INFOGRAPHIC: Fair Food 2016

There is one thing our team has in common, and that is our love of food. Every year we look forward to trying the newest, craziest Fair foods out there, and many of you are the same way!

This year, Fair fans consumed two fields of corn, 6,000 deep-fried bacon s’mores and 1,000 lbs (yes, POUNDS) of butter. Take a look at our infographic to see what else you ate this year:

What was your favorite Fair food experience this year? Tell us in the comments below! For more information about the LA County Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.

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Fair Food Friday: Dare To Indulge

With only two days of Fair left, it’s safe to say we’ve tried nearly every food item there is to try here (although there are some we haven’t reached yet… 1,200 choices are a lot to choose from.)

For this week’s Fair Food Friday, we are taking you through the most decadent, indulgent, sweetest, gooiest, craziest Fair foods we have had so far. Check it out!

Fair Food Friday: Dare To Indulge

1. Gourmet Milkshakes 

la county fair milkshake

Served in a mason jar, these super sweet, delicious treat is customized to your personal preferences. Whether you prefer whipped cream and a cherry on top, or crunched cookies mixed into your shake, there are a number of options to choose from.

2. Ice Cream 

la county fair ice cream

There are a number of places you can buy ice cream here at the Fair, and each stand has their own specialty, but we can guarantee you that all of them will leave your sweet tooth satisfied and reaching a sugar high in no time. We recommend Dr. Bob’s and Old Time Ice Cream for starters!

3. Texas-Size Donuts 

la county fair donut

These donuts are literally the size of your face. Served in a number of colors, sprinkles, and flavors, you won’t find these at your local Krispy Kreme! The only question is, do you share with your friends and dare to try and eat it all by yourself?

4. Chicken & Waffle On A Stick 

la county fair waffle on a stick

Chicken Charlie NEVER fails to create something new, fun, and absolutely delicious at the Fair! While there are a number of items we could choose from (deep-fried bacon s’mores for one…), we had to go with the Chicken & Waffle On A Stick invention!

These are just a few of the amazing foods to try here at the Fair. There are tons of other indulgent choices, like the Dino Rib, bacon-wrapped pork belly, Mexican funnel cake and all the other delicious things we’ve covered in our past Fair Food Friday posts.

But enough from us… what were your favorite Fair foods this year?

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Tick-Tock…Fair is Coming to an End + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

By now I’m sure many of you have already visited the Fair at least once, but for those of you who haven’t taken the time to #DARETOFAIR, continue reading as I go over the top 5 things to do at the 2016 LA County Fair.

1)      Indulge – We love food and know you do too! With such concoctions as deep-fried hot sauce, chicken IN waffles (served on a stick), spaghetti ice cream, guacamole balls – battered and fried, bacon-wrapped everything and the belly-buster Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger, take the day off and eat. Don’t fight it. The Fair only comes around once a year.

2)      Roar! – The LA County Fair takes you back 65 million years with life-sized dinosaurs roaming the hillside behind the Flower & Garden Pavilion. Jurassic Planet features 35 animatronic creatures from the mighty T-Rex to the lovable Maiasaura, so realistic you’ll truly think you’ve stepped back in time. Everyone becomes amateur paleontologists with a dino dig pit and fossil hunting. A real paleontologist is on hand to answer any and all questions. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.

3)      OUR BODY: The Universe Within – Go under the skin of human anatomy – literally! – with this fascinating, educational exhibit of 200 uniquely preserved human specimens offering a vibrant, 3D view of our bodies usually reserved just for doctors.

4)      The Igloo – Chill-out in our Arctic Village with Polar Ice Rink* and Penguin Sled Run* made with real ice and snow!  Shop the Arctic Promenade for cool products and come back after 6pm for an all-ages dance party featuring DJ Cool and periodic snow storms.  *. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.

5)      The Farm – One of the favorite attractions at the LA County Fair, The Farm features a five-acre organic urban garden and the Big Red Barn, home to familiar and not-so-familiar barnyard critters. Children (and adults) love hanging out with our sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and cows.

 

LA County Fair Giveaway

**WE HAVE OUR WINNER** 

Congratulations to ARMANDO for being selected as our winner! Armando says his kids would like to see all the animals, while he and his wife would enjoy trying all the Fair food before our season comes to an end. 

Thank you to everyone for playing!

What would you like to see before the Fair goes away?
Comment below for your chance to win a family 4-pack of admission tickets, carnival ride passes, and a #DARETOFAIR swag bag!
Winners are selected randomly and will be announced Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 pm PDT.

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Fair Food Friday: Healthy Food at the Fair?!

