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Good Calgary Stampede Eats

Let's hear what you all love to eat at the Calgary Stampede? Don't tell us about what you heard is good! Let's here what you LOVE and look forward to every year. For me it's the mini-donuts (Those 'lil Donuts only) and pineapple whip! I found a new place last year that served beef on a bun. Not the gloopy saucy kind but a quick grilled, thin sliced beef. I forget the name, I think it was Beef Brothers or Brothers something.. Hope they are going to be there. The $13 turkey legs are revolting. Yeehaw..one more week until I completely abuse myself!

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  1. Deep fried mac and cheese FTW!

    1. I'm not a Stampede person... However, one year I had a friend come in from out of town and we decided to make the best of it by eating the worst of the artery clogging food items. In one night we had deep fried cheesecake, a hot beef sundae, taco in a bag, foot long hot dogs, bbq bison ribs, mini donuts, deep fried Coke all washed down with a Reese's blizzard type treat and Lemonade.

      Needless to say we felt disgusting after... and now I just go with one bag of those l'il donuts and a tall glass of lemonade - IMHO the rest are not worth the calories.

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      1. re: foodkarma

        Was anyone selling a hot beef sundae this year? I wanted to try it but didn't see it anywhere.

        1. re: 23skidoo

          The guy standing in line in front of me at the Bull’s-Eye Cookshack across from Nashville North ordered one. I'd never heard of it before. didn't look too appetizing to me, lol. However the beef on a bun was delicious.

          1. re: 23skidoo

            Sorry this is too late now but yes we went out to the grounds one night and they did have Hot Beef Sundae this year. We saw it at one stand and passed.

            Had the regulars - Taco in a bag, poutine, mini donuts, lemonade... and we also tried chips on a stick. It was just ok. I also tried the Schnitzel on a bun... agreed with the poster below - it was alright but I prob won't get it again.

        2. Looking forward to corn dogs, mini donuts, yummy corn, lamb in a pita!

          I've had the deep-fried oreo cookies and it tastes pretty good! I liked the turkey leg. One turkey leg actually fed 4 people!! Truly.

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          1. re: makan2

            Re lamb in a pita- I have to agree. The only place I've had real and quite good gyros in Calgary has been at Stampede.

            I love that chicken schnitzel stand- I went to a "Kirmes" fair in Germany on May 1 and this is exactly the sort of thing they sell there.

          2. Was at the Stampede last evening in the rain. The lamb gyros were good as promised. The beef sandwich place I think you mean is called Butcher Boys. The beef looked amazing but we didn't try it.

            Having never taken part in the 'deep fry anything' fad I had to try the deep fried Snickers bar. Good but not something I'll seek out again. The same booth (I was at the one by the BMO Center if there is more than one) had strawberries, marshmallows and cheesecake dipped in chocolate all of which looked good but I was determined to try the deep fried crap so passed on them.

            1. Was there on Sunday and went with the plan to eat my way through Stampede... didn't make it to half the places I was planning to eat but the rain and watching the team penning accident put a damper on the mood...but anyways had a chicken snitchel on a bun - good but prob won't spend the money again, the huge bratwurst AMAZING!!! fresh bun, onions, sauerkraut and special mustard.... will be a regular treat for me! Wisconsin cheese special platter - yummy! Butchers Brothers is a routine stop for the hubby. Waiting for next weekend to try the deep fried jelly belly's or strawberry shortcake and Big T's BBQ pulled pork parfait (had their deep fried pickles - best ever!).... Humm can't forget the Bick's Pickle on a Stick if the weather is warm and of course wiggle chips or chips on a stick.... I may have to make an extra trip just to fit all the food in!

              1. Mini donut ice cream at MacKay's ice cream parlour (Weadickville) was excellent! Nice chunks of mini donuts mixed in. "Beer for my horses" flavour tastes like ice cream with a beer aftertaste.

                Poutine at the fish & chips stand beside the stand with the london broil steak sandwich (possibly Butcher Brothers), uses really Cheese Curds!! (If you get a bucket as I did, the bottom will still be scalding for a surprisingly long time.) So nice to find poutine in Calgary that uses cheese curds. =) Look for the sign that reads "real cheese curds," as I'm not sure about the other vendors.

                1. I was at the grounds today with a big taco craving, so instead of trying the famous Taco in the Bag I choose the soft taco on Arizona fry bread. She rolled out a nice piece of dough then tossed it into the deepfat fryer !! omg ! I thought I had made a bad choice till I tried it. The bread was sweet and reminded me of donuts . With the taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato,salsa and sourcream , it was fantastic!! Weird but I will definitly be back next year. Sorry the name of the stand escapes me but from what the girl was telling me there are several of them.

                  1. I had & enjoyed the deep fried oreos and strawberries dipped in chocolate on a stick from the "oldies & goodies" stand.

                    Enjoyed a small (half-size) corndog too. It's a great idea if you want to leave room for more junk food. Still fried fresh like the large ones. The stand was near the entrance for the Big 4 building.

                    "Taco in a bag" was hilarious to behold, but not that tasty. It's ground beef and taco fixings piled inside a smashed-up 50g bag of doritos.

                    Tried the chicken tenders and fries with gravy and cheese from a stand with "chicken tenders" in the name. Totally underwhelming. The batter on the cheapo pieces of chicken tasted too much like KFC for me.

                    Finally, the weather was chilly so we looked around for hot chocolate. The "steak on a bun" stand had it. It was probably Carnation instant mix, but fitting considering what we ate.

                    1. Where to begin! The gyro's and chicken schnitzel are a must with a fiddlestick for dessert. Mini donuts used to be my favorite, but somehow they are not the same without the trans-fats.