It's the most wonderful day of the year - the day the Calgary Stampede announces their lineup of midway foods expected to debut at this year's festival.
Calgarians wait in anticipation each spring to see what type of deep-fried goodness they'll be able to cram down their gullet come July, and this year's 31 items do not disappoint.
From the delicious, to the disgusting, to the truly bizarre, there's something to suit every taste. The important thing to remember is that it's carnival food, it's supposed to be terrible for you and it's best consumed after a few beers, when your conscience has been silenced buy the alcohol.
Story, and our picks for best eats, continue below the slideshow
Chocolate covered bacon
Pickle shots for the brave. Also <a href="http://ca.askmen.com/entertainment/austin_3900/3911_the-best-hangover-cures.html" target="_blank">a good chance it will help you with a hangover... </a>
Double smoked bacon wrapped cheese perogie skewer.
Idaho taco - a baked potato packed with all your favorite taco fixin's.
Godzilla mac and cheese - An Asian twist on a comfort food favourite. Topped with nori, teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayo.
Idaho nachos - Nachos prepared on waffle cut fries
Philly cheese steak
Chocolate-dipped bacon apple
Chocolate bacon fudge
Dessert fries - french fries topped with cinnamon and a side of frosting dip
Chocolate cinnamon bear fudge - sweet fudge topped with spicy candy
Naaco TNT - A sweet, salty, spicy, fresh and crunchy puffed rice based salad from India. It is made by mixing a variety of vegetables, sauces/chutneys, spice powders, fresh herbs, lime and puffed rice together and serving it in a waffle cone.
Deep-fried Philly cheesesteak rollup - The traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which gets rolled up and deep fried.
Deep-fried butter - Cubes of butter are tightly wrapped in homemade pie crust before being deep fried to perfection.
Deep-fried pickled green beans
Sweet corn corndog - Fresh sweet corn is husked, cut off the cob and added to traditional corndog batter to create a fresh twist on an old favourite.
Cochinita Pibil - pork taco with Adobe lime salsa, lime, red onions and habaneros.
Double-bacon corn dog
Egg roll on a stick
Elephant ear on a stick - dough is wrapped around bacon and bananas, deep fried and served on a stick
Flautas de pollo - rolled chicken tacos that are deep friend and with sour cream, lettuce and salsa on top
Map of Stampede food locations
Among the items we're excited to try are the deep-fried pie (yum), eggoll on a stick (OMG, yum) and double-smoked, bacon wrapped, cheese perogie skewer (yum to the millionth degree.)
Foods we'll probably avoid are the deep-fried butter (why?), shots of pickle juice (although it may help avoid a hangover), and deep-fried bubblegum (seriously?)
We're still on the fence about the chocolate-covered jalapenos, dessert fries and deep-friend avocado.
Which food are you most looking forward to trying? Are there any that look really repulsive to you? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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