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Deep-fried deliciousness

Calgary Stampede fans have been enjoying the unique and winning tastes of the Okanagan.

Vernon food vendors Ogopogo Concessions and International Perogies have taken top honours for the best new sweet food and the best new savoury food respectively at the popular Alberta rodeo.

Ryan Carlos took top honours for his teriyaki chicken perogy, while Jennifer and Lorne Beckett won for their inventive deep-fried coffee.

Deep-fried what?

“It is freshly brewed coffee mixed with a vanilla cake batter and then deep fried,” Jennifer said of the creation that is then covered in one of three gourmet toppings.

“We won with the salted caramel,” said Jennifer, who credited her husband for designing the tasty treat.

The Vernon vendors were chosen tops out of 33 new foods selected by stampede officials.

Some of the other unique culinary creations included mac and cheese stuffed burgers, fruit-infused grilled cheese, deep-fried tequila shot bites, a pickle stuffed with a hotdog, butter chicken fries, deep-fried Oreo milkshake and others.

From the Calgary Stampede, the deep-fried Okanagan delight will be on sale at K-Days in Edmonton later this month and then again at the PNE in Vancouver in August.

Jennifer said they will be at the IPE in the fall to sell their popular mini-doughnuts, but fans wanting to try the deep-fried spectacle will have to head to the Coast.

Jennifer said they only have one mobile vending truck equipped to make the coffee sensation and that has been booked for the PNE.

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