Yes we are shamelessly addicted to Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried bacon s’mores, and Tasti Chips doused in gooey cheese and sauce, but there are plenty of healthy (and delicious) Fair foods to try too! Here’s a quick round-up of our go-to favorites:

Healthy Food at the LA County Fair

1. Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

plant food for people jackfruit tacos

New this year, the Jackfruit Tacos (and nachos, tortas and bean bowls) are a must-try, whether you’re vegan or not. Refreshing, filling and just the right size, this is a vegan favorite, both at the Fair and when they’re out and about in Los Angeles.

2. Pappa’s Artisanal Woodfired Pizzas (Yes, pizza!) 

pappas artisanal

Photo Cred: @pappasartisanal

Local foodie favorite Pappa’s has brought their kitchen to The Farm, whipping up delicious harvest bowls and wood-fired pizzas. Every day they select some of their ingredients straight from our Farm! It doesn’t get much fresher than that.

3. Chicken Charlie’s Maui Chicken 

chicken charlies healthy

Chicken Charlie serves up a killer meal: grilled chicken, pineapple and rice, all arranged in a carved out pineapple shell. Might as well stock up on protein while you’re indulging your sugary and savory Fair cravings, right? There is also a shrimp option if you prefer that.

Bonus: he also offer grilled chicken kabobs, hummus and pita bread :)

pineapple dole whip

Photo Cred: @gillbillyvegan

4. Cold Treats: Terri’s Berries, AB Sorbet and Pineapple Dole Whip
Terri’s Berries offers a variety of fruit smoothies, while AB Sorbet and the Mexican Funnel Cake stands offer gluten-free, vegan sweet treats for your enjoyment. You can find any and all of these stands using our Food Finder on our website!  

Coconut Water
Our giant coconut waters are a fan favorite! Not only are they full of electrolytes and totally hydrating, they’re also delicious! Just a sip and you’ll be craving the beaches of Hawaii.

While we are HUGE advocates of the deep-fried, battered, gooey, cheesy, decadent treats that the Fair has to offer, we highly recommend you try one of these healthy food items the next time you’re here. Equally delicious, equally satisfying, but just a tad better for your body than all the rest of our treats.

For even more healthy options like wraps, salads and smoothies, check out our Food Finder at lacountyfair.com!

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#DareToFair Photo Round Up: Week 2

Week 3 of the Fair has just started, but we couldn’t let Week 2 go by without giving kudos to some of our favorite social media photos! Here are some of our favorites that you took last week:

#DareToFair Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

1. This photo of Stanley checking this cut-out of himself out. 

stanley the giraffe

Photo Cred: @itsloraining

2. This awesome photo of Zor, our fire performer at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. 

la county fair

Photo Cred: kdominiqueg

3. This adorable (and brave) little one taking a ride on a T-rex in Jurassic Planet. 

la county fair jurassic planet

Photo Credit: @lilliongirl

4. This beautiful blend of purple & pink carnival lights. 

la county fair carnival

Photo Cred: @ninamasuda

5. This young guest rocking a Dare To Fair cape. 

la county fair dare to fair

Photo Cred: @pat_tie_e

These are just some of our top picks from what we’ve seen so far! For a chance to get featured on our Fair blog and other social channels, make sure you use #DareToFairand/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

For all info regarding the Fair, visit us at lacountyfair.com!

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Fair Food Friday: Dessert Heaven

Earlier this year we covered some of our favorite Fair food items, including the Affogato as a top dessert choice.

Now that we’ve had a few days to sink our teeth (literally) into the rest of our Fair food, we’ve compiled a list of our must-try desserts. Take a look, take a taste:

1. Deep-fried Bacon S’mores (Chicken Charlie’s) 

chicken charlies deep fried smores

Nothing could have prepared us for the decadent heaven that is Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried s’more. Marshmallow and chocolate, perfect offset by savory bacon bits makes this an easy top pick for our sweet tooth cravings. Find it at any of Charlie’s booths at the Fair!

2. Candied Apples (Terri’s Berries) 

la county fair desserts

Terri’s Berries features a colorful array of fruit treats, like chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruit smoothies, and one of our favorites — the candied apple! Find it right across from Chicken Charlie’s off of Broadway & Palm!

3. Mexican Funnel Cake 

mexican funnel cake

There are churros. There are funnel cakes. And then there’s this thing called the Mexican Funnel Cake and it is the best of both worlds and then some. Find it on Broadway near the Longboard Bar!

4. Bucket of Cookies (Cathy’s Cookies) 

chocolate chip cookies

A simple idea, but a genius one. Instead of buying a singular chocolate chip cookie, why not buy a whole bucket? Because you can never have enough freshly baked cookies! Visit Cathy’s Cookies on The Farm Road for some good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies (by the bucket!)

