Eating at Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

It’s Taste of Saskatchewan 2018 week! Todd says, “Let’s post a video of me eating a churro in high-speed.” So here it is:
If you can’t tell from the video, we stuffed our faces at Taste of Saskatchewan 2018 last night. The week-long food festival runs until this Sunday, July 22. It’s open to all and free to attend. There’s live entertainment throughout the day and the entire space is licensed. 

Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

Photo via Downtown Saskatoon.

Where: Kiwanis Memorial Park, between the Delta Bessborough Hotel and the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon.
When: Tuesday, July 17th 11:00am to 9:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday, July 21st 11:00am to 10:30pm, Sunday, July 22nd 11:00am to 8:00pm
Tickets: live entertainment is free, food tokens are $2.00 each and liquor tokens are $6.00 each.

The specialty menu items were hard for me to find. Out of seven different dishes, I recommend the Classic Rueben Sandwich from the German Cultural Club and Churros with Custard from Mi Casa Restaurante.

We also tried:

    • Edible Cookie Dough from Big Wing’s
    • Maki Combo from Nisen Sushi Restaurant (they make it fresh, so be prepared to wait in line)
    • Ginger Beef on Rice from Saskatoon Asian Restaurant
    • Boneless Dry Ribs from Tomas the Cook Restaurant
    • Crispy Chicken Poutine (sans chicken because they ran out) from Tony Tomas Restaurant

If I go back, I want the Ham and Gruyere Crepe from Little Bird Patisserie & Café. I noticed that the heat is pushing a lot of people to the Homestead Ice Cream tent to cool down. Which other unique Saskatoon eats did I miss?

Taste of Saskatchewan is on all week long at Kiwanis Memorial Park. Follow their Facebook for details and check out the menu before you go!

What are your top picks from taste of saskatchewan so far? Tell me what you ate in the Closed Facebook group.
Featured image: Downtown Saskatoon

10 Best Hidden and Rooftop Patios in Saskatoon

The Saskatoon summer heat brings everyone into the sun for drinks with friends. The city has one of the largest rates of restaurants per capita in Canada, so rooftop patios are one way to stand out above the rest. Get a new perspective of the city, or choose a lesser-known gem for some downtime. This post focuses on the local patios that are hidden away, or up a flight of stairs.

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You’ll find a selection of hidden and rooftop patios throughout Saskatoon. Known as decks to most locals, these rooftop patios are available throughout the warm months of May through September. Most of these spots are very casual and affordable, so leave the “extra” to instagram and just relax.

10 Best Hidden & Rooftop Patios in Saskatoon

Yard & Flagon Pub

Why not stop for a Bellini on this beautiful day! ☀️

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Known as one the best rooftop patios in Saskatoon, the Yard is an Irish Pub that serves up traditional fare and draft beer. The patio is multi-level, so watch your step after you’ve been sipping on day drinks.

Address: 718 Broadway Avenue
Phone:  (306) 653-8883

Winston’s English Pub

Decking it at Winston’s

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Go all the way to the back right of the bar, then go a little further. Once you pass the washrooms, you’ll make a beeline to the patio doors. Enjoy one of over 76 craft beer on tap with your all day brekki – completely hidden from the public.

Address: 243 21st St E
Phone:  (306) 374-7468

The Hose & Hydrant Pub

It’s a BEAUTIFUL day for some patio drinks! See you on the deck 🍻☀️

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A new-er edition to the historic fire hall building, the patio is a large and welcoming space for your group. Sip a caesar by the fire pit and load up on signature “fire starter” appies like anojitos.

Address: 612 11th St E
Phone:  (306) 477-3473

Vista Lounge

Fans of small plates rejoice! This west-coast inspired lounge is the perfect spot to watch the sunset while you share dinner with friends. Choose the side patio for a quick cocktail, or step up to the rooftop for a whimsical view with a balloon.

Address: 339 Ave A S
Phone:  (306) 653-2256

O’Shea’s Irish Pub

Get classic Irish pub fare at one of the most popular rooftops in the city. O’Shea’s steps up to summer with a heating and misting contraption to keep you comfy no matter the weather.

Address: 222 2 Ave S
Phone:  (306) 384-7444

Crazy Cactus

The downtown patio is home of the gringo! That may not mean much to outsiders, but the notorious cocktail is made with Churchill Blonde craft beer, tequila, triple sec and lime. Saskatoon’s younger crowd LOVES the stuff.

Address: 269 3 Ave S
Phone:  (306) 975-1266

Specklebelly’s Pub & Eatery

You won’t hear much about this low-profile patio in Sutherland, but it’s worth a try. This pub has insanely good feature drinks every night. In my opinion, the best day to go is Saturday – there aren’t huge line ups and you can get a decent date for cheap.

