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The Most Colorful Foods To Try At This Year’s LA County Fair

County fairs are widely known for fun and decadence, whether it be through the rides, attractions, or the food. And speaking of the food, in recent years its become the main attraction for many looking for some prime time indulgence. Usually deep fried, a sweet treat, or both, fair food scratches cravings that you didn’t know you had, like a sudden hankering for deep fried butter. However, most of these foods are noticeably missing some pops of vibrant color. That’s why the LA County Fair is going POP this year for their theme and rolling out a special discount POP Menu, where select foods are full of color and only $6.50. Check out some of our favorite picks below:

Tajin Dole Whip

Nitro Treats is taking Dole whip from Disneyland and bringing it right to your favorite mangonada stand. In a varied take on the treat, they’re topping a smooth pineapple Dole whip with Chamoy and Tajin to give it that sweet chili flavor with a little bit of spicy zest.

Deep Fried Uncrustables

Chicken Charlie is a Southern California fair staple that’s serves up a constantly rotating menu of off the wall fried foods. This time they’re using a familiar after school snack: the Smuckers Uncrustable. By dipping it in a colored batter, they’re turning the Uncrustable into a red nugget of deep fried deliciousness. Topped with a strawberry drizzle, powdered sugar, and fruity pebbles, this treat is bursting at the seams with vibrancy and flavor.

Rainbow Pop Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches might be the most comforting of comfort foods, but they’re not much fun to look at. The Dog House is addressing this by giving the cheese some POP. By using four different colors of cheese, once this sandwich has been grilled, it becomes a gooey, yummy rainbow.

Unicorn Elote

Though delicious, all elote is usually similarly colored. Crazy Corn is here to fix that. They’re covering their corn with the usual mayo and butter combo, and then smothering the whole thing in different colored cheese to give it a full rainbow spectrum of colors.

Poprock Texas Donut

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the donuts. Aptly named Texas Donuts, this donut shop is covering a massive donut with a classic glaze, and then pop rocks. This gives the donut some color pop and a literal pop once you bite in.

32Oz Root Beer Float

How could you make a root beer float better? It’s already sweet, creamy, and delectable. Well, you could super-size it, shooing the disappointment of finishing off until later. And that’s exactly what MacPherson’s Ice Cream is doing. This root beer float comes with a leaning tower of soft serve surrounded by a 32 oz. moat of root beer.

Chocolate Dipped Jerky

This sweet meat just got even sweeter. Timbo’s Beef Jerky will have giant sticks of their chewy, savory jerky covered in luscious chocolate and sprinkles, to give it some color.

Which of these items sounds best to you? Luckily, it doesn’t matter, as each item on the POP Menu only costs $6.50, so it’s entirely possible to try all of them. And you can do this all at the LA County Fair in Pomona, CA, until September 22nd.


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11 Must Try Foods At This Year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival


At Knott’s Berry Farm, boysenberry season is in full swing, meaning that the theme park’s annual lineup of boysenberry-laden eats is back.

This year’s Boysenberry Festival features some super-sized and creative items never seen before, with nearly 75 unique dishes on display for everyone to try. Here’s a look at some of the wildest and most decadent treats in the park you have to track down.

2-Foot-Long Boysenberry Hot Dog

Locations: Fiesta Dog and Wilderness Broiler

Price: $19.99

These arm-length hot dogs are as big on flavor as they are on size. A custom frankfurter is served in a massive boysenberry bun, topped with twists on classic hot dog accoutrements like boysenberry ketchup and relish.

The Boysenberry Fun Bun

Location: Ghost Town Grub

Price: $8.99

Cinnamon rolls get a literal giant upgrade here. The Fun Bun is a massive boysenberry cinnamon roll, big enough for 2, that is topped off with a boysenberry cream cheese icing.

The Berry Beast

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $24.99

A true behemoth of a sandwich, this bad boy can easily feed 2-3 people. It consists of a massive custom bun stuffed with an XXL pork tenderloin, bacon-wrapped onion rings, whole grilled jalapeno peppers, and boysenberry bbq sauce.

Shawarma With Boysenberry Hummus

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $7.99

Boysenberry and shawarma combine in this intriguing mashup. The chicken used in the wrap is cooked with a boysenberry glaze, and there’s also a boysenberry hummus inside to accentuate that flavor.

Boysenberry Boba

Location: Gourmet Coffee Hut

Price: $5.99

A favorite from last year, this boysenberry drink is a refreshing, berry-laden twist on classic boba.

Alligator Fries With Boysenberry Aioli

Location: Sutter’s Grill

Price: $9.99

Those who have never tried alligator can think of it as a mix between pork, chicken, and turkey. If that’s intriguing to you, these fries, complete with boysenberry aioli for dipping, are a must-cop item in the park.

