Whenever I tell family & friends that I am a Calgary Stampede volunteer on the Western Showcase, Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre committee I generally receive the same response.  What’s Kitchen Theatre? 

Short answer – great local chefs and food lovers prepare fabulous food on stage in the Western  Oasis, BMO Centre Halls D & E during the 10 days of Stampede.  

Kitchen Theatre has evolved over the past 60 years from its roots as a kitchen display of the “past, present & future” to the current stage where you will find the very popular Dueling Chefs competition, the Kids’ Chili cook-off and the Police and Firefighter cook-off with Angela Knight of CBC as our MC. 

Local restaurateurs and presenters from the food industry are also on stage cooking and providing delicious samples which are served to the audience at the end of each presentation by Kitchen Theatre volunteers.

Shows run daily during the Stampede from 11:30 AM to 7:15 PM, with each show being about 45 minutes long.

Western Oasis is one of the best kept secrets on the Stampede Park if you are looking for a quiet place to sit and relax, taste some great food and following the presentation wander over to the Calgary Co-op Wine Garden. 

These are just some of the presenters who you will be seeing on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage this year:

Bush’s Beans
Calgary Co-op
Cookbook Company
Cooking with Julie van Rosendaal
Dueling Chefs
Epiphanie Chocolate
Flavours of Africa
Healthy Funky Foods
Hidden Valley Ranch
Johnsonville Sausage
Lakeview Bakery
Phanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
Police and Firefighter Cook-off
Spice Sanctuary
Sweetly Speaking
Three Farmers Products  

In the weeks ahead I will be posting profiles of some of our presenters as well as recipes from their restaurants, kitchens and businesses.