Invite your friends and family to reconnect over a summer staple activity: firing up a BBQ! Enjoy the sun and warm breeze as you chat away along with some scrumptious cooking over the grill. University District has got you covered with planning the best barbeque ever! All you need to do is gather the ingredients and get cooking.
While you are welcome to BBQ on your U/D patio or in one of the common courtyards like Esquire and Aria — which are well equipped with BBQ areas for residents — there are many parks and picnic sites in and around Calgary.
Did you know about these communal BBQ and patio areas in and around U/D?
These designated picnic site areas are available free for up to six hours –, on a first-come, first-served basis unless they are already reserved/booked. To ensure you have a BBQ and picnic site, book ahead with the City of Calgary.
Remember to book five days in advance and bring your issued permit with you to the picnic or BBQ site just in case.
TIP: At the Discovery Centre, there are a few tables and chairs set up for you to use! While this is not a BBQ spot per se, why not pick up smokey BBQ’d goodness from a Retail Main Street vendor and enjoy it here while you watch the world go by!
Bowness Park is a beautiful spot to BBQ in the afternoons and evenings Monday to Friday from 3:15 pm – 9:15 pm or Saturday and Sunday lunch up to 2:45pm.
Barbeques at Bowness are free-standing metal containers which allow you to burn firewood or charcoal briquettes inside. You will need something to light the fire with, so pack matches or a lighter. Bring some tin foil too if you plan to cook directly on top of the barbeque to be sure you have a clean surface. Or how about roasting sticks for cooking inside the barbeque, closer to the heat! Chicken kabobs anyone?!
You can also bring your own camp-style or backyard barbeque into the park, provided it is propane-fuelled and does not use charcoal. Wheeling in a larger barbecue fuelled by propane is also acceptable!
Avoid frustration or disappointment and book your space ahead of time! Go here!
Tip: Pets are allowed, too! Be sure to bring all the essentials and playthings to make your pet’s time fun, safe and respectful of others.
We love our recipes and catering to all dietary preferences keeps us challenged! Here are some of our U/D grilling favourites for meat lovers, fish fans and veggie-types!
TIP: You can get all of the ingredients for these recipes and more from Save-on-Foods, now open in University District!
You and your guests will love this Mexican Avocado Corn Salsa Smoked Sausage Hotdog for meat lovers! Make your BBQ a hands-on culinary event!
For ingredients to make 5 servings, you’ll need:
5 hotdog buns
1 cob of corn, to char (kernels will need to be removed)
½ avocado, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lime juice
¼ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese or feta
For the sauce:
1 tsp lime juice
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp sriracha
Directions are as follows:
No worries! We’ve got the perfect ingredients for a Marvellous Veggie Burger!
Ingredients to make four servings, you’ll need:
4 hamburger buns
4 veggie burger patties
1 tomato, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
ketchup and mustard (optional)
Follow these instructions to assemble and serve the most delicious veggie burgers:
Want something from under the sea? We got you covered…
For 4 servings, these are the ingredients you’ll need:
1 pound skin-on salmon filets (about 4 pieces)
For a marinade:
½ tsp each ground cumin, black pepper, paprika, and chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tbsp packed brown sugar
For the peach salsa:
½ tsp olive oil
¾ cup onion, thinly sliced
½ tsp granulated sugar
¾ lbs soft, ripe peaches, peeled, chopped
½ small papaya, peeled and finely chopped
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
⅙ cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 ½ tbsp lime juice
½ tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Grill some tasty salmon with these directions:
At U/D, summers are for sizzling! Fire up the BBQs and get ready to grill. What better place to strike up conversations and live it up outdoors once more! Do you have any BBQ ideas to share? Post your tips and recipes on University District on Facebook, @udistrictyyc_ on Instagram or Twitter. Happy summer everyone!
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