The fair just isn’t the fair without some fair food munchies. Everyone has their favorite, of course, but one of the number one recognized fair foods is the corn dog washed down with ice cold lemonade, preferably in a discount refill cup.
The California State Fair has highlighted the food in various years, including 2013 with a theme of “Family, Fun, Food.” Fair food is typically considered that delicious stuff that is bad for you due to being deep fried or high in sugar or fat or both. But we really don’t care when it comes time to celebrate summer at the fair. A little indulgence is ok now and then and with food vendors advertising all kinds of enticing and interesting treats, snacks and meals its a shame not to go for the bad stuff at least just for a day.
Unusual creations get attention but they aren’t always likely to win people over. Taste has to follow the weirdness in order to succeed. Apparently a hamburger made with a Krispy Kreme donut for the bun is just weird enough to get raised eyebrows and tasty enough to sell 1,600 of them at the Pleasanton Alameda County Fair this year before heading over to Sacramento to set up for the California State Fair.
Don Delahoyde, owner of Stuffies Char-broiler and Five Star Catering, came up with the crazy burger and followed with the Hot Dog Sundae and now advertises these whacky creations as “Stuffies Heart Attack Specials.” The Sundae consists of a hotdog on a sweet donut roll with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. This can either make one go what, yuck or um-um-yum.
Fun fair foods come in all styles from traditional and cultural to whacky and wonderful. Please see the list for a short exploration of some of the fun foods offered at the 2013 California State Fair.
Krispy Kreme Burger
Stuffie’s Char-broiler offers two “Stuffies Heart Attack Specials” with a Krispy Kreme burger made with a donut bun and a Hot Dog Sundae also made with a donut bun while also including hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. Stuffie’s is owned by Five Star Catering with owner Don Delahoyde being the creator of these “heart attack specials” offered to fairgoers.
No fair would be quite right without the old favorite corn dog. Corn dogs are now offered in a variety of sizes from regular to super. For the more adventurous spice lovers, the Jalapeno corn dog can also be found at the fair along with chocolate covered corn dogs.
The corn dog will undoubtedly remain a festival and fair favorite for many more years to come. The corn dog summons fond family fun memories for many who appreciate that fairs are always made better with fair food.
Lemonade is associated with summer, picnics, and, of course, the California State Fair. The refillable cup option gives happy lemonade drinkers an opportunity to get their fill day after day of fair attendance without spending the full wad of bucks for another drink. The official refillable cup provides $2 refills of lemonade, ice tea and other thirst quenching favorites.
The Bacon Habit
The Bacon Habit, owned and operated by Nathan and Amber Vandewarker who are based in San Diego, is becoming a huge favorite of fair-goers this year. They previously vended with only a small cart serving churros and limited bacon food products. This year of 2013 they have a full food truck and a long list of bacon-delicious offerings including the pictured bacon wrapped chicken kabob as well as chocolate bacon, bacon wrapped turkey legs, “pork”abellas (bacon wrapped mushroom kabobs), bacon topped cheesecake and more. Yum!!!
The old standby french fry gets done over at the fair every year. Huge plates of curly fries, Tornado Potatoes, and other unique presentations of the fried potato are one of the most popular side dishes turned main meal at the fair.
Deep Fried Watermelon
Watermelon is surely a summer favorite everywhere it can be found. However, deep fried watermelon as seen here created by Cardinali is another unusual food well received at the fair. Creativity, good basics, and a little extra fat or frying is a typical food fair way of rendering the common into the unique and delicious.
Well everyone loves a donut and a cake and a churro and a waffle, don’t they? The funnel cake is one way to bring all those good and delightful sweet things into one happy dessert. The servers at the pictured Funnel Cakes wear T-shirts saying “Life is short, start with dessert.” Different toppings are available and the cakes are always made to order fresh!
Some of the food vendors offer everything we expect to find to eat at the fair since days long gone by. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, fried zucchini and onion rings, and sausage. If the new food just seems a bit too bizarre, the traditional is always a plentiful option.
Spaghetti Ice Cream
Cardinali’s also offers Spaghetti Ice Cream. What? The ice cream is designed to resemble spaghetti and is not, thankfully, made to taste like pasta and pasta sauce. The homemade ice cream is squeeze through a sort of pasta machine to create ribbons of vanilla ice cream which are then topped with strawberry topping and granulated sugar which represent tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.
This could very easily be a sugar overload or one of the most popular ice cream desserts available at the fair. Queried fair-goers expressed appreciation for the quality of ice cream as well as the unique and fun idea.
Although the fair has an abundance of pork, beef and chicken foods at hand, it requires one more protein to fill out the menu. Fried catfish is delicious when done well and there are several vendors who know how to make a mouth water and a tongue dance for crispy fish.
Giant turkey legs
A variety of food vendors can be seen cooking up turkey legs on the grill. The vision can make a person hungry. The CA State Fair would be really weird without BBQ turkey legs. The Bacon Habit even brings on the pork to further flavor and moisten the fowl feast.
More Corn Dogs
The CA State Fair has several food areas where the majority of the food vendors are located. However, corn dogs and other fair favorites can typically be found from east to west and front to back throughout the fair.
Traditional and cultural favorites like Greek, Mexican, Thai, Cajun, and BBQ are among the many food fair options to enjoy. The fair really does revolve around food, fun, and family.