Introducing the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

From sweet to heat, the jaw-dropping flavours hitting the Midway at the Calgary Stampede this year are sure to tickle your taste buds. With new treats like Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls, Deep-fried Jell-O and delicious twists on classics like Funnel Cake Poutine, you’ll want to loosen your belt buckles and head on down to Stampede Park for all 10-days!

“We have 40 new innovative foods this year that push the envelope of traditional midway food,” says James Radke, Calgary Stampede midway operations manager.

All of our new dishes have been created exclusively for the Calgary Stampede and this might be your only chance to test your tongue on extreme foods, taste the trends and even chomp on Canadian-inspired eats. And remember, you can always please your palate on good ‘ol traditional Stampede classics!


Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick

We dare you…

World’s Hottest Pizza

This pizza is HOT. Infused with ghost peppers, this pizza will have you running for a glass of water. Think you can handle the heat?

WorldsHottestPizzaOne Metre Long Sausage

At a metre long, this sausage is one of a kind- topped with sautéed bell peppers, onions and a house sauce. This delicious value goes a long way!


Deep Fried Jell-O

Just when you thought it couldn’t be deep fried…we did it! Each ball is stuffed with Jell-O then deep fried, and sprinkled with a sweet powdered sugar!


Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls

Did you drool over the Big Pickle Dog last year and imagine what bacon would taste like wrapped around it? Well eat your hearts out for our new twist of the Big Pickle Dog…introducing the Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls.  Wrapped sizzling juicy bacon around the hot dog and pickle, cut them in half, battered and then deep fried…each served on a stick.


Funnel Cake Poutine

A Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake with a Canadian twist, you can’t go wrong with cheese and gravy. Bringing the combination of sweet and savory to a whole new level!

Funnel Cake Poutine

The Cookie Dough-ne

Raw cookie dough in a waffle cone so that you can walk around eating as you go – complete with a made to order Stampede Halo made of Cotton candy, with sprinkles of course!


Pie Shake

This is our best version of fusion cooking! Homemade Pie (or cake) in several flavours and hand scooped milkshakes, covered in whipped cream and topped with more delicious Pie!

Pie Shake

Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies

We’re landing in Thailand this year to enjoy the fresh summer flavours of Chili and Lime with the new Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies. These mini perogies are topped with crispy panko crusted shrimp drizzled with sweet chili glaze and a spicy siracha mayo! All finished with crisp cucumbers and a mist of lime juice topped on a fluffy perogy.


Cereal Monster Sandwiches

This ice cream sandwich was made to be legendary! With a monster portion of ice cream, crushed between two cereal infused marshmallow squares, the size is second to the taste!

Cereal Monster Sandwich

Mini Donut-Chata

This is a Mexican Horchata taken to the next level with ice cold cinnamon Dulce rice milk, rimmed with toffee bits and then topped with whipped cream. Then we sprinkle more toffee bits, cinnamon toast crunch cereal and caramel drizzle.

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Angry Chicken Sandwich

Breaded chicken breast, dressed with chipotle aioli and sweet & sour sauce, layered with crunchy coleslaw in a warm, soft brioche bun. This is a creation any foodie will love!

Angry Chicken Sandwhich

Rolled Ice Cream

The latest trend in frozen treats is coming to the 2017 Calgary Stampede! Thai Rolled Ice Cream is just what it sounds like: little delicious rolls of ice cream, packed into a cup, then topped with all the needed extras (whipped cream, graham crackers, strawberries, brownies and so much more). This Rolled Ice Cream treat can only be found in the International Pavilion!

Rolled Ice Cream

Mr. Crab

A tempura nori taco shell loaded with sushi rice, California crab meat and topped with a tempura fried soft shell crab, drizzled with a special unagi and mango sauce.


Maple Bacon Artisan Donuts

We take our fresh warm Mini Donuts and top them with cinnamon and icing sugar, a delicious maple glaze and real chopped bacon! A perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday! OH CANADA!

Ogopogo - Maple Bacon Artisan Donuts

Unicorn White Hot Chocolate

Decadent creamy steamed white hot chocolate – surrounded in rainbow sour poppers, sprinkles, sugary stars, a ribbon rainbow tail and blanketed with a fluffy cotton candy cloud. This unicorn drink will leave you feeling magical!

The Unicorn Hot chocolate

Butter Chicken Bear Balls

These golden deep fried balls are smothered in a delicious butter chicken sauce, sprinkled with fresh cilantro and topped with a candy coated anise.

Butter Chicken Bear Balls

Rabbit Pizza

Our traditional thin crust flatbread pizza gets a new twist this year. Locally sourced, and sustainably grown, the slow roasted pulled rabbit is drizzled with organic dark honey over a layer of mouthwatering toppings.

Rabbit Pizza

Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog

Making it easy to get cheesy! We’re taking our award winning bacon wrapped foot-long hot dog and topping it with our homemade Bacon Mac N’ Cheese.


Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

Commemorating our countries 150 birthday, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy is truly unique. Made from real maple syrup and infused with chopped walnuts!

Maple Walnut Cotton Candy

Hickory Smoked Cordon Bleu Stuffed Burger

Hickory smoked lean fresh ground beef patties perfectly stuffed with Swiss cheese and honey cured ham. This is the perfect blend, the smokiness of the beef, the stringiness of the cheese and the sweetness of the ham, all packed in an Angus beef patty served on a glazed fresh brioche bun.

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Pineapple Express Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese went on a vacation and came back with this righteous combo! Traditional mac & cheese topped with diced ham, pineapple and a teriyaki reduction. ALOHA!

Pineapple Express Mac & Cheese

Papri Cone

A waffle cone lined with house seasoning, filled with homemade corn chips, potatoes, chickpeas, onions and doused in yogurt and tamarind sauce.

