‘Tis the Season… Hot Dog Season!

July 12, 2022

Hot dog season has officially begun and it’s one of my favourite times of the year! The air is filled with the smell of onions and bbq wieners. This heavenly summertime food can be found at several outdoor establishments including street fairs, exhibitions, picnics, and many businesses province wide.

I’ll be traveling this summer throughout Saskatchewan (wherever my nose will take me) trying out the many hot dog stands while supporting local charities/fundraising organizations or attending neighbouring businesses hosting customer appreciation events.

It is said this tasty delicacy, originally called dachshund sausages, and its cart came to life in North America in 1867 on Cony Island by German immigrant Charles Feltman. Rumour is he was slinging sausages, milk rolls and sauerkraut from a cart in the NYC Bowery and sold over 3,684 his first year. ¹

hot dog

The hot dog is one of the most versatile foods ever! It can be boiled, grilled, fried, and even eaten right out of the fridge. There are also many ways you can dress up your frankfurter. Try some of these combinations or be creative and invent your own:

  • Cheese, bacon and fried onions
  • Sauerkraut, cheese and mustard
  • Chorizo, pickled jalapenos and cheddar cheese
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Mustard, ketchup and relish
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Or whatever pleases your taste buds!

Did you know there is etiquette to eating a hot dog?

Do

  • Serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns
  • Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands
  • Use paper plates to serve
  • Use paper napkins
  • Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed

Don’t

  • Put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun.
  • Dress the bun. Always “dress the dog”. Condiments should be applied in the following order:
    • Wet condiments like mustard, and ketchup
    • chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut
    • shredded cheese
    • spices like celery salt or pepper

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 20 (third Wednesday in July) with your favourite weenie, frankfurter, hot dog, wiener, sausage, or dog or whatever you choose to call it and enjoy!

kids eating hot dogs

Need to stock up on your hot dog supplies?  Connect to the many local grocery stores, butcher shops and even hardware stores in your area on Mysask411!

-Karen is the Marketing Support Assistant on the Brand & Digital Platforms Team at Directwest


Sources:

https://www.thehotdog.org/history-of-the-hot-dog/¹

https://www.hot-dog.org/culture/hot-dog-etiquette²