Around the world in five pancakes

Flour, water, eggs–you can mix these simple ingredients, then flip em’, fry them or bake them to make a pancake. Pancakes are a universal food that can be eaten savory or sweet, at the Calgary Stampede, we like our pancakes hot and toasty, with a healthy serving of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Pictured: It's all in the wrists! Calgary Stampede volunteers and employees are passionate pancake flippers. We've trained year-round to be able to bring you the best in the west breakfast and a show.

Pictured: It’s all in the wrists! Calgary Stampede volunteers and employees are passionate pancake flippers. We’ve trained year-round to be able to bring you the best in the west breakfast and a show.

To kick off the Stampede season, we’ve decided to do things a little differently this year: partner with the SAIT Culinary Campus to celebrate the unique international offerings in Calgary!

Pictured: Chef Bruno Lesage with his custom Blintz, Kimchi Pancake, Potato Pancake and Arepa recipe creations!

Pictured: Chef Bruno Lesage with his custom blintz, kimchi pancake, raggmunk and cachapas recipe creations!

On Monday, June 8 we will be featuring pancakes from around the world, including Venezuelan Cachapas (corn based), Swedish Raggmunk (potato based), Eastern European Blinis (buckwheat flour based), Korean Kimchi pancakes (flour based), and of course, Calgary Stampede’s renowned western pancake.

We’ll be serving up FREE samples between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Stephen Avenue outside the SAIT Culinary Campus. Be sure to stop by and taste one (or several) international pancakes!

Around these parts, pancake breakfasts have been a tradition for more than 85 years. The Stampede is proud to carry on this chuckwagon tradition and have been providing a hearty meal and good old-fashioned western entertainment for special events around the world. Our world famous breakfast traditions have spread Calgary hospitality throughout Canada and as far away as Great Britain, Kentucky, Hong Kong, Australia, Alaska, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Libya and Texas!

I think that this collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn about other cultures through food, but because the spirit of collaboration is also a cornerstone of the Stampede’s history—We are Greatest Together and there is no better way of showcasing this than to empower communities to put their own spin on Stampede traditions!

I was very lucky to have had the chance to eat all the leftovers during Chef Lesage's pre-tasting and pancake testing.

It was a big job, but someone had to do it: eat all the leftovers during Chef Lesage’s pre-tasting and pancake testing last week!

Over the years we have held numerous Community Round Up events, recently joined the conversation at the 2015 Culturally Diverse Media Forum and continued to engage with new Canadians via the Cultural Access Pass program– our hope is to empower people to celebrate Stampede values year-round and we aim to help make Stampede traditions, such as the pancake breakfast, more accessible for communities.