Papri Cone

Rain Drop Cake

Come sing in the rain with us! After you have our Rain Drop Cake, you’ll be singing for sure! This jiggly dessert is known for its unique appearance, texture and sensation that is savoured in your mouth before it collapses into a crisp and cool drink of water. It is served with roasted soybean flour and black sugar syrup.


Who let the dogs out? – Poutine

Crispy golden fries smothered with authentic cheese curds and gravy, topped with grilled sliced wieners and cattleman’s sauce.


Unicorn Cookie Dough

Childhood dreams come true at the Calgary Stampede! No longer will you need to beg for some cookie dough, you will get to eat the entire bowl…with your own wooden spoon! Try all three flavors: Unicorn, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter.

Unicorn Cookie Dough

The Texas Waffle

Southern fried chicken on a Texas-shaped waffle. Aged cheese and chopped jalapenos are freshly baked inside the waffle and to top it all off, thick sweet maple syrup is drizzled on top!

The Texas Waffle

Chili Chill-Chill

This new drink is bringing on the heat with the new feature lemonade: Chili Chill-Chill. Made with classic freshly squeezed lemonade that is infused with three different chili peppers and a hint of lime! The Chili Chill-Chill will heat you up and chill you down at the same time.

Chilli Chill Chill

The Ruben Dog

Corn beef wrapped in Swiss cheese dipped in batter and fried to perfection…served with an aioli horseradish.

Ruban Dog

Clam Chowder Poutine

Try this incredible poutine! Creamy clammy goodness on top of crisp and piping hot cheesy French fries, garnished with crispy crab meat and parsley.

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Dill Pickle Pizza

Dill infused pizza mixed with traditional crust and cheesy goodness! Topped with a juicy dill pickle!

Dill Pickle Pizza

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Thick slabs of pork belly, marinated for 24 hrs to perfection then deep fried, creating a crispy crunchy skin and juicy tender moist inside. Move over bacon there’s a new pork king at the Stampede!


The Troll Cotton Candy Ice Poppy

A cotton candy ice pop – all trolled up with a classic swirl of pink cotton candy, made to order!

The Troll Cotton Candy Ice Poppy

The Tropical Bobster

The best lobster poutine there is! Juicy lobster, garnished with mango salsa and fresh coriander served on traditional crispy warm fries!


Cheese Curds

Cheese…is…BACK! It’s official, we are proud to announce the return of the famous deep-fried cheese for this year’s Stampede. With mouthwatering options from fried mozzarella sticks and hot and spicy jalapeño cheese to cheddar bites and of course Canadian cheese curds, our menu will have you saying ‘more cheese please!

Cheese Curds

Waffle Taco

It’s everyone’s favorite summer treat ice cream in a waffle cone, but with a new fun twist – not only is the ice cream rolled and mixed with your favorite toppings, it also comes in  a waffle cone shaped as a taco and dipped in chocolate.


Mexican Corn – The Flamming Cheto

Traditional corn, with a Mexican twist!

Mexican Corn flamming Cheeto

Amsterdam Fries

Triple cooked fresh thick steak with grown frying potatoes specially cut topped with a range of chef created mayo based sauces.


Tater Bombs

Deep fried mashed potatoes…do we need to say more?

Tater Bombs

Corn Dog Fried Shrimp

Two giant skewered shrimp golden fried in our famous corndog king batter. The only question is mustard or cocktail sauce?

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You don’t have to cram your whole foodie experience into one day! With the Stampede SuperPass you can have unlimited access to Stampede Park July 6 – 16 for just $39 plus tax. The SuperPass is available online starting May 22 at

Only available for a limited time until June 12, get yours before they’re gone!

Stay tuned for more food blogs and our annual Food Map coming soon!

2015’s New Midway Foods Are Waiting For You – THE MIDWAY CHAMPION!!



We’ve spent the last year seeking out the best and craziest foods from all over North America to bring you the best new Midway foods out there!

Think your taste buds and your stomach are up to the challenge? 2015 is shaping up to be another Champion year. Don’t worry – all your favourite classic fair foods are still as popular as ever and will be waiting for you.

Check out our newest additions below and try these tasty treats on the Midway this July!

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32 NEW foods to hit the Calgary Stampede Midway

                                Are you ready to become the ultimate food champion? 

This year we asked our food vendors to let their imaginations run wild and to create some of the craziest foods we’ve ever had. They have stepped up to the plate like never before, with 32 NEW foods!

The 2014 New Food list brings a combination of some fair food classics and others that set out to test your mind and stomach. Do you have what it takes to be an Ultimate Food Champion?

Challenge: Accepted



Almost 2ft. Long Sausage

This sausage takes “jumbo” to a whole new level! Just imagine being served a sausage served up on a fresh toasted French baguette that comes in at nearly two feet! Corn Dog - Fhat Dawgs

Bacon Wrapped Corn

A cowboy’s corn on the cob – Corn on the cob wrapped in a piece of smoked bacon and served with sweet maple syrup butter.Bacon Corn On the Cob

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly – On a Stick!

Delicious roasted pork belly wrapped in perfectly sizzled and crisp bacon, and conveniently served on a stick!161886 _studioshoot _GMK_

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

A barbecued hot dog wrapped in crispy bacon and served with grilled onions and bell peppers on a soft bun.Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ Skillets

A delicious blend of savory, onions, bell peppers, Cowboy Potatoes, and sausage with just the right amount of seasoning added then cooked to perfection on a large 48 inch paella pan.BBQ Skillet

Garlic Chicken Kebabs

Tender barbecued garlic chicken and fresh veggies served kebab style; this is a summer BBQ favourite.Kabobs - Big Bubbas Bad BBQ

Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough – On a Stick!

