Weekend Guide - March 17-21

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Start your weekend right with pistachio macarons from Duchess Bakery - who will be expanding!

Get in the Irish spirit with this line-up of St. Paddy Day happenings.

Have you checked out this very cool upcoming conference: Eat Alberta: A Celebration of Our Local Food Heroes? Participate in tasting sessions, demonstrations and hands-on activities with farmers, chefs and local food experts. Bookmark your calendar for April 30 and go register – it’s filling up fast!

Dress to Impress
Femme La Mode Fashion Show

What: Trisha Pasnak, Temna Fialka and Sweet Carousel Corsetry have joined talents to put on
Why: A fashionable fusion of top design talent and music in a swanky venue.
Where: The Treasury Vodka Bar & Eatery. Get your tickets ($20) at Foosh Audio & Apparel (10544-82 Ave) and Room 322 Streetwear (10988-124 St).
When: Friday, March 18. Cocktails at 9pm. Show to follow.

Still Drinkin'
Hair of the Leprechaun Beer Festival
What: Expand your beer horizons and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!
Why: Pouring over 50 craft beers from around the world, including local favourites Alley Kat Brewing Company and Wild Rose Brewery.
Where: Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 90 Street – located next to Commonwealth Stadium). Tickets $25 plus $1 per sample ticket.
When: Friday, March 18 from 5-10pm

One-of-A-Kind Love
Handmade Mafia
A collective of local Edmontonians gather for a market featuring exclusively handmade goods.
  New to 2011, you can participate in a DIY workshop. This Saturday features ‘Artful Block Printing’ – a demo and then it’s all you with ink and a press. You’ll take your art proof with you home.

: Orange hall (10335-84st) and Strathcona Baptist Church (8318-104 Street) - just behind the Old Strathcona Farmers Market off Whyte Ave.
: Saturday, March 19 from 10am-4pm.

Treasure Hunting
Elizabeth’s Antique & Collectible Sale
What: A rather charming selection of antique furniture, fine china, jewelry, records, toys and much more.
Why: Vintage is key to living a styled life.
Where: Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Avenue). $3 admission.
When: Friday, March 18 from 2-8pm and Saturday, March 19 from 10am-4pm.

Shamrock Shuffle
St. Patrick's Day 5K & 10K Run/Walk
What: A festive run benefitting the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.
Why: Too much green beer? Redeem yourself.
Where: Shaw Conference Centre
When: Sunday, March 20. Races get started at 9:30am.

Down and Dirty
Beyond the Supermarket
What: Explore the many ways to get your food beyond the supermarket! Learn about community supported agriculture programs, local farms, food boxes and delivery co-ops and community gardens. Meet the people behind them and find out what will work for you.
Why: There’s an impressive line-up of local farms and organizations: Irvings Farm Fresh, EnSante Winery, Green Eggs & Ham, Sunhill Gardens, The Good Food Box and more!
Where: Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9702 111 Avenue)
When: Sunday, March 20 from 2-5pm.

Shades of Green
Greener Days
What: A series of events to raise awareness and engage communities about environmental programs and activities.
Why: The list is always refreshing. Go green this weekend by attending Seedy Swap Sunday and Beyond the Supermarket.
Where/When: Ongoing schedule available here.