Last night, Canadian celebrity food judges descended on Triple B at Stampede Park to test their taste buds on the newest foods to hit the Midway this year.

There were 12 items on the menu, six savoury and six sweet. The samplings included: Cereal Monster Sandwiches, Mini-donut Chata, Rabbit Pizza, Funnel Cake Poutine, Deep Fried Lemonade, Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog, Papri Cone, Rain Drop Cake, the Texas Waffle, Deep Fried Pork Belly, Mexican Corn – The Flaming Cheto and Amsterdam Fries.

The judges pose with winners Next Generation Concession and Family Squeezed Lemonade

And the winners were…

Best new savoury food: Funnel Cake Poutine from Next Generation Concessions.

Best new sweet food: Mini-donut Chata from Family Squeezed Lemonade

Runner ups included Mr. Crab and the Texas Waffle.

The event was a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their new eats and have celebrity judges weigh in.


Judges from left to right: Laney Liu, reporter for etalk and co-host of The Social, Julie Van Rosendaal, cookbook writer and food columnist with CBC, Dan Clapson, food writer and columnist, Nicole Gomes, Top Chef Canada All-Stars winner and co-owner of Cluck n’ Cleaver, Connie DeSousa, Top Chef contestant and co-owner of CHARCUT, John Jackson, co-owner of CHARCUT, Jan Hansen, executive chef of Hotel Arts, Jesse Lumsden, Canadian Olympic bobsledder, Mookie Wilson, KiSS 95.9 on-air personality, Justin Kripps, Canadian Olympic bobsledder and Kodette LaBarbera, star of Hockey Wives.

Nicole thinks about taking a bite out of a Cereal Monster Sandwich!

Connie and John enjoying the best new savoury food on the Midway, Funnel Cake Poutine!

Julie Van Rosendal, cookbook writer and CBC food columnist thought the event was a great way to show how Midway food is constantly changing.

“The food has really changed since I was a kid going to Stampede. I love how it reflects our culinary diversity and changing tastes,” said Van Rosendal. “I love that there is still fun food like Funnel Cake Poutine, but also new and different like  the Papri Cone. It was my personal favourite because it’s a vegetarian option, you can eat it while you’re walking and it’s spicy and full of different flavours.”

Laney and Julie sample the Amsterdam Fries!

Justin and Kodette dig into the Mini-donut Chata! The best new sweet food on the Midway!

Jan and Jesse enjoying the Funnel Cake Poutine!