It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again; the Calgary Stampede has returned for its 2017 run. When you head to the midway, there is no shortage of indulgent edibles to sink your teeth into or quench your thirst with. Cinnamon-sugar-dusted mini doughnuts, Hawaiian shaved ice, ridiculously long hot dogs, deep-fried jell-o (yes, really) and plenty more.

Sampling midway fare can definitely put a dent in your wallet, so if you’re looking to spend some money trying something calorie-ridden, you may as well keep things local. Here are a few local vendors and their quirky food offerings to seek out at this year’s Calgary Stampede.

Avatara Pizza‘s Rabbit Pizza

Avatara pizza Calgary Stampede

Craving some pizza while on the midway? That’s natural, but the real question is: are you down to try some rabbit pizza? Served on a thin-crust pizza, braised rabbit is topped with peppers, olives, basil, plenty of cheese and a drizzle of honey. Avatara is gluten-free friendly, so if wheat is an issue for you, you can still partake in the unorthodox dish.

Family Freezed Mini Doughnut Popsicle Version 2.0

Mini doughnut popsicle Calgary Stampede

This local gourmet popsicle-maker rose to fame during the 2015 Stampede when owner Jennifer Andrews debuted her award-winning mini doughnut popsicle. After eating several during one midway visit, I can verify it’s as delicious as it sounds. This year, Andrews has reworked the popsicle recipe to include a dolce de leche cream base with chunks of mini doughnuts, which are then dipped in butterscotch and dipped again into cinnamon and sugar.

Family Squeezed Deep-fried Lemonade

Family Squeezed fried lemonade

I guess it’s true what they say; you can deep-fry pretty much everything when you put your mind to it. One of the most unusual new midway items of the year, these little lemon zest-accented fritters will probably taste more like a lemony doughnut than anything and, well, that doesn’t sound too bad after all, does it?

Take It And Go’s Papri Cone

Papri Cone Calgary Stampede foods

This East African food vendor serves up dishes that are primarily vegetarian, but still big on flavour. Go sweet-meets-savoury with something with their Papri Cone, a waffle cone that’s dusted with an African spice mix and filled to the brim with potatoes, homemade corn chips, chickpeas and onions, and then topped with some yogurt and a tamarind sauce. This might even be classified as healthy-ish? I’m just going to tell myself that!

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