This upcoming Family Day, The Dandy Brewing Company’s award-winning tasting room will transform into a festive sugar shack for Calgarians to celebrate the beginning of maple syrup harvest season.
Primarily found in Eastern Canada, a sugar shack cabin, or cabane à sucre, was originally used as a place to collect sap to boil into maple syrup. The practice has since evolved into something of an experiential destination where foodies from across the globe go to enjoy a myriad of maple-inspired food and drinks.
Dandy executive chef Merritt Gordon was first inspired to bring the Eastern Canadian tradition back to Calgary after a stretch serving as pastry chef at Montreal’s acclaimed Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon. Since roughly 90 per cent of Canada’s maple syrup is produced in Quebec, Gordon wanted to offer Western Canadians a chance to embrace the culture and cuisine firsthand.
The festive longtable feast will feature rich and warming dishes served family-style, paired with maple-infused Dandy beer from head brewer Colin Baldner. To cap off dinner, each guest will also be treated to a traditional La Tire (maple syrup on snow).
Dandy’s Sugar Shack dinner will have three separate seatings at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55 for adults, $20 for children between five and 12, and free for children under five.