Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

July 03, 2009 10:35 ET

The Great Taste of July in Edmonton

From the Edmonton International Jazz Festival to the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, Edmonton is delicious with morsels and music this month

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 3, 2009) - This July, there's something to suit everyone's taste on the Edmonton events calendar. For those who dig jazz, whether it's cool, slow and blue or red hot and hoppin', there's the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, which runs through Sunday, July 5th. Acts at the festival so far have included John Abercrombie Organ Trio and Branford Marsalis Quartet. Once the musical director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a sideman of Sting, Marsalis has been compared to the jazz saxophone greats: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Stan Getz. For more information, visit www.edmontonjazz.com/cms.

Those wishing to sample the best taste in Edmonton's cuisine will love A Taste of Edmonton, July 17 - 26, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. in Sir Winston Churchill Square downtown. Sample succulent dishes from many popular Edmonton restaurants, including 23 new items and seven new restaurants, including L'Espresso, New Asian Village, Noodle Noodle Restaurant, and Taste of Ukraine. This Edmonton festival offers a way of sampling tastes of the world. Make it a night. Tickets are just $1.00 each and between one and five tickets are needed per menu item. A Taste of Edmonton July 17 - 26, 2009. For more information go to: www.eventsedmonton.ca/taste.php.

Or maybe tastes are more inclined to blueberry bluegrass... or more specifically, the 24th Annual Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Society Festival in Stony Plain Exhibition Park, just to the west of Edmonton. Featured artists include: Down to the Wood, Back Porch Swing, IBMA Nominee Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Part of Johnny Cash's backing band in the 1980s, singer/guitarist Marty Stuart hit the big time in the early 1990s when traditionalism was making a comeback in country music. Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives make their namesake seem like it's not hyperbole whatsoever. Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival, July 31 - Aug 2, 2009. For more information go to: www.blueberrybluegrass.com.

For more about Edmonton festivals throughout the year, visit www.festivalcity.ca.

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