Festival food is amazing - most people eat it occasionally and in celebration, so it's already got the advantage of being a positive part of an event. That being said, I thought I'd ask about the best of the best; what other people's favourite festival foods and what they predicted would be next. I polled through Facebook (definitely a convenience sample, I hope you won't mind), and these were some of the quality replies I received:
Favourite existing festival food?
· The deep fried pickles with hot sauce because I love pickles, and adding the greasiness of the deep fryer and a touch of spicy hot sauce makes it so unbelievably delicious. –LD
· Mini donuts. –ED
· Crispy french fries forever and always. –MG
· Deep fried cheesecake, hands down. Perfect texture contrast, with chocolate syrup for sweetness. -JS
· Funnel cakes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. It's the perfect combination of things. You've got your hot, salty and fluffy dough with sweet strawberry sauce and a dollop of creamy goodness. It's like the 5.0 version of a waffle. –RL
· I'm a big fan of the classics, things like soft ice cream, caramel apples and hot dogs. Its like the original, vintage county fair food that brings back memories. -MT
· My favorite food is definitely the mini doughnuts – I’m a sucker for the classics. Getting handed that bag (or bucket) of hot, gooey, sugary deliciousness is what dreams are made of. -MP
· Smarties caramel apple because it's amazing and it's basically healthy for you. -KH
· My favourite fair food would have to be either the mini drinkable watermelons (with the little tropical umbrellas) or the bacon wrapped foot long hotdogs. -JB
Dream festival food?
· My dream festival food would probably mini doughnuts, which they already have, no one can go wrong with mini doughnuts. –LD
· Deep fried poutine. –ED
· Pita and hummus because it's so yummy and also somewhat healthy sometimes? –MG
· Old fashioned onion rings. For some reason I could only find strange versions at the festivals I was at this year. –JS
· Not typical fried food, probably dim sum to go. But I suppose that's my favourite food anytime and anyplace... -RL
· For me, because of what I like, the ideal or dream festival food kind of already exists. -MT
· My dream food would be a something to do with a pierogi and poutine combo – love me some cheese and potatoes. -MP
· The issue is that there's so many delicious things I can't choose just one, but it's all so expensive you have to. I want more combo options, because it'd be sweet if I could get a mixed platter so I could enjoy the deep fried cheesecake, Oreos and churros all together.
· My dream festival food would be cheese filled smokies wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with bacon bits and onion bits with sour cream, kinda like a baked potato. -JB
Predicting the next crazy festival food?
· Next year I think that the Calgary Stampede will have nachos, but instead of chicken or beef being added they will have alligator meat or some kind of meat you wouldn't find at many restaurants. –LD
· Still deep fried poutine. –ED
· I feel like those spiralized fried potatoes are the next big thing, but then again maybe they already are. Potatoes are great. –MG
· Probably deep fried blueberry pie. I've got a strong feeling about this one. -JS
· I'm guessing deep fried lobster. Deep fried anything they haven't already made! –RL
· I think the next crazy festival food will probably be something new and really weird that's deep fried. Stampede is all about the whole "the bigger the better" thing, so anything that is oversized or that you would dare someone else to eat will be really popular. -MT
· Probably something excessive, like a deep-fried-cheesecake-ice-cream-sandwich-with-a-burger-patty-in-between monstrosity. –MP
· I think they're going to start bringing in weird meats, like snake on a stick or kangaroo tail, things that you'd only eat for the bragging rights. –KH
· I think the next crazy food at the Stampede should be a one up from the scorpion pizza, so maybe like tarantula or cobra pizza? If that's even legal. -JB
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