Regina's new stadium may go local for concession food

Among the many details yet to be worked out for Regina's new football stadium is the type of concession food that will be offered, and there is early talk that home-grown vendors could get the nod.

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Many food vendors would love to be part of the concessions at Regina's new football stadium, including (clockwise from upper left): Sylvia Kreutzer, Darlene Kowalyk, Shelly Lambert and Angela Latta. (CBC)

Among the many details yet to be worked out for Regina's new football stadium is the type of concession food that will be offered, and there is early talk that home-grown vendors could get the nod.

"I think our goal will be to create a significant local flavour," Mark Allan, CEO of Evraz Place (the agency which will operate the stadium for the city), said earlier this week when asked about food.

That notion has a tantalizing air to it, for vendors at the Regina Farmers' Market.

"I would love to talk to somebody about that," Angela Latta, of Angela's Own Homestyle Originals, told CBC News when asked if she would like to have her products sold at the stadium. "That would be fun and I think that would be a really unique thing to have there."

Among her products are dips, a perfect match for another local favourite: perogies.

Darlene Kowalyk could supply them, along with sauerkraut.

"The sauerkraut is from my grandfather, so it's recipes that have been around for about a hundred years," Kowalyk, of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, noted.

In addition to local recipes, the food vendors could also provide locally grown produce, such as cherries.

Over the Hill Orchards sells cherries that can be used for juice in slushies or as a sauce on ice cream.

"I think we'd be a very busy booth at the Riders games," Sylvia Kreutzer added.

And what about soup?  Shelly Lambert, of Soups Simply, said her recipes would be a perfect fit for fall games at the new stadium.

"Because there's no dome on the stadium you're going to need that bowl of soup," Lambert said. "You're going to wrap your hands around it, keep yourself warm."

According to planning documents prepared at the early stages of work on a new stadium, average concession sales — per person — for a Roughrider game were estimated at $15 and more than double that in the higher end club sections.

With a sell-out game, food vendors could generate some $500,000 in gross sales.


With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil

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