Address: 900 Central Ave
Phone:  (306) 249-0900

Dino’s Bar & Grill

Another Sutherland staple patio, Dino’s is a student bar that serves up Italian cuisine from the Venice House Traditional Grill kitchen downstairs. Get delicious food for a fraction of the cost with the daily special menu.

Address: 906 Central Ave
Phone:  (306) 373-6666

Una Pizza + Wine

This patio is located in an alcove next to the Broadway Theatre. You won’t necessarily feel off-the-beaten-path as Una is one of the most popular places to dine in Saskatoon. However it took me about 3 tries to figure out exactly where the patio was – so they’ve got that going for them!

Address: 707 Broadway Ave
Phone:  (306) 978-0116

Louis’ Pub 

🚨🚨 PATIO IS OPEN 🚨🚨#yxeeats #yxepatio #saskbeers COME HANG OUT WITH US

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Every U of S student knows that Louis’ is a great place to wind down after a long day of studying. But did you know that their rooftop patio is open to everyone sans tuition payments? Combine student-friendly prices with a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous campus and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Address: 93 Campus Drive
Phone:  (306) 966-7000

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Featured image: Una Pizza + Wine

Saskatoon Pub Trivia Schedule 2018

Do you know everything there is to know about everything? Saskatoon pub trivia is happening in spots around the city throughout the week. This post gives an idea of where to go if you’ve got a whole lot of facts swirling around in your brain and no one to shout them at.

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Saskatoon pub trivia is better played as part of a well-rounded small team. Since you’re likely an expert on a few niche topics, feel free to coordinate with other experts to come out on top. Find them in the Do Sask closed Facebook group if you’re new to town, or your friends aren’t always game for a round. There are fun giveaways and food and drink specials waiting for the winning teams.

Mana Bar sent me its confirmed Thursday night pub trivia schedule for the next three months. Topics range from comic book heroes to sit-coms.

Confirmed schedule:

July 5 – Game of Thrones
July 12 – Happy Madison
July 19 – Batman
July 26 – The Simpsons
August 2 – Bethesda
August 9 – Dragon Ball Z
August 16 – Legacy Night
August 23 – The Office
August 30 – Stranger Things
September 6 – Disney
September 13 – Saskatoon Expo
September 20 – Harry Potter
September 27 – Legacy Night 2

Other Active Saskatoon Pub Trivia Locations

Where: Fionn MacCool’s
When: Wednesdays at 8:00 PM

Where: Thirsty Scholar
When: every second Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Where: The Woods Ale House
When: Wednesdays at 8:00 PM

Where: Hudsons Canada’s Pub
When: rotating Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Where: Amigo’s
When: roughly 1x month

Where’s your favourite spot for Saskatoon pub trivia? Join the Do Sask Facebook group to have your say!
Do you organize Saskatoon pub trivia? Send in your schedule to be included on this free listing.

Do Sask Book Club just got better thanks to McNally Robinson Booksellers

Now that it’s July, we’re officially more than halfway through 2018. It’s about time to shed some light on the Do Sask Book Club that began casually back in January and how it’s about to get better thanks to McNally Robinson Booksellers.

You probably noticed while perusing Do Sask over the past 18 months that organizing group experiences is my thing. From brewery tours to speed dating, craft workshops to road trips – creating new activities close to home is part of what gives my life meaning. 

WHY RUN A FREE BOOK CLUB?

The Do Sask Book Club began as an in-person meetup for closed Facebook group members. I only knew one other member in person before the book club met up in January this year.

Finding a group of friends who are willing to commit to monthly gatherings isn’t easy. Take my Sunday-night all-women D&D experiment group. We found out that having a 3-hour-plus game late into the evening on a work night wasn’t going to fly long-term. (Yes, I play D&D. Did I mention I’m a dork?)

However if a bunch of friends commit as a group to finishing something they start, they can definitely do some big things in the world. That’s what community means to me. And that’s why I started the Book Club.

Over the past 6 months, we’ve read five different titles and held meetings at a number of local venues. Books include Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King,  1984 by George Orwell, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and Artemis by Andy Weir. There was a clear theme that ran through these discussions, but it wasn’t planned as books are chosen by random draw.

HOW THE DO SASK BOOK CLUB WORKS

  • Book Draw Everyone in attendance puts their #1 title into a draw.
  • Eclectic Topics Each title will eventually be picked, so you’re guaranteed to have your book chosen along with a variety of other options – some you may hate and others may surprise you.
  • Flexible Meetings Dates are chosen on a day that works for the majority of attendees, usually a Monday or Tuesday evening.
  • Drinks & Discussion Book club members get together for a casual conversation over lattes and cocktails.
  • Book Club is always FREE Please bring cash if you’d like to order a drink and snacks to support the host venue.

