Calgary Stampede reveals 57 weird and wacky midway foods for 2023

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Dust off your cowboy boots and start steeling your stomach — the Calgary Stampede has just dropped its list of new midway foods for 2023.

The Stampede’s annual list of wacky, weird and wonderful midway treats is 57 items long and features something for even the most discerning of foodies.

Coming to this year’s midway are a lot of new takes on favourite flavours in the form of reworked mini doughnuts, hotdogs and corndogs.

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be a true midway experience without some deeply outrageous offerings — think ketchup and mustard ice cream, spicy pickle lemonade and Flamin’ Hot dill pickle cookies.

Whether you tend to gravitate toward the deep-fried morsels, the sweet treats, or you just want to try something nauseating novel, you’re sure to find it on the Stampede midway.

We’ve broken down this year’s new foods into three categories: Try them, if you dare; A little out there; and Save us some. Scroll to check out this year’s new Stampede foods.

Try them, if you dare

Ketchup and Mustard Ice Cream

Tangy and delicious, these waffle cones dunked in your favourite condiment, rolled in matching sprinkles, garnished with none other than a fry or pretzel.


These waffle cones are dunked in your favourite condiment, rolled in matching sprinkles and garnished with none other than a fry or pretzel.


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Neon Dog

Light up the night with a bright blue or bright red hotdog.


Light up the night with a bright blue or bright red hotdog.


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Street Corn Lemonade

A twist on the most classic carnival drink on the midway. This lemonade is infused with spicy Tajin, corn juice and hint of lime, garnished with all the street corn fixin's, from a dab of salt to a pinch of chives.


A twist on the most classic carnival drink on the midway. This lemonade is infused with spicy Tajin, corn juice and a hint of lime, garnished with all the street corn fixin’s, from a dab of salt to a pinch of chives.


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Spicy Pickle Lemonade

The spicy contender to your favourite pickle lemonade on the midway. Infused and garnished with fresh jalapenos.


The spicy contender to your favourite pickle lemonade on the midway. Infused and garnished with fresh jalapenos.


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$100 Dog

A 12-inch jalapeno cheddar dog made with aged wagyu & elk meat which has been marinated in a 2010 Lokoya Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon for five days. It is served atop a bed of thinly sliced Bundnerfleisch in a red pepper and sun-dried tomato ciabatta topped with melted cheese, German sauerkraut, onions and banana peppers


A 12-inch jalapeno cheddar dog made with aged wagyu & elk meat which has been marinated in a 2010 Lokoya Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon for five days. It is served atop a bed of thinly sliced Bundnerfleisch in a red pepper and sun-dried tomato ciabatta topped with melted cheese, German sauerkraut, onions and banana peppers.


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Kool-Aid Chicken Burger

Juicy, tasty chicken goodness with a sweet cherry red glaze.


Juicy, tasty chicken goodness with a sweet cherry red glaze.


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Gouda Gator Dog

A 10-inch hot dog made with alligator trim and gouda cheese.


A 10-inch hot dog made with alligator trim and gouda cheese.


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Flamin’ Hot Popcorn Chicken Poutine

Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Nashville-style hot sauce are added to popcorn chicken poutine to give it a fiery kick.


Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Nashville-style hot sauce are added to popcorn chicken poutine to give it a fiery kick.


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Super Seafood Michelada

This refreshing summer dish is inspired by a famous Mexican cocktail, it has all the original spice, sauces and tangy taste which contains shrimps, octopus, squid, fruit, cucumber, orange soda and Clamato.


This refreshing summer dish is inspired by a famous Mexican cocktail, it has all the original spice, sauces and tangy taste and contains shrimp, octopus, squid, fruit, cucumber, orange soda and Clamato.


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Spider Bao

Deep fried golden soft shell crab wrapped in a soft bun paired with house made slaw and cucumbers then drizzled with house made mayo, garnished with crispy fried shallots, and toasted sesame seeds


Deep-fried golden soft-shell crab wrapped in a soft bun paired with house-made slaw and cucumbers then drizzled with house-made mayo and garnished with crispy fried shallots and toasted sesame seeds.


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Peanut Butter Pickle Dog

The Big Pickle Dog is not new to fairgrounds, but this year they've added peanut butter and jam to the equation.


The Big Pickle Dog is not new to fairgrounds, but this year they’ve added peanut butter and jam to the equation.


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Flamin’ Hot Dill Cookie

A sugar cookie loaded with dill pickle, topped with Flamin' Hot Cheetos frosting.


A sugar cookie loaded with dill pickle, topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos frosting.


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A little bit out there

Falafel Perogies

Bite-sized perogies are topped with falafel, sautéed onions, lettuce, red cabbage and sliced cucumbers; all drizzled with a garlic sweet sauce and sriracha.


Bite-sized perogies are topped with falafel, sautéed onions, lettuce, red cabbage and sliced cucumbers; all drizzled with a garlic sweet sauce and sriracha.


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Mini Donut Boba Lemonade

"Mini donut milk” shaken with classic lemonade and finished off with popping honey boba.


“Mini donut milk” shaken with classic lemonade and finished off with popping honey boba.


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Elkeroni Pizza

Vine-ripened and naturally sweet tomato sauce, mozza, locally prepared elk pepperoni, arugula and mushrooms.


Vine-ripened and naturally sweet tomato sauce, mozza, locally prepared elk pepperoni, arugula and mushrooms.


