If you’re like us, one of the biggest highlights of visiting the LA County Fair each year is the food. Rides, shopping, shows, those are all great, but what about the food? If you’re wondering, what is there to eat at the LA County Fair this year, I have the scoop. I attended the media food preview last week so I have the scoop on the latest menu additions and what favorite standbys are returning to make your fair visit complete.
Let’s start with my personal favorite, the deep-fried Snickers. Yes, they’re back, along with deep-fried Oreos. I know, I want one now, too.
I’ll switch to a new one that came up this year from the infamous Chicken Charlies, home of the chicken and waffles that is big enough to feed two…if you’re willing to share.
That’s the deep-fried sriracha. I ate that entire thing, including the chile pepper in the sriracha-butter sauce. The inside of the deep-fried pocket is soft and doughy and oh so sriracha-y. Do it.
That, my food-loving friends, is a cheesy bacon bomb. This is another must-eat item, sold right next to their chocolate-covered bacon. Come on, you know you want to. This is one day of the year that eating fried foods is a requirement.
That loveliness is a small portion of a battered and deep-fried pork belly, covered in a mildly spicy glaze. One of the full-sized servings you can purchase is much larger. I’m making a visit to this booth when I go back tomorrow. (No year is complete without visiting a couple of times, right?)
That’s a dark-ish picture of a deep-fried S’mores. You really can fry everything. I didn’t sample that, it was so big and I was already, sadly, getting full..but the moans I heard from nearby tables full of media trying it says it was good.
These Mexican strawberry shortcake churros were amazing. Why no one came up with this idea before, I don’t understand. It looks absolutely amazing!
That chili relleno burger, made with 100% Angus grass-fed beef, on a pretzel bun, was Little Dude’s favorite. He wanted to go back for more, but I had to keep reminding him that we couldn’t get full so early! Find this baby at Tasti Burger, along with a lot of other yummy and unique items. (As an update, when we returned to the fair this morning, he got it again. The entire burger is VERY filling, be warned!)
I took so many photos of the new Jurassic Planet, but to save you from looking at them all, there’s a brief collage. In the back of the fair, where Luminaria used to be, is the new dinosaur exhibit. Moving, talking and water-squirting dinosaurs are all over the hills and paths, along with numerous interactive exhibits. Our favorite was the virtual augmented reality version of a topographical map, where we could change the landscape with a finger. One swipe to the left, we created a waterfall. To the right, we’d changed the shore line. Upwards? We made lava fall to the sea, and swirl our fingers and hand around towards the back? Rain. Visit that exhibit. You’ll want your own version for home, it’s such an educational and fun stress-reliever.
We entered via Gate 17 this time, the first time ever. In learning how to get over to the Farm, where the gardens grow and the animals are cared for, we passed the Clydesdales. These animals are so beautiful, and I try to get close to them whenever possible. The most memorable time was at Daytona in 2011, when I got to pet one for a photo opp. Today at the LACF, they were all out to pasture, munching on grass and ‘mowing’ it for the bordering school. They were so beautiful to watch. They are on exhibit at the fair so don’t miss them!
After seeing the Clydesdales, we headed into the Farm to see more animals. Aren’t these baby sheep adorable? I pet a few baby pigs, goats and even a cow. The petting zoo is so much fun but since my sons went to ride the rides instead of seeing the animals with us — crazy, I know — we didn’t go in, for the first time ever.
Isn’t he cute? And speaking of cute….
We bought the boys the unlimited wrist bands. They are $50 at the fair, with unlimited rides all day until 7pm. Well worth it! You can also buy 100 tickets for $50, but if you like to ride a lot of rides, or to ride them repeatedly, the wrist band is the way to go. It’s available at $37 at Ralph’s (purchase required, see Ralph’s for more details) or for $50 at the carnival ticket booth. This kid rode a lot of rides while the husband and I wandered the shopping buildings and exhibits, and when we waited for his burger to be prepared, he found this foot massager. That may have been the biggest smile all day. $50 wristband, thanks! $.25 foot massage? HUGE smile.
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