For all the baristas, coffee geeks and fellow travelers- qualifying events for the Canadian Barista Championship (which you might have seen Bob Blumer stumble into in an episode of his Glutton for Punishment show on FTV) have now expanded to comprise one each in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and now Calgary- that's "Eastern," "Central," "Western," and "Prairies." Now competitors cannot just walk into the finals as Blumer did; they have to qualify at one of the regionals. The national championship is in Montreal next fall.
BUT the "prairies" qualifier is right here in Calgary and is open to the public; right now the organizers are most interested in getting competitors (16 max) from AB. SK, MB and the territories; they also need volunteers and judges. I'm thinking about applying to be a judge but there are other volunteer positions available. The event is at Fratello Coffee/Espuccino Imports, 4021 9 St SE in Calgary.