Food fananatics, here is what will be new this year at the 2012 San Diego County Fair:
Chicken Charlie, the King of Deep-Fry and one of the Fair’s longtime food trend-setters, is going to debut Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly along with Deep-Fried Cereal. Chicken Charlie will also offer Deep-Fried Pork Chops.
The Del Mar Diner will give Fairgoers a chance to sample Deep-Fried Tang and Deep-Fried Chili Asteroids. For dessert, the Del Mar Diner has Pie Fries (deep-fried pie crust strips) with strawberry preserves dipping sauce.
If you are more in the mood for bacon, the fair has you covered. There will be a deep-fried, beer-battered, bacon-wrapped hot dog, Baconshrooms (deep-fried, bacon-wrapped mushrooms), the Caveman Turkey Club (one pound of bacon wrapped around an extra large turkey leg), Manly Gourmet (two pieces of bacon wrapped around sausage stuffed with mushrooms and smoked mozzarella), Half-Pound Meat-On-Meat Dog (half-pound all-beef dog wrapped in a quarter-pound of bacon), Porky Poppers (bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños), or the Porkabello Kabob (bacon wrapped Gouda stuffed portabello on a stick). Pignotti’s Pasta will offer Bacon Pasta.
Reno’s Fish n’ Chips will feature Beach Fries, which is a plate of French fries drizzled with a yogurt fish-taco sauce, topped with salsa. Reno’s will also offer Deep-Fried Green Beans and Sweet Potato Tater Tots.
The Funnel Cake Express will introduce a tempting Red Velvet Funnel Cake.
Also new at the Fair this year is The Big Rib, a 1 1/2 pounds of juicy beef at the end of a bare bone rib—it’s being described as the “ultimate food on a stick.”
The 2012 San Diego County Fair will run for 24 days opening Friday, June 8, to Wednesday, July 4. The Fair will be closed Mondays except July 2.
Gates open daily at 11 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and Monday, July 2; 10 a.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $13 for adults; $7 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger.
Carlsbad Patch will taste test many of these foods and give reviews.
–San Diego County Fair