Boysenberry Cheesecake On A Stick

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $6.99

Knott’s has done deep-fried versions of this in the past, but the 2019 version is a fresh piece of cheesecake with a boysenberry drizzle on top, ideal for munching on while strolling around the park.

Boysenberry Basil Lemonade

Location: Mix-It-Up

Price: $5.49

Strawberry and basil is a seriously underrated flavor combo, especially as part of a lemonade. This boysenberry version is tart and refreshing, and the mashed boysenberries at the bottom help amp up the flavor.

Boysenberry Dole Whip Float

Location: Beachy Keen’s

Price: $6.99

Dole whip has fast become a theme park favorite, and this version takes the pineapple soft serve and combines it with both pineapple juice and boysenberry fruit punch.

Boysenberry Pot Roast

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Knott’s Boysenberry Pot Roast is available as part of this year’s festival Tasting Card, which costs $35 and gives you coupons for 8 different taster items. This particular version comes with boysenberry mashed potatoes on the side.

Boysenberry Cosmos

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $8.79

Cosmopolitan fans will want to track down this boysenberry twist on the classic cocktail, perfect for a little post roller coaster Happy Hour.

Boysenberry Key Lime Tart

Location: Coffee Hut

Price: $3.89

Key Lime pie is a dessert of pure decadence and zest. Adding a hit of boysenberry to that takes this classic treat to the next level.

The Boysenberry Festival runs through April 28th, so you have until then to run down all of these treats, plus all of the other goodies scattered throughout the park.  


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The Wildest Eats You Can Find At This Year’s LA County Fair


This year, the LA County Fair is going on a bit of a nostalgia trip with a Route 66 theme. As an homage to the iconic highway, several vendors at the fair will be serving up special items that cost just $6.60.

We’ve eaten our way through the entire fair and found some of the wildest $6.60 deal options that you can find. Each of these has visual pop and loads of flavor, making them worth putting both in your mouth and your Instagram feeds.

Of course, there’s also plenty of regular items at the fair that are just as out-of-bounds, and you’ll want to check those out too. Below is a list of both $6.60 and other festival foods that are worth heading to the LA County Fair for.

$6.60 Items

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Waffle Cone | Chicken Charlie’s

SoCal fair food legend Chicken Charlie is back at it, this time with a spicy, creamy mac & cheese waffle cone. It’s a combo of spicy buffalo chicken with cheesy mac, piled inside of a hot rod-red cone that’s sure to catch some eyes.

Texas Panhandle Pastrami Fries | C&C Concessions

If you’re looking for loaded fries with a twist, these pastrami fries will satisfy that craving. Crispy spuds are loaded up with hot pastrami, a blend of shredded cheeses, and pickles.

Nitro Popcorn | Nitro Snack Dragon Breath

Nitro Snack Dragon Breath is bringing back this viral item from last year’s fair. The kaleidoscopic popcorn is served after a dip in some liquid nitrogen, so you’ll be breathing “smoke” like a dragon when you take a bite.

Deep Fried Pecan Pie | Fried-a-Fair

It’s not a fair unless something outlandish heads into the deep fryer. This time around, it’s a hefty slice of pecan pie that’s getting the treatment.

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Other Items To Check Out

Nitro Sourbomb | Nitro Snack Dragon Breath

Sour Bombs, wafer-like candies with sour powder in the middle, are also getting the liquid nitrogen treatment. Nitro Snack dips a stick of them into liquid nitrogen so they’re served at temperatures way below freezing, creating a smoky effect.

Cowboy Sundae | Chuckwagon

If you’re looking for dessert, this is not the treat for you. But if you want BBQ, this IS what you’re looking for. Chuckwagon’s “sundae” consists of beans, slaw, mashed potatoes, meat, BBQ sauce, and topped with a “cherry” tomato.

Giant Rib | Biggy’s

Biggy’s is selling a MASSIVE beef rib that you can show off to everyone. Mad props to anyone who struts around the fair chomping on this like a carnivorous badass.

4 On The Floor Pizza | Absolutely Italian

Pasta and pizza unite in this creative mashup of Italian foods. A creamy penne pasta is loaded onto cheese-covered pizza dough before taking a trip through the oven.

PBJ & Sriracha Funnel Cake | Dutchman’s Funnel Cake

The classic combo of peanut butter and jelly gets piled onto a funnel cake, but with a spicy kick. A hit of sriracha is added to take this fair food classic to the next level.

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The LA County Fair runs through September 23rd in Pomona, CA. You’ve got until then to check out all of these crazy eats PLUS everything else the fair has to offer.


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7 Crazy Foods To Eat At The 2017 LA County Fair

Each year as summer comes to a close, the Los Angeles County Fair begins as a way to bookend a long, hot summer. From the hundreds of vendors, to the delicious-looking and beautifully fried foods, and the variety of exciting exhibits, there’s always has something new people can’t wait to experience. 

Here are seven must-try items from the 2017 LA County Fair.  

