I'm kind of a state fair junkie. I attend the California State Fair religously. I've been to the Minnesota State Fair. I actually went to Southwest's Web site to see how much it would cost to pay a visit to the Iowa State Fair to see the butter cow. (It's really expensive to fly to another state just to go to their state fair.)
The reason I like state fairs? All the fried foods.
So here are some of this year's battered and fried treats.
Deep-Fried Pop Tarts: "When it comes to fair foods this year, nothing beats deep-fried Pop-Tarts, available for $5 directly behind the Promenade Stage at the Sweet Cheeks food stand. It’s overwhelmingly sweet, but tastes like a jelly-filled doughnut. Be sure to have it covered in chocolate, or it will be too doughy." Sac News & Review
Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniel's: "The folks at The Bacon Habit think everything is better with bacon and they’re testing it at this year’s California State Fair at Cal Expo by introducing “bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel's.” The item is a bourbon-infused churro wrapped in bacon and barbecued, then served with maple syrup and whipped cream. It’s hard to say whether it is breakfast, lunch or desert, but that doesn’t matter, because this is fair food." Sac Biz Journal
Spaghetti Ice Cream: "Way back in the past, Dippin' Dots claimed to be the “Ice Cream of the Future.” Well, it's the future now, and the new ice cream of the future is something called spaghetti ice cream. This stringy, noodle-shape ice-cream concoction debuted at the fair last year." Sac News & Review
Caveman Turkey Leg: "The top novelty item this year looks to be the Caveman Turkey Leg, a 2-pound smoked turkey leg wrapped in a pound of bacon. It will be at Bacon Habit, owned and operated by Nathan and Amber Vandewarker of Fire & Ice Concessions." Sac Bee
Frozen Cheescake On a Stick: Much like the frozen banana, the frozen cheesecake on a stick is another great treat to help fairgoers through hot days. Sac News & Review
Chicken-Waffle Tacos: Other dishes at the fair – less intense but still a bit bizarre – will be chicken-waffle tacos, deep-fried Nutella, red velvet funnel cake, pork chops on a stick, the world’s hottest ice cream (made with ghost peppers), chicken breast squeezed between raspberry doughnuts to make “sandwiches,” and caramel-sea salt milkshakes. Sac Bee
Um...I might need to start planning my post-State Fair diet now if I'm going to sample all this food.
The California State Fair opens Friday and closes on Sunday, July 27. Find out more online at BigFun.org.
California State Fair 2014: What’s New? What’s Bacon-Wrapped? - But don’t worry, fans of deep-fried food, the iconic offerings will be back. Last year’s favorites, the deep fried watermelon and spaghetti ice cream will be back, along with other traditional deep-fried fare. A new addition for those seeking a culinary thrill ride, is the bourbon-soaked churro, which is wrapped in bacon, dipped in maple syrup and barbecued. Sam Cohen on FOX 40.
VIDEO: State Fair Preview - Amy Carabba is taking a look at all the food available at the fair this year including bacon wrapped Jack Daniel's. On Good Day Sac.
VIDEO: California State Fair offers many surprises; Farm will have messages on urban gardening, drought-resistant crops - Vendors were busy Monday getting their food trucks ready for Friday’s opening. Jimmy Pon is a second-generation vendor at the State Fair, where his family has been selling egg rolls on a stick for 40 years. He returns every year because of "the food, of course," Pon said. "And for the people. It’s a great fair. It’s family fun." It’s the busy season for Milo’s Corn Dogs and Pizza, where managers are hiring 30 people this year, gearing up for the big event. Mike Lurey on KCRA.
Wine, the State Fair, and what pairs well with Twinkies - Mike Dunne, the former longtime wine and food critic for The Bee, shared his thoughts about the State Fair’s wine competition and the enjoyments that wine in general can provide during a live chat on Wednesday. His comments and answers to questions posed by chat participants provided further insights about the state of wine in California and how he best enjoys the many versions of the drink that blesses this region. Brian Blomster in the Sac Bee.
California State Fair: Here’s what you must do - 3 to 6 p.m July 19: Brewer’s Festival. Beer enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this opportunity to sample some of California’s best microbrew beers at what Greg Kinder, deputy manager of fair programs, calls “the least expensive, best brewers festival ever to be found.” A wristband entitles the bearer to 10 samples of award-winning beers from the California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew competition. Samples, chosen from nearly 50 micro-brews offered, will be served in a 5-ounce mug that participants can take home as a souvenir. Isabelle Taft in the Sac Bee.
Farm-to-fork focus at State Fair - Not all fair fare comes out of a deep fryer or is stuck on a stick. This year’s California State Fair will celebrate Sacramento’s status as the nation’s Farm to Fork Capital with special exhibits, tastings, hands-on activities, how-to lessons and cooking demonstrations. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.