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OUR STORY

The year was 1996 and a young Eric Francis was hungry. But was his standard, go-to pizzeria really offering up the best pie in town? Surely there were better alternatives...but where? That night the Pizza Pigout was born. Why not invite every pizzeria and restaurant in town to offer up its three finest pizzas and enlist the services of local celebs like Jeff Garcia, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Jarome Iginla, Lanny McDonald, Kelly Hrudey and even TV legend Buck Shot to help determine the very best of Mozza Moguls.

Over 150 pizzas showed up that first year at Dusty's and it, um, mushroomed from there, becoming the largest gathering of Calgary celebrities every year. What's more, the results are published in the Calgary Sun, giving Calgarians the definitive guide to ordering their next cheesy wheel.

Whether you’re showing off your shop’s best thin crust in the acclaimed competition for Calgary’s Best Pizza, or just out supporting your favorite neighborhood pizzeria/restaurant all proceeds will be donated directly to KidSport Calgary and our annual charity partners! Come out… and Pigout!

the man:
who is eric francis

A Sportsnet.ca columnist, and Sportsnet radio and TV analyst the man has covered everything from the Flames and Stampeders to the British Open, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowl and Olympics. A best-selling author, game-night analyst on Sportsnet Flames, past Calgary Sun sports columnist where he started in 1994, and former Hockey Night in Canada panelist, Francis is also a loving dad, husband and proud Ambassador for KidSport Calgary.

Outside of playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and owning the CFL record for kicking percentage (100% or 1 for 1) the Pigout is one of his proudest accomplishments as founder of The Pizza Pigout, Francis’ took a classic every day argument in “whose favorite pizza place is better” and morphed it into a community staple, an epidemic, an opportunity for the city to come together and make a difference.

The Causes

KidSport Calgary provides support to children, removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sports. "We believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports."

Cancer is horrible, but there is nothing more unfair than a cancer diagnosis of a child. Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta’s programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage of the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The foundation helps Alberta children and families by providing funding and programs in these key areas: Camp and Outreach; Research and Hospital; and Education Support and Scholarship programs.

The Calgary Police Foundation helps keep vulnerable and at-risk kids in our community safe from crime by investing in education, prevention, and early intervention programs in conjunction with the Calgary Police Service. We believe that by enabling our kids to make better choices, we create a safer and healthier community for all Calgarians.

 

The Venue

Cowboys Legendary Dance Hall was the clear choice of venue. Bearing Calgary’s coldest beer, the hottest nightclub in town was the only place capable of supporting a Pigout of this calibre. This year's Pigout is going to be bigger than ever. More tickets, more pizza, more celebrities, and more money for charity.

 

October 16th, 2019

Cowboys Dance Hall

Got the best pizza in town?

PROVE IT!

Calling on all pizza spots for this year’s 2019 Pizza Pigout.  From big name chains to the hole-in-the-wall down the street, Calgary will be looking for YOU.  

We are looking for new, niche, and creative pizzas in Calgary  If you have a special pizza that you’ve been hiding out on us, or an amazing flatbread, we’d love to have it!

Not only will several TV stations be on hand to capture the event, the Calgary Sun produces a pullout section declaring category winners such as the Top 25, Best Veggie, Best Gluten-Free, Best Dessert Pizza, Most Unique, etc.

hot compEtItion

2019 contestants

Want to see who has participated in the past?

We don't blame you, but we do warn you...

Your hunger cravings will kick into full gear after seeing this list! 

PAST PIZZERIAS

 

TICKETS & Swag

GET'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!

Ticket purchases include all you can eat pizza, drink specials, opportunity to vote on ‘The People’s Choice Award’, and time to rub elbows with Calgary’s favourite celebrities!

General Admission -  $35 Early Bird (until September 13) / $50 General Admission

VIP Tickets - $100.00

  • Includes Collector's Apron

  • Start an hour earlier on sampling

  • Exclusive time to mix & mingle with celebs

Tickets Can be Purchased Day of the

 

Event at the Door! 

*Adults only event (18+). Number of drink tickets are dependant on ticket type purchased.

Sponsorship package

PIZZA LOVERS UNITE!

This is an event to indulge to your heart’s content in delicious pies from the finest pizzerias in the city. Take one bite or PIG OUT - with all proceeds supporting KidSport Calgary, Calgary Police Foundation, and Kids Cancer Care - it’s a carb-load for a cause. 

 
 

What to expect

silent & Live auction

The auction is LIVE so get bidding - over 50 OUTSTANDING items
Check it  out here

 

To Donate a live or silent auction item please contact us at kidsport@kidsportcalgary.ca

 

pizza box raffle
Sponsored by Dr Rob Meloff

Great prizes in every box (min $20 value), including one prize of Two (2) Roundtrip WestJet Airfares

50/50
Sponsored by Truman Insurance

Real simple - Get your ticket for $20 and have a chance at taking home half the pot.  All while supporting KidSport Calgary and our other annual charity partners.

 

Got the best pizza in town?

PROVE IT!

Calling on all pizza spots for this year’s 2019 Pizza Pigout.  From big name chains to the hole-in-the-wall down the street, Calgary will be looking for YOU.  

We are looking for new, niche, and creative pizzas in Calgary  If you have a special pizza that you’ve been hiding out on us, or an amazing flatbread, we’d love to have it!

Not only will several TV stations be on hand to capture the event, the Calgary Sun produces a pullout section declaring category winners such as the Top 25, Best Veggie, Best Gluten-Free, Best Dessert Pizza, Most Unique, etc.

hot compEtItion

2019 contestants

Want to see who has participated in the past?

We don't blame you, but we do warn you...

Your hunger cravings will kick into full gear after seeing this list! 

PAST PIZZERIAS

2019 sponsors

Join our growing list of sponsors

Dr. Rob Meloff

#RAISESOMEDOUGH

2016 GALLERY

"Say CHEESE"
 

Get Involved - Donate

Want a slice of the event in 2016? We don't blame you!

KidSport Calgary and You Can Play, thank you in advance for considering donating to the event!

MONETARY DONATIONS
We have some great sponsorship opportunities available if your company is looking for a way to get behind this amazing event in support of two great charities.

PRIZING DONATIONS
We are looking for prizing donations to add to our amazing pizza raffle wall

For more information on our unique sponsorship options you can contact Dayna Hyman directly; daynah@kidsportcalgary.ca

Cheque donations can also be made out to KidSport Calgary
with the memo line reading 'Pizza Pigout 2016’
KidSport Calgary  |  PO Box 94011 Elbow River Post Office  |  Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0S4

 

KidSport Calgary and You Can Play, thank you in advance for considering donating to the event!

MONETARY DONATIONS
We have some great sponsorship opportunities available if your company is looking for a way to get behind this amazing event in support of two great charities.

PRIZING and AUCTION DONATIONS
We are looking for prizing donations to add to our amazing pizza raffle wall and our live and silent auctions

For more information on our unique sponsorship options you can contact Kevin Webster directly; kevinw@kidsportcalgary.ca

Online credit card donations can be made here

Cheque donations can also be made out to KidSport Calgary
with the memo line reading 'Pizza Pigout 2017’
KidSport Calgary  |  PO Box 94011 Elbow River Post Office  |  Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0S4

All donations will be added to the 2018 Pizza Pigout total dough raised!

Any donation of $20 or more is eligible for a charitable tax receipt!

Get Involved - Donate

Want a slice of the action in 2019? We don't blame you!
help us make our 17th anniversary the best ever!

supporting three very worthy charities

 

CONTACT US

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kevin Webster

Chief Pizza Maker

P: 403.202.0251

C: 403-874-3692