If something deep fried that shouldn’t be isn’t a big enough hint its time for the LA County Fair I don’t know what is. This years outrageous deep fried thingy is Kool-aid, and it isn’t as bad as you think it might be. Maybe it was coming off of this years Donut Summit that made it all the more palatable but those Kool-aid flavored donut holes are something to behold. Imagine if you will a cherry flavored donut hole that is dusted with a blend of powdered sugar and cherry Kool-aid and you get the flavor profile of this deep fried treat invented by Chicken Charlie.
Last night was the LA County fair hosted local media types to come and get a tasting of the fare offerings this year. We got to graze through a
sampling grazing of the biggies at the fair starting with Bubba’s and Chicken Charlies and into food trucks such as Piaggio’s and Crepes Bonapartes. You have to make the jump to get the deets on what I grazed upon as well as on the fair itself.
First off the food trucks will only be at the fair on Friday and Saturdays. The rest of the time you will have the big in place food vendors to satiate your craving…that fortunately includes Chicken Charlie and their deep fried Kool-Aid. My favs in no particular order:
- Piaggio’s Argentine food truck. You gotta try the “pork tenderloin” sandwhich which isn’t even tenderloin, but a specific cut he asked me not to divulge. Suffice it say it is my absolute favorite of the night. Marinated pork that is fall apart tender, grilled to order with roasted pepper and blue cheese makes for a really tasty sandwich.
- Chicken Charlies…the ribs are in a nice vinegary BBQ sauce, the Chicken Kabobs are nicely flame broiled and tender. This is your stop for the deep Friend Kool-Aid.
- Crepes Bonaparte is a food truck. They offer up savory as well as sweet versions of their crepes. The Nutella crepe is a nice not too sweet Nutella filled crepe that is just light enough and still able to satisfy a sweet tooth.
- Old Tyme Ice Creams Cheesecake on a stick is a treat unto itself. A frozen cheesecake slice is dipped in chocolate then covered with crushed almonds and toffee.
- Indian Fry Bread offers up a tasty Thai Chicken fry bread that is pretty delicious all on its own. I just wish it had a bit more cilantro on it to round out the flavors more…I’m picky that way.
- Bubba’s is known for its BBQ Turkey legs but you need to make the detour for their Pulled Pork of Tri-tip sliders. Those wound up being quite the little treat, pun intended, of the evening. The Tri-tip in particular was very moist which is a trick to pull off with that cut of meat.
The LA County Fair opens on September 3 and runs until October 2. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except for Labor Day. All the details on hours and stuff can be found at their web site HERE. They also have a Fair-ey Blog that you can keep up to date with stuff going on at the fair. Among the stuff you will find at the fair this year:
- Live Shark Encounter, a diver joins sharks in a 5000 gallon tank
- FairView Farms returns with as many as 50 newborn critters for the kidlets to enjoy seeing
- Esmeralada’s Travelling Circus where you can even learn to fly on a trapeze
- Our Body:Live Healthy which promises to be a museum like event with all sorts of stuff to show the benefits of living healthy (Deep fried fair fare excepted).
Stay tuned for details, but I am working with the LA County Fair folks for some free tickets and parking for the Fair. In the mean time if you can’t wait for the contest you can get ticket info from them HERE.
All pics by me with a few more in a flickr set.