Food ven­dors Stam­pede-ready

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But for din­ers with, shall we say, a more thought­ful ap­proach to Stam­pede food con­sump­tion, there are other op­tions avail­able on the grounds.

The Range is back this year on the lower level of the Big Four. Washed out in 2013 by the flood, The Range has re­tained its rus­tic Western tone, but has been reen­vi­sioned as a train sta­tion with two long rows of ven­dors par­al­lel­ing a large seat­ing area.

New ven­dors this year in­clude lo­cal favourites Holy Smoke and Anejo, plus big chains Sub­way and NY Fries. And for the first time, Tim Hor­tons makes an ap­pear­ance. Look also for Freak Lunch­box serv­ing what they call “nos­tal­gic candy” and Scoop Slingers fea­tur­ing McKay’s ice cream.

Re­turn­ing to The Range are Wicked Wedge Pizza, Opa, Won­ton King, and for the 50th year, Billings­gate Fish & Chips. Billings­gate is broad­en­ing its hori­zons this year with the ad­di­tion of a sec­ond Range out­let — Chicken Chicken — serv­ing ro­tis­serie chicken. And since The Range is a fully li­censed area, there’ll be a walk-up bar called Palm Bay Tiki Hut.

The Stam­pede’s own Range food and bev­er­age out­lets have been trans­formed into a new con- cept called The Sta­tion, where 20 dif­fer­ent kinds of in­ter­na­tional beer and 20 dif­fer­ent flavours of wings will be served. The Sta­tion has been placed in the south­ern area of the Big Four lower level, re­plac­ing a large seat­ing area. It’s filled with cus­tom-built pic­nic ta­bles and lots of big tele­vi­sions, per­fect for watch­ing World Cup games. (There are also pri­vate sec­tions avail­able for large groups.)

And The Range is air-con­di­tioned, mak­ing it one of the most com­fort­able places to re­lax on a hot Stam­pede day.

On the main level of the Big Four, Mav­er­icks buf­fet has been re­placed with an a la carte menu, mak­ing it into a full-ser­vice, ca­sual restau­rant. The menu in­cludes sal­ads, pas­tas, burg­ers and sand­wiches. It too, makes a rest­ful stop in a day of Stam­ped­ing and is one of a few full-ser­vice restaurants on-site. There’s also Club­house Rus­tic Kitchen in the Grand­stand for a nice sit-down meal.

Din­ing in the Sco­tia­bank Sad­dle­dome is also back in the sad­dle this year af­ter last year’s flood hia­tus. Dur­ing Stam­pede, the classy Avi­sion Young Club is open to the pub­lic (usu­ally it’s only avail­able to those who have Club seats for events at the Dome). The Avi­son Young Club does a fine buf­fet at lunch ($17.95) and din­ner ($21.95), (kids $12.95, for ei­ther). It’s one of the best meal op­tions at Stam­pede Park.

Also in the Dome is Dut­ton’s Lounge, which has a full menu and live en­ter­tain­ment some evenings, fea­tur­ing Steve Pi­neo and the Joe De­fen­dants. Dut­ton’s serves a hearty collection of beer­braised ribs, AAA rib-eye steaks (10 ounces for $20), and burg­ers of var­i­ous styles. For those dis­in­clined to red meat, there’s an al­ba­core tuna salad with a grape­fruit vinai­grette, along with other leafy op­tions. Dut­ton’s is also packed with tele­vi­sions for both Stam­pede and World Cup ac­tion.

It’s great to see all the Stam­pede and Sad­dle­dome food out­lets up and run­ning this year. But, un­for­tu­nately, a cou­ple of Stam­pede-area favourites have not made it back from the flood. Both Lion’s Den and Il Gallo Nero, lo­cated on 17th Av­enue across from Stam­pede Park, suc­cumbed to the flood wa­ters and have closed per­ma­nently.

RESTAU­RANT GUIDE TO

AND BE­YOND IS AVAIL-

1 large egg yolk 3 to 4 tbsp (45-60 mL) chilled cream

Streusel 8 tbsp (120 mL or about 1/2 cup) un­salted but­ter, cut into 1/2-inch (1-cm) cubes 3/4 cup (180 mL) sliced al­monds 3/4 cup (180 mL) packed golden brown su­gar 1 tsp (5 mL) cin­na­mon 3/4 cup (180 mL) all-pur­pose flour

Fill­ing 5 cups (1.25 L) 1/2-inch (1-cm) slices rhubarb (about 12 small to medium stalks) 1 cup (250 mL) su­gar 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-pur­pose flour

Grated zest of 1 lemon

Ted Rhodes/Cal­gary Herald

The Food Court in The Big Four Build­ing is taped off and closed due to last year’s flood­ing at the Cal­gary Stam­pede. The Range re­turns to the lower level of the Big Four and has re­tained its rus­tic Western tone. New ven­dors in­clude lo­cal favourites and some big chains, too.

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