While BC has a ton of fun events to hit up during summer 2018, there’s truly nothing that can compare with the excitement of our neighbouring province’s biggest western celebration – the Calgary Stampede – along with the outrageous grub that comes with it.
Usually, the Stampede food gives us Vancouverites a taste of what we’re in for in terms of PNE grub, so you can simply check out this epic list and make some notes, but maybe, just maybe, you’ll feel inclined to plan yourself a trip to YYC to dive into all the cricket-covered caramel apples and Prairie Oyster Balls (AKA bull balls) you can get your hands on from July 6 – 15.
Here are 50 new exciting eats for Stampede-goers to bite into.
This delicacy is made from a four-cheese blend on thick Texas-style toast, topped with a healthy serving of crunchy, tasty crickets.
Enjoy these signature warm mini doughnuts are covered with a vanilla glaze and powdered sugar and then topped with a delicious assortment of Pop Rocks.
Classic mini doughnut Bear Balls topped with the balls of a bull — literally. The Prairie Oyster Balls are then drizzled with house-prepared blueberry compote and topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with crushed nuts.
Fresh, hot doughnuts with ice cream, the ultimate combination of hot and cold.
Enjoy mixed pickled hot pepper rings, battered in tempura and then deep-fried to perfection.
It’s a large dill pickle sliced length-wise, filled with a hot dog and topped with a cheese and bacon drizzle. The Big Pickle Dog is then wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried to crispy perfection.
Two savoury meatballs wrapped in a sliced onion and then wrapped again in bacon, all deep fried to perfection.
Coconut flavoured soft-serve ice cream made from coconut husks, infused with black and activated charcoal. Served in either a cup or a cone.
Three golden deep-fried pineapple rings served with warm caramel sauce.
Classic gourmet macaroni and cheese blended with frothy beer and topped with smashed potato chips and pretzels.
Slightly spicy, a little bit crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside.
Wine-infused cake deep-fried into golden fun-sized bites paired with its soulmate, fried squeaky cheese curds. Wine jelly for dipping.
A corn-based wrap stuffed with a heaping pile of spicy barbecued chicken chorizo sausage, grilled queso-duro cheese, avocado and tomato salsa, and a tangy garlic mayonnaise sauce. This menu item is gluten-free.
Peanut butter cups wrapped in bacon dipped in batter, deep-fried, and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Straight off the streets of Tokyo, cool down with an ice-cold piece of watermelon filled with watermelon ice cream.
A soda and bubble tea fusion in a bucket. Your favourite soda, fresh chopped fruit, juicy boba. and some extra tasty flavours in a two-litre bucket.
A giant squid soaked in a seasoning bath for hours breaded in a mixture of flour and spices and deep fried for maximum crunchiness. Served with your choice of salt and pepper or curry pepper seasoning.
Sweet, creepy, crawly and packed with protein. These honey-flavoured, oven-roasted crickets meet a classic caramel covered apple.
Rolled by hand and baked fresh, Chimney Cones are coated with cinnamon sugar and filled with premium soft-serve vanilla ice cream.
A classic peanut butter and honey sandwich, but replace the bread and honey with two honey cruller doughnuts, a mountain of peanut butter and a surprise peanut butter cup in the centre. It’s then grilled to ooey-gooey goodness on the inside.
Texas tater tots cooked to a golden crisp, garnished with kalbi marinated sirloin steak and fresh cilantro.
These pretzels are made from only the finest quality natural ingredients, with the dough prepared on the spot, hand-rolled right before your eyes.
Roasted corn on the cob brushed with Mexican crème and covered with a mixture of cheese, chilli powder, garlic, and cilantro. Served with a lime wedge.
Two giant slabs of chocolate chip cookie dough with ice cream sandwiched in the middle.
An all-beef hotdog, garnished with julienned carrots, shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, cucumber and green onions, topped with a fried egg and fresh coriander and Korean spices.
A crisp Granny Smith apple sliced up and smothered in warm soft caramel topped with whipped cream and your choice of M&Ms, sprinkles, Nerds, peanuts, and Skor pieces.
A fresh orange creamsicle smoothie served out of a large orange. This delight is topped off with whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreos.
This two-foot skewer of classic cinnamon mini doughnuts, with about 24 mini doughnuts per order, can feed a small family.
A lighter, healthier, but still super tasty, Midway treat. This dish combines fresh watermelon with British Columbia raspberries from the Arjuna Berry Farm.
A chocolate bar classic split into sticks and coated in batter then deep-fried.
Mini perogies are topped with juicy grilled chicken tossed in hot sauce, sautéed onions, creamy ranch dressing, and a sprinkle of green onions. Served with sour cream.
A sushi roll shaped like a doughnut layered with slices of smoked salmon or crab meat, masago (fish roe), pickled radish, sesame seeds, and avocado mayonnaise.
A bowl of Flaming Hot Cheetos, topped with sweet corn, smothered in hot cheese sauce and finished with a dab of sour cream.
Slow roasted Mediterranean-spiced chicken surrounded with fresh spinach, melting mozzarella, and topped with signature mustard and served with a creamy, tangy garlic, and cucumber dip.
Avatar Pizza’s signature crust topped with vine-ripened, naturally sweet crushed tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, organic basil, banana peppers, locally-grown mushrooms, and cured kangaroo sausage.
Succulent boneless baby back ribs slow cooked in Budweiser barbecue sauce, topped with creamy coleslaw, and served on a fresh ciabatta bun.
The churro fries are then dipped in chocolate and rolled in your favourite candy toppings.
Fresh cut fries, real cheese curds, and rich gravy topped with Mediterranean-style gyro steak, caramelized onions, tzatziki sauce, diced tomato, green onion, and feta cheese.
This gigantic one pound meatball is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and Nona’s secret tomato sauce.
A twist on a Midway classic, this corndog is coated in a red velvet batter and deep fried.
This hearty soup is packed with tripe, dumplings, carrots and yams all in a goat’s head broth, and is sure to thrill your taste buds. Traditionally known in Jamaican culture as Manish Water.
Fresh and delicious watermelon is put on a stick, dipped in 100% milk chocolate, rolled in delicious candy and snack toppings, frozen then served.
A classic cheeseburger wrapped in dough and deep-fried to a fluffy golden brown.
The Szechwan Prawn Wrap combines panko crusted prawns, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, Szechwan sauce, and Sriracha mayonnaise in a soft cone-shaped tortilla. Start it off with a fork and finish it with your hands.
Award-winning, foot-long all-beef hotdog baked between a buttered bun and covered in four kinds of cheese.
All of the contents of a delicious bowl of Vietnamese pho served up burrito style. Your choice of chicken or beef drenched in a slightly spicy secret pho sauce with tender rice noodles, crispy bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, and a hint of Sriracha all wrapped in a tortilla.
Made just for the Calgary Stampede, this burger is stuffed with kangaroo meat and served fresh on a bun with all of your favourite fixings.
A fresh banana dipped in a homemade batter and cooked to perfection, served with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate.
Italian-spiced meatballs dipped in our homemade batter, deep fried and served with a drizzle of marinara sauce and fresh parmesan cheese.
Roasted corn brushed with Mexican crème, covered with a mixture of cheese, chilli powder, garlic and cilantro, served with a lime wedge.