The Fair Is A Veritable Smorgasbord
I love the fair. Absolutely love it. Why you ask? Well, it could be the awesome carnival rides. Or it could be the adorable animals. Or it could even be taking those "Olde Tyme" photographs with my friends (oh, you know that you love to dress up in Saloon outfits and pose with a shotgun!). But honestly, there is only one thing that revs me up for the fair. One thing that gets me dreaming about it. One thing that turns me into a five year old chanting "It's fair time! It's fair time!" as we load up the car for the long drive to Pomona. And that one thing is the food!
Read more about delicious fair food after the jump!
I go to the fair every year and I have some old standbys that I just NEED to eat. Grilled corn is one of those must haves. And it won't be difficult to find as there must be 50 corn stands. Mmm the way it gets all caramelized from the grill just tantalizes me.
Another fair must have, for me at least, is a barbeque turkey sangwich-- yes, I call them sangwiches, deal with it. Turkey sangwiches are hard to find, only certain stands have them. But they are delicious-- juicy turkey breast meat smothered in spicy BBQ sauce served on a soft, fresh bun. Today I ate one from a stand called "Juicy Texas BBQ." It was near all the shopping expos, in case you want to hunt it down. Beware though, most food stands this year boasted Texas in their title (i.e. "Texas Donuts"), but most didn't offer these fine, spicy, juicy turkey sangwiches. If those aren't your thing, you can always chow down on a delicious smoked Turkey leg. Beware though, turkey legs are very large and very messy. You really feel like an almighty carnivorous human being while eating one, which i think is why I prefer the more civilized sandwich.
Amongst my other favorites are homemade and freshly fried tater chips! Once you've had a fresh-from-the-fryer chip, it's hard to go back to the bagged kind. I also like munching on a huge, crisp, sour, dill pickle. In the dessert realm of things, I love the gingerbread cake from the cute little Hansel & Gretel-esque stand. They also sell delicious cookies, hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls. And of course, you can never go wrong at the fair with a good Old Fashioned caramel or candy apple!
Those are just some of my fair favorites, but there are so many other great and interesting goodies to try. You can get a huge 1/2 lb Western Dog-- think really long hot dog on a super sized bun. Or you can get pizza, pasta, Thai or Chinese food. If it's familiarity you crave, hit up the King Taco or Pink's stands.
But let's not forget the theme of the year is, as Carrie mentioned to us, "everything deep fried." I saw signs advertising: Deep fried frogs legs, deep fried snickers bars and twinkies, deep fried corn on the cob, deep fried veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, artichokes, eggplant and avocado, deep fried dill pickles, deep fried chocolate, deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and even deep fried Coca Cola. And that's just the crazy deep fried stuff. There's funnel cake, fried chicken, and of course corny dogs.
As you can see, if you can imagine it, they probably serve at the fair. Heck, they even serve a Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich--that's Chicken Breast put between a Krispy Kreme donut! My only complaint is that this year the food prices have been raised and now eating all at the fair for one day cost me around $30. That's rough. Oh well, the fair happens once a year and it is the one day besides Thanksgiving that my tummy eagerly waits for. Fair food is awesome and you should haul your ass down to Pomona to eat it! Go! Eat! Now!