Circle The Wagons, how do I describe thee?! The organizers described it as a traveling food, beer & music carnival. However, I don’t think even that description does this event justice. That being said, I’m not an eloquent enough writer to capture the essence of what Circle The Wagons was so, I’ve opted to let my camera do the talking.
Cirque Nuit performers were putting on a show at the Big Top with performers all over the site!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the copious amounts of food consumed at this event. There were numerous options at Circle The Wagons with 13 different food trucks to choose from.
I enjoyed a sampler platter from The Dumpling Hero which comprised of cheeseburger, chicken & mushroom and pork & cabbage dumplings. These were accompanied by a variety of condiments including soy sauce, the highly recommended red vinegar and Sriracha. Yes, a meal is never complete without the inclusion of hot sauce! The hot sauce paired well with the deep fried cheeseburger dumping, while the red vinegar added an awesome acidic compliment to both chicken/mushroom and pork/cabbage. The soy sauce was there to add a salty component but all the dumplings were very well seasoned, so it was barely used.
My girlfriend decided to succumb to her cravings and got the poutine from the Wilk’ s Booth truck. Crinkle cut fries, cheese curds and a beef gravy all led to a well done, yet unspectacular take on a traditional poutine. However I felt the fries were screaming for some additional seasoning.
After seeing Fiasco Gelato’s Instagram account talk about Root Beer Gelato all week, it was constantly on my mind. I’m a big fan of root beer, so I was very excited to try this frozen bite. The root beer flavour was surprisingly subtle but the common root beer aftertaste of sassafras with a hint of vanilla was prevalent. The subtle flavour works so well with the creaminess of the gelato, which isn’t surprising since everyone loves a root beer float!
After spending a few more hours in the sun, some more snacks were required and I knew exactly what I wanted. The team at Family Freezed had been advertising their newest offering, a Vietnamese Coffee ice pop. Having just visited Vietnam, I have grown fond of all things Vietnamese coffee so I just had to try this. The top half of the ice pop had a distinct coffee flavour, while the second half tasted exactly like half-sweetened condensed milk. All of the ice pops I have had from Family Freezed have been extremely flavourful without being too sweet and this bite was no different!
While I indulged in a frozen treat, my girlfriend was cooling down with a lemonade from the same food truck. She opted for the Strawberry Sterling Forever which included fresh lemons, strawberries and thyme, all mashed together right in front of you. With the addition of water and a bit of sugar it was ready to go. A delicious take on a lemonade that quenches your thirst and provides a refreshing taste!
The last bite of the day was a small snack from Taiko Taco, where we decided to indulged on their Chili Chicken tacos. The steamed bao (steamed Chinese bun) was stuffed with deep fried chicken tossed in a sweet chili sauce and was topped with some pickled veggies. A well balanced taco with an awesome play on textures, the crispy coating on the chicken contrasted the soft pillowy texture of the bao. A delicious way to end our culinary adventure at Circle The Wagons.
Best bite of the day? Hands down the Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pop from Family Freezed, I could go for a fully stocked freezer of those bad boys!
Overall, in the humble opinion of this blogger, I’d call this event a raging success in every aspect! From the weather, to the beats, to the delicious bites and to the overall atmosphere just a stand up job from BassBus, YYC Food Trucks & Village Brewery for organizing and executing Circle The Wagons 2015. Kudos to you and your team on offering Calgarians such a unique event!