Jul 16, 2014

Last Wednesday, July 9, we hosted our annual Stampede BBQ, sponsored by FBC, to kick off the Calgary Home + Design Show, happening September 18-21 at the BMO Centre. Big announcements were made, delicious food was devoured and many a Cowboy Caesar was sipped!

The Marketplace Events team works hard, so they deserve to play hard too!

More than 150 guests were the first to find out about this year’s new features and what celebrities to expect this fall. Topping the line-up? Contracting king, Bryan Baeumler, appearing on the Trail Appliances Main Stage furnished by IKEA.

The one and only, Bryan Baeumler!

Not only did we have a gorgeous (and hot!) day, we also had the highest attendance in the history of our Stampede BBQ. Guests came decked out in cool cowboy and wicked western attire and enjoyed a day of Stampede shenanigans. Gaucho Brazilian BBQ kept guests well fed with mouthwatering meat, while Crave Cupcakes took care of cowpokes with a sweet tooth. Guests were happy to wash down the delicious grub with brews from Village Brewery, while enjoying gorgeous flower arrangements prepared by Lil’ Pink Daisy.

Guests ate well with food from Gaucho Brazilian BBQ and Crave Cupcakes!

Who can resist a Caesar in the morning? One of the biggest hits of the day was the Cowboy Caesar Garnish Bar, which had people lining up to get their hands on Canada’s favourite cocktail - perfect to loosen up for a chance in front of the camera and behind the Western-themed “Wanted” posters.

A steep reward for two Stampede BBQ guests!

Media in attendance included Ricky Zayshley of Avenue Magazine, Danaye of 98.5 Virgin Radio, Merry Kuchle of Merry with Children, Ryan Massel of I’m Mr. Fabulous, Tiffany Burns of Blue Besos, Carlos Cuevas of Kool 101.5 and Pepper Rodriguez of Source Media Group, among others. It was fabulous to catch up with everyone!

Who can resist an Oreo eating contest?!

We had an amazing time at the Stampede BBQ and can’t wait to see everyone again September 18-21, 2014 at the Calgary Home + Design Show. Remember, the early bird gets the worm – buy your tickets online now for the best deal!