ADVENTURE: STATE FAIR FOOD
August and September is prime time for glorious, often hair-raising food — deep-fried and often on a stick — as featured in the nation’s state fairs. Sampling such fare is a primary obligation for politicians, election year or not. Though indulging in fair food is a sure fire way to appear as a folksy candidate in touch with constituents, such encounters are not without peril for political hopefuls, often caught by press photographers in an inopportune moment with a funnel cake. So without further ado, here’s just a small sampling of the fair fare.
Texas State Fair: Deep-fried chicken noodle soup ona-stick, Deep-fried fruit loops, beer-battered beef jerky, Fried redneck wedding cake balls, Fried Texas sheet cake.
Indiana State Fair: Smothered tater tots with ground bison and nacho cheese, Deep-fried corn dog coated with macaroni and cheese, Chocolate-covered bacon, Donut burger, Deep-fried chocolate-covered strawberries.
Alaska State Fair: Sourdough corn fritters, Spicy reindeer sausage, Buffalo bratwurst, Caribou steak sandwiches, Chicken parfait, Denali cream puffs, Bristol Bay salmon quesadillas, Prince William Sound oysters, boiled peanuts, blueberry popcorn.
Wisconsin State Fair: Apple pie nachos, Cricket nachos, Bacon ravioli, Deep-fried Nutella, Cajun alligator sausage burrito, Sangria on-a-stick, Wild boar BLT on-a-stick,
Iowa State Fair: Chocolate-covered chocolate chip cookie dough on-a-stick, Jumbo toasted marshmallow on-a-stick, Shrimp corndog, Deep-fried Thanksgiving balls (fresh vegetables and ground turkey breaded with stuffing and drizzled with cranberry sauce).
Minnesota State Fair: Deep-fried duck bacon