Ignore the scales during Colonial Days

By Geoff Lee

June 21, 2016 8:49 AM

Have your fill of summer fun and food during Colonial Days Fair at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
Both will literally go hand in hand July 13-16, especially at the Stockade Garden Court where red seal chef Rob Hofer is planning a burger to die for.
“This year he is having a burger stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon topped with a cranberry salsa,” said Tess Wack, marketing specialist for the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
“He’s well known for what he makes.”
The best times to dig into a Hofer burger each day at the fair would be 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
While that’s going on, treats such as elephant ears, mini donuts, lemonade, pizza and ice cream will be available at the Garden Court from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and elsewhere at the fair grounds.
Some of the most popular goodies are gourmet ice cream sandwiches.   
“You get to pick your cookies and then pick whatever ice cream you want and then you can roll it into toppings and it’s just really good,” said Wack, who said she’s tasted a few.
With up to 40,000 people expected to attend the fair, extra food and ingredients have been ordered and some of the desserts can be made in advance.
“We hire additional staff to support us through Colonial Days,” said Wack.
Chef Robin Davis is serving 6-oz burgers in the Exhibition Grill and will present a special fast food meal that could be called the “wolf down.”
“She’s featuring a redneck poutine, which I got to sample and it’s quite delicious as well,”  said Wack, who went on to describe it.
“So its got barbecued beef, bacon, cheese curds and gravy and shredded cheese on top—so no calories at all!”
There will be food concessions throughout the exhibition grounds including the midway where more of those elephant ears, and mini-donuts will be available.
“Lots of times there’s ribbon fries—those are really good,” said Wack.
“I wait every year to have some and I’m sure they’re going to bring some new things as well.”
A sports bar-like atmosphere will be created at the Stockade Garden Court Lounge.
“One new thing in the garden court lounge is we are going to have live broadcasts of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Rangerland Derby as well as some other sports events,” said Wack.
The lounge will operate from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with a Taste of Tropics drinks from Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean and Jamaica daily from 6 to 8 p.m. with live local bands.

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