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When I found out I was awarded the title of LA County Fair’s “Official Fair Foodie” there was one type of food I was most excited for; the decadent variety. Things dipped in chocolate. Things battered and fried. Maybe even things served on a stick. These are what fair dreams are made of. Let’s explore the best splurges that the LA County Fair has to offer, shall we?
Deep Fried Delectables
There are two new items added to the all-star deep fried line up, both are brought to you by the fry master himself, Chicken Charlie (a legend in the California Fair circuit). First, debuting at the LA County Fair is the Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly. Let me tell you, heat does something magical to a PB&J. The already soft and gooey center becoming even softer and gooier. The addition of a sweet batter only adding to the yum. Here’s a tip: this is delicious, but very rich. I do suggest you share with friend. The beauty of that? You get to try more than one fried treat! It’s always good to have a tasting partner…
My favorite new fried item? The Deep Fried Klondike Bar. Warm on the outside, but the fun begins when your fork pierces the chocolate shell to revel the vanilla ice cream (which surprisingly isn’t melted, thanks to an extra cold temperature pre-frying). This is a must-try.
But don’t overlook the Deep Fried Oreos (shown above), now in their 8th year at LA County Fair. Before almost every taping during two days of TV segments, a tray of fried goodness would appear for the newscaster and myself to eat on air. We’d take a bite or two, the camera would stop rolling, and then everyone (fair reps and news crews alike) would pounce on the tray. The Deep Fried Oreos were consistently the treats that disappeared first. Take a tip from the pros, you want to try these.
If you can dip it in Chocolate, why wouldn’t you?
Speaking of Oreos, the item to cause the biggest stir at this year’s LA County Fair was the chocolate-covered, bacon-wrapped Oreos. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you let that sink in for a moment. The sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness of the bacon, combined with the crunch of the cookie makes this a can’t miss treat. I promise.
And I learned a very valuable lesson at this year’s LA County Fair: if you can eat it, it can be covered in chocolate. The most unexpected option; pickles. I just couldn’t do it, please don’t strip me of my title! The downside to this realization? I’m having a hard time not dreaming of all my food chocolate covered. As I eat my cereal in the morning, I can’t help but think those lil’ flakes would really benefit from a chocolate dip. But it gets a bit weird when I get to my evening salad.
Feeling full? There’s way more to do then just eat!
The Attraction You Can’t Miss…
Shopping! Did you know that food and shopping are the top two reasons people visit the LA County Fair? It’s true, with over 600 vendors there’s very little that the fair doesn’t offer. There are five air conditioned pavilions in the Shopping Place, and they are a fabulous way to get a retreat from the heat.
Personally, I’m a fool for anyone selling something via headset and demonstration (like Danny above, slicing and dicing up a storm). You can find all the favorite “as seen on TV” items, plus so much more.
A few stops I always make:
-JR Watkins vendors for their dip mixes (Tomato and Horseradish is my favorite).
-A spin around at least a few of the jewelry vendors to stock up on costume pieces.
-It’s not a fair if I don’t leave with a shammy or a mop.
Here’s a tip: there’s a shopping shuttle at this year’s LA County Fair! It goes from the Shopping Place direct to the Yellow Gate parking lot. So, rest assured that it’s easy to store your treasures in the car while you explore the rest of the fair. If you plan to power shop, park near the Yellow Gate.
And, no LA County Fair post is complete without a couple obligatory animal pics!
For more information, check out the official site – see you at the LA County Fair!
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, fair-lover, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.