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.
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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.
Cricket Grilled Cheese
This delicacy is made from a four-cheese blend on thick Texas-style toast, topped with a healthy serving of crunchy, tasty crickets.
Pop Rocks Mini Doughnuts
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.
Prairie Oyster Balls
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.
Hot Ice Cream Donut Sandwiches
Fresh, hot doughnuts with ice cream, the ultimate combination of hot and cold.
Deep-Fried Banana Peppers
Enjoy mixed pickled hot pepper rings, battered in tempura and then deep-fried to perfection.
The Big Pickle Tornado
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.
Bacon Onion Bombs
Two savoury meatballs wrapped in a sliced onion and then wrapped again in bacon, all deep fried to perfection.
Smoking Charcoal Ice Cream in a Cup
Coconut flavoured soft-serve ice cream made from coconut husks, infused with black and activated charcoal. Served in either a cup or a cone.
Deep-Fried Pineapple Rings
Three golden deep-fried pineapple rings served with warm caramel sauce.
The Hangover Mac & Cheese
Classic gourmet macaroni and cheese blended with frothy beer and topped with smashed potato chips and pretzels.
Cheesy Chicken Hearts
Slightly spicy, a little bit crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside.
Wine & Cheese
Wine-infused cake deep-fried into golden fun-sized bites paired with its soulmate, fried squeaky cheese curds. Wine jelly for dipping.
The Spicy Chicken Arepa
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.
Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Reese’s Cups
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.
Giant Squid on a Stick
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.
Cricket Caramel Apple
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.
Korean Tater Tot Poutine
Texas tater tots cooked to a golden crisp, garnished with kalbi marinated sirloin steak and fresh cilantro.
Napolitano Soft Pretzel
These pretzels are made from only the finest quality natural ingredients, with the dough prepared on the spot, hand-rolled right before your eyes.
Mexican-style Street Corn
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.
Ice Cream Cookie Dough Sandwiches
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.
Inside Out Caramel Apple
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.
Oreo Creamsicle Delight
A fresh orange creamsicle smoothie served out of a large orange. This delight is topped off with whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreos.
Two-Foot Mini Donut Tower
This two-foot skewer of classic cinnamon mini doughnuts, with about 24 mini doughnuts per order, can feed a small family.
Watermelon & Raspberry Salad
A lighter, healthier, but still super tasty, Midway treat. This dish combines fresh watermelon with British Columbia raspberries from the Arjuna Berry Farm.
Kit Kat Fries
A chocolate bar classic split into sticks and coated in batter then deep-fried.
Buffalo Chicken Perogies
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.
Flaming Hot Cheeto Bowls
A bowl of Flaming Hot Cheetos, topped with sweet corn, smothered in hot cheese sauce and finished with a dab of sour cream.
Pulled Chicken Quesadilla
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.
Boneless Rib on Ciabatta
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.
Mighty Zeus Poutine
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.
Stampede Sized Meatball
This gigantic one pound meatball is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and Nona’s secret tomato sauce.
Red Velvet Corndog
A twist on a Midway classic, this corndog is coated in a red velvet batter and deep fried.
Goat’s Head Soup
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.
Frozen Chocolate Watermelon Pops
Fresh and delicious watermelon is put on a stick, dipped in 100% milk chocolate, rolled in delicious candy and snack toppings, frozen then served.
Deep Fried Burger
A classic cheeseburger wrapped in dough and deep-fried to a fluffy golden brown.
Szechwan Prawn Wrap
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.
Foot-Long Hotdog Grilled Cheese
Award-winning, foot-long all-beef hotdog baked between a buttered bun and covered in four kinds of cheese.
Beef and Chicken Pho-ritos
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.
Kangaroo Stuffed Burger
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.
Meatball Corn Dog
Italian-spiced meatballs dipped in our homemade batter, deep fried and served with a drizzle of marinara sauce and fresh parmesan cheese.
Corn in a Cup
Roasted corn brushed with Mexican crème, covered with a mixture of cheese, chilli powder, garlic and cilantro, served with a lime wedge.