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Summer Cocktails Inspired by the Gentrified Trot of Packwood Grand

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Summer Cocktails Inspired by the Gentrified Trot of Packwood Grand
In its 4th year, Packwood Grand is synonymous with culture, fashion, and luxury in Calgary. Come July 29 at Century Downs, over 1500 guests are set to sip champagne and finely crafted cocktails, and bask in the sunshine - all while taking in the races under a sea of sky-high fascinators.

With one week left before the big day, we sat down with Packwood Grand and Bridgette Bar lead mixologist, David Bain, to take us through his favourite summer cocktails inspired by the gentrified trot of Packwood Grand. With all the recipes and David’s pro tips and tricks, you can make these Derby-inspired cocktails at home that will have you dreaming about Packwood 2018 all too soon!
THE MODERN JULEP

“We’re right in time for berry season. We’re getting in some great local strawberries right now. This is something you can easily add to a classic cocktail like a mint julep or Moscow mule to really impress your guests with a new take. “

The …

The Devil is in the Details: Creating Your Own Fascinator at Home

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Headpieces by @pinkspots Photography by @kristisneddon Words by Anastasiia F. and Lia G



Lia is an accidental Milliner. She works as an Art Director and Designer and the hats developed more out of necessity than any well-hatched fashion career. Her original pieces were created from paper and a glue gun and were intended to be worn only for a photo shoot to add some drama. Then she started getting orders...
We asked Lia to give us her best advice. Her answer? “Reflect your own style. You wear the hat - it should not wear you.” Trends are always in flux and the best hats we’ve seen are exquisitely unique, so take the opportunity to tell your story.

Materials
Lia says it’s best to work with a range of materials - especially unconventional ones. She defines her formula as something for texture, something for volume, something for height and a little something soulful. For this project, we stuck to items easily found close to home. You can find tulle, netting, lace, chiffon, silk at any local fa…

Packwood Grand 2017 Changes Dates

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Hats off, ladies and gentlemen! Packwood Grand indulges in another year of lively fashion, refined creations, crafted libations, and a heart-pounding day of standardbred racing supporting Alberta’s horseracing community.
Packwood Grand has changed dates for 2017, inviting celebrants to merrymake on July 29, 2017 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta.
“As revellers and supporters of community both locally and nationally, we have moved the event to ensure our guests are able to take in Canada’s 150th celebration and Stampede, while still being able to attend Packwood Grand,” says Cory Edwards, Co-Executive Producer of Packwood Grand. “The end of July is promising fantastic weather!”
This year, the stakes are getting higher as Packwood Grand is set to reveal an addition to its annual Style Stakes Fashion Awards with with an ode to the horsemen behind A Day at the Races. This year, the event is partnering with Calgary Jewellery to award the winning horse and jockey a pri…

Hats Off! A brief History of Derby

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The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gambling and drinking went hand-in-hand lending itself to a dodgy crowd. It was no place for the socially affluent.  With the help of a few business people and the likes of Kentucky Derby founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., by the early 1900s horse racing events were a regal affair – a place to show off your wealth and affluence.



The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gamb…

What are the Odds? The Betting Basics for Packwood Grand

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There’s a lot more to A Day at the Races than champagne and fashion (though, we’re atingle with the anticipation of a flute of Veuve and The Packwood Grand Best Dressed Award). Whether this is your first year at Calgary’s most social summer affair or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll need to know the betting basics to take the day in properly! 

The Lingo
Stakes: Your stake is how much you want to bet. The minimum for Packwood Grand is $1; there is no maximum. 
Win: 
We said “basics,” okay? Your horse must finish 1st to be a win.Place: Your horse must finish 1st or 2nd. 
Across the Board: Three equal bets to win, place and show on a single horse 
Quick Picks: If you can’t decide, ask for a Quick Pick and a number will randomly be selected for you. 
Long Odds: You might hear that a horse has long odds (e.g. 33-1, 50/1, or even 500/1). This generally means that a horse is very unlikely to win. 
Short Odds:Short odds insinuates that a horse has a good chance of finishing first (e.g. 2/1, 4/1 or “…

How to Dress for a Day at the Races

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Calgary, we're not "up-and-coming" anymore. We're here; a renowned city with our own identity. We're the host to world class events, a culinary hub, a vibrant music scene... And not to mention our bon vivant, highly affluent, and multi-faceted crowd of a population. (We're also fun, vivacious, and incredibly humble... Mostly.)We're elated to bring The 2nd Annual Packwood Grand back to you, Calgary. It's an old fashioned day of exhilarating horse races, fine spirits and wine, delectable cuisine offerings prepared by executive chef Paul McGreevy, spirited live music by Jory Kinjo, and - the best part - brilliant fashion.But where do you start? Bow ties. Floppy brimmed hats. Fascinators. Pocket squares. Bright colours. Dressing for A Day At The Races is not an easy endeavour, but you've got this! And if you don't, here's a handy guide to dressing for The 2nd Annual Packwood Grand. 1. Suit up
Get dapper, gents. Dust off the ol' bow tie and…