The Naaco Truck picking up their award for Best New Midway Food for 2012[twitter]Here we go again. The diet goes out the window at the county fair. The Calgary Stampede has released their deep fried midway food list for 2013. Look out tummy, hello yummy. I’ve waded my way through Donut Burgers, Macaroni and Cheese Pizza, Turkeytinis, Pork Chops As Big As Your Head On A Stick, Deep Fried Kool-Aid, and Deep-Fried Wagon Wheels.
When it comes to food on the midway of a county fair, toss out the Canada Food Guide, or whatever pyramid you use to balance your diet because it isn’t going to matter. Wrap it in batter, deep fry it, put it on a stick, and you might find yourself with a winner.
In 2011, the Best Stampede Midway Food was Kubie Korn Balls. A corn fritter with kielbasa sausage that tasted like pancakes.
In 2012, the Best Stampede Midway Food was Naaco Bites from the Naaco Food Truck. A delicious butter chicken fritter with a cool slaw. Wonderful.
Here is some of the deep fried food list going for the honours at the 2013 Calgary Stampede:
Double Bacon Corndog: 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.
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: Homemade 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: A 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: Despite 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: Pieces of avocado are coated in light tempura batter and deep fried.
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: A pork taco with Adobe salsa, lime, red onions, habaneros (for the REAL Cowboy)
Flautas de Pollo: Rolled chicken tacos that are deep friend and with sour cream, Lettuce and Salsa on top
Chocolate Dipped Jalapeno: Just 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.B52 Fudge: Fudge 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.
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.
Pickle Shooters: Think you have the stomach for it? Shots of pure pickle juice are available for those daring enough to try.
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