The upscale Murrieta’s Bar & Grill hosts its annual Tomato Festival until September 4. While the downtown culinary hotspot is known for its West Coast-influenced fare, the Tomato Festival highlights a favourite seasonal ingredient—the tomato.
Featuring an expertly crafted menu by chefs Mike Preston, Shane Chartrand and Chris Grafton, the festival includes sumptuous and inventive dishes including Gouda grilled cheese with a tomato mac and cheese and sumptuous Caesar oyster shooters. Each festival menu item is given a suggested pairing with a wine by Jackson Family Estates.
Where recommends: The smoked pork belly ($30) braised in tomato with a mustard and sundried tomato crust, paired with the La Crema Pinot Noir. For reservations, call 403-269-7707.
– Sarah Sussman