Fun Facts About Calgary Stampede Midway Food

Find out how many food vendors apply every year and the one food item that didn’t make the cut in 2018.

Stampede Midway food photography by Shaun Robinson.

One of the great pleasures of Stampede is trying (or watching someone else try) the hair-raisingly bizarre concoctions on the midway. Scorpion pizza, prairie oysters, crocodile meat … Just how do they come up with this stuff? The answer, surprisingly, is science. James T. Radke, manager of retail attractions and midway operation for the Stampede, says his team looks at hard data on food and consumer trends to help determine what’s offered each year. Here are some figures that shed light on the process.

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This article appears in the June 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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