If your schedule is anything like mine, you may not have time to include leisure reading every month. That’s why we don’t enforce the rule of finishing the book (although it makes a difference for the discussion). So you never have to feel pressure and can show up if you want to take part, or just listen.

What I’ve loved most about the Do Sask Book Club is learning how different people pick up unique aspects of each book. No one thinks alike and everyone offers a new perspective, or pieces of the story that I may have missed.

DO SASK BOOK CLUB & MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSELLERS

Meet us at Prairie Ink Restaurant inside McNally Robinson Booksellers starting later this summer. Along with providing space for discussions, McNally is offering Do Sask Book Club members their Reader Reward card for $10 which gives you 10% off your purchases. There will be a draw for a gift card at every meeting, if you needed some added incentive.

In the future, the curators at McNally Robinson Booksellers are willing to line up authors to potentially speak and offer book suggestions when applicable.

COME TO THE NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING

At the July Do Sask Book Club, we’ll discuss “The Merry Wives of Windsor” before watching the play at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Check out the event listing for details. 

The year is young! Fill it with new friends, a few drinks, and some literature at the Do Sask Book Club. Please contact me if you’d like more information about upcoming meetings. 

3 Reasons Not to Miss the DTNYXE 42nd Annual 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale 2018

DTNYXE 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale Festival Style

The 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale 2018 returns to Downtown Saskatoon July 5 to 7, 2018. Admission is free for this 42-year staple of Saskatoon’s festive summer season. Get to the heart of the city with fantastic shopping, music, fashion, and this year, an art market!  

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The three-day event will feature food trucks and some of the hottest shopping deals of the year in Downtown Saskatoon. Plus, family-friendly fun includes clowns, super heroes, and hula hooping. A new festival-style Art Market showcases a wide variety of local artisans who call Saskatoon home.

Come back every day for FREE music and entertainment!

Confirmed food trucks:

güd eats inc.
Mean Green Ice Cream Machine
Prairie Juice Co.
Prairie Poppins
Simply Grounded Coffee Gallery
SMHC
SoomSoom food truck
Homestead Ice Cream
Coffee Plus Café
nom nom food truck

Confirmed artisans:

A.lo Art
Art By Kat Moon
Byond The Looking Glass Gems
Droolin’ Devil Fine Foods
Freedom Bound Books
DSR Custom Carpentry
Acos Handcrafted Jewellery
Andie Nicole Art
AUTHENTIC AFRICAN CRAFTS
Remai Modern Art & Design Store

3 REASONS NOT TO MISS THE 2ND AVE SIDEWALK SALE 2018

Chill with the besties and meetup with the ones you least expected to see

With a little something for everyone, you never know who you’ll run into at this massive outdoor market. That’s probably the best reason to go – you’ll have a great excuse to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while!

FREE workouts every morning with your squad

Wake up bright and early to workout with your tribe before shopping begins! Don’t miss the special Lululemon daily workout #thesweatlifeyxe from 7 to 8 a.m.

Be the first to experience Downtown’s newest patio

Take a lunch break, or stop for a pint. Get a seat on the O’Shea’s Irish Pub back-alley pilot patio. Some of the best local restaurants in DTNYXE will be open, too.

42nd Annual 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale 2018 in Downtown Saskatoon

Where: 2nd Ave and 21st St
When: Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m & Friday/Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Do Sask is a proud sponsor of the 42nd Annual 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale. Want more details? Follow DTNYXE on Facebook and Twitter.

Saskatoon Summer Speed Dating Schedule 2018

Speed dating in Saskatoon schedule 2018

Saskatoon summer speed dating will keep you busy all season long if you’re single and ready to meet new people near you. Check out the full schedule below to save the date for six upcoming events in July, August, and September at Finn’s Irish Pub.

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Saskatoon in the summer provides a beautiful backdrop to get to know new people. Whether you’re walking around the riverbank, tanning on a beach, enjoying some local ice cream, or checking out one of the local breweries – it’s a great time to level up your dating game.

Where do you meet single people in Saskatoon?

Get ready for Saskatoon summer speed dating at Finn’s Irish Pub in the Park Town Hotel. You’ll check into the event inside the pub before the private event takes place in the Park Town Hotel banquet hall. Click on one of the dates below to register.

