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 32 new 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.
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Bacon Wrapped Corn
Corn on the cob wrapped in a piece of smoked bacon and served with sweet maple syrup butter.
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
A barbecued hot dog wrapped in crispy bacon and served with grilled onions and bell peppers on a soft bun.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly – On a Stick!
Delicious roasted pork belly wrapped in perfectly sizzled and crisp bacon, and conveniently served on a stick.
Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ Skillets
A delicious blend of savory, onions, bell peppers, Cowboy Potatoes, and sausage with just the right amount of seasoning added then cooked to perfection on a large 48-inch paella pan.
Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough – On a Stick!
Balls of rolled cookie dough, dipped in chocolate, hardened to the perfect temperature and served on a stick.
Kawabanga Corn Dog
This isn’t your average corn dog. Take a delicious giant sausage, put it on a stick, dip it in corn batter and deep fry it.
Almost 2ft. Long Sausage
This sausage takes “jumbo” to a whole new level! Sausage served up on a fresh toasted French baguette that comes in at nearly two feet.
Creole Cajun Chicken Po’ Boy Sandwich
A traditional Louisiana submarine sandwich served with spicy creole Cajun chicken and dressed with cool coleslaw.
This exotic crocodile patty is served on a bite sized bun with lettuce and tomatoes. Crikey!
Deep Fried Cheezies
Take the classic crunch of aged-cheddar cheezies and coat it in a light doughy batter and deep fry it.
Deep Fried Cookie Dough
Rolled cookie dough is dipped in pastry batter and deep fried. This treat is a childhood dream come true!
Deep Fried Donut Bacon Cheeseburgers
The name says it all. Two melt-in-your-mouth donuts stacked together with a burger, cheese and bacon served in-between!
Deep Fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
A deep friend snack made of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, dipped in batter and deep fried.
Flower Cotton Candy
This cotton candy is a unique experience for everyone; watch your cotton candy be spun into a beautiful flower. Each stick is unique and considered a piece of art.
Fried Pickle Pizza
Slivers of pickles chips, deep fried, and placed on top of a bed of cheesy pizza.
Juicys Full Rack Ribs
Mouthwatering full rack barbecued ribs are ready to be roped in at the Outlaw Grill.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Spicy dry-rubbed Jamaican chicken is served with traditional Jamaican style rice and freshly tossed salad.
Garlic Chicken Kebabs
Tender barbecued garlic chicken and fresh veggies served kebab style; this is a summer BBQ favourite.
Million Dollar Baby Mac & Cheese
Freshly made gourmet macaroni and cheese, infused with white truffle oil. Topped with sautéed crab meat and sundried tomatoes, then finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
An infusion of Indian and Western takes the tater tot to a whole new level. Layers of tater tots topped with pico, dates, tamarind chutney and sweet yoghurt.
Just think crispy fries and rich brown gravy all topped with pan fried potato and cheddar cheese perogies with loads of fresh sour cream, crispy bacon and caramelized onion. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper, take a bite and you’re hooked.
Porcupine Corn Dog
A hotdog is skewered, deep fried in corn batter, and then rolled in French fries.
Why order a side dish when you can have it all in one? It’s a juicy burger stacked with fries, drenched in gravy and cheese curds, and topped with a Kaiser bun.
Red Velvet Mini Donuts
Everyone’s midway favourite has a new twist! These mini donuts are made of moist red velvet cake batter and warm cream cheese glazing.
This pizza is for the most daring of foodies. Add a little crunch to your pizza topping with a few seasoned scorpions – if you dare!
Skittles Candy Apple
Get ready for a sugar rush- your favourite classic candy apple is coated with a deep red candy coating and rolled in Skittles.
Deep Fried Sushi
This is a unique twist on a traditional sushi roll. It’s breaded in Japanese panko with a drizzle of creamy cusabi sauce and green onions.
Tokyo Teriyaki & Shanghai Sweet Chili Corn Dog
This chicken corndog has returned from Asian with two corndog twists – Tokyo Teriyaki and Shanghai Sweet Chili!
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FRIES! These fresh cut fries have a hint of zesty lime and a zap of tequila. This is one tequila decision you won’t regret.
Thai Noodle Wrap
Choose from chicken, beef or vegetable protein, sautéed with a combination of fresh veggies and Thai style steamed noodles. When hot and ready, a sweet and savory Thai sauce is added and finished off with a garnish of crunchy bean sprouts and cilantro.
Turkey Dinner Poutine
The full turkey dinner- thick slices of turkey meat, mashed potatoes, cranberries, peas and delicious gravy all on a bed of poutine.
Vicious Fish – On a Stick!
Joey’s famous fish dunked in Frank’s RedHot sauce and then battered and fried.
Click through to see photos of food that made their midway debut at last year's Calgary Stampede.
Chocolate covered bacon
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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.
Among the items we're excited to try are the red velvet cupcakes (yum), deep fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (OMG, yum) and the Polish Poutine (yum to the millionth degree.)
Foods we'll probably avoid are the deep fried donut bacon burger (why?), the bacon-wrapped pork belly (we're trying to get through Stampede without a heart attack, thanks), and scorpion pizza (seriously?)
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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