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Tongue pizza, squid ink corn dogs spice up menu for 2022 Calgary Stampede

Sisters Ava, Sophia and Elena Sangster (left to right) enjoy corn dogs at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, July 9, 2016. This summer's 10-day event offers some strange and spicy twists on traditional favourites, including beef tongue pizza and bad breath lemonade with garlic and onion. The annual rodeo and exhibition runs from July 8 to July 17. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — This summer's Calgary Stampede menu has some strange and spicy twists on traditional favourites.

A list has been released of 40 new items that are to be offered at the annual rodeo and exhibition, which runs from July 8 to July 17.

There's pizza with vine-ripened tomato sauce and slow-braised Alberta beef tongue, Korean squid ink corn dogs — half hot dog, half mozzarella dipped in black batter to resemble tentacles — and popcorn chicken dipped in popping candy.

Other highlights include waffle cookie dough ice-cream sandwiches, glazed doughnut grilled cheese, and Kraft dinner soft-serve ice cream.

There are regular hot dogs and mealworm hot dogs, regular lemonade and bad breath lemonade with garlic and onion, regular mini doughnuts and maple-glazed Oreo doughnuts. 

All of the items will be available at the Stampede grounds during the 10-day event.

"The spectacular and inventive dishes brought to the midway every year truly make the Calgary Stampede experience fun and memorable," Kyle Russell, director of programming, said in a news release Tuesday.

"The culinary experience is a 'must-do.'"

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2022.

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