Confirmed 25 to 36 dates:

July 10
August 14
September 11

Confirmed 34 to 45 dates:

July 24
August 21
September 18

Your ticket includes date matching services and a complementary welcome drink on me. There is no other provider in Saskatoon that offers this value.

Do Sask runs events with a minimum 7 men and 7 women registered in advance. That means you’re guaranteed at least 7 ‘dates’, or you’ll get your money back.

Saskatoon Summer Speed Dating 2018

Where: Finn’s Irish Pub in the Park Town Hotel
When: Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
What: 120 mins of fun & fast dating
Cost: $35 includes all taxes, fees, and a welcome drink

Finn’s Irish Pub generously invited Saskatoon Speed Dating to take over their space for the summer to give you a shot at love. Follow Finn’s Irish Pub on Facebook for other unique events in Saskatoon.

Gay Bars and Nightclubs in Saskatchewan

Gay Bars and Nightclubs in Saskatchewan: Divas

Saskatchewan isn’t necessarily known as the world’s most progressive place. With our biggest exports being grain and potash, the common stereotype is that we’re akin to America’s deep south – conservative, closed-minded farmers. And it doesn’t help that a once-frustrated hometown star, Joni Mitchell, labelled the entire community of Saskatoon as bigoted.

Gay Bars & Nightclubs in Saskatchewan

That’s why it’s impressive that we have a few dedicated spaces for the LGBTQ community. While there is no “gay district”, we’ve got gay-friendly locales that you can spread out to across the province.

Since Pride Month is in full swing, I thought I’d take some time to raise awareness for the gay nightclubs and bars in Saskatchewan that you can take advantage of all year. Because homosexuality should be accepted as a norm in society and we’ve still got a long way to go.

Enjoy a cocktail and meet up with other like-minded peeps. Between Regina and Saskatoon, there are three major nightclubs that serve gay clientele:

Diva’s Nightclub in Saskatoon

Gay Bars and Nightclubs in Saskatchewan: Divas
Photo via Diva’s

Opening nearly 40 years ago, Diva’s is a historic establishment that boasts itself as “Saskatoon’s Premier Gay Bar”. Come in through the back alley on an average weekend for laser lights, live DJs, and dancing. Save the date for special events like regular Ru Paul’s Drag Race viewing parties, drag queen contests, and eye-popping live entertainment.

PiNK Lounge & Nightclub in Saskatoon

With a multi-level interior design that changes almost as quickly as a chameleon, PiNK’s operators like to keep patrons on their toes. The last time I went, they had a giant raised pole in the middle of the dance floor – who knows what they’ll have next month! Plenty of inclusive events happen here regularly.

Q Nightclub & Lounge in Regina

As one of the last community-owned gay bars in Canada, Q is a hub for Regina’s LGBTQ crowd. Feel connected and welcomed at weekly open mics, drag queen bingo, karaoke, trivia, and more! Q also hosts special events complete with go-go dancers.

Local Gay-Friendly Bars

The following Saskatoon* spots work with the LGBTQ community to create a gay-friendly space and regular themed events:

Village Guitar & Amp in Riversdale Saskatoon

Guitar shop by day, inspiring event space by night. This one-of-a-kind venue is not a regular bar, but hosts many live music shows, weddings, fundraisers, and more throughout the year.

Capitol Music Club in Downtown Saskatoon

Capitol is a downtown spot with a full-menu and massive interior space for dancing, live music, and comedy nights. For something different, go during the afternoon to enjoy the hanging indoor plants and skylight.

They have signs placed all around the bar explaining what to avoid talking about while inside, including politics and religion.

Amigos Cantina near Broadway in Saskatoon

One of Saskatoon’s biggest community-centred hubs, Amigos Cantina is a place where you’ll enjoy a wide variety of Mexican cuisine and pub classics. They host live musicians, improv comedy, karaoke, and themed dances – sometimes on the same night. Enjoy a cold cocktail on their patio after a long day.

Louis’ Pub at the University of Saskatchewan Campus

Louis’ is a casual student hang-out that partners with the USSU Pride Centre to host LGBTQ events. Along with pub fare, you can find many different reasons to check out Louis’ for live shows and sporting events.

Drift Sidewalk Cafe & Vista Lounge in Riversdale Saskatoon

Whether you’re dropping in for a late brunch, or want spectacular twilight view of the riverbank, the whimsical Drift Sidewalk Cafe & Vista Lounge has some incredible options for you. Both their space and menu is dynamic, with seasonal eats, local craft beer, and cocktails that hit the spot.

Finn’s Irish Pub

Located on the corner of Spadina and 25th Street, Finn’s Irish Pub is a nice place to stop in for a cold brew while walking along the riverbank with your honey. They offer regular free live music, paint nites, and special holiday events. Check out their large patio in the summer time.

