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Favourite Calgary Stampede Junk Food

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feuerzeug Jul 10, 2007 12:34 PM

I know this is a site full of users with extremely refined palates who might find this offensive, but I wanted to ask, what's your favourite Calgary Stampede junk food?

The only reason I go to the grounds these days is for Those Little Donuts and a corn dog. Also, in Weadickville, the Weston's bakery sells these pepperoni sticks wrapped in dough and baked with cheese. They are deliciously artery-clogging. Speaking of which, the worst offender I saw last year was at McCain Fry Town across from Nashville North, where they had deep-fried battered triangles of macaroni and cheese! We tried them, and they may merit a return visit.

Even the world's top chefs get spotted at McD's or BK once in awhile. So come on, tell us what your favourite Stampede junk food is; your secret is safe with us...

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  1. pants RE: feuerzeug Jul 10, 2007 02:08 PM

    i also enjoy the corn dogs and mini donuts!! also the root beer, i only drink root beer at A & W and the fair!!

    i'm very curous about the deep-fried mac & cheese, that sounds like a very good idea...

    1. KcM RE: feuerzeug Jul 10, 2007 07:16 PM

      The deep fried mac & cheese is good, but doesn't really hold a candle to the deep fried mashed potato bites that you can get at Arby's (do I have to turn in my membership for admitting to going to Arby's?). At the McCain Fry Town a couple of years ago, I quite enjoyed some deep fried teriyaki green beans. The nice thing too, was there was a small beer garden that sat adjacent to the Fry shack so you could enjoy your crispy treats with a cold ceaser or bud. Yum Yum.

      That same year I think I highly offended the Bic pickle girl when I jokingly suggested that her pickle stand was likely the slowest concession on the concourse. It didn't make matters better when I tried to make it up to her by asking if anyone ever took their pickles to the corndog place to be fried...like a veggie corndog...(I don't think she even responded to that).

      My absolute favorite Stampede food however are the Mitchel's Concessions foot-longs with the slightly burnt onions and green peppers. Mitchel's were based out of my childhood home in Brandon, and I have such fond memories of going to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for the express purpose of getting one of those dogs....

      feuerzeug: the corner store in Sunnyside, across from the school on 7th, has been known to sell those pepperoni stick in a cheese-bun concoctions from time to time...and I have been known to eat one from time to time...and even approximate said delicacy on a campfire with hot-rods and bannock from time to time as well...

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        yen RE: KcM Jul 10, 2007 08:16 PM

        Too bad about the Bic girl - fried pickles are tasty, and would've sold better!
        My favorite are the mini donuts. Funny how they don't taste the same outside the farmers market, or at events like the folkfest/fringe.

        Anyone tried the deep-friend coke this year?

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          feuerzeug RE: KcM Jul 10, 2007 09:16 PM

          Mmmmm, fried onions... They also put them on the bratwurst at that little German sausage shack at the grounds; I forget the name of it. But you always see those onions on the well-seasoned grills at the fairgrounds.

          I will check out that bakery, but I actually made those pepperoni thingys at home for our Christmas party last year. I just bought some peps, and some of that canned Pilsbury dough, wrapped them up, sprinkled with cheddar, and baked until golden. Very easy, so good, and a huge hit at the party.

        2. sharonanne RE: feuerzeug Jul 10, 2007 08:35 PM

          Put me down for the mini-donuts too but they have the shortest shelf life possible. They die somewhere about 10 mins after being pulled from the fat. Maybe the fat is the secret? I'm guessing it's much less clean ( I just can't say dirtier) than the oil in machines at other events.

          I tried a funnel cake last year because some people rave about them. That may be the first time my usually cast iron stomach has sent me a warning. It refused to handle another bite.

          I saw them make deep fried Coke on Breakfast TV and it looked suspiciously like the funnel cake so I'll pass.

