We pour our hearts into every cup

What is latte art? Always up on the latest food trends,  Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre welcomes Latte Art Love, a pop up coffee catering and café to our stage in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A. on Saturday July 11th at 8:30PM. Their hand crafted coffees are almost too beautiful to drink!  Elle Nguyen and Allison East are co-owners of Latte Art Love.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

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Elle Nguyen: A Latte Art Love day varies depending on the day – sometimes Allison & I are popping up with a full service espresso bar at Arche Loft; some days we are delighting coffee lovers with freshly made drinks at a local event. Allison and I experiment with coffee grind size and milk foaming technique – changing temperature and pressure from the weather have an effect on the coffee and the equipment needs to be adjusted to ensure perfect espressos are pulled from the machine every time.

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2015 Giddy Up Grits full of family fun

On Monday, July 6 beginning at 8 a.m. families of children with special needs had the pleasure of experiencing Stampede Park to themselves before the busy crowds entered at 11 a.m. in an event called Giddy-Up Grits.

Giddy-Up Grits is one of the five special needs events that take place throughout the year and are put on by the Queens’ Alumni committee. New this year, the Kids’ Day committee helped out by providing the breakfast. For many years prior, this task was taken up by the Caravan committee.

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Why Nestlé the miniature dachshund is so SUPER

Nestlé Silo Charman, and her human handler Erin Mizzoni, are quite the dynamic duo—after a fantastic introduction into the glitz and glamour of the President’s Choice SuperDogs show last year, this pair is back and better than ever for 2015!

Nestle is a three year old, chocolate miniature dachshund

Nestle is a three year old, chocolate miniature dachshund

I recently had the chance to interview this SuperDog competitor and her human—we went for a walk in Bowness Park and I learned all about Nestlé’s preparation for Stampede time.

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Treats were had and hard hitting questions came flying at the hound and handler. How did Nestlé become so super, I asked?

“Aside from being a SuperDog, Nestlé is certified as a Canine Good Neighbour (CGN), Agility Novice Selected (AGNS), Agility Jumper Selected (AgNJS) and Scent Hurdle Dog Champion (SHDCh)” says Mizzoni, “she’s also a therapy dog!”

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Pancake breakfast at sunset?

That’s right – it’s a Calgary Ismaili Muslim community tradition that happened last night. Clagary Stampede volunteers and employees came out to help celebrate with the Calgary Ismaili Muslim community.

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Many Calgarians look forward to attending this annual pancake breakfast because while it’s a traditional pancake breakfast, there is also a midway, family friendly events and live music. It’s also a great way of breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This year, the 19th Ismaili Muslim Community breakfast, is raising funds for Calgary Reads.

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Pictured: Harry the Horse helpfully showing Break the Fast attendees how to successfully win on the mini midway. It’s all the writs! 

 

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Suncor Family Day Breakfast- Sunday, July 5 2015

Suncor Family Day Breakfast ! photo credit: Mike Ridewood

Howdy all y’all Calgary Stampede followers! How excited are you that The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has finally arrived? I know that I certainly am!  There are so many great old and new additions on park this year to partake in.

One great tradition that many families look forward to is coming up this Sunday July 5, 2015. The free Suncor Energy Family Day Breakfast will take place from 7-9:30 a.m., and will be served to the first 20,000 people with a breakfast ticket (distributed at park entrances) in the Grandstand Courtyard. Can you believe the first 20,000 people thru the gates will be granted FREE admission (from 6-9:00 a.m.) as well as be served up some of the best pancakes in town??

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We are the seeds we sow

New to the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage is Grainworks, a family owned organic farming operation. The story of Grainworks began in 1912 at Vulcan, AB when Dwayne Smith’s great grandparents were practicing sustainable farming. Flash forward 100 years and Dwayne and his wife Doreen took Grainworks to the next level and obtained organic certification in 1988. They eat organically but when Stampede rolls around, like many of us, they can’t resist those midway mini doughnuts.

