Whether you are craving salty, sweet, crunchy, deep-fried, on-a-stick, dipped in chocolate, dipped in batter, smothered in powdered sugar – or steamed artichokes, the L.A. County Fair is ready to serve you up a plate. With more than 250 food vendors serving more than one thousand different items, it’s no wonder food is one of the top two reasons people visit the Fair (shopping is the other!).
New this year is the chocolate-dipped bacon-wrapped Oreo. It’s a meal and dessert in one! With a flavorful explosion of the sweetness of chocolate, the salty bacon and the fluffy creamy middle of the Oreo – it’s a treat Fairguests must put on their “To Try” lists.
Fair food icon Charlie Boghosian, aka Chicken Charlie, is back with a menu of deep-fried and eclectic treats. Charlie’s latest concoction just for the L.A. County Fair is the deep-fried PB&J sandwich. Be prepared with a milk chaser. Also new to this year’s Fair is the deep-fried Klondike bar, of which he sold thousands and thousands at fairs in San Diego and Orange counties earlier this year. In addition to serving Fair favorites deep-fried frog legs and the zucchini weenie, Charlie is expanding his healthy Fair cuisine with Charlie’s By the Sea. This new stand will feature calamari and other sumptuous seafood. Speaking of healthy, Charlie also features his homemade-from-his-mother’s-recipe hummus, tabbouleh and vegetable and chicken skewers.
You know the latest rage in Los Angeles is the Food Truck craze. Well, we’ll have an array of food trucks with a variety of menus for you to try right here at the Fair. Don’t miss the Grilled Cheese Truck or the Vietnamese Sandwich Truck with its fresh baked baguettes and pickled onions and carrots atop each sandwich.
It’s ok to indulge at the Fair, so you should also try one of our many scrumptious and decadent desserts. CB Cupcakes will be back with their fine gourmet treats. Try a crepe or a piece of cheesecake on a stick. How about a fondue dessert platter, which can be found at the Wine & Spirits Marketplace? Follow that with chocolate-dipped licorice! Healthy desserts are on the menu, too – Fruit Caboose and Terri’s Berries offer fresh fruit and smoothies.
If you prefer a sit-down meal, try Maria’s Italian Kitchen, located in the Avalon restaurant across from the Grandstand. This is Maria’s second year at the Fair, serving delicious Italian food.
Don’t forget the ol’ stand-bys – Hot Dog on a Stick, Pink’s, King Taco, Pork Chop on a Stick, Tasti Chips, a Blooming Onion and a giant turkey leg. A visit to the Fair can satisfy any craving!
The L.A. County Fair opens Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – 6 and then Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 8 – Oct. 3, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing at Fairplex Park will be Sept. 9 – Sept. 27, dark Mondays Sept. 13, 20 and Tuesdays. For information about ways to save at the Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.