The Calgary Bearskins, the annual BearFest celebration, is about to get a lot bigger with the addition of a new lodge and a new restaurant.
The BearFest Calgary Lodge is about 30 kilometres north of Calgary, with more than 30,000 people expected to descend on the city for the event on Saturday, July 20.
The new BearFest, located on the shores of the Bear River, will feature a new, state-of-the-art lodge, a new banquet hall, two restaurants, two dance floors, an outdoor stage and more.
It is the first time in Calgary that a new Bear Fest has been opened.
It will also feature a live music festival, as well as a community garden.
The festival will take place at the Calgary Pavilion, and the new restaurant will open in a few weeks, according to the BearFest website.
“BearFest Calgary is an incredible opportunity to showcase the talents of some of the city’s best craft brewers and chefs, and it is an honor to be a part of the team behind this historic event,” said Mark Ewers, BearFest’s executive director.
“We’re incredibly proud to partner with such an iconic brand and brand-new restaurant that we’re hoping will be a hit.”
The new restaurant is called BearFest Kitchen, and is expected to open later this year.
“This is going to be something that is going, wow, we’re going to blow the doors off this place,” said Ewer.
The Bearskins and the Calgary Flames, the city that hosts the event, have been working together on the project for more than two years.
“When I was a kid, I always liked to think of BearFest as a kind of Calgary version of the National Hockey League,” said Dan O’Neil, a longtime BearFest fan.
“They do it in Calgary, but they’re a little more relaxed, and they’re kind of out there, and you know, they’re just out there for a good time.”
A year ago, the Bearskins won the annual tournament for best outdoor restaurant, and now the new Bearfest is going all out for the best food in the city.
“You can’t ask for anything more than what we’re offering, and that’s a great tribute to BearFest,” said O’Neill.
“I think BearFest is going places.
And we’re excited to see where it goes from here.”
The Bear Fest will be held on the shore of the river from the early afternoon until late evening on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the Bear Fest, visit bearfest.ca.
The Calgary Herald