*At publishing, I couldn’t easily track down gay-friendly nightclubs or bars in other Saskatchewan cities. If you want to be included on this listing, please send a message to info@dosask.com.

Join the Do Sask Facebook group and sign up to the weekly newsletter to find gay-friendly events and more in Saskatoon.
Featured image: Diva’s Facebook Page

Order Ceasars that eat like an epic meal at this Martensville spot

Mealzer at the Caesar Mill

If your drink of choice is the Canadian-invented Caesar, you’ll love this new local spot dedicated to the spicy cocktail.

When you order a “mealzer” from The Caesar Mill in Martensville, you’ll get a glass loaded to the brim with flavour. Take a look at what’s been catching my attention:


You can bet they’ll whip up all the usual pub-grub staples every day of the week, but what’s caught my eye is the variety of enormous mason jar concoctions hitting the menu every Monday.


The mountainous mealzer is only $15 on Mondays which is a smoking hot deal if you ask me (it comes with a side of your choice). Make a date of it and hit the highway to the bedroom community of Martensville this week!

The Caesar Mill Mealzer

Address: 1-323 Centennial Dr.
Phone: (306) 249-1581

Pretzel Necklace Contest: Announcing the Winner of Do Sask’s ‘$120 Top of the Hops Giveaway’

I want to send a shout out to all the new VIPs who participated in Do Sask’s pretzel necklace booth at Top of the Hops 2018. You helped make my first time at TOTHYXE a success!

And a special congratulations to Marya Bilkhu, the winner of the $120 How to Taste #1 Grand Prize! She was randomly drawn from over 80 entrants to win tickets for her and 3 friends to How to Taste #1 event with Churchill Brewing Co. on June 9 at Finn’s Irish Pub.

Click here to see your pretzel necklace on display.

Congratulations, Marya!

 

DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO TASTE #1

How to Taste #1: Churchill Brewing Company

Sip your way to becoming a local craft beer cicerone.

Local brewers will guide you along a tasting journey. You’ll learn their story, their process, and how to taste what makes their beer and liquor unique, while Finn’s Irish Pub supplies tapas.

Each ticket includes food pairings with 3 of the 5 flights of beer. Food pairings have been specially developed to complement each beer. Featuring chicken wings, yorkshire pudding, and mussels.

Tickets only $27 +GST. Seating is limited.

Register here: https://howtotaste1.eventbrite.ca

Best Craft Beer Saskatoon: Fill Up Your Growlers This Weekend with These Microbrews

Where to fill up the best craft beer in Saskatoon

In celebration of Top of the Hops, happening this weekend at Prairieland Park, this post gives you the cream of the crop in the province’s craft brewing scene. Fill up your glass with something local! And don’t forget to visit me at the Do Sask booth to build your own pretzel necklace – good craft beer needs good craft snacks.

It’s technically spring, but the weather has been so hot it’s feeling like summer. Just as soon as the patios start bustling and the BBQs begin sizzling, people look for new ways to quench their thirst. One popular way to do that is to fill up a growler from a local microbrewer with the best craft beer in Saskatoon. 

As the craft beer scene in Saskatchewan continues to grow, with each year it adds a new crop of beer lovers to the province. For example, there’s an active “Beer lovers of Saskatchewan” group on Facebook where people discuss the best (and worst) of our local brews.

Recently, a member asked where he should go to fill up his growlers for the weekend. Here’s a look at the recommendations for best craft beer in Saskatoon, as listed by active group members. I’ve also added in top-ranking brews from Saskatoon Brewery Tour attendees’ feedback.

Did I miss a good one? Get in touch with me at info@dosask.com.

BEST CRAFT BEER SASKATOON

Most mentions goes to High Key Brewing Co. London Fog Porter, White Off the Hop White IPA, Jolly Roger Ale & Pomegranate Pale Ale

I’m really loving High Key right now, especially their London fog porter.”

“Nope, the london fog is terrible. No one should drink it so there is more for me.”

21st Street Brewery Hoodless IPA & Sweet Lea Kettle Sour

9 Mile Brewing Co. No. 229 Pale Ale

Nokomis Craft Ales Brown

Black Bridge Brewery Double IPA

Paddock Wood Heartstopper Hot Chocolate Stout

Prairie Sun Brewery Prairie Lily Lager

Pile o’ Bones Brewing Co. Simcoe Smash “Get that in your face hole ASAP”

Fill up your growlers this weekend, or come for a taste test on the next Saskatoon Brewery TourSign up to become a VIP and receive weekly updates on craft beer tours in the city.