Whether you are craving something salty, something sweet, deep-fried or on a stick, dip-able, dunk-able, sticky or just plain ol’ mouth-watering delightful, the L.A. County Fair is the ultimate food-fantasy destination.
And, this year, have we got a treat in store. Forget about carbs, calories and cutting back. Cut loose and get in line for a Meat Lovers Ice Cream Cone. From the genius who came up with apple fries and Mexican funnel cake comes soft-serve vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a cone, rolled in chocolate-covered bacon bits. We’re told once you try the ice cream/bacon combo, plain ol’ vanilla tastes just, well, too vanilla!
The Fair has more than 200 food vendors to tempt your palate. Leave it to Fair food mastermind Charlie Boghosian, more commonly known as Chicken Charlie, to create the perfect meal all in one. Charlie – of the deep-fried s’more, deep-fried Pop Tart, deep-fried frog legs, deep-fried Oreo and Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich fame – has something even Mom can’t say no to – the Zucchini Weenie. Charlie hollows out a zucchini (vegetable), plops in a hot dog (protein), skewers it on a stick and covers it in batter (grain). A meal using all the food pyramid elements in one. On the healthy side, Charlie offers chicken skewers, tabbouleh and homemade hummus.
Fairguests get to help Pink’s Hot Dogs celebrate its 70th anniversary by munching on a chili dog. Perennial Fair favorites like Hot Dog on a Stick, roasted corn on the cob, and BBQ beef and pork sandwiches are available.
Joining the sweet side of life at the Fair is Ice Cream Nachos – crumbled ice cream cone pieces topped with ice cream and your choice of toppings. Don’t forget to try the frozen cheesecake on a stick, covered in chocolate and Oreos, and fruit smoothies made from fresh fruit.
Avalon and Top of the Park offer dining in an indoor restaurant-style fashion. The Wine & Spirits Marketplace offers wine tasting, gourmet cheese and ice cream, salads and sandwiches.
See? A food fantasy. The L.A. County Fair opens Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 – 7 and then Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 4, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred racing Sept. 10 – 28, dark Mondays Sept. 14 and 21 and Tuesdays. For information about ways to save at the Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.