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Issue 6April 2016

Food celeb to judge Taste of Spring

Looking to satisfy your taste buds? Want a night out? Check out Taste of Spring at Evraz Place May 6 and May 7.

“This year will be like no other, as Taste of Spring heads in a new direction, according to event co-ordinator Jillian Desautels.

“We’re really aiming to increase the food and the wine features of our event; we’re really going back to the taste aspect of the show,” she said. “So we have a very large, elegant wine area in the centre of the floor plan, and a higher food presence in the show.”

In addition, food celeb and comedian James Cunningham, from Food Network’s Eat St. will be joining the crowd May 7 as a judge.  Guests will also be given the opportunity to provide their opinion and feedback on the vendor awards being presented on Saturday night and, in return, will be entered to win a prize.

This is truly a great opportunity for people to see a variety of local restaurants and drink vendors.

“It’s still going to have a very energetic feel to it while remaining classy and elegant. We really want to go for a higher-end show,” she said, adding they will promote the taste aspect in 2017.

Here is another great chance to turn this amazing event into a special occasion! Enter our contest for a chance to win four tickets to Taste of Spring, a one-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina with a buffet breakfast, AND a limousine ride to and from the event! To enter, fill out your information here and like our Facebook page here. The contest runs from April 18 to April 28 and the winner will be announced April 29.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here under events.

Photo courtesy Food Network’s Eat St.

Saskatchewan Fashion Week will dazzle runway

 Be prepared to see some chic fashion trends hit Regina this May.

Between May 12 and May 14 the fifth annual Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) will be leaving its mark on the city at The Sound Stage located at 1831 College Avenue.

This celebration of fashion and creative design in Western Canada will showcase a nightly runway with seven local retailers and 19 Western Canadian designers. ThreeFirst Nations designers will be among the list and several designers who have never displayed their designs on this runway before. In addition, for the first time ever Prahsik and Year of the Ram will be closing the runway programs on Thursday and Saturday. These are both former Fashion Forward Designer Award recipients.

Talk about growth! Since its inception, SFW will have had over 60 Canadian designers show off their work.

The runway show isn’t the only things to expect at SFW, but there is also going to be a designer popup shop, which means some of the pieces you see on the runway can be bought there, as well as items from past collections.

“It’s going to be a really unique opportunity for event guests to connect directly with the designers and learn about their process,” said Melissa Fiacco, public relations and communications manager.

The excitement continues with an after party every night following the runway show (for those 19 and older). According to Fiacco, DJs and performers will be keeping the fun alive. You don’t even need an event ticket to attend this pumping hot spot.

 “It not only attracts people who are especially interested in fashion and creative design, but attracts the entire community and people who are passionate about contributing to the local economy as consumers, but also those who are attending these events to celebrate the community,” she said.

This is one of the most popular years yet with the May 13 and May 14 runway shows already sold out. However, there are still tickets available for the May 12 runway show. Act fast before they go! If you do miss your chance, you can watch the program online at starting at 7 p.m.

 Do you love fashion? Do you want to see what’s trending for spring and summer? We’ve got you covered! Enter our Facebook contest May 1 to May 7 by telling us what your favourite store/boutique is in Regina, and have a chance to win a $200 shopping spree at a local Regina retailer of your choice, two tickets to Saskatchewan Fashion Week, and a $50 gift card to The Capitol Jazz Club & Tapas Bar.

For more information on Saskatchewan Fashion Week click here.

CONTEST : A foodies dream!

Want to spend a night in Regina and indulge in some amazing food? Here’s your chance.

Enter to win our Spring into Food contest for a chance to win one night in a standard queen room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina including a breakfast buffet for two at Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar, a limousine ride to Taste of Spring, and two entry tickets to the event May 7, 2016!

Here you can indulge in the amazing creations of the night without a care in the world.

To enter click here and fill out the form. ALSO like our Facebook page here.  The contest closes April 28 and the winner will be announced April 29. Some restrictions apply, read contest rules here.

Take a seat in the interactive Belfast pub at The MacKenzie

It’s not what you usually expect to see at an art gallery, but later this month a new MacKenzie Art Gallery exhibit will feature a unique interactive pub.

Anthony Kiendl, executive director and CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, said they will hold a kickoff to Theo Sims’s The Candahar on April 29.

Sims is originally from England and studied art in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He currently lives in Winnipeg, but spent five years in Saskatchewan.  It was during this time he conceived the idea of creating a replica of a Belfast pub.

“What the artist has done is a really unique and innovative walk- in sculpture that when you approach it from the outside it kind of looks like a very large wood crate and as you pass over the threshold you’re kind of transported into another world.  Basically a replica or a simulation of a pub in Belfast,” Kiendl said.

This is an opportunity for the visitor to engage with the artwork, and through a performance, become part of the artwork. You can even have a drink at the pub! If you show up on Thursday there will be a bartender on duty that the visitor can go up to and get a drink, mingle, and experience.

“There’s kind of a transportation from everyday life to this kind of place and performance,”Kiendl said.

“He’s (Sims is)  interested in people, in social interaction, in community, and so the opportunity that this work has created is that he can foster and explore these interactions in a way that makes the viewer an active participant.”

The Candahar has been featured coast to coast and is a nationally significant work.

According to Kiendl, this is the first time they’ve had an exhibit exactly like this, but he said this marks the direction the Gallery is going in, in terms of engaging visitors in a more immersive experience.

The kickoff event for The Candahar, as well as the MacKenzie’s other summer exhibitions, will take place April 29 at 7 p.m. The Gallery will even be flying in two bartenders from Belfast to attend to the drinks. Admission is free and pints are $7. Every Thursday during the exhibition, they’ll have different events with various guest hosts in The Candahar.

Can’t get enough of the exhibit? The following day a guest art critic from Belfast will be speaking about The Candahar at 3 p.m.

For more details on this exhibition and many others visit here.

Mosaic: A Festival of Cultures to capture the imagination

Who needs to go around the world experiencing food, when you can do it over three days in Regina!

Mosaic A Festival of Cultures is once again filling the city with the tastes and smells of several countries. The 49th annual event takes place June 2, 3, and 4 and includes 17 different pavilions across Regina.

Co-directors and chairs Curt Woytiuk and John Findura, said they plan this event months in advance with thanks to volunteers, and every year it’s different.

“It’s exciting. You might think every year is the same thing, but there are new volunteers, there are new ideas within the pavilions themselves … new foods, new costumes, new dance types they’ve learned,” Findura said, stressing this teaches youth about history and culture.

“Mosaic is a beautiful festival. You go around the world tasting different food. Different restaurants are opening up in Regina, the restaurants and business benefit from that … because people had opportunity to sample different things.”

Every pavilion is unique with a different feeling and atmosphere meant for both families and young adults.

Both Findura and Woytiuk stressed the importance of unique and diverse people and customs. This is something people should celebrate year round. “It’s about bringing people together and everybody enjoying each other instead of looking at the differences in a negative way, it’s about looking at it in a positive way,” Woytiuk said about the event.

“Let the atmosphere capture your imagination.” Findura added.

For those looking to avoid driving from pavilion to pavilion, there will be five bus routes that will take patrons to the different places around the city. The hub is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Regina and buses are free as long as you have your event passport. This passport can also be used on the City buses until 1 a.m. as well.

The beginning of the celebration starts May 1 at the Cornwall Centre over the lunch hour with dancers performing. The official kickoff, and when tickets start going on sale, is May 4 at the Cornwall Centre over the lunch hour.  This is where medallions will be presented to the event ambassadors. On May 7 another promotional event will take place at Cornwall with dancing.

For more information on where you can buy tickets click here.