The San Diego County Fair is back!
Mr. K and I have gone almost every year. It’s become a tradition we really look forward to. Last year we had to miss it due to wedding madness.
I was really sad about having to miss it. Normally we wait a few weeks in to visit, but we found ourselves going opening day because I simply could not wait any longer.
Every year there is a different theme and this year’s theme is Game On. I loved the display at the front, especially with the Jenga and Donkey Kong.
Once inside, we were immediately engulfed with all the food stands. We were armed and ready with the food map showing vendors and the highlighted new fair foods.
Chicken Charlie is arguably the most popular food vendor at the fair. They are known for bringing crazy new concoctions to the fair every year and they never seem to drop any of their creations, so the menu gets bigger and bigger. This year, their new items including fried cookie dough, krispy kreme sloppy joe sandwich, waffle dog, and deep fried bacon wrapped pickles.
The krispy kreme sloppy joe sandwich has been getting a lot of buzz but we couldn’t bring ourselves to try it because we were pretty sure we wouldn’t like it. Instead we tried the fried cookie dough and waffle dog.
Fried Cookie Dough
This was pretty much how I expected it would taste, like chocolate chip flavored fried dough. The cookie dough gets pretty melted inside and sort of blends into the fried dough. These were okay but not something I plan on repeating next year.
I loved the look of the waffle dog, but found the batter rather soft. Unlike the majority of Chicken Charlie’s items, the waffle is actually baked instead of fried and for once I wish it was fried since the waffle really lacked crispness.
Red Velvet Funnel Cake- Funnel Cake Express
This debuted last year and I had really wanted to try it. I had even asked my siblings to bring me one but they couldn’t find it. The red velvet funnel cake is topped with cream cheese icing, whipped cream and powdered sugar. I thought the funnel cake had a good red velvet flavor to it. Mr. K really loved this and polished off most of it.
One of the new items that Funnel Cake Express was supposed to be debuting this year was a Nutella funnel cake, but it was nowhere to be seen on opening day.
Bacon Truffle Fries- Bacon-A-Thon
This is a booth that keeps changing their name. At one point it was the Heart Attack Cafe. This year, they are doing a whole menu of bacon themed foods, including bacon root beer, potatoes fries cooked in bacon fat, and various bacon wrapped products.
We chose to try the bacon truffle fries. These were pretty good. You could taste the bacon throughout as a result of bacon bits scattered around and the fries being cooked in bacon fat. They were a tad on the soft side and I would have liked them a little crisper. You could definitely smell the aroma of truffle oil and there was a good amount of gouda cheese shredded on top.
Giant Western Sausage- Juicys
This is one we get every year. Out of all the sausage sandwiches sold at the fair, my favorite is from Juicy’s. It’s spicy, big, and topped with fresh grilled onions and peppers.
There had been a couple items I had on my list which sounded good, but didn’t look worth the money when we reached the stand like the cupcake tower, which is just layers of cake inside a cup.
Turkey Leg- Turkey Shack
These guys seem to change their name every year, but they really know their turkey. There’s a lot of stands that sell turkey legs but we found that this company makes the best ones (unfortunately they also charge more and it’s gone up every year). We always get this at the end of our visit because it’s so big and annoying to carry around and also because they will wrap it up and foil so you can take it to go. We like to eat a couple bites first, while the skin and outside is crisp before wrapping it back up in the foil for later.
The turkey legs here are moist and smokey, one of our favorite items at the fair.
While there, we also checked out some exhibits, including the Game Exhibit.
This included some history lessons, life sized versions of popular games, and arcade machines.
Here are some more food photos:
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