If you are anything like me you have been anxiously awaiting the day when we share the news about all things food at this year’s Stampede. This is the day when you start planning your trip to Stampede based solely on where your stomach and nose will take you. You may even start training for the feast that awaits you this July. I have some words of wisdom: if you don’t have an addiction to bacon, you will; and if you are watching your figure, get over it for ten days.

After a great Centennial year, everyone has been asking “what’s next”? Never willing to back down from a challenge, at Stampede 101 you will get to enjoy the first ever Calgary Stampede Food Truck Rally and a nearly doubled New Food on the Midway list.

18 of Calgary’s favourite food trucks will be rollin’ onto Park on July 11-13. They are rolling up their sleeves and getting ready to cook you up some of their best dishes. Express your love for food and release your inner Foodie by visiting the favourite local food trucks on Park.

2013 is a record breaking year for new food, with an unprecedented 31 items! There is sure to be something new for every Stampede food fan, from delicious International flavours to downright daring offerings.

Taking deep fried to a new level. Of Awesome.

Our food vendors are always looking to try to turn everyday food on its head. Usually this involves some form of deep frying and 2013 is no exception

Double Bacon Corndog

Double Bacon C Dog 2  A hot dog is wrapped in bacon, deep fried, dipped in real bacon bit infused batter, deep fried again and served with maple syrup and more bacon bits.

Sweet Corn Corndog

Fresh sweet corn is husked, cut off the cob and added to traditional corndog batter to create a fresh twist on an old favourite.

Banana Bacon Ear

Elephant Ear on a stcik Elephant ear dough is wrapped around bacon and bananas, deep fried and served on a stick.

            Deep Fried Pickled Beans

            Continuing the pickle craze, green beans are pickled, battered and deep fried.

Deep Fried Butter

            The old adage that calories don’t count during Stampede is put to the test with this treat. Cubes of butter are tightly wrapped in homemade pie crust before being deep fried to perfection.

Deep Fried Pie

Deep Fried PieHomemade pie crust is filled with your choice of pie filling before it is wrapped, deep fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Soft service ice cream is available to top it all off.

Deep Fried Doritos

Deep fried dorito 1A deep fried snack made of Doritos, beer and bacon, could it get any better? Doritos are dipped in a beer batter, sprinkled with bacon bits and deep fried.

Deep Fried Bubble Gum

bubblegumDespite the name, deep fried bubble gum is not of the bubble blowing variety.  Puffy marshmallows are infused with bubble gum flavoring, dipped in a pink pastry batter and deep fried. The result is an unexpected gooey delight!

Deep Fried Avocado

Deep fried Avocado Pieces of avocado are coated in light tempura batter and deep fried.

Deep Fried Philly Cheesesteak Rollup

            The traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which gets rolled up and deep fried.

Chip DogChip DogNot your typical meat and potatoes. Take your hotdog on a stick and then surround it by spiral cut chips.


International Delights
With visitors from all over the world our list would be incomplete without a few International dishes. While some have remained true to tradition we couldn’t help throw a Stampede twist on a few.

Eggroll On a Stick

Egg role on a stickA Chinese favourite gets the Stampede treatment when we take a classic eggroll and serve it on a stick

Shrimp Chips

Shrimp Chips A mixture of shrimp and tapioca flour is rolled out, sliced, dried and then deep fried. A staple Asian snack!

Naaco TNT

            A sweet, salty, spicy, fresh & 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.

Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita PibilA pork taco with Adobe salsa, lime, red onions, habaneros (for the REAL Cowboy)

Flautas de Pollo

Flautos de pollo.Rolled chicken tacos that are deep friend and with sour cream, Lettuce and Salsa on top


Not your average sweet treats!
Got a serious sweet tooth? We’ll put it to the test with our combination of decadent desserts and unique treats.

Chocolate Dipped Jalapeno

JalapenoJust as it sounds. A jalapeno is dipped into chocolate to make for a sweet and spicy treat

Chocolate Covered Bacon

            Combining two of our favourite food groups, bacon is dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.

Frozen Yogurt

            This self-serve frozen treat comes with toppings galore. You are the boss of your yogurt destiny!

B52 Fudge

B52 Fudge 2Fudge with a buzz! Baileys fudge is topped with Grand Marnier fudge and then topped off with Kahlua fudge.

Chocolate Cinnamon Bear Fudge

            Cinnamon Bears are added to this crowd pleasing fudge to blend sweet and spicy.

Western Cake Pops

            Finally cake on a stick. Gooey chocolate cake shaped as cowboy boots and hats then dipped in milk chocolate. Giddy up!

Dessert Fries

            Home cut french fries are coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of special frosting dipping sauce.

Chocolate Bacon Fudge

            Bite into this decadent chocolate fudge and you will discover bacon bits that have been added to the mixture. Sweet and salty!

Chocolate Bacon Apple

            No fair is complete without a chocolate coated apple and Stampede is no exception. Roll that apple in bacon bits and you are on a new playing field.


Downhome Good Eats
Sometimes you just want some good ol’ fashioned home cooking but your mom is at Family Feud. Let us take care of the cooking for you!

Philly Cheesesteak

            Thinly sliced pieces of steak, sautéed onions and melted cheese are all served on a hoagie roll for this Philadelphia favourite.

Idaho Nachos

            Idaho’s version of nachos starts with waffle cut fries that are then topped up with all the fix’ins.

Godzilla Mac and Cheese

            Classic gourmet Mac and Cheese with a Japanese flair. ‘Reel Mac and Cheese’ is topped with Nori (roasted seaweed), teriyaki sauce and a squiggle of Japanese mayo. Arigoto.

Idaho Taco

            A jumbo Idahoan potato is baked, opened and then loaded to the brim with your favourite taco toppings.

Double smoked bacon wrapped cheese perogie skewer

            Pan fried perogies wrapped with double smoked bacon, skewered and served with a dollop of sour cream and chives

For those who dare!
Sometimes you have to show your friends who’s boss.  The best way I can think of involves an ounce of pickle juice served straight up.

Pickle Shooters

Think you have the stomach for it? Shots of pure pickle juice are available for those daring enough to try.

To help you plan your trip check out the New Food on the Midway map!

NEW food mapI will leave you with dreams of cake pops dancing in your head, but be sure to stay tuned for more exciting updates on all things food for this year’s Stampede.

Written By:

Jillian Cook

Lindsey Kendrick