This Month, We’re Excited to Eat the Big Pickle Tornado, Mango Shaved Ice Cream and Fish and Chips

Here are five things we can’t wait to try this July.

The Big Pickle Tornado is one of the new foods at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. Photograph courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

July is one of the busiest months for festivals in Calgary. Combine that with (hopefully great) summer weather and you’ve got the perfect excuse to try some new food. From Stampede treats to food truck dishes, here are five things we’re excited to eat this month.


The Big Pickle Tornado at the Calgary Stampede

The Big Pickle Tornado (click to the third image above) is one of the 63 new midway foods being offered at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. Offered from July 6 to 15, the hot dog stuffed pickle is a new twist on the popular Big Pickle Dog that launched last year and we’re excited to see if the deep fried tortilla exterior is better than the previous version’s corn dog exterior. You can vote for the new Stampede foods you’re most excited about here.

Calgary Stampede, 1410 Olympic Way S.E.,


Mango Shaved Ice Cream from JusFruit

This Taiwanese shaved ice cream is the perfect summer treat. The mango and house made panna cotta add just the right amount of sweetness and the shaved ice is light and fluffy. It’s big, but we have a feeling you’ll want to finish the whole thing. JusFruit has six locations in Calgary, but the Chinatown shop may be the most Instagrammable one with its large floral mural.

Multiple locations,


Two Two’s Fish & Chips at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Two Two’s Fish & Chips is the newest vendor at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. It serves fish and chips with battered and grilled fish options. It’s located by Shanghai Fine Food in the food court, so be sure to check it out on your next weekend visit.

510 77 Ave. S.E., 403-240-9113,


Gaucho Burger from Charbar

From paddling down the Bow River to cycling along the RiverWalk, East Village is one of the best places to be active in the summertime. When you’ve worked up an appetite, stop at Charbar for its stacked Gaucho Burger. It features two patties topped with aged provoleta and crushed avocado. Delish.

619 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115,


Tex Mex from Perogy Boyz food truck

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The best part of the annual Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 26 to 29) is obviously the music; the second-best part is the food. The Perogy Boyz food truck will be on the Folk Fest grounds this year and we’re excited to try the new Tex Mex perogies (only available through the summer) topped with melted jalapeo cheese, fresh corn and black bean salsa, sour cream and chorizo. And with all the dancing we’ll be doing, there’s no need to feel guilty.

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