UCalgary is keeping the Stampede spirit strong

This year’s celebrations will be different, but as a partner with the Calgary Stampede, UCalgary is proud to help the Stampede spirit shine brightly.   

You cannot cancel community spirit

Many Calgarians were ready to hang their heads and cry when it was announced in April 2020 that the Calgary Stampede was cancelled for the first time in over 100 years due to the coronavirus. But the greatest show on earth must go on, so the Calgary Stampede and its partners — including UCalgary — are offering many ways to get your fix of cowboy culture, fairway food and community connection.   

Stampede cooking with UCalgary Alumni

Bring the Stampede celebration home with these Stampede-themed dishes. Join UCalgary alumna Ching Li, BA’03, from the Cookbook Co. Cooks kitchen in Calgary as she prepares dishes inspired by The Snackerator.

The Snackerator is an online Stampede snack generator created by UCalgary alumna, Julia Williams and her collaborator Mason Hastie. Check it out if you really want to get creative with your Stampede-inspired meals.

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Waffles and Toppings

1 bag of Tater Tots (thawed)
Salt and Pepper
Eggs (1 per serving)
1 cup grated cheese 
Chives or cilantro for garnish

Maple Glazed Bacon

6 strips of bacon
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp brown sugar


Arrange tater tots evenly across entire surface of waffle iron. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Press down the lid (use lid lock if you have one) and cook waffle until golden brown and can be lifted out of the waffle iron.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon in batches until it is browned but not crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Mix maple syrup and brown sugar in a bowl. Return bacon to the skillet, brush with the glaze, and turn. Cook glazed side down for 2 minutes over low heat. Glaze, turn, and cook for an additional 2 minutes over low heat. Repeat until all of the glaze is used and serve immediately.

Top waffle with fried egg, cheese and maple bacon! (or any toppings of your choice) and you’ll forget all about the pancake breakfasts you’re missing out on this year.

This Thai inspired pineapple and pork dish is called Mah Ho, which translates to Galloping Horses. Cook up this refined Stampede celebration meal with a western name. The pork mixture can also be used as a great topping for our tater tot waffles!

Serves 8-10


2 tbsp peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 small onion, finely chopped
¾ lb ground pork
3 tbsp roasted peanuts, ground (optional)
3 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 fresh pineapple
3 dried red chilli, crumbled
Cilantro for garnish


Heat oil in a large frying pan, add garlic and onion and fry until onion turns translucent and soft. Add ground pork and fry until pork is no longer pink. Add roasted peanuts, sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer mixture until pork is cooked through and the mixture is thick and dryish – about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Cut pineapple. Arrange pineapple pieces on a serving platter. Carefully spoon the mixture onto each piece of pineapple. Garnish with crumbled chilli and cilantro. Serve at once.

Tater Tot Waffle Breakfast Sammies

Mah Ho (or Galloping Horses)

Stampede-themed webinars with UCalgary experts


Up Close and Personal With Stampede Horses

Hear about the research and scientific expertise that goes into caring for horses at the Stampede, as well as personal stories about what these magnificent animals are capable of — and how. 


Canadian Agriculture Roots: A Look Back at the Last 140 Years in Canada

Take a journey with us as we get back to our roots. What was Canadian agriculture like and how has it changed over the past 140 years? You will also enjoy a Bannock cooking demonstration. 

Celebrate Stampede like Rex

Rex got a little help from his friends at Calgary Stampede, Calgary Flames, and SAIT this year to celebrate Stampede at UCalgary. Community spirit cannot be cancelled. Together, let’s keep it strong! 


Yahoo from UCalgary

Whether you’re donning western duds, getting together with friends for pancakes or volunteering in your community, we want to see it! Post on Twitter or Instagram using @UCalgary and #Stampede2020 so we can share and keep community spirit strong!

Stampede news from UCalgary

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Veterinary Medicine

Researchers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine provide critical advice and innovative solutions to ensure animal care practices are cutting edge.

UCalgary Researchers

Our researches from faculties across campus provide insight into midway rides and food as well as how to prevent rodeo injuries.

Indigenous History

The Galileo Educational Network, within the Werklund School of Education, developed a website to educate people on the long-standing and important history of the Treaty Seven Nations at the Stampede.

Stampede Culture

Historians and experts in the faculty of arts have written the book on the Calgary Stampede and teach a Canadian Studies course on it every year.

Official Calgary Stampede events

Find out everything the Calgary Stampede has to offer this year. 


Mini Donut Drive Through

Purchase your mini donuts in advance and receive two FREE gate admissions to Sneak-a-Peek at the 2021 Calgary Stampede, courtesy of Bell. Stampede Park, July 6-7 & 9-11, noon to 9 p.m.


Stampede Food Truck Rally

From corn dogs to cotton candy, YYC Food Trucks is bringing you some beloved Stampede treats so you can still fulfill your Stampede foodie adventures. Stampede Park & various Calgary locations, July 3 & 12, Noon – 9 p.m.


BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-thru

The BMO Kids' Day Pancake Drive-thru pops up on Stampede Park for a FREE pancake breakfast. They’re serving them up different this year, but the tradition remains. Stampede Park, July 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stampede the United Way

The Calgary Stampede and United Way of Calgary and Area have partnered to celebrate community spirit. 

#UnitedApart Basic Needs Round-Up for United Way

The United Way and the Calgary Stampede are partnering for the #United Apart Basic Needs Round-Up. Show your local love on July 11 by taking part in a donation drive for basic needs items, such as grocery gift cards, diapers, personal hygiene products, and activity kits for kids and seniors.

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The Social Impact Lab’s Disrupt-ATHON

Gather virtually to collaboratively re-think how we can solve social issues in our communities. Everyone is welcome to take part in the Disrupt-ATHON — sign up to join individually or as a team, or tune in to watch the virtual live stream on July 8.

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