysteries of Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the shadowy streets of Victorian London. Help solve a crime using Holmes’ 19th-century techniques, and learn how his style helped develop modern forensic science. The exhibition also features original manuscripts and artifacts, as well as props and costumes from the Warner Bros.’ films, CBS’s Elementary, and BBC’s Sherlock. The TELUS World of Science—Edmonton is the only stop in Canada for the exhibit, so don’t miss your chance to see it! —Tamara Aschenbrenner

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes | Through September 5
TELUS World of Science—Edmonton | 11211-142 St. | 780-451-3344

#ABCraft Exhibit

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Heavenly Creatures by Laura O’Connor, 2014; embroidery thread, cloth and hoop, 6″ x 6″.

This innovative exhibition explores the effect that new technologies are having on the tradition of fine craft. Social media, 3D printing, and digital technology are challenging traditional ways of creating everything from pottery to needlepoint, and this exhibit is showcasing some of the creative ways that the two can be integrated. There are 14 participating artists including Laura O’Connor whose work is pictured. —Lindsay Shapka

#ABCraft | Through July 2
Alberta Craft Council Gallery | 10186-106 St. | 780-488-6611

9 Fresh June Fests in Edmonton

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Photo by Pedro Escobar.

1. NextFest | June 2 – 12
Enjoy new work from the next generation of artists. Emerging local artists — from playwrights and choreographers to filmmakers and poets — showcase their talents in a variety of shows during this contemporary, cutting-edge arts festival.
Various venues

2. Edmonton Pride Festival | June 3 – 12
Celebrate diversity and acceptance of the LGBTQ community with an energetic parade, musical performances, parties, theatre performances, historical tours, and more.
Various venues

3. Edmonton Craft Beer Festival | June 3 & 4
Whether you’re a beer geek or casual sipper, find some new favourite brews with samples of over 400 different beers from 90 breweries, and try a selection of food from a variety of the city’s unique eateries. You can also attend Brew Master seminars, Cooking with Beer seminars, and Food and Beer Pairing workshops to learn more about the characteristics and flavours of various beers.
Edmonton EXPO Centre | 7300-116 Ave.

4. Eek Fest | June 4 & 5
From the casual geek to the devoted nerd, there’s something for everyone at this comic expo. You’ll find vendors eager to chat about comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, gaming, anime, cartoons, pop culture, cosplay, and collectible toys. Practise surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by shooting zombies with a Nerf gun at the shooting range, or play a life-sized game of Angry Birds.
Servus Credit Union Place | 400 Campbell Rd., St. Albert

5. Improvaganza | June 15 – 25
Celebrate this festival’s Sweet Sixteen and be prepared to laugh until it hurts at Canada’s largest improv festival, where talented artists from all around the world will compete in a series of hilarious theatresports matches and host workshops.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave.

6. Porkapalooza BBQ Festival & Concert Series | June 17 – 19
Over 30 BBQ chefs stake a claim in Clarke Park to be crowned the grilling champion! Among the aroma of roasting meats, you can enjoy food trucks, beer gardens, a marketplace, and a playground for kids! New this year, the meatfest will include a three-day concert series with headliners The Sheepdogs, Gord Bamford, and Loverboy!
Clarke Stadium | 11000 Stadium Rd.

7. Freewill Shakespeare Festival | June 21 – July 17
Local theatre troupe the Freewill Players perform their Shakespeare double feature in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. This year, the festival has programmed a summer of love with Romeo & Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Hawrelak Park | 9930 Groat Rd.

8. The Works Art & Design Festival | June 23 – July 5
Outdoor exhibits transform downtown Edmonton into the largest art gallery in North America, with live artist demonstrations, art installations, an outdoor street market, food trucks, live music, and more!
Various venues

9. Edmonton Jazz Festival | June 24 – July 3
Skilled jazz musicians from around the world heat up the city with performances at intimate clubs and great venues for this annual festival.
Various venues

Thunder from Down Under Exported to Edmonton

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Edward from Thunder from Down Under.

Direct from Las Vegas, the famous chiselled men from Australia are coming to Edmonton to show off their seductive dance routines, cheeky humour, and a lot more. If you’re lucky, one of these men may choose you to join them on stage — it’s sure to be an unforgettable ladies’ (and men’s) night!

Need some more convincing? Check out the Sizzle Reel on the tour’s website, which will show you exciting highlights throughout the years of these sexy men’s rise to fame!

CONTEST ALERT
WHERE Edmonton is giving away FREE tickets to the show on Thursday, June 9! To enter to win a pair of tickets, follow us on Twitter (@whereedmonton) and watch for tweets about the contest. And follow WHERE Edmonton on Instagram (@whereedmonton) for another chance to win a pair of tickets! All tickets will be drawn for on Friday, June 3.

Thunder From Down Under | June 9 – 11 | 7 pm
River Cree Resort and Casino | 300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch | 1-855-985-5000

Your 2016 Edmonton Farmers’ Market Guide

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

Warmer days mean that local producers are bringing their fresh food to the city to be sold at one of Edmonton’s many farmers’ markets! Look below for the location of a market for almost every day of the week.

Tuesday
Beverly Towne Farmers Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
4002 117 Ave., 780-413-6244

Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
14339-50 St., 780-885-1374

Wednesday
Callingwood Farmers’ Market | 2 pm – 6 pm
6655-178 St., 780-487-8649

Castle Downs Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
11520-153 Ave.

Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, 780-464-3354

Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 7:30 pm
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Rd., 780-868-9210

Thursday 
124 Grand Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
102 Ave. between 124 St. & 125 St., 780-463-1144

Millwoods Farmers’ Market | 5 pm – 8 pm
7207-28 Ave., 780-461-0619

Saturday
City Market | 9 am – 3 pm
104 St., between Jasper Ave. & 102 Ave., 780-429-5713

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market | 8 am – 3 pm
10310-83 Ave., 780-439-1844

St. Albert Outdoor Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
St. Anne and St. Thomas St., St. Albert, 780-458-2833

Sunday
Callingwood Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
6655-178 St., 780-487-8649

French Quarter Grand Market | 11 am – 3 pm
La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St., 780-463-1144

Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
14339-50 St., 780-885-1374

5 Spots for Sushi in Edmonton

Sushi1. One of the city’s newest sushi spots, Washoku Bistro is offering a mix of Korean and Japanese foods.
10702-124 St., 780-705-2055

2. At Mikado, the ingredients are flown in weekly from all over the world, including Tsukiji, Japan.
10350-109 St., 780-425-8096 & 9942-170 St., 780-481-2202

3. Volcano pleases the palette and the eyes with brightly coloured tapas.
4226 Gateway Blvd., 780-718-0618

4. For over 20 years, Furusato has provided an extensive list of scrumptious rolls, fresh sashimi, and tasty temaki.
10012 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-439-1335

5. Japonais Bistro’s innovative sushi dishes are infused with North American flavours.
11806 Jasper Ave., 780-760-1616