          1. ByeByeBaby RE: feuerzeug Jul 11, 2007 09:15 AM

            Hey, some of us aren't extremely refined palates, we just know what kind of food we like. And one of my faves (along with Those Little Donuts, of course) is the Dole Whip. It's a pineapple-flavoured dessert like soft-serve ice cream, and I've only ever seen it in one stand; they set up every year near the north end of the bridge from Erlton (by the pizza place and the south end of the skyway; that general area). There's just something about it that makes my Stampede complete. Particularly on hot years like this one.

            At the other end of the enjoyment spectrum, I had a corn dog. Once. Well, about a third of a corn dog; the garbage can looked so hungry I had to share. I just don't get the hype on that one, y'all.

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              John Manzo RE: ByeByeBaby Jul 11, 2007 10:18 AM

              corn dogs are better in theory than in practice. I ditched my last one too.

              Finally off to the grounds today!

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                John Manzo RE: John Manzo Jul 11, 2007 03:40 PM

                ... I'm back, and I had the deep fried mac 'n' cheese- it was actually pretty good. I also had a decent espresso from Cheyenne Coffee Company (this was a very welcome surprise) in the big four bldg, and I had an excellent gyro (if light for $7).

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                pants RE: ByeByeBaby Jul 12, 2007 09:50 AM

                i forgot about the dole whip....that stuff is great!! i first had it in hawaii when i was a kid.
                mmm...pineapple....

                how come i can't make fried onions taste as good as when i get them out somewhere?!

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                  aktivistin RE: ByeByeBaby Jul 24, 2007 09:40 PM

                  Pineapple Dole Whip! I was hoping it didn't count as junk food. Pineapple = fruit = possibly healthy? I've tried to explain to friends the unique deliciousness of pineapple soft serve but usually they just ask, "Isn't it just kinda like a pineapple sundae?" No, it's not.

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                  bookley RE: feuerzeug Jul 11, 2007 01:11 PM

                  I had a "Beef Sundae" (near the rodeo ticket windows). It was a little bit like shepherd's pie, but not as delicious as the bannock tacos they sell outside The Indian Village.

                  1. Jigga RE: feuerzeug Jul 11, 2007 03:50 PM

                    Tops on my list are: pocket dogs, smoked turkey legs, those little donuts, caramel apples, smashed potatoes (with cheese and chili), and cold bud in a plastic cup (which I would otherwise never drink). In fact, I had all of the foregoing in a period of 3 hours last Saturday. So I'm good until next year ...

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                      dirtyalligator RE: feuerzeug Jun 4, 2012 03:33 PM

                      Hi, 14 years ago on the 4th of July, I had a sandwich on a hamburger bun, that was a slice of Canadian bacon with some sort of wonderful sauce on it, bought at the Calgary Stampede Fair. It was so good because of the sauce, and would love to find out what it was and get/make some. Any who can help, would make me SO very happy. Thanks in advance

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                        cellophane_star RE: dirtyalligator Jun 5, 2012 10:19 AM

                        What else was on the sandwich? Just Canadian bacon and sauce? what colour/flavour was the sauce?

                      2. DeeDub RE: feuerzeug Jun 5, 2012 12:21 PM

                        When I was in high school back in the late 80's I worked down on the grounds at a Bacon on a Bun stand. To the best of my knowledge the booth I worked at did not add any sauce to the sandwich. Just a couple of slabs of back bacon with lettuce and tomatoes. I think you could add mayo (and other condiments) on your own from those little packets.

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                          dirtyalligator RE: DeeDub Jun 5, 2012 02:14 PM

                          Thanks so much for the quick response, and I'm sorry I can't remember more about it other than "delicious". And in my foggy hindsight perhaps it was pink in color as in some sort of catsup or hot sauce based yumminess. And yes it did have lettuce and tomato on it. And i'm salivating it was so darn GOOD!! Thanks again.

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                          johnjohnson78 RE: feuerzeug Jun 5, 2012 02:58 PM

                          Pulled pork parfait and corn dawgs with plenty of mustard are generally what I save myself for at the stampede

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