Calgary Stampede a gastro adventure for all tastes

Marlene Fidler shows off some bacon wrapped pork belly on a stick at the Calgary Stampede Midway in...

Marlene Fidler shows off some bacon wrapped pork belly on a stick at the Calgary Stampede Midway in downtown Calgary on Thursday, July 3, 2014. You'll find this among the 130 food booths that are serving up all kinds for all tastes. Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency

MARK VILLANI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET

Only the finest delicacies and cuisine make the cut at the Calgary Stampede.

This year is no different as it brings forth a combination of 32 all-new classic and stomach testing foods for anyone up to the challenge.

“It’s been a huge collaboration between the midway department and all of the food industries that come to us all over North America,” said James Radke, midway manager at the Calgary Stampede.

“We compare our ideas, figure out what is trending, and work our creative minds from there to develop some of these spectacular foods on the grounds.”

The Stampede will have 46 different operators on the midway this year with approximately 130 food booths.

Among the talk of the crowds this year will be scorpion pizza — a slice of pizza topped with baby scorpions.

“It started out as cricket pizza, then mealworm pizza and now as the idea progressed we have really outdone ourselves with this newest creation,” said Radke.

Not daring enough to stomach some of the creepy crawly delights? Not to worry at all. There is a variety of the traditional foods found on the grounds once again this year from everything on a stick to the traditional hamburger or hotdog.

The Calgary Stampede is certainly famous for their choice of fatty foods — however there are also a great number of healthy alternatives for those with allergies or dietary restrictions this year as well.

“There is something to satisfy your Stampede food cravings while avoiding sensitive allergies — each year, our vendors bring back mouth-watering meals, fresh salads, and other healthy options for you to try,” said Radke.


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