If you’re going to the Stampede, you’re gonna have a delicious time! (31 Photos)
Summer’s all about the eternal struggle between beach body and carnival food. No matter where you live, there’s always a Fair, Stampede or Exhibition where someone’s peddling something deep fried that shouldn’t be, or combining foods in ways that makes your 4-year old self cringe in remembrance of your strange toddler tastes.
This weekend, was the opening of the 2016 Calgary Stampede and the official start of carnival food season in Canada, and here’s some of the stuff that’s gonna keep you, and all other gastronomic adventurers up at night.
Starting with this
Salted Caramel Deep Fried Coffee.
Bacon Beer Battered Corn Dog
Start off easy with this one. There’s just something about food on a stick.
Apple Pie Scream Sandwich
Vanilla soft serve with apple filling, between two cinnamon-rice pastries.
Deep Fried Butter Tart
Butter tarts are already so sweet and buttery, then you give it the old deep fry? C’mon… this Canadian treat’s even better!
Sticky Toffee Bug Balls
These are little dough balls, covered in cinnamon sugar, toffee sauce, whipped cream, medjool dates, and finally crickets and mealworms.
It’s a combo of Lemonade and Cantaloupe and it’s the best new drink at the Stampede this year. True story.
Oreo Funnel Cake
Best part of a fair is the funnel cake, hands down. Oreos make it so much better.
Cheddar Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich
A fair needs a good pulled pork and this one is just gorgeous. I included it not because it’s appetite defying, but because it’s comfort food.
Cookies ‘n Cream Mini Donuts
So simple, but satisfying. Mini donuts drizzled with Oreo Cream and crumbles.
I’m first in line.
Cup O’ Que
This is a BBQ parfait. You’ve got your chilli BBQ beans on the bottom, pulled pork in the middle and topped with coleslaw.
Deep Fried Ice Cream
Deep Fried Tequila Shot Bites
Regretfully, they’re only tequila flavoured, but damn!
Fruit-Infused Grilled Cheese
Goddam that’s bright! The cheese is infused with Strawberry, Blueberry and Kiwi.
I’d do it.. it’s rainbow grilled cheese!
Garlic Parmesan Poutine
What’s a fair without a strange, experimental poutine?
Grilled Mac n’ Cheese
Think of a grilled cheese, then subtract the cheese. Add in Kraft Dinner and you’re set!
Meatball Sub on a Stick
Nutelle Glazed Mini Donuts
It’s Tiny Toms meets Nutella… on a stick.
These crispy churros are filled with Oreo cream.
Deep Fried Oreo Milkshake
This doesn’t really need explaining, does it?
Cooked in coconut milk, this rice pudding is infused with and topped with Oreos.
They really love their Oreos in Calgary.
These are gooey peanut butter bacon balls wrapped and deep fried in home-style corn batter. Topped with chocolate sauce and crispy bacon bits.
Steak and Guinness Cornish Pastie
There’s steak, guinness stout and flaky pastry that you can eat with your hands. Ale not included.
This is taking Mac n’ cheese and wrapping it in wonton wrappers then giving it the ol’ deep fry. It’s making KD into finger food.
Pink Strawberry Candy Apples
Just love the colour on these; the pick strawberry candy coating is ridiculous!
Poutine Corn Dog
That’s a natural hotdog, filled with cheese and hashbrowns, battered and fried, with a gravy dip.
Good I love food on a stick!
Saturday Morning Beaver Balls
You’ve got your fried dough with the cinnamon sugar, covered in Fruit Loops, raspberries and condensed milk.
Bacon and Sausage Scotch Egg
This English classic of a soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage is made better by also wrapping it in bacon. And deep frying it.
Smoked Chicken and Waffles
You’ve got your smoked chicken that’s battered and fried, inside of a fresh waffle, and drizzled with maple syrup.
I’m done. It’s handy, it’s portable and it’s my favourite meal of all time.
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
What can I say?
Teryaki Chicken Perogies
Bite size cheese cheddar and potato perogies, pan fried and garnished with sautéed onions, sriracha mayonnaise, sweet ginger teriyaki sauce, green onions and crispy chicken breast strips, then topped off with seaweed.
This one’s the way to end your meal with a golden Hong Kong style egg waffle, 5 types of ice cream, sprinkles and chocolate pocky sticks.
So, who wants to meet me for some calorie-loading? My treat?
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