1. Chicken Charlie’s: Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich

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It’s safe to say Chicken Charlie’s is an innovator when it comes to creating amazing fair foods that are just as delicious as they are memorable. This year, Charlie’s is giving us a reason to celebrate dessert with two never-before-seen items.  

Charlie’s Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich is a colorful creation of sugar, sweetness and creaminess. Picture one large scoop of vanilla ice cream, sandwiched between two cotton candy patties and rolled in Fruity Pebbles Cereal.  

2. Chicken Charlie’s: Funnel Cake Burrito  

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Another sweet creation from the mind of Charlie is the popular Funnel Cake Burrito. Starting with a funnel cake and a giant tortilla, this burrito is topped with cinnamon apples, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Then, this sweet and savory behemoth is wrapped up burrito-style and ready for consumption!

3. Afters Ice Cream: Strawberry Funnel Cake & Mango Sorbet Milky Buns

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Afters Ice Cream has quickly become an LA and OC favorite for milk buns and exotic ice cream flavors. With that said, Afters will be showing off its skills with Strawberry Funnel Cake And Mango Sorbet Milky Buns during this year’s festivities. Make sure you swing by!

4. Pink’s Hot Dogs: The Enchilada Dog

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Introducing, Pink’s Enchilada Hot Dog. It’s a foot-long hot dog topped with cilantro, onions and cheese. But, in order to make this true enchilada-style, the hot dog is wrapped in a tortilla with a bit of enchilada sauce. If you love hot dogs and Mexican food, stop by Pink’s for this 2017 LA County Fair exclusive.  

5. Cowboy Kettle Corn: Unicorn Nitro Candy Pop

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This isn’t your average kettle corn – it’s Unicorn Nitro Pop from Cowboy Kettle Corn, and it’s dipped in liquid nitrogen. In addition to being delicious, this treat is definitely something to capture on Instagram. Each mouthful of this frozen treat produces a cloud of icy vapor that will keep you entertained for hours.    

6. Plant Food For People: Vegan Jackfruit Nachos

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It wouldn’t be the LA County Fair without nachos, but you’ve probably never had these nachos before. PFFP, or Plant Food For People, serves an all-vegan, gourmet menu that includes these very popular vegan jackfruit nachos that are potato-based, and topped with jackfruit, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

7. Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen: Bug Tasting Bar

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If there’s one thing you try at the 2017 LA County Fair, make sure you check out Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen and Bug Tasting Bar. Offering an assortment of freeze-dried and chocolate-covered bugs, this is definitely one of the most unique culinary attractions the LA County Fair has seen, and apparently they actually taste pretty good!  

The Fair is open from Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 24th this year. We hope to see you there!

Photos by Peter Pham


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The Food At This Year’s OC Fair Will NOT Disappoint

The much anticipated OC Fair menu has arrived and it does not disappoint. The beloved fair will run from July 15 to August 14. We were only able to get our hands on a few photos since most of these are going to be run for the VERY FIRST TIME this year, so hashtag #FOODBEAST when you get your hands on them! Some of the new additions to the famous fried food scene include:

Chicken and Waffles ON A STICK – This delicious waffle is fried with CHICKEN IN IT. Chicken Charlie’s remarkable creation will be available throughout the entirety of the fair.

Dole Whip – This alone is worth the trip to the fair. The pineapple soft serve used to be exclusive to the 808 state, then made its way to Disneyland and is now popping up all over the US at places like Menchies, Orange Leaf, and Peachwave FroYo shops to name a few.

French Toast Bacon Bombs – This glorious combo is comprised of a deep fried, bacon wrapped, cream cheese stuffed ball of french toast finished with a delightful dusting of cinnamon sugar. I’m totally drooling.

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Bacon Nutella PICKLE – So, a funnel cake and a pickle had a threesome with Nutella and this happened. This Nutella stuffed pickle is doused in funnel cake batter then tossed into the fryer for a healthy coating of fluffiness.

S’moreo Texas Donut – Texas has a reputation for making very, very large donuts, and the OC Fair is taking the extra large treat to a whole new level by adding marshmallow cream, Oreo, and graham cracker crumble.

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Diabilito Sundae – This sweet and spicy combo is a “Tamarindo” flavored ice cream with a hot chili chamoy sauce, which is typically made from pickled fruit and added chillies for a salty, sweet AND sour flavor profile.

Kool Aid Hot Wings – Chicken Charlie’s puts another W in the win column with this Orange Kool Aid-Spiced wings.

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Other menu options include Pork Belly Bacon Dogs, Deep Fried Pizza Logs, Bacon Wrapped Baked Potatoes, Shrimp Fried Rice on a Stick, and Lasagna Sandwiches.

They’ll also be serving up Bison Burgers, Organic Meat options, and Nitrate Free Hot Dogs so you can feel a little better about your carnivorous indulgences. A full list of foods that will be available can be found on the OC Fair Website.

 

 

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