Always Calgary Stampede pancake breakfasts somewhere
By Kevin Olenick
Calgary Stampede pancake breakfasts are one of the great traditions of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
If you wake up in Calgary on any morning during the Stampede and walk around your area, you’ll find at least one or two Calgary Stampede pancake breakfasts.
There are some traditional ones. Chinook Centre holds its pancake breakfast the first Saturday of the Stampede. The Calgary Stampede had theirs last Sunday, which included free admission to the first 20,000 people.
Alison Redford had the annual Premier’s Breakfast on Monday. So did Cross Iron Mills. Your local MLA or local church will likely have Calgary Stampede pancake breakfasts this week as well, if it hasn’t already.
With so many quality Stampede breakfasts, how is one able to determine which one to go to and which to avoid?
Let’s face it, there are some that I have been to that have been lacking: sausages not quite cooked, eggs not quite scrambled. Not enough food or seats.
For those wishing to host their own, the best ingredient for a good Stampede breakfast is variety. Go beyond the pancakes and bring some variety into the culinary experiment: bacon, hash browns, potatoes, maple syrup.
Make it memorable food. Creative pancakes, maybe. Some places have bacon in their pancakes, for example. Quality goes a long way after all and beyond the food, like any restaurant, make it a experience that people will talk about! Provide music or entertainment for kids of all ages.
For anybody attending a pancake breakfast or hosting one, above all, be friendly! Say hello! Be happy to be there. Create some small talk.
Now if you are one who is looking for a great Pancake Breakfast, there are some options. The Flapjack Finder iPhone app will tell you all the dates, times and locations of every pancake breakfast. It also offers great features including original pancake recipes, such as crepes and the previous mentioned Bacon Pancake.
Another option is Yelp. If you search Stampede Breakfasts in Calgary, you can get a list of some of the breakfasts with a review. If you use Twitter, enter the hashtag #yelp when you arrive and post a review to let others know.
The Flapjack Breakfast started in 1923 on Atlantic Ave, which is now 9 Ave. S.W. Young chuckwagon driver Jack Morton, was camping at the CPR train station in downtown Calgary with an empty stomach and empty pockets. One morning Flap-Jack and his friends got some fixin’s and invited pretty much everyone for breakfast.
It’s a tradition that will be here for the next 100 years. Let’s keep the tradition strong by enjoying some great Stampede Breakfasts!