Balls of rolled cookie dough, dipped in chocolate, hardened to the perfect temperature and served on a stick!Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough on a Stick - Fiddle Sticks

Tokyo Teriyaki & Shanghai Sweet Chili Corn Dog

This chicken corndog has returned from Asian with two corndog twists – Tokyo Teriyaki and Shanghai Sweet Chili!Sweet Chili Corn Dog

Creole Cajun Chicken Po’ Boy Sandwich

A traditional Louisiana submarine sandwich served with spicy creole Cajun chicken and dressed with cooling coleslaw.Creole Cajun Chicken Po Boy - Mardi Gras Grill

Crocodile Sliders

Looking for adventure? This exotic crocodile patty is served on a bite sized bun with lettuce and tomatoes. Crikey!Crocodile Sliders

Deep Fried Cheesies

Take the classic crunch of aged cheddar cheesies and coat it in a light doughy batter and deep fry it.Deep Fried Cheezie

Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Rolled cookie dough is dipped in pastry batter and deep fried. This treat is a childhood dreams come true!Deep Fried Cookie Dough - Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Deep Fried Donut Bacon Cheeseburgers

The name says it all. Two melt-in-your-mouth donuts stacked together with a burger, cheese and bacon served in-between!Deep Fried Donut Bacon Cheeseburgers - Fried Veggies & Specialty Burgers 2

Deep Fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

A deep friend snack made of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, dipped in batter and deep fried!Deep Fried Reese's Pieces - Deep Fried Treats & Funnel Cakes

Deep Fried Sushi

This is a unique twist on a traditional Sushi roll. It’s breaded in Japanese Panko with a drizzle of creamy Cusabi sauce and Green Onions.Sushi Crunch - Joey's Urban

Flower Cotton Candy

This cotton candy is a unique experience for everyone; watch your cotton candy be spun into a beautiful flower. Each stick is unique and considered a piece of art.Flower Cotton Candy - Billbrooke Concessions

Fried Pickle Pizza

Slivers of pickles chips, deep fried, and placed on top of a bed of cheesy pizza.Fried Pickle Pizza - Pizza on a Stick

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Spicy dry-rubbed Jamaican chicken is served with traditional Jamaican style rice and freshly tossed salad.Back Camera

Juicys Full Rack Ribs

Mouthwatering full rack barbecued ribs are ready to be roped in at the Outlaw Grill.Full Rack of Ribs

Kawabanga Corn Dog

This isn’t your average corn dog. Take a delicious giant sausage, put it on a stick, dip it in corn batter and deep fry it.corn-dog-111

Million Dollar Baby Mac & Cheese

Freshly made gourmet macaroni and cheese, infused with white truffle oil. Topped with sautéed crab meat and sundried tomatoes, then finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.Million Dollar Baby Mac & Cheese

Papri Tot

An infusion of Indian and Western takes the tater tot to a whole new level. Layers of tater tots topped with pico, dates, tamarind chutney and sweet yoghurt.Papri Tot - Naaco Truck

Polish Poutine

Just think crispy fries and rich brown gravy all topped with pan fried potato and cheddar cheese perogies with loads of fresh sour cream, crispy bacon and caramelized onion. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper, take a bite and you’re hooked.Polish Poutine

Porcupine Corn Dog

A hotdog is skewered, deep fried in corn batter, and then rolled in French fries. These French fries make the corndog look just like a porcupine!Porcupine Corn Dog - Wiggle Chips

Poutine Burger

Why order a side dish when you can have it all in one? It’s a juicy burger stacked with fries, drenched in gravy and cheese curds, and topped with a Kaiser bun.Poutine Burger - Pizza and Burgers

Red Velvet Mini Donuts

Everyone’s Midway favourite has a new twist! These mini donuts are made of moist red velvet cake batter and warm cream cheese glazing.Red Velvet Mini Donuts - Mini Donuts

Scorpion Pizza

This pizza is for the most daring of foodies. Add a little crunch to your pizza topping with a few seasoned scorpions – if you dare!Scorpion Pizza - Pizza on a Stick 1

Skittles Candy Apple

Get ready for a sugar rush- your favourite classic candy apple is coated with a deep red candy coating and rolled in Skittles.Skittles Candy Apple

Tequila Fries

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FRIES! These fresh cut fries have a hint of zesty lime and a zap of tequila.  This is one tequila decision you won’t regret. Tequila Fries

Thai Noodle Wrap

Choose from chicken, beef or vegetable protein, sautéed with a combination of fresh veggies and Thai style steamed noodles. When hot and ready, a sweet and savory Thai sauce is added and finished off with a garnish of crunchy bean sprouts and cilantro.Thai Noodle  Wrap

Turkey Dinner Poutine

The full turkey dinner- thick slices of turkey meat, mashed potatoes, cranberries, peas and delicious gravy all on a bed of poutine.Turkey Dinner Poutine - Mardis Gras Grill

Vicious Fish – On a Stick!

They shook it up and dunked Joey’s famous fish in Frank’s RedHot sauce. You’ll delight in the hand-battered fried fish on a stick, served a bed of fries. Extra sauces are available for those who like it extra hot.

Vicious Fish on a Stick Official

Join us on Sneak-a-Peek, Thursday July 3, in Weadickville at 7 p.m. to see which vendor gets awarded with the Best New Food on the Midway!


Written by:

James Radke, midway operations manager

Jillian Cook, project coordinator

Who is Hungry for Stampede 101?!

As Stampede staff we are asked each year for suggestions on what to eat on Park and where. We have our own favourites, but no official list to note them, no “Jillian’s Picks’ or ‘Lindsey’s Favourites’.  This is where the brand new Stampede Foodies team and categories come in! This team of Foodies will eat their way around Stampede Parks and tweet, Instagram and Vine their findings, in the end voting for their favourite food of the day.  The team, made up of 15 has been hand selected to rove the park, testing a new category of food each day to select their favourites.  The daily winning food will be announced on the Stampede Facebook page each day around 4:00 pm. The categories embrace the variety of the foods you can find on the Park and allow us to have a little fun

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Best Food on a Stick
Just as it sounds! A day devoted to the crazy foods we put on sticks, from pizza to pork chops.

