Saturday, June 23, 2012

Eating Our Way Through the County Fair!

Nothing kicks off summer in San Diego better then opening day announcements of the county fair.  Known for being one of the largest in the country, the San Diego County Fair  boasts a traditional range of competitive events, live stock shows, exhibits, games and rides.  For most, anticipation runs high when it comes to the updated list of newly comprised random edibles.  Battered, fried, wrapped in bacon or doused in chocolate all unique, some outlandish and are most definitely geared towards out doing the prior year’s selection. 

We like making the most of our day, getting in most of what the fair has to offer, and have a pretty good strategy for making our way through each experience – start with a snack, wander through the exhibits and then hit the rides before indulging in as many fair treats as we can handle.  Aside from the sinfully delicious fried delectable’s there is usually a good selection of healthier options such as this year’s highlight the Antipasto Bread Bowl.

A crisp mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce lightly tossed in a red wine vinaigrette and topped with tomatoes, pepperoncini, mozzarella, black olives and salami served in a freshly baked crusty sour dough bread bowl.

Without fail someone in the group kicks off snack round one with an order of Aussie Chips.
Sliced potatoes battered, fried and topped with your choice of nacho cheese, ranch and/or sweet chili sauce they are crisp and phenomenally delicious.

At some point, we venture towards some of the more outlandish options, and this year was no different as we found ourselves in front of the “Bacon-A-Fair” in search of the highly recommended “Pork-abello” Kebab. 

Mushrooms stuffed with gouda, wrapped in back then grilled until the mushrooms are tender
and the bacon is crisp.

And if mushrooms aren’t your preference an excellent alternative are the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.
Filled to the brim with cream cheese and then wrapped in crispy bacon, these pack a punch on the
spice scale and are flavor packed.

What's a bacon themed concession without a Bacon Wrapped Fried Hotdog?
Wrapped in bacon, breaded and fried until crisp.

Other snack option include Cheesy Bread – fresh sour dough buttered and topped with mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, Italian Sausage topped with grilled peppers & onions and Fried Cheese Curds.   

And for those looking for something a little more familiar popular food vendor setup shop as well serving pizza and corn dogs all incredibly tasty offering plenty of variety for every taste.

After we've made our way through all there is to look at, rode as many rides as our stomachs can handle and wandered through more exhibits then anyone should in one day, we end the day with something sweet.  One of the most talked about desserts all over the news was a twist on a fair classic - funnel cake - and I couldn't wait to make my way to try the latest version.

Red Velvet Funnel Cake - Traditional funnel cake topped with cream cheese frosting, 
whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Of course we couldn't leave without one last treat - Cream Puffs.
Profiteroles topped with fresh vanilla, chocolate and strawberry whipped cream - a perfectly light ending.


  1. To be honest, I'm a little surprised to see the antipasto. No deep fried butter? Congratulations for being selected to host a foodbuzz 24X24 party!

  2. One of the things I like about going is that there are better options to the fried bacon wrapped snacks. I have to admit I made the decision before hand to bypass the fried butter booth. :)

  3. This array of choices is making me drool.. literally. I have a weak spot for OZ fries.. LOL.. thanks for stopping by my blog too. I truly appreciate it. Do stay in touch!!! Cheers, Jo