The Calgary Stampede kicks off on July 8, and it’s bringing a herd of crazy food right along with it.
Anyone whose been to the iconic event knows that it never fails to dish out some bizarre fare, whether it’s scorpion pizza or a cactus burger. These offerings are part of what defines one of Calgary’s largest annual events. And this year’s offerings are sure not to disappoint. That’s why we’ve ranked our favourites, from ones that make us go “yum” to those that leave us with no other explanation than “wtf?”
The craziest new foods coming to the Calgary Stampede, from delicious to ‘WTF?’
Saturday Morning Beaver Balls
Give yourself a second to take in the beauty of this work of culinary art. Deep-fried dough balls coated in cinnamon and sugar mingle with Fruit Loops cereal, rasperries and a little condensed milk. It's basically like biting into your childhood.
Deliciousness level:Yum!Calgary Stampede
Teriyaki Chicken Perogies
These cheddar and potato perogies are pan fried with butter and then garnished with sautéed onions, sriracha mayonnaise, sweet ginger teriyaki sauce, green onions and crispy chicken breast strips and seaweed. It's not exactly wacky, but it sure sounds delicious!
Deliciousness level:"Can't talk, eating." Calgary Stampede
Bombay CowboyEast meets West on this delectable plate. Naan bread is topped with beef or bean chili, Desi chips, cheddar cheese, tamarind chutney and more. It's like a collision course for your taste buds.
Deliciousness level:Yeehaw! Calgary Stampede
Hong Kong style egg waffles are filled with your choice of five different kinds of ice cream and then topped with strawberries, candies or chocolate Pocky. What's not to love?
Deliciousness level:Melts in your mouth. Calgary Stampede
On a hot summer day, we can picture this being pretty refreshing. This cantaloupe and lemonade drink can be served 'au naturel' or you can make it 'dirty' by getting it with a splash of coconut.
Deliciousness level:Refreshing!Calgary Stampede
Deep fried Oreo milkshakeThis vanilla milkshake is topped with regular Oreos and deep fried Oreos, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Needless to say, you won't have to dunk these cookies.
Deliciousness level:OM NOM NOM! Calgary Stampede
Nutella Glazed Mini Donuts
Donuts are good. Nutella is also good. Putting them together = even better.
Deliciousness level:*Drool* Calgary Stampede
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
The only stampede you're going to experience, will be the one happening in your colon about a half hour after eating this. Don't get us wrong, we like our macaroni and cheese and burgers can be heavenly. But both at the same time? Maybe we're just not as adventurous as some.
Deliciousness level: Will hurt tomorrow.Calgary Stampede
Biggest Baddest Brat
This 12-inch Bratwurst sausage served in a soft baked pretzel bun is probably amazing. We don't know, there's just something about its appearance...
Deliciousness level:Don't look down. Calgary Stampede
Fruit Infused Grilled Cheese
Have you ever been eating a grilled cheese sandwich and thought to yourself "this would be a lot better with fruit!" No? Neither did we. Nonetheless, you can get yourself this grilled cheese sandwich infused with fruits like strawberry, kiwi and blueberry all day long.
Deliciousness level:Looks can be deceiving.Calgary Stampede
The Golden Grasshopper Pie Pop
This "treat" has a creme de menthe base with a chocolate cookie inside and is dipped in dark chocolate. Sounds great, right? Well we actually left out one key ingredient: crickets. A lot of 'em. Call us old fashioned, but we think popsicles are fine the way they are.
Deliciousness level:Eeek!Calgary Stampede
Sticky Toffee Bug BallsSticky. Toffee. Bug. Balls. They might as well call it "WTF on a stick". This dish is made up of deep fried dough balls tossed in cinnamon and sugar and then drizzled in toffee sauce. Then, for some unknown reason, they top it with meal worms, crickets and whipped cream.
Deliciousness level: WTF?!Calgary Stampede