Best Deep Fried Food
At Stampede we love all things deep fried, so why not put our Foodies to task to finding out what is better deep fried.

Best International Flavour
With visitors from around the world we welcome the chance to taste our way through different international favourites.

Best Alternative Food Option
Not everything on Park is fried or coated in chocolate!  We have selected foods that are allergy sensitive or healthier options for our Foodies to put to the test.

Best Refreshment
There is nothing like a nice, cool beverage on a hot summer day, so we’re sipping our way to our favourite refreshment.

Best Sweet Treat
The ultimate category for those with a sweet tooth, the Foodies will test their sugar levels by sampling the best sweets we have to offer.

Best Food Between Buns
At Stampede burgers and sandwiches come in all forms, including inside a donut, so we are letting our tastebuds do the talking for the best between buns.

Best Value
Each day we are selecting our favourite flavour, as well as creating a list of the best value options on Park, which we will sample once more on the final Foodie day to find the Best Value option.

Who are these judges anyway and how were they selected?

We asked that any interested staff or Committee volunteer member submit a food resume that showcased their creativity, social media prowess and enthusiasm for all things food. The entries were as unique and artistic as the group itself, including an #omnomnom ‘movie trailer’; a live, in office, theatre performance;  a food scrapbook; and a story all about corn dogs, to name a few.

The Foodies will be using the hashtags #CSFoodie and #omnomnom in their posts, so keep an eye out for their suggestions!

The 15 brave foodies taking on the flavours of Stampede are:

Colleen Bishop Event Coordinator, Sales & Event Management
Kerri Logan People Services Advisor (Instagram: @KerriLogan)
Jillian Cook Assistant Coordinator, Midway Programming (Instagram and twitter: @jilliancook3)
Sarah Rivest Park Development and Native Programming Coordinator (twitter: @sarahjrivest)
Jen Mayuga Marketing Coordinator (Instagram: @magugz)
Skiles Hornig Communications Advisor
Patricia Hoy (Larson) Volunteer, Concession and Exhibits Committee (twitter: @stampedenomnom)
Mark Brennan Volunteer, Social Media, Promotion Committee
Patrick Jackson Volunteer, Concession and Exhibits Committee (Instagram and twitter: @stampedecuisine)
Reg Tiangha Volunteer, Promotion Committee (twitter: @regtiangha)
Myra Sanders Volunteer, Historical Committee (Instagram and twitter: @myrapeipei)
Barb Drake Volunteer, Western Showcase
Jill Cross Volunteer, Public Art Committee (twitter: @JillMCross)             
Shauna DeMaere Volunteer, Western Showcase  (Instagram and twitter: @shaunademaere)
Karen Evans Volunteer, Window on the West Committee

So follow along as we experience Stampede 101 the CS Foodie way!


Written by:

Lindsey Kendrick (Instagram and twitter: @elleaykay)

Jillian Cook

Come Dine With Us Calgary! Stampede Food Sensitivity Options

With all the new food we have on Park this year, it’s easy to forget about the great food options we have returning each year. Our food vendors not only strive to make some of the more outlandish foods available, they also understand that many of our guests have unique dietary needs. Whether you are looking for gluten sensitive, lactose free or something a little lighter, we’ve got your back.

Maybe you’re watching what you eat, or simply looking for a healthy break between deep fried delicacies, either way, you’ve got choices.  You can head over to Wrap Daddy’s to pick up one of their cone shaped wraps, try out a noodle box from SaltSpring Noodle Bar or stop by Los Compadres for their Esquites, a returning favourite!

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For those looking to avoid gluten or dairy on the Midway you have many options, including the baked beans from Bush’s Baked Beans, fries from Fresh Cut Fries, beef bacon and eggs from Canadian Beef Bacon or maybe a large dose of protein with a giant turkey drumstick from Swenson Faz’ Smoked Turkey Drumstick booth.


Some locations on Park, like The Naaco Truck and Avatara Pizza, are able to cater to almost all dietary needs with gluten sensitive, lactose free and vegetarian options in their menu. Make your meal gluten sensitive at Avatara with the gluten sensitive crust or change out the naan bread at The Naaco Truck.


We want everyone to be able to enjoy the many things the Stampede offers, including the cuisine we have on the Midway. Stop by the Stampede this summer to try some of the options we have for you, and let us start the second century together!

Written by:
Lindsey Kendrick
Jillian Cook

An Oasis in the Heart of Stampede Park

This summer, while exploring the many events and sights on Stampede Park you may find that you want a change of pace. Maybe you want to get out of the weather, or the crowds, or just to relax and unwind. You are in luck! We have an Oasis in the middle of the Park just for that!


Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn


Located inside halls D & E of the BMO Centre, you will find a calm, creative retreat known as the Western Oasis. One of the best parts about the Western Oasis, besides the air conditioning, is the feeling you get the moment you walk through the doors. The Western Showcase committee creates such a welcoming, intriguing, and calming atmosphere which makes the buzz of the Midway and Stampede Market feel like they’re 1,000 Kilometers away. Imagine a gently lit room that is illuminated by 2000 soft lights, the feeling of a relaxing breeze, the sounds of trickling water and hushed voices, and the beautiful scent of 1,600 flowers, shrubs, and plants.


Photo Credit: Mike Ridewood


One of the most magnificent sights is the breathtaking water wall that is highlighted by the glow of twinkling lights and colours. As you’re walking through, make sure you take a peek in the galleries and studios of the artists, as the artwork is simply amazing. You’re also welcome to take a seat at one of the barrel tables and enjoy a glass of wine in the wine garden. For your entertainment, the favourite Bronze Living Statues will also be in the Oasis throughout the day. Do they even blink?


Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn


This year, there will also be a very unique collection of corkscrews that will be on display. Paul Squires is bringing his personal collection of antique corkscrews that date all the way back to the 18th century. If the corkscrews are anything like the wine, they can only get better with age. The Remington Carriage Museum will also be providing the Stage Coach where you, friends, and family can have a great western photo opportunity.






Below is a list of areas to see within the Western Oasis:

Artists’ Studios offers a unique opportunity to meet and purchase art directly from the artists. The artists are on hand daily so you can learn about how that ‘must have’ piece of art was created.

Western Art Gallery features new and emerging Western artists whose original work reflects the life and times of Western Canadians of the past and present.

Western Art Auction – North America’s finest western art auction is held on Thursday, July 11. Auction pieces may be previewed in the Western Oasis until Wednesday, July 10. For ticket information visit

Western Photo Gallery showcases spectacular photos capturing the rich history of the West and the Calgary Stampede.

Artist Ranch Project Inspired by a visit to Scott Ranch, a working historical ranch in Alberta, contemporary artists will present their creations.


Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn


You can also experience a taste of western lifestyle and culture in action by visiting some of these areas in the Western Oasis:

Window on the West Stage – Guests will enjoy the eclectic mix of live music and cowboy poetry.

Creative Arts and Crafts - Daily demos take place in the Creative Arts & Crafts area where you can see traditional to modern crafting techniques. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new!

Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre features the best of western cooking with daily, non-stop cooking demos and the very popular Dueling Chefs competitions.

Wine Garden presented by Co-op, offers a selection of over 20 wine varieties of Canadian and international wines. Indulge in a glass of wine, along with a cheese plate or evening flambé. Wine specialists are featured daily between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Wine Garden


Did you know in the 2012 Western Oasis…

  • 2,000 lights were used
  • 100 trees were brought in and cared for
  • 1,600 shrubs, flowers, and plants were brought in and cared for
  • Over 200 tons of rock were lifted and placed


Written by:

Jillian Cook

Lindsey Kendrick


Together we Ride Again! Stampede 101

With Stampede 101 just around the corner, there is a lot to be excited about! Thinking about all this excitement reminds me of all the adrenaline pumping rides that all thrill-seekers can find on the Midway. One of the best parts of summer, besides Stampede of course, is when you’re driving around town and you see the convoy of Midway rides coming down the road! That’s always been the sign that Stampede is just around the corner. I know we’re not quite there yet, and the roads are still “ride convoy” free, but it’s hard not to get excited when it’s only 56 days away!


Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn


With all that being said, when you’re planning your Stampede visit, you should know there are rides, games and thrills for people of all ages and for all thrill-tolerance levels! So whether you’re looking for the heart pounding, brain scrambling, extreme thrill, or the light-hearted, smile instilling, mild ride, there is something for you!

We’re lucky enough to work with our Midway partner, North American Midway Entertainment (N.A.M.E), to bring you some of the best rides to the Midway. N.A.M.E is the world’s largest travelling outdoor amusement park, which serves over 15 million fairgoers every year in 4 provinces and 20 American states. For Stampede, N.A.M.E brings the main Midway rides, games and several food concessions. They also bring the Kids’ Midway, which is perfect for the mini thrill-seekers! You can check out the rides and the “Size Wize” program on their website at


Photo Credit: Tye Carson


For those of you who soared across the Park on the Centennial Zip Line last year, you’ll have to try out some other sky-high rides, as it was only for the Centennial celebration. However, we’ve got a new ride coming to town! The brand new Mach 3 is a tummy tumbler, with two sets of seats mounted back-to-back on each end of a 37 metre arm. Each four-seat assembly can swing a full 360 degrees while in rotation. Once Mach 3 begins, you better hold on tight because the arm will rotate up to 13 revolutions per minute, producing an acceleration of 3.5g on the riders! It might be a little daring for me, but maybe Space Cowboy Commander Hadfield will be up for the challenge?  You can check out the new Mach 3 in action by visiting N.A.M.E. on Facebook.


Photo Credit: N.A.M.E.


For your riding entertainment the newest rollercoaster, Outlaw (named after the famous bull), that premiered for our Centennial, will be returning! Riders will need to raise their hands as they blast out of the chutes, dipping and twisting, much like the famed Stampede Outlaw – who was considered one of the rankest animals in the world of rodeo.


Photo Credit: Bill Marsh


Some of our independent vendors will also be bringing your favourites like the Skyscraper Two, the Slingshot and the Eurobungy. If extreme rides aren’t your thing, you can plan a trip on some of the Midway classics like the Ferris wheel and WestJet Sky Ride!

If you want to save some money, and who doesn’t, you can pick up a Stampede Midway Card, available exclusively at Safeway until Thursday, July 4th. There are two card options available, which offer over 20% in ride savings! The first card is the 56 Coupons card, which is valid on all 10 days of Stampede. The second card option is a Ride All Day card, which is valid only on weekdays and only for the day it is activated. Another perk of these cards, is that if your feet get tired and you want to zip across Park, they can be used for the WestJet Sky Ride!


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After writing about all of these cool rides and experiences, I have one more ride related topic that I want to mention. The Queens’ Alumni Committee together with Southland Transportation has this really great program called Giddy-Up Grits. This is a program which provides a morning of Stampede fun for children with special needs.

The experience includes a pancake breakfast (Yum!), clowns and jugglers, free rides in the Kids’ Midway and on select main Midway rides, mascots and celebrities, a petting zoo, Superdog tickets, and FUN! This event is invite only, but if you or someone you know is interested in participating, you can email for more information.


Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn


I hope you enjoyed reading about all of the rides and ride programs, and are getting as excited as I am!

