2009 Grey Cup Festival

2009 Grey Cup Festival

October 14, 2009 12:23 ET

2009 Grey Cup Festival Announce the First Ever Grey Cup Dining Program

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - The 2009 Grey Cup Festival along with community sponsor Calgary Downtown Association are thrilled to announce the introduction of a new concept to the Grey Cup festival this year, with the addition of the First Down(town) Food Fest dining program.

"We are extremely excited about sponsoring and bringing a new dining program to the Grey Cup Festival this year," said Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, Calgary Downtown Association. "The Grey Cup festivities traditionally leave most of the Grey Cup patrons with limited dining options year to year, but we felt this year it was important to integrate our downtown restaurants into the week long Grey Cup Festival celebrations. Calgary has internationally recognized restaurants and what better way to showcase these to the Grey Cup guests in our fine city."

The First Down(town) Food Fests kicks off Sunday, November 22 and will occur all week long leading up to the Grey Cup Championship November 29th. Patrons can explore a week of Grey Cup-inspired dining experiences with preset lunch ($15), dinner ($25) and gourmet ($85) menus at participating downtown restaurants by logging onto www.2009greycupfestival.com and selecting their restaurant.

"The Grey Cup Festival to our knowledge has never incorporated a dining program during the week long festivities and we felt it gave our patrons some different choices to get out and experience what these downtown Calgary establishments have to offer," said Greg Albrecht, President of the 2009 Grey Cup Festival. "Our organizing committee has introduced some interesting new events to the Grey Cup Festival this year and we hope some of these events including this dining program are a huge success and are incorporated into the planning for future Grey Cup Festivals."

The response from the downtown Calgary establishments has been outstanding with over 30 restaurants and pubs offering Grey Cup inspired menu options for the First Down(town) Food Fest. For more information on menus and reservation details visit www.2009greycupfestival.com.

2009 GREY CUP FESTIVAL Schedule of Events

November 26thGrey Cup Festival Kick Off 
November 26thGibsons Finest CFL Player AwardsCalgary TELUS Convention Centre
November 27th – 29thENMAX Street FestivalStephen Avenue Mall (8th Ave)
November 27th – 29thCALGARY HERALD Olympic Plaza Family Fan FestOlympic Plaza
November 27th– 29thSCOTIABANK CFL ExperienceCalgary TELUS Convention Centre
November 27th – 28thENMAX Illuminate CalgaryStephen Avenue Mall (8th Ave)
November 27th– 29thMOLSON CANADIAN Quick Six SaloonCalgary TELUS Convention Centre
November 28thCANADA SAFEWAY Grey Cup Festival ParadeDowntown Calgary- 9th Ave
November 28thSCOTIABANK Grey Cup Gala & ConcertSaddledome
November 29thMcMahon Stadium Pre-Game PartyMcMahon Stadium
November 29th97thGrey Cup ChampionshipMcMahon Stadium

The 2009 Grey Cup Festival, "Canada's Game Calgary's Party", will be distinctly Canadian and showcase Calgary's famous western hospitality. For tickets and more event information log onto www.2009greycupfestival.com.

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