Jacobs Crawley, of Boerne, Texas, comes off Little Muffin during saddle bronc rodeo finals action at the Calgary Stampede in 2017 which is always billed as "the greatest outdoor show on Earth" The Stampede's attendance last year exceeded 1.2 million. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Wild west food at the Calgary Stampede

Emphasis on the wild

One of the summer’s premier entertainment and sporting events in all of N.America is the annual Calgary Stampede. This year the event billed as “the Greatest outdoor show on Earth” runs from July 6 to 15.

With the biggest purse rodeo and all those arena events, there’s just a huge variety of entertainment, related special events, a midway, and of course lots of food.

Often unusual, even strange foods, and this year is no different

Got the munchies? This year you’ll be able to buy giant squid on a stick. (CBC)

Each year, the food gets a bit further afield. This year 50 new foods will be added to the typical menus.

Ah the classic grilled cheese sandwich, this year with added crunch- fried crickets (Calgary Stampede)

This year there are giant squid brochettes, kangaroo burgers (rarely served outside of Australia), cricket cheese sandwich, wine-infused deep-fried cake, goats head soup, the perennial favourite, “prairie oysters” (bull testicles) then back to crickets for a cricket caramel apple, and lots lots more.

Mmm, mini doughnuts, top with bull testicle in a blueberry sauce and then topped with a bit of whipped cream and crushed nuts. (Calgary Stampede)

Last year some 1.2 million people visited the show.

For those who think frying improves anything, how about deep-fried Kit Kit fingers? Just one of 50 new and unusual food offerings coming this year (Calgary Stampede)

Additional information-sources

CBC: T Lo:  Calgary Stampede foods


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