Restaurant & Bar Awards 2022 Page 27 LUX 2022 Restaurant & Bar Awards From April to October, Medicine Hat, Canada, comes alive as Moose & Squirrel Bistro opens its doors. Serving as a delightful venue for local vendors to display their creations, the Bistro boasts a diverse range of products, including clothes, art, and handmade soaps. Moreover, vegan & vegetarian tapas, spirits and ice cream are readily available at this funfilled venue, making Moose & Squirrel Bistro a must-visit spot. Moose & Squirrel Bistro Most Innovative Vegan / Vegetarian Seasonal Garden Dining Venue - Southern Alberta Mar22367 Carrie and Ian Sand, the masterminds behind Moose & Squirrel Bistro, are not only successful business owners but also high school sweethearts. Indeed, the two were raised in the West Coast of Canada, surrounded by beaches and picturesque sunsets. It was here that Carrie and Ian forged their passion for art, gaining inspiration from the environment. Moose & Squirrel Bistro came into fruition after the couple became attached to downtown Medicine Hat. In fact, they would go so far to say that Medicine Hat chose them. Consequently, Medicine Hat’s fantastically diverse blend of culture, art, dining, boutiques, parks, and history, makes it the ideal backdrop for the Bistro. The small city of 60,000 maintains a magnificent downtown district flooded with old brick buildings and gas lamps lining the streets, decorated with hanging floral pots. It serves as a lively hub for art and culture, with much of its architecture coming from the days of the Canadian Pacific Railway as well as the discoveries of clay, coal, and natural gas. Consequently, the area is notable for its exceptional living standards, proudly possessing affordable living, a lively downtown core, and the title of one of the sunniest cities in all of Canada. In addition, it has become well known in recent years for its murals and graffiti. Artists have flocked from around the world to breathe life into the growing downtown with creative public artworks. Of course, there is nowhere more fitting for Moose & Squirrel Bistro to be located. Moose & Squirrel Bistro is neither a restaurant, nor an artist market – instead, it is described as, ‘artists. Lovers of nature, space and flow. That is who we are.’ Art, ice cream, culture, and nature come together seamlessly in the epicentre of the village in order to create a vibrant and bustling community. In essence, it is the perfect spot for local vendors to showcase their goods, be it original art, vintage clothing, soaps, or jewellery. The Moose & Squirrel Bistro showcases artisans and craftsmen from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Montana and many more. Moreover, the venue is home to a delicious range of ice creams. Supplied by Foothills Creamery, the buttermilk and whole cream concocted treat boasts a plethora of flavours perfect for a range of ages. The April 2022 range is yet to be announced, however, it is certain that each bite will provide an unforgettable taste that will leave you wanting more. Moose & Squirrel provide cones in two sizes – The Squirrel at $4.50 and The Moose at $6.50. Furthermore, the company also has sundaes, floats, tapas, spirits and a full serve non-alcohol cocktail menu available. What do visitors think? Well, it’s rather clear, as Moose & Squirrel Bistro has a 5-star rating across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Google Reviews, and TripAdvisor. Therefore, there are numerous glowing testimonies surrounding the company’s devotion to client-centricity, art, creativity, and delectable ice cream. Matt Harrison comments, ‘Great ice cream! Great service! Peaceful inviting atmosphere. Awesome work guys, must visit!’ The positivity is furthered by Alim Gillani’s review, ‘An amazing little spot in the heart of MH. Amazing sundae creations and awesome local vendors! Must stop spot! They also are very dog friendly!’ Contact: Carrie Dhensaw Company: Moose & Squirrel Bistro Web Address: