Deep Fried Cereal, Porkabello Kabobs and Other Crazy Foods of the 2012 OC Fair

Is it that time of year for deep fried everything, with a side of deep fried everything else? HELL YEAH IT IS!

Friday, July 13 marked the first official day of the 2012 Orange County Fair and we were fortunate enough to swing by on opening day. Bringing back all of your favorite deep fried foods and snacks from last year, you can expect to find new items, such as the Deep Fried Beer Battered Bacon Dog On A Stick and Deep Fried Cereal, slowly, greasily, and deliciously making their descent through your pie hole.

Running until August 12, you’ve got less than a month to make your way to the OC Fairgrounds before the fair closes its doors. Keep in mind that they’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please don’t show up unless you just want to hang out in a parking lot and get sunburned.

Here’s a look at the 2012 OC Fair and some of the crazy new foods:

Bacon A-Fair always doing things big. This year they had three new items to the mix: The Caveman Club, Porkabello Kabobs and the Deep Fried Beer Battered Bacon Hot Dog On A Stick.

The Caveman Club — A gigantic turkey leg wrapped by an entire pound of bacon that can feed [up to] a family of 4.

Looks kinda burnt, but tasted delicious. This is the Deep Fried Beer Battered Bacon Wrapped Sausage (JUMBO SIZED, BABY!).

Not pictured was the side of delicious nacho cheese that came with it. Tasted sooo good together.

The last of the 3 new items was the Porkabello Kabob — Portabello mushroom stuffed with gouda cheese and wrapped in bacon on a stick… plus fries and more cheese, because fair.

Juicy’s doing what they do best — serve tons of meat with a really worried looking dude on the grill.

Chicken Charlie’s is always doing something crazy with their fried foods. This year’s hottest item? Deep Fried Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which are both part of a healthy, well-balanced breakfast and diet.

I only had the guts to try the Deep Fried Trix. I wasn’t sure if my body was ready to handle the Cinnamon Toast Crunch right after a ton of other deep fried foods.

Aaaand I lied. I couldn’t say ‘no’ to Deep Fried Zucchini Twirls with nacho cheese, bacon bits and jalapenos. Maybe I could have had the Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Surprise! Chicken Charlie’s also had another stand open. Dubbed The Pineapple Express, they’ve got Deep Fried Spam, Fried Pineapples, and two (or one depending on how you look at it) new items — The Maui Chicken and the Naked Shrimp, both of which are served with rice and pineapple in a pineapple.

$2 Sample Fridays = Garlic French Fries to take a break from deep fried foods speed up my chances of a heart attack. Ah, damn it. I guess I missed the mark on that one. But zing! Still alive!

Ribbed for your pleasure — The last of the newest items is known as the Big Rib. With 2 pounds of USDA beef rib on a 17-inch stick, how much more American could you get?

Proud of his Big Rib, if you catch my drift. If you don’t, it’s in his hand. And he’s the cook, ya freak.

Who quenches their thirst with water? Pshhh. The only way to get hydrated was through waffle ice cream sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream cones.

Santa Claus in the off-season.

The last of the food for the day. I’m surprised I actually made it here to show you guys and gals all of these pictures.


That’s all for now, folks! Best believe that I’m still alive, and still [relatively] healthy enough to tell you all to hit up the fair if your’e in town.

Make sure to use #FOODBEAST in your Instagram photos so we see what you’re grubbing on at the fair if you’re the foodie photo type. Eat on!

[Thx & Photo Credits: Vince Pacubas]


Avocado Fries

Avocado Fries Final Product

Combining the good and bad fats of this world to create something heavenly – the avocado fry. Tired of the typical fried potato? Try these on for size. And don’t forget the Lime Sriracha Mayo, because we play for keeps.

Big ups to Adrianna and Caroline of A Cozy Kitchen for the recipe and photos!

Slices of Avocado

Bite of Avocado

Avocado Fries Final Product



1 avocado, sliced into ¼ inch slices

½ cup milk

½ cup flour

1 egg, beaten

Canola oil, for frying


Lime Sriracha Mayo

½ cup mayonnaise

Juice from ½ lime

Sriracha, or other spicy chili sauce


Fill a skillet with oil until it’s about ¼ – ½ inch full. Heat on high until oil sputters when a drop of water is dropped in.

Place the milk, flour and egg into three separate shallow dishes. Beat about a tablespoon of water into the egg mixture. Take a slice of avocado and dunk in milk, then the flour, then the eggs, then back in the flour. Place each slice on a plate until you’ve dunked the whole batch in batter.

Slowly add the slices to the oil. You don’t want to overcrowd the pan, so stop before they all start touching each other. After about a minute you’ll see the edges turning brown, this means it’s time to flip them over. Allow to cook for another minute and then remove them from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

To make the mayonnaise, mix together the mayo, lime juice and sriracha. Add the Sriracha to taste depending on how spicy you want it. Serve along side your avocado fries and enjoy!