Ps. Did you know that it takes less than 2 seconds to drop 130 feet on the Mega Drop Tower?

Photo Credit: Mike Ridewood

Written by:

Jillian Cook

Lindsey Kendrick

Time to let you in on the secret! NEW food on the Midway 2013

If you are anything like me you have been anxiously awaiting the day when we share the news about all things food at this year’s Stampede. This is the day when you start planning your trip to Stampede based solely on where your stomach and nose will take you. You may even start training for the feast that awaits you this July. I have some words of wisdom: if you don’t have an addiction to bacon, you will; and if you are watching your figure, get over it for ten days.

After a great Centennial year, everyone has been asking “what’s next”? Never willing to back down from a challenge, at Stampede 101 you will get to enjoy the first ever Calgary Stampede Food Truck Rally and a nearly doubled New Food on the Midway list.

18 of Calgary’s favourite food trucks will be rollin’ onto Park on July 11-13. They are rolling up their sleeves and getting ready to cook you up some of their best dishes. Express your love for food and release your inner Foodie by visiting the favourite local food trucks on Park.

2013 is a record breaking year for new food, with an unprecedented 31 items! There is sure to be something new for every Stampede food fan, from delicious International flavours to downright daring offerings.

Taking deep fried to a new level. Of Awesome.

Our food vendors are always looking to try to turn everyday food on its head. Usually this involves some form of deep frying and 2013 is no exception

Double Bacon Corndog

Double Bacon C Dog 2  A hot dog is wrapped in bacon, deep fried, dipped in real bacon bit infused batter, deep fried again and served with maple syrup and more bacon bits.

Sweet Corn Corndog

Fresh sweet corn is husked, cut off the cob and added to traditional corndog batter to create a fresh twist on an old favourite.

Banana Bacon Ear

Elephant Ear on a stcik Elephant ear dough is wrapped around bacon and bananas, deep fried and served on a stick.

            Deep Fried Pickled Beans

            Continuing the pickle craze, green beans are pickled, battered and deep fried.

Deep Fried Butter

            The old adage that calories don’t count during Stampede is put to the test with this treat. Cubes of butter are tightly wrapped in homemade pie crust before being deep fried to perfection.

Deep Fried Pie

Deep Fried PieHomemade pie crust is filled with your choice of pie filling before it is wrapped, deep fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Soft service ice cream is available to top it all off.

Deep Fried Doritos

Deep fried dorito 1A deep fried snack made of Doritos, beer and bacon, could it get any better? Doritos are dipped in a beer batter, sprinkled with bacon bits and deep fried.

Deep Fried Bubble Gum

bubblegumDespite the name, deep fried bubble gum is not of the bubble blowing variety.  Puffy marshmallows are infused with bubble gum flavoring, dipped in a pink pastry batter and deep fried. The result is an unexpected gooey delight!

Deep Fried Avocado

Deep fried Avocado Pieces of avocado are coated in light tempura batter and deep fried.

Deep Fried Philly Cheesesteak Rollup

            The traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which gets rolled up and deep fried.

Chip DogChip DogNot your typical meat and potatoes. Take your hotdog on a stick and then surround it by spiral cut chips.


International Delights
With visitors from all over the world our list would be incomplete without a few International dishes. While some have remained true to tradition we couldn’t help throw a Stampede twist on a few.

Eggroll On a Stick

Egg role on a stickA Chinese favourite gets the Stampede treatment when we take a classic eggroll and serve it on a stick

Shrimp Chips

Shrimp Chips A mixture of shrimp and tapioca flour is rolled out, sliced, dried and then deep fried. A staple Asian snack!

Naaco TNT

            A sweet, salty, spicy, fresh & crunchy puffed rice based salad from India.  It is made by mixing a variety of vegetables, sauces/chutneys, spice powders, fresh herbs, lime and puffed rice together and serving it in a waffle cone.

Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita PibilA pork taco with Adobe salsa, lime, red onions, habaneros (for the REAL Cowboy)

Flautas de Pollo

Flautos de pollo.Rolled chicken tacos that are deep friend and with sour cream, Lettuce and Salsa on top


Not your average sweet treats!
Got a serious sweet tooth? We’ll put it to the test with our combination of decadent desserts and unique treats.

Chocolate Dipped Jalapeno

JalapenoJust as it sounds. A jalapeno is dipped into chocolate to make for a sweet and spicy treat

Chocolate Covered Bacon

            Combining two of our favourite food groups, bacon is dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.

Frozen Yogurt

            This self-serve frozen treat comes with toppings galore. You are the boss of your yogurt destiny!

B52 Fudge

B52 Fudge 2Fudge with a buzz! Baileys fudge is topped with Grand Marnier fudge and then topped off with Kahlua fudge.

Chocolate Cinnamon Bear Fudge

            Cinnamon Bears are added to this crowd pleasing fudge to blend sweet and spicy.

Western Cake Pops

            Finally cake on a stick. Gooey chocolate cake shaped as cowboy boots and hats then dipped in milk chocolate. Giddy up!

Dessert Fries

            Home cut french fries are coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of special frosting dipping sauce.

Chocolate Bacon Fudge

            Bite into this decadent chocolate fudge and you will discover bacon bits that have been added to the mixture. Sweet and salty!

Chocolate Bacon Apple

            No fair is complete without a chocolate coated apple and Stampede is no exception. Roll that apple in bacon bits and you are on a new playing field.


Downhome Good Eats
Sometimes you just want some good ol’ fashioned home cooking but your mom is at Family Feud. Let us take care of the cooking for you!

Philly Cheesesteak

            Thinly sliced pieces of steak, sautéed onions and melted cheese are all served on a hoagie roll for this Philadelphia favourite.

Idaho Nachos

            Idaho’s version of nachos starts with waffle cut fries that are then topped up with all the fix’ins.

