Sep 26, 2013

Sadly, the Calgary Home + Design Show has come to an end, but the popular lifestyle exhibit didn’t go out without a bang! More than 32,000 people were in attendance this weekend to shop the show, enjoy the entertainment and delicious and check out the exciting design features on display at the BMO Centre.

Visitors came in droves to fawn over design celebrities Jonathan and Drew Scott from W Network’s Property Brothers and Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot from W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver. The suited up and plaid clad brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, dispensed expert advice in their witty way, while Jillian and Todd had the crowd in stitches with their quick quips and ready banter.
Fans young and old lined up to snap a photo and have their Calgary Home + Design Show souvenirs autographed by the two design duos.

The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged was a tremendous success, raising a total of $1,333 to benefit Habitatfor Humanity Southern Alberta and ReStore Calgary. Six locales let their creative flags fly to reuse, recycle and repurpose a single old door for under $100. Some favourite upcycled doors included Mike Lam’s contemporary coffee table and Kait Kucy and Mackenzie Clarke’s multi-purpose home organizer. Visitors were invited to bid on their favourite piece in a silent auction.

The Samsung Passion for Fresh Cooking Challenge spiced up the Trail Appliances Cooking Stage by pitting three teams against one another for the chance to win $7,000 worth of Samsung home appliances. Three local home chefs were paired with former Food Network Top Chef Canada contestants, Chris Shaften, Geoff Rogers or Xavier Lacaze to battle it out under the watchful eye of host and celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeki, host of Food Network’s Dinner Party Wars. Just to keep things interesting, Samsung threw a mystery ingredient into the mix, requiring each team to incorporate potatoes into their dishes. With the help of mentor Chef Geoff Rogers, local foodie Ryan Rust was named the victor thanks to his daring approach and skillful technique.


YYC’s biggest food fight took place on the Trail Appliances Main Stage on Sunday when some of the city’s favourite restaurants went stove top-to-stove top for the Food Truck Throwdown. Audience members cheered, jeered and tasted the goods, ultimately handing the winning title to crowd favourite Fries & Chix.


Thanks everyone for coming, see you in the spring at our