Be it County Fair, Renaissance Fair, Parish Fair, or what have you…we all love fair food. In honor of the Orange County Fair and the LA County Fair which begin shortly, a query. If calories and cholesterol didn’t count, what would you pig out on at your local fair?
Corn dogs are a given, along with deep-fried anything.
That’s easy: Funnel cake. Unfortunately, most folks around here have never heard of it.
For those who don’t know, it’s basically breaded and deep-fried. Breaded and deep-fried what? No, you miss the point. It’s just breaded and deep-fried, nothing else. Then, you take out out of the oil, and cover it with powdered sugar.
What? No corndog love? Or giant turkey leg? Or Bloomin’ onion? Or tempura veggies with that tasty dipping sauce? Or BBQ… anything?
I saw something on the Orange County Fair site called a zucchini weenie.
What the hell? Don’t think I’m not gonna try it but still…what the hell? I go a little nutty at fairs and try things I’d probably not attempt to imbibe at other venues.
I guess it’s fair goggles.
The Deep Fried Butter served at the TX State Fair a couple of years ago made some news (and if you think the concept as-is is about as gross as you can get, think again - in addition to “orginal” you could get it in “garlic, cherry, or grape” flavor.)
The Blooming Onion. I MUST have my yearly Blooming Onion, with two containers of dipping sauce. (though the onions seem to be getting smaller every year). Those butterflied fries - potatoes - one potato thin sliced in one looong strand and doused with vinegar. Grilled smoked chicken (not with tomato based sauce, they use the white vinegar Cornell marinade) with salt potatoes. Butcher Boys sliced beef sandwiches with cheese and/or peppers and onions. And for dessert - cheesecake sundae, you choice of cheesecake covered with ice cream, caramel or chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. I wouldn’t miss any of that stuff for the world, but of course I spread it out over several visits.
At county fairs my answer is honestly nothing. Yech.
At Renaissance fairs, the giant turkey leg is what I always look forward to and go for. Then I’m disappointed. It dawned on my recently I haven’t had a delicious turkey leg in 20 years or something. They never seem fully cooked, and they hardly have flavor.
I dunno, maybe the first one I ever had was exceptionally good or, I was just really hungry and drunk.
In California they have these food and drink themed festivals all the time, and each one celebrates a different vegetable or something, so it’s hard to choose. Garlic fest, broccoli fest, asparagus fest… on and on. It’s all good and really bad for you!