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Poutine Colossal Onion

A classic Colossal Onion smothered with traditional cheese curds and topped with vegetarian gravy.


A classic Colossal Onion smothered with traditional cheese curds and topped with vegetarian gravy.


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Dunkaroos Mini Donuts

One dozen vanilla cookie mini donuts served with a dunk-able rainbow chip frosting.


One dozen vanilla cookie mini donuts served with a dunk-able rainbow chip frosting.


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Fruit Loop Funnel Cake

Think cereal milk on the midway. Crushed fruit loops, strawberries, condensed cereal milk and whipped cream.


Think cereal milk on the midway. Crushed fruit loops, strawberries, condensed cereal milk and whipped cream.


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Pickleback Dog

A hotdog with an infused smoked whisky sauce, dill pickles, together with a spicy, cheesy relish.


A hotdog with an infused smoked whisky sauce, and dill pickles, together with a spicy, cheesy relish.


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Crispy Pig Ear on a Stick

Perfectly crisped pig ears, drizzled with a hint of spice and a flavourful sauce.


Perfectly crisped pig ears, drizzled with a hint of spice and a flavourful sauce.


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Quesabirria Ramen

This Mexican-inspired fair food dish combines gooey melted cheese with savory beef stew to create hearty noodles.


This Mexican-inspired fair food dish combines gooey melted cheese with savoury beef stew to create hearty noodles.


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Tiramisu Pineapple

Homemade tiramisu soft serve on top of your favourite pineapple beverage, served in a pineapple, garnished with a ladyfinger, dunked in Espresso and rolled in fresh-ground coffee.


Homemade tiramisu soft serve on top of your favourite pineapple beverage, served in a pineapple, garnished with a ladyfinger, dunked in Espresso and rolled in fresh-ground coffee.


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Habanero Cherry Ice Cream Taco

Waffle cone taco, filled to the brim with vanilla ice cream, stuffed with a habanero cherry sauce, dipped in chocolate and garnished with sweet pop rock sprinkles.


Waffle cone taco, filled to the brim with vanilla ice cream, stuffed with a habanero cherry sauce, dipped in chocolate and garnished with sweet pop rock sprinkles.


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Click to play video: '‘Punk rock flophouse’ dollhouse wins Calgary Stampede crafts competition'


‘Punk rock flophouse’ dollhouse wins Calgary Stampede crafts competition


Save us some

Cherry Cheesecake Mini Donuts

Warm mini donuts topped with sweet cherry pie filling. Swirls of decadent cream cheese glaze and topped with rich cheesecake pieces.


Warm mini donuts topped with sweet cherry pie filling. Swirls of decadent cream cheese glaze and topped with rich cheesecake pieces.


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Extreme Zeus Poutine

Fresh cut fries, cheese curds, rich gravy, topped with grilled lamb, caramelized onions, garnished with chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, pickled beets, green onions and a drizzle of tzatziki and donair sauce.


Fresh cut fries, cheese curds, rich gravy, topped with grilled lamb, caramelized onions, garnished with chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, pickled beets, green onions and a drizzle of tzatziki and donair sauce.


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Asian Shrimp Chip Nachos

Piles of crunchy shrimp chips layered with Asian-style beef crumbles, carrot, green onions and finished with a drizzle of sweet mayo.


Piles of crunchy shrimp chips layered with Asian-style beef crumbles, carrot and green onions and finished with a drizzle of sweet mayo.


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Frosty Pink Lemonade Ice Cream

A refreshing, sweet and creamy treat of ice cream and pink strawberry lemonade.


A refreshing, sweet and creamy treat of ice cream and pink strawberry lemonade.


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La Catira Picosa

Arepa filled with shredded marinated chicken, cheese, avocado, topped with homemade habanero hot sauce.


Arepa filled with shredded marinated chicken, cheese and avocado, topped with homemade habanero hot sauce.


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Masala Tater Stick

Spiced potato mixture on a stick, battered and coated with crunchy vermicelli. Served with curry ketchup.


Spiced potato mixture on a stick, battered and coated with crunchy vermicelli. Served with curry ketchup.


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Cheesy Korean Corndog

A traditional corndog, rolled in Panko crumbs and topped with Japanese mayo and teriyaki sauce.


A traditional corndog, rolled in Panko crumbs and topped with Japanese mayo and teriyaki sauce.


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Vasa Pav

Mumbai's favorite veggie burger. Comes loaded with potatoes, mustard seeds, curry leaves and fresh flavors of cilantro and green chilies.


Mumbai’s favourite veggie burger. Comes loaded with potatoes, mustard seeds, curry leaves and fresh flavours of cilantro and green chillies.


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Golden Dragon Ice Pop

Made with dragon fruit and coconut jellies and covered in edible 24-karat gold.


Made with dragon fruit and coconut jellies and covered in edible 24-karat gold.


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Tatto

a classic sweet treat in the Philippines made with silken Tofu, Sago, or Tapioca pearls, and a simple brown sugar syrup.


A classic sweet treat in the Philippines made with silken tofu, sago, or tapioca pearls, and a simple brown sugar syrup.


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Holy Bao

Full-sized sampler pack of three baos. Includes one soft shell crab Bao, one pork belly Bao, and one deep fried pickle Bao.


Full-sized sampler pack of three baos. Includes one soft-shell crab bao, one pork belly bao and one deep-fried pickle Bao.


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You can check out the full list of 2023 midway foods here.

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The 2023 Calgary Stampede runs from July 7 to July 16.

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