Chef Darren Nixon will be showcasing their products on the Kitchen Theatre stage Friday, July 3 at 7PM and Saturday, July 4th at 1PM.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

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Dwayne Smith: With farming, there are not too many typical days. Tasks for the day change with the weather and the seasons. Seldom is one day the same as the previous as there is a broad spectrum of items on the agenda from planting the crop, to working with machinery, to cleaning grain, to scouting crops, working the soil and harvesting the crops. It’s partially what makes being a farmer so fun, no room for monotony.
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Look great, feel great and be great in Paige Callaway’s new Stampede inspired line

Calgary-raised cowgirl and fashion designer, Paige Callaway, just launched an exclusive clothing collection at London Drugs, with a few designs featuring some of the earliest photos of the Calgary Stampede!

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Callaway, a World Champion Trick Rider and former performer at the Stampede, has a long history in rodeo. In fact, being part of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth runs in the family!

Callaway’s unique collection is available in London Drugs stores in Calgary and Airdrie during the Stampede time (Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12, 2015). $5.00 of each Wild Rose or Pursue Victory clothing proceed will go to the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS STAMPEDE EXECUTIVE CHEF DEREK DALE?

With only a few days until the start of Stampede, Executive Chef Dale is probably everywhere  on the grounds but on Monday he dropped by Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre to  check out our new digs in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A. Chef Dale is doing two special event cooking shows for Kitchen Theatre during Stampede. Derek and Suzanne

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Here comes Stampede 2015

It’s the end of June and Stampede is around the corner!  Besides the calendar here are five other reasons why it’s easy for me to feel Stampede is in the air:

1. CS Headquarters has been buzzing the last 10-days. Whether it’s our hard-working volunteers having one last committee meeting, the employees running to and fro finalizing last minute details, the phones ringing off the hook constantly and best of all, a constant hum around the ticketing office, HQ is an incredibly busy place these days.

2. Whether you are reading a newspaper, listening to the radio, watching TV or participating through social media, Stampede is being talked about everywhere. Our marketing people are doing a great job.

3. Setup on park is, if anything, ahead of schedule. Check out these photos I took yesterday on a quick tour around the park:

Pictured: The Great FUNtier set up four days before The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

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Pictured: Midway set up four days before Stampede time

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Sharing the local love

We’ve seen some really good online discussion on local products at the Calgary Stampede, and wanted to provide some context about the nature of local at the annual Stampede and some of the local initiatives we have running year round…

With our origins as a fair, festival and exhibition it’s always been a mix of showcasing our community to the world by highlighting local talent, businesses, farmers, producers, artists and artisans and bringing entertainment, products and services from outside of Calgary to our community.

We’re thrilled that the Stampede is more than just what happens at Stampede Park. It’s the Amber Approved breakfast at Hotel Arts, it’s the Citadel community barbecue, and it’s the Calgary Ismaili community’s sunset breakfast. Stampede is the sum of all the different celebrations, barbecues, concerts, customs, pancake breakfasts and community connections that make Calgary extra awesome in July.

Back at Stampede Park, when we organize the annual Stampede we are always balancing things: old and new, tradition and modern, local and global.

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25 Years of Preserving Agricultural Heritage

For 25 years the Calgary Stampede Farm Equipment committee has been preserving our agricultural heritage for young and old by bringing vintage tractors and equipment back to life and showcasing them to the public during Stampede.

The 25th annual Vintage Tractor Pull, presented by Cervus Equipment, takes place on Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. and Monday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Calgary Stampede Farm Equipment committee.

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The 25th anniversary of the Vintage Tractor Pull will feature 25 competitors from across Alberta with each one hoping to claim first in their class. There are six different weight classes – featherweight followed by Class #1 through #5, beginning at 1,000 lbs up to 9,999 lbs. The winner of each class is determined based on the highest aggregate pull over the two days.

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Calgary top chefs prepare for their Stampede duel

The Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre Dueling Chefs are back!  Sharpening their knives are Rogelio Herrera, Owner and Corporate Chef Alloy Restaurant and Candela Lounge, Ceci Gutierrez, Chef de Cuisine, Pasta at Centini Restaurant & Lounge, Kelly Palmer, Executive Chef, Vintage Chophouse and Tavern, and Pierre Lamielle, Illustrator and Chef. It’s fun, it’s inspirational and you will be amazed at what these local chefs can create when the heat’s on.  Don’t miss it!

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For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.