Summer is finally here. It may be eleven more days until it is official on the calendar and the sky may be gray and dreary, but it must be here because the San Diego County Fair has finally opened its doors to the public.
The theme for the 2011 San Diego County Fair is “Race to the Fair,” a theme the fair is backing up with a “Cruisin’ California” theme exhibit and visits from NASCAR driver Aric Almirola and characters from the Pixar movie Cars 2. But we know that’s not why you’re here. You’re here for the fair food, and Food & Drink Digital has the inside scoop.
For starters, Chicken Charlie is back with some fresh new greasy golden delights for the gastronomically adventurous, from brownies and Girl Scout cookies to “FryBQ Ribs” and Kool-Aid. The Deep Fried Butter Stand (once known as the Heart Attack Café) is upping the ante with deep fried pigs in a blanket, chocolate covered corn dogs, and bacon every which way from beer-battered to chocolate covered and deep fried. Meanwhile, the Del Mar Diner is slinging sweet potato corn dogs, hash brown corn dogs, and the “Cornucopia,” a deep fried corn on the cob. Possibly the biggest food news on the table is that legendary Pink’s is opening up a stand on the fairway with their special brand of outrageous hot dogs.
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Of course, all the other favorites are still there, too. The Gingerbread Shop is offering up a seriously delicious Eton Mess – Prince William’s favorite! – along with their usual gingerbread and hot cocoa sweet treats, and we can’t get enough of the perfectly textured hand cut potato chips at Tasti Chips (try them with a little lemon and malt vinegar, yum!). Ice cream, cheese curds, Dodger Dogs, Orange Julius, cinnamon rolls, elote – it’s all here.
Paralyzed by decision? Don’t worry, you can have it all! Every Tuesday is “Taste of the Fair Tuesday,” where vendors offer $2.00 mini-portions of some of their most popular taste sensations. So take your pick and go wild. Whatever your flavor, you certainly won’t leave the San Diego County Fair hungry.