Thursday, July 28, 2011

My State Fair Food Lineup


It’s almost time! The Wisconsin State Fair begins a week from today. I look forward to this event basically for one reason: deep fried Oreos. Can’t wait!

Every year, they add more new and sometimes crazy food to the fair’s lineup. A couple years ago, it was the much talked about chocolate covered bacon. This year, the hot new food is deep fried butter. I didn’t try the bacon, and I’m not planning on trying the butter, but there are still many other foods on my list already.

New Food on My Radar
  • Deep fried bacon wrapped hot dog on-a-stick - Sounds like a fried corndog with bacon.
  • Deep Fried Beer (Michelob AmberBock) with Cheddar Cheese dipping sauce - It’s deep fried beer! With cheese dipping sauce! I gotta try that.
  • Sweetcorn jalapeno nuggets - Corn, good. Jalapenos, good.
  • Sweet potato tater tots - I just really like sweet potatoes.
  • Elvis (Deep Fried Peanut Butter Cup in Banana Batter) - Mmmm.

Food on a Stick on My Radar - Find the complete list here. One year, I tried to eat only food on a stick.
  • Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas - I get one of these most years. I have no idea why I haven’t just made them at home instead.
  • Deep Fried Crab Cakes - I like crab cakes, so why not deep fry them?
  • Deep Fried PB & J - I have a feeling this will be my entree of choice. Or maybe my second course.
  • Meatballs - I just really like meatballs.

Will Not Be Trying
  • Deep fried butter - But I really hope I’m with someone who does try it because I do want to know what it’s like.
  • Bacon Sundae (vanilla ice cream, pancake syrup and real bacon bits) - I’ve witnessed guys eating ice cream on top of lasagna before, so I imagine this could be good to some people...but no.

Yearly Must Haves - No matter what else goes down, these will be consumed.
  • Deep fried Oreos - Seriously, they taste like Oreo flavored donuts.
  • Cookie dough on a stick - OK, it’s a big hunk of peanut butter, sugar, or chocolate chip cookie dough dipped in either chocolate or butterscotch. Oh...em...gee...

What are your favorite fair foods?

Also, having trouble deciding what to wear? Here’s my suggestion.


  1. I normally do not eat cheese but every year we get cheese curds from the stand with mouse character. Also, a corndog, and fresh cut fries. Not very adventurous but for me, it's total indulgence. I may tried that deep fried Oreo though, you make it sound really good!! I can't wait for the fair. We bought our tickets early and are ready to go!!

  2. Hubs and I always get the corn, at that massive-they-literally-dip-them-in-vats-of-butter stand. I ALWAYS get a funnel cake, I can't resist, and Hubs always gets cheese curds and the bison/buffalo/ostrich (whichever he's feeling) burger. Then of course there are the pickles.. Goodness, I'm hungry now. HA! I need to get planning on when I'm going, taking Aaron is going to be awesome, even if he doesn't quite get it all yet.

  3. Cheese curds and corn on the cob--definitely two fair staples! Now both of those are sounding good, too.

  4. How on earth does one deep fry beer? That is curious. I'll have to see if I can find me some of that at the MN State Fair next month.

    My favorite fair food is the Pronto Pup. Not a corn dog, no. The Pronto Pup. There is a world of difference. ;)

  5. Where is the Elvis going to be? That sounds like something I need to try.

  6. Kimi - I have no idea, but it definitely is curious. I went to the MN State Fair a couple years ago with some friends. I know I got a deep fried candy bar and some wine--I can't remember what else.

    Katie - Let's see, that's going to be at Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery - Southeast corner of First Street and Badger Avenue.

  7. My favorite has got to be the pickle on a stick!!
    Have fun at the fair!!

  8. oh, i am SO ready for the minnesota state fair! yum! i always get cheese curds and there are also these amazing turkey sandwiches... i never try anything crazy. :)