Most days at the Fair we like to switch things up… check out the latest from the creative minds at America’s Kids or hang out with the brilliance emanating from Genius or maybe even taking a stroll through the Garden Railroad. But on Fridays we are always, without fail, all. about. the food. It’s called Fair Food Fridays for a reason!
This weekend marks week 3 of the Fair, not to mention the hottest it’s been all month! (We are talking 100+ degrees people.) For those of you brave enough to venture out before the sun sets, there are plenty of snacks and drinks to help you stay cool. Here are my top five choices:
1. Hot Dog On A Stick Lemonade
What goes better with a crunchy corn dog than ice cold lemonade? Sweet, lemony fresh juice chilled with crushed ice cubes paired with some fries or your corn dog and you are set to relax in the shade or walk to your next “must do” of the day.
2. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream
Freshly made banana split from Dr. Bob's
We’re not talking just any ice cream. We are talking Dr. Bob’s ice cream. As in, the ice cream made right here on the fairgrounds with flavors including Tahitian vanilla, cinnamon, Mississippi Mud, maple walnut, dark chocolate and several others. They even have a banana split doused in pineapple, whipped cream and fudge. It’s sweet, it’s yummy and a great reprieve from the heat. There’s more to life than Baskin Robbins and Coldstone’s Creamery after all!
3. Big Kona Huna Shaved Ice
My mango and strawberry creation. Thanks Big Kona Huna!
With over 20 flavors to choose from, it’s not hard to create the perfect blend of flavors.
While favorites include Wild Cherry and Tiger’s Blood, my personal favorite is mango and strawberry.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, you can ask for it Hawaiian style and get your colorful ice doused in condensed milk. (It tastes better than it sounds.)
The best part? This icy, chilly concoction is only $5!
4. Dip n’ Dots
Dip n’ Dots brings cute and sweet to a whole new level. In a nut shell, Dip n’ Dots serves tiny, itsy bitsy ice cream circles in a dish for you to eat. Flavors include the standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but birthday cake, cookie dough, banana split, moose tracks, strawberry cheesecake yogurt and even rainbow sherbert styles are offered as well! This has been a favorite treat of mine for many years and I am always glad it’s at the Fair!
For the 21+ crowd, sometimes all you need to forget the heat is a good drink. The margaritas can be found throughout the Fair and are a mixture of sweet and tangy, providing a wonderful escape from the incessant heat.