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SAIT and Calgary Stampede host international pancake event

Calgary, AB — SAIT's Culinary Campus and Calgary Stampede have teamed up today to celebrate cultural diversity in the city with an international tasting event in downtown Calgary.

SAIT's #PancakeParade will feature pancake samples from around the world, including Venezuelan cachapas, Swedish potato pancakes, Eastern European blinis and Korean kimchi pancakes — recipes customized by SAIT Chef Bruno Lesage. The Stampede's renowned western pancake will round out the tasting. SAIT students and the Stampede's "Batter Boys" (a volunteer committee of expert flapjackers) will serve tastings to the downtown Calgary lunch crowd from 11 am to 1 pm.

"A big part of the Stampede experience is food sampling on the midway and with SAIT's growing population of international students, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Calgary's global food scene," says Tom Bornhorst, Dean of SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Anyone picking up a sample can also bring the international culinary experience to their home kitchen -recipe cards will be available to re-create one of Chef Lesage's custom creations. As an additional treat, Calgary Stampede Executive Chef Derek Dale has a new spin on the Stampede staple! Chef Dale is excited for guests to try his western pancake at home.

Kurt Kadatz, Director of Community Engagement with the Stampede, says this event is a wonderful kick-off to the Stampede season.

"When it comes to pancakes the earth is indeed flat — with most cultures having their own version," says Kadatz. "So what better way to celebrate the diversity of our great city than via the pancake breakfast — that unique way that Calgarians and visitors have gathered ever since larger-than-life cowboy Jack Morton started the free pancake breakfast tradition in 1923."

The showcase of international cuisine will continue after the #PancakeParade at SAIT's Culinary Campus in June with classes featuring cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam.

The Stampede culinary experience kicks off on Friday, July 3 on the midway.

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