Get The DriftNoelle Chorney
Published Thursday August 20, 06:09 pm
An ingenious idea becomes reality in Saskatoon
DRIFT CAFÉ/VISTA LOUNGE339 Avenue A South306-653-2256Every once in a while, someone has a brilliant, unique vision. And when they execute it, all the rest of us say something like, “I didn’t know this was possible, but now that it’s here I can’t believe we didn’t have it before!”That, my friends, is Drift Café and Vista Lounge.We didn’t know we were missing a café that would serve fresh paninis and crêpes, beautiful freshly brewed coffees, daily desserts and snacks (think vegan chia puddings) artfully prepared in mason jars, and artisan ice pops. But now that it’s here, how did we live without it?Drift started building brand recognition with those very same ice pops last year, entering the food truck realm with a “Dickie-Dee”-style ice pop bicycle cart. Except they were selling homemade ice pops with some pretty fab flavours, like peaches and cream, using coconut milk for the cream, and avocado lime. (You can still find their Drift Cycle at events around the city.)When they opened their café on the corner of 19th Street and Avenue A — with an opening into Escape Sports —
Hop To This â€˜Fest!Nathan Raine
Published Thursday August 20, 06:16 pm
A bunch of beers, music and food, all outdoors in a park. â€˜Nuff said!
YXE BEER FESTIVALAug. 28-29Rotary ParkJust a handful of years ago, drinking a different Saskatchewan-made beer from the one you were used to meant an audacious change-up from a Great Western Light to a Great Western Pil. Now clearly, there’s nothing wrong with G-Dub — but these days, there’s a lot more to Saskie beer. With seven (and counting) microbreweries in Saskatchewan, all producing their unique takes on craft beer, there's suddenly plenty of choice when you want to try something new and interesting.For local beer lovers, these are exciting developments — so what better time to host a Saskatoon beer festival? Damn straight, and one’s happening very soon.On Aug. 28th and 29th, Saskatoon will be treated to a congregation of some of the finest local beers from these lands (and a few faraway ones as well) at the inaugural YXE Beer Fest.The event's organizer, Lindsay Ogresko of Congress Beer House, says that the idea came from realizing that, in contrast to many bigger cities in North America, Saskatoon lacks an event that really promotes and celebrates its local craft beers.“The idea to do this came from seeing other beer fests. I went