My stomach was a little unsettled yesterday. Not actual distress… just feeling a little sensitive. I suppose after five days of fair food, it’s only to be expected. Especially Sunday. In looking back, except for the cookies and the Hawaiian shave ice, every single thing I ate was fried. Yikes.
I’m blaming a lot of this on YA and the State Fair marketing types. For years YA and I have gotten our coupon booklets ahead of time; we used to go through them on the bus on the way to the fair but last year and this year, YA went through a week in advance and put post-it notes on the foods she was interested in. Then the marketing types sent us an email listing all the new foods for 2022. YA perused this seriously and then made a list. Yep, she’s my daughter, isn’t she?!
A few items got listed after I took the photo and what you also don’t see is that each night that we got home from the fair, she highlighted any of the foods we’d eaten during the day. Truly the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.
It will be much easier to tell you what we DIDN’T get to. We passed the vegan corn dog trailer more than once but it never seemed the right moment. I’ll try harder next year if they come back. We did want to try the sweet potato poutine but you have to really want it to stand in the lines at The Blue Barn in the afternoon. We stopped at the global market for arepas and moletes but neither of them looked that good so we tried something else. And even though YA put the tirokroketes on the list, she was never in the mood when we passed Dino’s. She also decided against the cotton candy float.
Some of the items got multiple tastings (cookies and Hawaiian Shave Ice are daily staples) and cheese curds, of course. We hit the fried blueberry pie more than once – it was a new food and it was terrific. Cheesy Siracha Funnel Cake Bites (way better than you’re imagining), Fried Pickles and Roasted Corn are favorites. We got the pickle pizza on the first Saturday before it went viral; the lines were blocks long in both directions on Sunday. It was fun but again not worth standing in line that long. In fact, I always buy my cookies in the first hour and put most of them in a Tupperware that I raid as the day goes on, because I can’t do the afternoon lines.
Just reading through all of this had made me realize that as much as I love the fair, it’s probably a good thing it only happens once a year. It might take my stomach until next year to recover!
When was the last time you got carried away with anything?