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


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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Plaza de las Americas

As you enter through Blue gate, you are greeted by the sounds of horns and accordions….

Welcome to Plaza de las Americas, where Latin heritage (and food) flows abundantly.  Shop keepers sell all kinds of goodies everywhere you turn.  Take the sky ride, and find a margarita bar waiting for you as soon as you exit.  Fountains gurgle, and offer a cool little spot to fight away the summer heat.

Best of all is the music stage, where the sound never stops.  You never know who you might see, like rising Latin music star, Luis Coronel, who stopped by to please ears and break hearts.

Come along on a little Latin adventure, right here at LACF.  Remember, next week is your last chance!

Do you have a favorite Latin band?  Tell me in the comments below!


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Bottoms Up

Are you one of those people who loves beer?  Did you know that LACF offers beer tasting classes?

Because they do!

You can find the class in the Beer, Wine, and Spirits Marketplace, attached to the Flower and Garden Pavilion.  Classes take place at noon, and are $15 per person.  Jason Torres leads the beer tasting classes, explaining the difference between craft and micro brewed beer, and the flavorful distinctions of IPA, Pale, and Porter brews (among others).  He also introduces students to some market lingo (Such at ‘Tap takeover’), and the correct way to drink the beverage.

Paired with these tasty brews are different food catered by local companies.  Today’s delicious sliders were courtesy of Brew & Meatball Company.  One of their tasty mini burgers was made with Wagu beef, which they also serve at their restaurant.

Just remember, you must be 21 or older to take part in these amazing (and shockingly educational) classes.

Have a favorite beer or beer and food pairing?  Tell me in the comments below!

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Cupcake Crazy

Sooo good!

September 12th was the annual fair Cupcake Contest, and wow, did all the entries look delicious.  Contestants submitted their recipes in July, all of which were homemade with ingredients you can find at your local stores (Them’s the rules!).  On the big day, each contestant brought six delectable offerings for this year’s judges.

Regina Young, Marissa Ceja, Carlos Velesqez, and Laurie Brandler were our four distinguished experts for today’s event.  All four were beyond pleased to take part, and were full of smiles throughout the event.

Participants were graded on four different aspects, of varying importance:

  • Overall Taste                        40%
  • Originality/Creativity             30%
  • Appearance/Presentation     20%
  • Ease of preparation              10%

After sampling from each of the 11 contestants, the judges picked three outstanding examples of this culinary delight.

In 3rd place, with her light and fluffy Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Buttercream cupcake, is April Burton!

2nd place goes to Pepper Parker, with her scrumptious Banana Pudding cupcakes.

The coveted 1st place is awarded to Monine Zerby, for her Boozy Caramel Apple cupcake.  Need I say more?  All participants then began a cupcake trading bonanza, and who could blame them, with all of the entries looking so mouth watering?

If you think you have what it takes to be top baker here at the fair, check in online for next year’s entry forms.  Who knows, it could be you taking home that colorful Rosette with your cupcake supreme~!


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2015 LACF Food Media Preview

Dozens of bloggers and media personnel got a sneak peek of our new food items at our LA County Fair Food Media Preview! Gourmet hot dogs, Deep-Fried Guacamole and some classics from Chicken Charlie’s and Tasti Chips were all available!

Since there was a lot of construction and preparation going on for Opening Day, a section of the Fairgrounds was blocked for our lovely media who included LA Times, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, La Nueva Voz, Claremont Courier, iHeartMedia, Los Angeles News Group, IEShineOn, Mommy Bloggers and so many more!

Here are some pictures of today’s event:

The LA County Fair is almost here again!
Which foods are you most excited to try?

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Food Friday at LACF

Over the last few weeks we brought to you the wonders of Luminasia, the magic of World of Wonders, the beauty of our Flower & Garden Pavilion, and now, we are taking the time to show you some of the delicious foods you could eat before the wrap up of this year’s Fair.

LACF Food Adventures

In case you haven’t heard, we have more than 200 food stands and every possible type of food you could imagine. From deep-fried, bacon-wrapped zucchinis and Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburgers, to gluten-free foods and anything on a stick, we have what your heart aches for.

Although I promised myself that I would not have Chicken Charlie’s juicy Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger, I broke my promise today. The temptation was too great and I finally just gave in.

Here are a few pictures of some of our all-time favorite Fair foods.

FAIR WARNING: We are not responsible for mouth watering or the irresistible need to drop everything you are doing to come to the Fair!

Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger

Chicken Charlie's Pineapple Express

Deep Fried Oreos

After seeing these foods, are you sure you don’t want to come to the Fair? You have three days to make up your mind, so choose wisely! As for me, I think its time for dinner. Bon appétit.

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You Know You Want a Blue Ribbon

Sure, the Fair is still six months away but it’s not too early to be thinking of entering your best cookie or salsa recipe or your best photograph into one of our fun & exciting contests and competitions. Entries are open for all categories in Culinary Styles, Tapestry and America’s Kids. You look great in blue (ribbon, that is), so what are you waiting for?

Culinary Styles features preserved foods, baked goods and several specialty categories like cheesecake recipe, all-American pie, BBQ, cupcakes and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Every year the judges have a blast tasting all the goodies, and Fairguests love seeing who runs away with a first place. Deadlines for entry are:

  • Preserved foods – June 25
  • Baked goods and other featured contests - Aug. 2
  • Tablescaping – July 19 (hurry, this one fills up fast!)

Tapestry, which includes jewelry, arts & crafts, needle art and photography, has a June 25 deadline.

America’s Kids is themed A Living Library of Fun (part 2) – a continuation of last year’s fun adventure where books came to life. Competitions include magic shoes (turn an ordinary pair of shoes into something spectacular), build a model hot air balloon, creative cakes, build a scarecrow, crafts, writing and so much more. Deadline for America’s Kids competitions is June 27.

Details, including rules & regulations and entry forms, for all the contests and competitions can be found at lacountyfair.com.

Ok, ready, set – cook and create!


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The party continues…

We are in full Fall mode and more than looking forward to crisp autumn evenings, hot chocolate, football and the holiday season. For those of you who are suffering from PFDS (Post-Fair Depression Syndrome) don’t fear! The rides may be down, the exhibits packed away and the deep-fried food devoured, but there are still plenty of happenings going on at Fairplex!

Just a few as we close up 2012…

1. SoCal College Fair: Brought to you by The Learning Centers at Fairplex, this event is a great way to jump start you (or your child’s) college career. Come talk to dozens of colleges, learn about the admissions process, enjoy food, beverages and games and get an idea of what to expect next year.

2. Oktoberfest: We’re putting a little rock n’ roll flavor to this traditional German celebration with “Rock”tober fest. Come out to the fairgrounds for some games, beer, German food, oom-pah-pah music AND a fantastic cover band each weekend! DSB, Queen Nation and Sounds of Santana will be taking turns rocking out on stage.

3. Neighborhood Halloween Party: Bring the kids out for a fun night of hanging out in the pumpkin patch, face painting, games and prizes, crafts, food and of course, lots of candy! Stop by on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for this fun, free event.


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Last Week of Fair! (Are you ready?)

Wednesday is the start of our last week of the 2012 Fair. This month just flew by; it seems like only yesterday that we were opening the gates, setting up the rides and exhibits and starting on the blogging for the season. Whether you are visiting us for the first time or one last time this year there are a couple things you should know about the last week:

1. If you’re all about the thrills at the Fair make sure to take advantage of our “All You Can Ride Wednesday” promotion–$25 gets you admission into the Fair AND unlimited access to the carnival rides. Click here for more details.

2. Friday is the final portion of Battle of the Bands! 8 of the 19 original high school/college contenders remain and will compete for cash prizes and a coveted spot at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Come out and support your favorites at the Coca-Cola Stage and find out who wins!

3. UCLA Day is this Saturday! If you’re a Bruins fan come out, watch the game and enjoy a Saturday with fellow alumni, faculty and/or classmates :)

4. Whether its the rides, the animals, the shows or the shopping that you want to squeeze in, this is your last chance to do it! Just don’t go as crazy as these guys did… or well, maybe you can.

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Mexico Independence Day

Today, September 16, marks Mexico’s Independence Day (or Grito de Dolores). This is the 202nd anniversary of the event that started the War of Independence. Although true independence was not gained until 1821, it was this particular day that started the movement towards freedom.

The Fair hosted a large parade in honor of the day, including dancers, musicians and a long line of beautiful cars.

The parade sweeps through the grounds.

We also had enchilada and salsa/guacamole competitions over at Culinary Styles, staying in theme with today’s culture.

One of our very excited Enchilada competition winners!

For those of you who were hoping to hit the Fair this evening after the heat dies down, we even have a special $5 after 5 p.m. promotion to celebrate!

This weekend also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our friends at SpanglishBaby gave some fun and easy ways to celebrate with family and friends. You can check it out here.

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