How do you top scorpion pizza? Cockroach pizza, of course. Unfortunately, Canadians were denied the opportunity to eat the much-discussed fair food after the bugs never materialized. Turns out they may have had a customs’ issue.
The story starts in 2014 when vendor Rick’s Pizza offered up scorpion pies at the annual Calgary Stampede, a 10-day event celebrating the region’s western heritage with “food, music, shows and western hospitality” (and gross pizzas, apparently). Surprisingly, the exotic slices sold out quickly. Looking to top those buzz-worthy slices, this year, Rick’s had promised cockroach pizza would be on the menu.
However, the cringe-inducing meal was scratched at the last minute. Rick Ukmar, the man behind Rick’s, told the Calgary Herald, “We ordered these things a while back and they did not let us get them through the border.”