Godzilla Mac and Cheese

            Classic gourmet Mac and Cheese with a Japanese flair. ‘Reel Mac and Cheese’ is topped with Nori (roasted seaweed), teriyaki sauce and a squiggle of Japanese mayo. Arigoto.

Idaho Taco

            A jumbo Idahoan potato is baked, opened and then loaded to the brim with your favourite taco toppings.

Double smoked bacon wrapped cheese perogie skewer

            Pan fried perogies wrapped with double smoked bacon, skewered and served with a dollop of sour cream and chives

For those who dare!
Sometimes you have to show your friends who’s boss.  The best way I can think of involves an ounce of pickle juice served straight up.

Pickle Shooters

Think you have the stomach for it? Shots of pure pickle juice are available for those daring enough to try.

To help you plan your trip check out the New Food on the Midway map!

NEW food mapI will leave you with dreams of cake pops dancing in your head, but be sure to stay tuned for more exciting updates on all things food for this year’s Stampede.

Written By:

Jillian Cook

Lindsey Kendrick

Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free food options at the Stampede!

Watching what you eat this summer? Or maybe you have a food allergy?

Well, the Calgary Stampede doesn’t want that to stop you from checking out some of the new and tasty treats offered on the Midway this year. Come down and dine with us and we’re sure to give your taste buds a rollercoaster ride of flavour!

For those with a gluten or wheat allergy there are more options then ever awaiting you. Check out the French fries from Fresh Cut Fries, the spicy pad thai from Island Noodle Stir Fry, or the Savage Lands salad from the Mighty Skillet.

Maybe you want to get some of that good old-fashion protein? Well you can grab some Pork Chops on stick, BBQ beef or even German Sausage. Not enough meat? Second to None Meats has a huge variety to choose from – just kick the bun to the curb!

For those seeking some ethnic cuisine can check out Los Compadres which offers corn tortillas that are nut and gluten free. They also have Steak Tacos, Pastor Tacos, Esquites and Quesidillas, all gluten free, with the option of dairy free. Want something spicy? Ace Curries To Go have spicy curries that are gluten and nut free.

Oh, and let’s not forget the Naaco Truck which will be serving up Naaco Bites, Bolly Chips and three different Naaco options, all with the option of gluten and dairy free. For those with nut allergies, the only nuts used at The Naaco Truck are sesame seeds.

Now that we have all that straighted away, let’s talk sweets! Grab some gluten free ice cream from Mackay’s Ice Cream, or maybe some delicious fudge from Old Fashion Fudge. But wait! What about those who have a dairy allergy? Check out Candytime’s huge variety of candies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

It’s because We’re Greatest Together that we want to make sure you have an amazing time on Park. Don’t let your food allergies keep you away from exploring the mouth-watering cuisine found on the Midway.

Check out more information on some of the gluten, dairy and nut free options by clicking here.

2012 NEW Foods on the Midway!!

With the Calgary Stampede celebrating its Centennial we thought it was a good idea to explore your taste buds with some unusual flavour combinations!

If you know anything about the food at the Calgary Stampede, you know that we’ll deep-fry just about anything we can get our hands on! This year we got our new deep fried Kool-Aid, Wagon Wheels or even veggies!

Deep fried Kool-Aid

Various flavours are added to a finger-licking dough and fried to a golden crisp

Deep fried Vegetables

Tempura coated sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms

Deep Fried Pickle chips

Sliced Pickles dipped in buttermilk and battered with spices.

Deep fried Wagon Wheels

Dipped in funnel cake batter, this classic treat will be rolling over the competition


We also have some new sweet treats sure to get your sweet tooth aching!

Red Velvet Funnel Cake

Topped with a yummy icing

Bacon and Maple Syrup Funnel Cake

Bacon on a funnel cake???. The best of both worlds – sweet and savoury!

Whiskey Fudge

Distinctive and flavourful fudge made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey®

Loukoumathes – Greek Honey puffs

Golden puffs of fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts


We also have a few new items for those  who are trying to watch their figure, but still take their taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.

Beef Bacon Sandwiches

Bacon that is healthy? Yep! Leaner than traditional pork bacon, enjoy this sandwich guilt free

 Salt Spring Noodle Bar Stir Fry

A healthy gourmet noodle box cooked with fresh veggies, chicken and no oil!


Carb friendly, a mouthwatering Polish or Italian sausage is served with a side of mustard


We also have some of the classics and put a spin on them.

Jalapeno Corndogs

A jalapeno flavoured dog fires up this corndog

Taco Pizza

A traditional pizza crust with Mexican inspired toppings

Pulled Pork Poutine

Pulled pork, cheese curds, fries, gravy…Mmmmmmmmmm

Let’s not forget about the Food Trucks that will be new to the Midway this year on Stamp-Eat Street.

Los Compadres – Authentic Mexican  – Esquites

Warm corn salad in a cup

Naaco Truck – Neo-Retro Indian  – Naaco Bits

Butter chicken sausage, sliced, battered and deep fried

Mighty Skillet – Brunch Truck

Renegade Roundup Pancrepe breakfast cone (bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs) and everything breakfast!

Of course we still have some of the unique treats we had in the past that will either get you drooling or running away in trepidation!

Colossal Onion

Deep Fried Pop Tart

Deep Fried Oreo


Pulled Pork Parfait

Pork Chop-on-a-stick

10 flavors of Poutine

Cricket Pizza and Pizza-on-a Stick

Deep Fried Cheese


Jumbo Turkey legs

Deep fried Coke

Now some of these more unusual culinary treats may be a little too adventurous for some out there, so we have still have the classic foods we all love.

Corn dog

Mini Donuts

Cotton Candy

Candy Apple


Beef on a Bun


Stay tuned for more news on food and have a great adventure exploring Calgary’s Largest food court.