5.  Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream 

dr bobs ice cream

We would be remiss if we didn’t give a shout-out to the timeless Dr. Bob’s ice cream! Located near the Big Red Barn, Dr. Bob’s sundaes, cones and other sweets are one of our must haves at every Fair. Sometimes more than once in one season!

Other favorites: Cotton candy, soft-serve ice cream, the churro gelato sandwich, gourmet milkshakes, Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried Oreos and Klondike bars and, of course, the affogato from Fried-A-Fair.

Find all your food favorites using our Food Finder at lacountyfair.com! What are your must-haves? Tell us in the comments below!

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Dare To Fair! Opening Weekend Recap Video

This weekend felt like perfection: the sunny light weather, the animals, the rides, the food, the crowds… Fair is here and we couldn’t be happier.

We really embraced the #DareToFair spirit with everything we experienced. Check it out!

We open again on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and we hope you’ll join us for another weekend of Fair! Visit lacountyfair.com for info on tickets, promotions and more.

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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Opening Weekend

The first few days of Fair have flown by in the blink of an eye! We love seeing all of your experiences on social media and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you today:

#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

#1. This colorful view of the Fair from the top of one of our giant slides: 

Photo Cred: @hotrod_rod

#2. This awesome selfie with Stanley the Giraffe:

Photo Cred: @leelojewelry

#3. This beautiful shot of our Flower & Garden Pavilion, capturing our Watercolors theme:

Photo Cred: @clara32

#4. This awesome shot of Jurassic Planet: 

Photo Cred: @thelwizza

#5. This mouth-watering photo of a banana split! 

Photo Cred: @fabsprieto

These are just some of our top picks from what we’ve seen so far! For a chance to get featured on our Fair blog and other social channels, make sure you use #DareToFair and/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

For all info regarding the Fair, visit us at lacountyfair.com!

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[CONTEST CLOSED] Fair Food Preview + GIVEAWAY

In just 10 days the 2016 LA County Fair opens! That means deep-fried dinners and afternoon treats almost every day in September for us. Take a look at just a few of our newest Fair foods:

Deep-Fried Nachos

la county fair food They’re gooey. They’re crunchy. They’re delicious. We tried them the other day and plan on having them at least a couple times during Fair season.

Affogatos

la county fair food

This is one of our top dessert picks this year. Creamy, cold gelato paired with a shot of espresso means a sugar AND caffeine high. We sampled it when we visited the San Diego fair earlier this year.

Deep-Fried Hot Sauce

Every year Chicken Charlie creates a new deep-fried food, just for the LA County Fair. This year it’s Deep-Fried Hot Sauce. He gave us a sample to try and all we have to say is, YUM. This is definitely a must-try. 

Of course, we’re not all batter, cheese and sugar. We’re also serving up harvest bowls, salads, and vegan nachos, tacos and burritos, along with a number of other healthy options, if that’s what you prefer!

We want you to try all these food for yourself, which is why we’re hosting a Fair Food Giveaway!

Fair Food Giveaway

                                                         Four Fair tickets 
                                                            Food bucks 
                                                     Dare To Fair swag bag

Enter to win by leaving a comment below, telling us which new Fair food you want to try the most! Winner announced here on Friday, August 26. Good luck!

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We have our winner! Congratulations to Honey for being selected as the winner of this blog giveaway. Honey is looking forward to trying the affogatos AND the deep-fried nachos. That’s the Dare To Fair spirit!

Thank you to everyone who played. More giveaways coming very soon!

#DareToFair 

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#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up: The Final Weekend Feels

HOW is Fair 2015 almost over? It seems like only yesterday we were standing in awe of Popnology, walking through Luminasia, and trying Chicken Charlie’s newest deep-fried food.

And yet somehow, four weeks later, we are here at the end of another great run, with a ton of awesome memories to look back on. Here are some of our favorite Fair shots that you all posted:

#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up Week 4

#1. This amazing photo, which is proof that life is better when there are swings involved:

Photo Cred: @kayla.hackett

#2. This beautiful flat lay of Chicken Charlie’s best:

Photo Cred: @stirandstyle

#3. Okay, so he didn’t actually visit the Fair, but we are so happy Snow the Shepherd got a little doughnut-love from us after his mom came home :)

Photo Cred: @snowtheshepherd

Shout-out to all the fantastic photos you shared that perfectly captured the essence of Fair. We loved seeing them every single day!

If you’re hitting the Fair tomorrow make sure you tag us (@lacountyfair) and use #LACFNaturalHigh — we would love to share in your LACF experience.

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