The arrival of summer also means the arrival of the Calgary Stampede! I love how the entire city transforms when the greatest outdoor show on earth rolls into town – everyone dons cowboy hats and boots, country music blares from every speaker and pancakes become their own food group!
Over the years, it’s become tradition for me to throw a BBQ to officially kick-off the Stampede season. My friends and family always marvel at my stress-free attitude when it comes to entertaining, but it’s easy when I can pick-up everything I need at Willow Park Village. Below are my must-haves for throwing the ultimate BBQ bash this Stampede:
M&M Food Market:
As a busy mom, I love M&M’s for its convenience, affordability and delicious offerings. Their Angus Beef Burgers are my top choice for any BBQ – plus they are a guaranteed crowd pleaser! I always pick-up some of the Chargrilled Veggie Burgers too, as it’s a delicious option for all my vegetarian guests.
Courtesy of M&M Food Market
A delicious, juicy burger isn’t possible without a tasty bun to go alongside it! COBS’ gourmet hamburger buns are the perfect option for those serious about grilling, as they are rich and more full-flavoured. For the kids (and kids at heart), I also make sure to have some of their freshly-baked hot dog buns on hand.
Courtesy of COBS Bread
It’s not a true Stampede party without mini doughnuts. This year, Crave Cupcakes is featuring everyone’s favourite midway treat…cupcake style! Crave’s mini doughnut cupcakes are freshly-baked then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. But they’re only available for 10 days during Stampede, so be sure to try them while you still can!
Courtesy of Crave Cupcakes
Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack:
It’s a requirement that you dress in Western wear at my Stampede party! Whether I’m looking for a new pair of cowboy boots or a cute accessory to add to an outfit, I know Lammle’s will have the perfect piece. I can’t resist checking out their amazing selection of cowboy boots – I’m especially loving all the embroidered options this season!
Courtesy of Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack
Well, that’s my list of Stampede party essentials! I hope you have a great Stampede season – until next time, YAHOO!
– XO Willow