You know it’s fair season when you see chicken and waffles on a stick! The San Diego County Fair returns June 3rd with a plethora of deep-fried goodies from nachos to french toast. Here are our top picks for San Diego County fair foods. Continue reading
The 2015 San Diego County Fair opens June 5, and a visit to the fair wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a sweet or deep fried concoction. Along with the usual fair favorites, Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, and Tasti-Chips, Pork is gracing the menu boards at the 2015 San Diego County Fair. Check out what’s new this year:
THE YEAR OF THE PORK
This year, the San Diego County Fair’s theme will be “The Fab Four,” meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first visit to the US, which prompted the British Invasion in music as well as pop culture. La Jolla Blue Book got to experience a pre-opening media day, where we got to sample some of the new and exciting fair foods being offered at this year’s 2014 San Diego County Fair. Here is our top five (in no particular order) new fair foods to try this year:
Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time for the San Diego County Fair. This years theme is “Game on!” which will spotlight classic and nostalgic games and show how these have evolved over the years; from board games to video games and computer games, technology has enhanced the gaming culture beyond our dreams.
We recently had the pleasure of previewing some of the top fair foods this year during media day at the 2013 San Diego County Fair. We tasted some classic favorites like corn dogs to new items like bacon root beer. This year the SD Fair will host the Big Bite Bacon Fest, the first and only bacon event of its kind across the nation on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013.
Some of our favorite featured bacon items were: Deep fried bacon-wrapped pickles at Chicken Charlie’s, bacon root beer and some type of melted cheese-fried dough concoction at the Bacon A-Fair aka Heart Attack Café. We also tried bleu cheese burger (one of our favorites) at Grantburger. Rubicon Deli, one of our favorite delis in San Diego, had bacon sandwiches. For desserts there were bacon-covered maple glazed donuts and bacon flavored cotton candy from the Candy Factory.
Now for the classic fair foods. First up is the famous (or infamous) Chicken Charlie’s, known for their outrageous deep fried creations and this year did not disappoint. The new item this year is a sloppy joe with shredded cheddar and a Krispy Kreme donut as the bun. The sweet and spicy flavors make it an interesting and tasty treat. For the healthier conscious eater they have grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs and grilled teriyaki chicken and rice inside a halved pineapple. This little concoction will run you $12.95 if you choose to partake.
Next, we tried “The Ranch” which was serving up tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches. Both were good and the BBQ sauce was tasty. We recommend this if BBQ is your thing. After that, we headed to “Bacon A-Fair”, where they were serving up wild boar kabobs, which were very good. The boar had a nice sweet marinade and a nice char to it. Chow it down with a chilled bacon root beer!
Next was the fried seafood place called Pignotti’s. We tried samples of fried zucchini and fish tacos. The tacos were very good and are repeatedly one of our favorites at the fair year after year. Nearby was Grantburger which was serving up various types of hamburger samples throughout the night. The best was the bacon bleu cheese burger, and the “ghost pepper burger.” Most spicy enthusiasts know the ghost pepper as being one of, if not the #1 spiciest pepper in the world. Unfortunately, the ghost pepper sauce was not spicy at all.
Aside from the aforementioned vendors, we tried the usual dessert items such as the cinnamon rolls, Indian fry bread and funnel cakes which you really can’t go wrong with. Overall our top recommendations are the bacon bleu cheese burger from Grantburger, fish tacos from Pignotti’s, and the bacon-covered maple glazed donuts.
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The 2013 San Diego County Fair runs from June 8 through July 4 (closed Mondays, except July 1). For tickets and event information please visit their website at www.sdfair.com.
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San Diego County Fair 2012 | Out of This World
The San Diego Fair has been a great summer attraction for locals and visitors alike for the past seventy-five years. This year we had the opportunity to attend Media Day at the San Diego County Fair. Ever go to the fair, see all the rows of food vendors, wonder how all the food tasted, but didn’t want to spend too much money or your calories for the day? Well, this event answered all those questions for this blogger. Every vendor was giving away free samples of their fare (pun intended) and some gave pretty generous portions. You were pretty much guaranteed to not go home hungry.
When we entered, the first thing we saw was the infamous booth formerly known as the “Heart Attack Café”, now called “Bacon-A-Fair.” We tried a kabob that was Gouda-stuffed mushrooms wrapped in bacon. This place is a good option for the bacon lovers out there.
Next, we hit up a Chicken Charlie spin-off booth called “Pineapple Express” which served up half-pineapples stuffed with teriyaki chicken, shrimp, rice and pineapple chunks. We liked the presentation but while it may look cool to walk around eating out of a half-pineapple, this little concoction will set you back $13.
We skipped Chicken Charlie’s itself due to the massive line, but they were serving up chicken kabobs and deep fried cereal. The cereal basically looked like a donut with either Trix or Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal in the middle.
Next was the Fair mainstay, Australian Battered Potatoes. I tried these a few years ago and absolutely hated them. I figured a few years apart would mend our issues. They definitely tasted a lot better this time around but I wish the potatoes were cut a little thicker because all you really taste was the batter. My topping of choice was a combo of cheese & ranch but you can also have them with sweet chili and sour cream.
Another stall I enjoyed was “Tasti Chips” which served fresh-cut potato chips smothered in a cheese-jalapeno-bacon sauce. These also taste great with just a little malt vinegar and salt! I’ve actually purchased chips from this vendor in the past and its a guilty pleasure I indulge in every year at the fair.
I also enjoyed the burgers at “Grantburger”, not the best burger I’ve ever had, but definitely Fair-worthy. For desserts, we got the totally radical cinnamon rolls from the cinnamon roll vendor (don’t recall the specific name) and some cookie dough on a stick from the Gingerbread Shop which was also good. They also had an Icee booth which served as my beverage option for the night.
The big new item at the Fair this year was the fresh Lobster. We waited in line for 20 minutes to get a couple bites. They didn’t have prices posted, but I can imagine this will be sold at “market price.” The lobster was being cooked in huge steamers and staff members would crack them open and serve bite-sized helpings.
The San Diego Fair will be open to the public starting June 8th to July 4th and closed on Mondays (except July 2). This years theme is “Out of this World”, explore outer space and the world of science fiction, visit the exhibit located at the main entrance. For a full schedule of events including the Toyota Summer Concert Series, entertainment, exhibits, contests, and tickets please visit, San Diego County Fair or contact them at,2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
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