Food vendors Stampede-ready
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
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.