Maggie’s Kubi Korn Balls roll over the competition

Sneak-a-peek offered a tantalizing experience for both the eyes and the taste buds, as seven judges ate their way through a delicious selection of the 2011 new foods on park for the Calgary Stampede – many bites were taken but only one item would claim the coveted title of “Best”.

Judging criteria was based on a 1 – 5 scale, 5 being the best, in the categories of: service, presentation, aroma, taste, satisfaction, and likelihood of recommending it to friends.

Only a few short weeks ago, I expressed eagerness to taste the Kubi Korn Balls – and as the numbers were tallied, my excitement was transformed into a 1st place prediction. By 7:30 p.m., July 7 Maggie’s Kubasa’s Kubie Korn Balls was officially named Stampede’s 2011 Best ‘New’ Food.

At first glance these golden brown treats might not look like much, but with a side of maple syrup these deep fried bits of Kobasa wrapped in a warm blanket of jalapeño batter really pack a punch.

“I expected them to be bland, but they are really full of flavour,” said Buzz from AMP Radio mid-mouthful. “Definitely the biggest surprise yet.”

And although there was only one top prize, all the vendors came out as winners.

Sweet items like the Gourmet Pretzel Sticks and Deep-fried Pop Tart succeeded in bringing back a piece of childhood for the judges. While the savory kept everyone coming back for more.

“As a kid my mom would never buy us pop tarts – and we’d always be so excited to get them we’d eat them raw,” said Reid Fiest of Global Calgary. “These are such a treat.”

So while the remaining morsels of mac & cheese pizza, pork tenderloin sandwich, turkeytini, doughnut burger, colossal onion, and moowich were devoured the smiles on everyone’s faces remained.

With such a stellar line-up of new foods this year – imagine the impressive spread we’ll be able to offer in 2012.

2011 Stampede Packs

Our popular Stampede Packs are back again for the 2011 edition of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

This year we have four new attractive pack designs loaded with yummy snacks, coupons and value offers. Stampede packs can be purchased in the BMO centre, Hall A, Stampede Park.

This year packs are hot, so make sure to get yours before they are gone.

check out for more details

Breakfast for dessert

Calgary – It’s a well known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with that in mind, the Calgary Stampede and Mackay’s Cochrane Ice Cream want you to enjoy it for dessert!

MacKay’s Ice Cream is proud to present this year’s signature Stampede flavor – Pancake Breakfast.  Made with MacKay’s deliciously creamy vanilla ice cream, a ripple of real maple syrup, pieces of buttermilk pancake, and bacon – yes, bacon.

“In brainstorming for this year’s flavour, we reminisced about all things Stampede,” explains Meghan Tayfel, owner and third generation MacKay. “One of the big memories that we kept coming back to was the Stampede breakfasts. Sitting on hay bales, listening to country music, the smell of pancakes and bacon cooking – we instantly knew we had this years special flavour.”

This is the second year MacKay’s has created a feature flavour for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Always intriguing our taste buds, the 2010 Stampede flavour was beer.

For over 63 years the MacKay family of Cochrane has been making super premium ice cream, and has become part of a family tradition – rain or shine. MacKay’s produces more than 120,000 litres of ice cream annually. That is about 630,000 scoops and keeps 2,007 cows busy year-round.

Come try a pancake breakfast ice cream cone for yourself during the 2011 Stampede, from the MacKay’s Ice Cream location in Weadickville. The Stampede also invites guests to meet the MacKay family on Western Heritage Day, Tuesday, July 12 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Four generations of MacKays will be in attendance, including Christina MacKay, who with husband James (Jimmy), originally founded the family business in 1948.

Stampede Market… NEW For 2011

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know the right place to shop.  The latest and greatest gizmos, gadgets, giftware and goods are in store for you.  Here’s a snippet of what’s hot this year;


Everything you need to start making delicious slushy drinks! Blizzie adds nothing to your drinks – it just supercools them till they’re slushilicious!  Perfect for that hot summer day!


BallBike is the world’s first exercise machine that offers cardio spinning and core ball firming at the same time to save you time. Now getting slim and fit is comfortable, fast, and fun!

Bendy Necklace

The necklace that shapes to your style.  The Bendy has been smash hit in Europe. This fascinating piece of jewelry can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, anklet, or even a hair piece.

Power Balance Bracelet

Weekend warriors and professional athletes always seem to be searching for super powers. You know, that little boost of energy to transform Susie Sweaty Mess into Wonder Woman: bold, powerful and invincible.  For many, the search leads to extra hours in the gym or a shift in diet. But lately, some have embraced a much less conventional concept – energy-charged bracelets – to step up their game…hence the Power Balance Bracelet.

Pop-pop Tents

Set them up in seconds and they fold for compact storage.  The Pop-pop tents provide hours of hideaway fun for youngsters inside of a fire truck, a school bus or a caterpillar.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker

Freezes pops in as little as 7 minutes right on your countertop. Make striped pops, different flavored core pops, add your favorite fruit candy and nuts. The only limit is your imagination!

Make sure to visit us at the BMO Centre during the Calgary Stampede  July 7th -17th, 2011.

The 2011 98.5 Virgin Radio Pack

Our popular Stampede Packs will be back again for the 2011 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

Here is a sneak peek at the NEW 98.5 Virgin Radio Pack  for 2011.

Stampede packs can be purchased in the BMO centre, Hall A, Stampede Park during the festival, July 8 – 17, 2011

Post a picture of yourself or a family member wearing a past years “stampede” pack on the Calgary Stampede facebook page and you will be entered into a draw for free 2011 CS Stampede Pack.

Post your picture by May 6th, 2011, drawing to be made on May 9th, 2011

Stay tuned for a sneak peek and a chance to win a NEW CJAY 92 Pack