Calgary Stampede – What Should I Eat?

I feel like there are two types of Calgarians – the ones who wear their cowboy boots for ten days straight, and the ones who leave town to avoid the chaos! Love it or hate it, the Stampede grounds are a constant source of entertainment, including a shocking selection of midway food.

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Keep your eyes peeled for Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Reese Cups, Cheesy Chicken Hearts, and the Bacon Onion Bombs. Calgarians with a sweet tooth might turn to Cricket Caramel Apples or a Cookie Dough Burrito. If you’re dealing with the classic Stampede hangover, “The Hangover” consists of beer-infused macaroni & cheese, topped with crushed chips and pretzels.

The one thing I truly was upset with was that they have completely ruined Wine & Cheese. Wine enthusiasts will be crying when they see that the Calgary Stampede will be serving wine-infused cake bites, paired with fried cheese curds, and wine jelly for dipping. I think I’ll stick to my traditional pairing of pinot noir & brie. ;)

All jokes aside, this menu is jam packed with calories.  So don't go to the fair grounds on an empty stomach.  Eat a healthy meal at home so that by the time you get there you can try one (or share with a friend) and be happy and satisfied.

I have created a list of some of the more nutritious options at the Calgary Stampede. Obviously we aren’t going to be eating grilled chicken with asparagus and brown rice! Life is all about balance, remember?

Wat-A-Melon: A large piece of watermelon filled with watermelon ice cream. Watermelons are 92% water, and are a great source of vitamin C. Perfect for walking around on a hot day!

Inside Out Caramel Apple: Granny smith apple sliced up, topped with whipped cream, caramel, and various candy toppings. Apples are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can keep you feeling full throughout the day.

Watermelon & Raspberry Salad: Quite possibly the most “normal” thing that will be served at the Stampede this year. Fresh watermelon with raspberries from the Arjuna Berry Farm, located in Abbotsford BC. This tasty salad is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Bibimbap Hot Dog: An all-beef hot dog topped with mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach, topped off with a fried egg and Korean spices. This combination of dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrate will keep you feeling satisfied for hours after!

Oreo Creamsicle Delight: An orange creamsicle smoothie served out of an orange, topped with whipped cream and oreo cookie crumbs.

Sushi Donuts: A sushi roll shaped like a donut. Layers of smoked salmon, masago, pickled radish, sesame seeds, and avocado mayo. Salmon is an incredible source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been researched for their positive impact on brain health.

Giant Squid on a Stick: Yup, you heard it. A giant piece of squid that has been deep-fried, then served on a stick. 100 grams of cooked squid contains 18 grams of protein. If you’re a calamari lover, this is the snack for you!

Kangaroo Stuffed Burgers: Did you know that kangaroo meat is exceptionally low in fat, and high in protein? A 100 grams serving of cooked kangaroo meat contains approximately 22 grams of protein.

Goat’s Head Soup – This is actually a traditional Jamaican dish, typically served with goat’s head and feet. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac, traditionally served to a groom on his wedding night. In a 100 gram serving of roasted goat, you will find a whopping 27 grams of protein!

Mexican-Style Street Corn: Roasted corn on the cob, covered with cheese, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro. A medium sized corn on the cob provides a few grams of dietary fibre, and that satisfying crunch that reminds us of BBQ season.