the Calgary Stampede - food from heaven or from hell?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Picture this...

A thickly spread peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuffed with Reese's peanut butter cups, deep fried and served with a side of whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce.

Are you salivating?

Or do you want to be sick?

Deep fried pickles at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Personally I leaped from pure wonder (who thinks up these food combinations?), to disgust, to absolute hunger and back to pure wonder again on a merry-go-round of food emotions during the two days I spent at the 2015 Calgary Stampede in Canada just a few weeks ago.

Most of the time I just wanted to buy everything for the amazing photo opportunities (well maybe that's a lie), but hubby kept me down to earth and instead we ordered with some restraint, in reality only sampling a small section of the deep-fried goodness there was on offer...

(Disclaimer - I may have tried everything in this list, but I definitely didn't finish everything!)

Makin' Maple Bacon fudge! This was a sugar and salt dream combo, that had real chewy bacon bits in every bite...

Maple bacon fudge at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Red velvet chicken strips - fried chicken tenders that had been dipped in red velvet cake batter and then re-fried. These were surprisingly good!

Red velvet chicken tenders at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Red velvet chicken tenders at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Good ole' North American BBQ. This was mighty popular with the crowds...

Amercian style BBQ at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
My favourite -  a glazed donut grilled cheese sandwich. Oh yeah! Cheddar and havarti melted cheese topped with maple cured bacon and caramelized onion sandwiched on a freshly glazed cinnamon donut.

Grilled cheese donut sandwich at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
 Chocolate dipped cheesecake...

Chocolate dipped and deep fried cheesecake at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada


And in case you're still hungry... a foot long hot dog! Don't worry, we opted for mini hot dogs instead.

Foot long hot dogs at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Mini hot dogs at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Giant turkey legs as big as my head (seriously). 

Giant turkey legs at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Dulce mini donut pop! Mini cinnamon donuts in a ice-cream popsicle :) 

Mini donut pop at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
The one and only Colossal Onion... deep fried and served with a creamy salsa.

The Colossal Onion at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Mac & Cheese pizza. Taco pizza too.

Mac & Cheese pizza at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, Canada
Considering everything we ate, I'm amazed that we didn't return from Canada double our normal sizes. (Travel tip - always pack your running shoes.) My belly may have grown a bit, but thankfully that's due to a different reason.

So, who's hungry??

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6 comments

  1. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel now after reading your post...
    Did you go to another planet ;-) ??
    Such strange combinations... I really cannot imagine how some of those combos taste - what I do think, is that your waistline would not be so happy if you would eat this every day ;-)))

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    1. Ha ha! Calgary did feel like another planet at times. This trip really made me realise how used to British/UK culture I am!

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  2. I love your new blog name and design - I must have missed it earlier! I've seen crazy fried things like this at fairs in the US as well... deep fried Twinkies. I've never tried any though (except fried dough).

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, glad you like it :) I actually had it almost done months ago, but then pregnancy got in the way and I just didn't have the stomach (literally) to push it live. Mmmm fried dough. Would you recommend?

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  3. Oh my - I'm not sure I could try them... But I love your new blog design, you must be so pleased!

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    1. Thanks Natasha :) Yes! So nice to have a refresh and change.

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