It is almost time for the San Diego County Fair. The fair opens on at 4pm on June 2nd. The theme for this year is country themed with where the west is fun. I was surprised to find out that the San Diego County Fair is the 5th largest fair in North America.
We got a sneak peak before it opens of all the newest food, events and attractions. There was cowboy spinning their lassoes around entertaining for miles. There was llamas, sheep and goats to illustrate the animal’s that will be at the fair. There was a bar area showing off the drinks for this years beer, wine and distilled spirit and cocktail festival. Another festival being showed off was the upcoming asian festival which included traditional dragon costumes. There was also this amazing artist creating a masterpiece. Another piece of art was this succulent covered horse who has an internal watering system.
Of course we sampled all of the deep fried delicious goodies of the San Diego Fair. All types of deep fried goodies like fried fish, raviolis and chips. Lot of delicious food I needed a bigger stomach to try everything out. I started by starting at Chicken Charlie’s which had delicious deep fried bacon wrapped chicken leg. I also tried out the totally fried peanut butter meatballs. I was intrigued on what this would taste like. It tasted like an Italian spice meatball coated with this sweet crispy layer of batter. I could barely taste the peanut butter but it was pretty tasty. I then presided for a Krispy Kreme ice cream chicken sandwich. It is two Krispy Kreme glazed donuts hit with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fruity pebbled as the “bread”. The middle of the sandwich is a deep fried chicken with vanilla ice cream. This is actually delicious and a perfect treat for the fair. Reminds me a bit of chicken and waffles. Although it may give you an intense sugar rush. Chicken Charlie’s will also have the fair classics again this year like Maui chicken or naked shrimp pineapple bowl, and the Krispy Kreme triple decker cheeseburger. There will be a Maui Burger which is a burger on a ciabatta bread with lettuce, carrots, spam and ghost pepper aioli. I sampled this out and the spicy level was mild but my does the spiciness build up after.
There will also be a grilled cheese specialties over at Grilled Cheese A Fair check out their variety. There was two types to sample but I did not taste them because I do not like cream cheese but I can tell you the most popular one was the jalapeno popper and bacon grilled cheese. The grilled cheese come accompanied with farm fresh fried chips.
Farm to Grill featured cheese and bacon wrapped veggies and fruits with a dash of parmesan. The options included brussels sprouts, pineapple and asparagus. I tried the pineapple and it was a combination of sweet and salty. was very interesting reminds me of the pineapple on the tacos de pastor.
As for Dessert there will be chocolate cupcakes covered in chocolate fondant. These were very tasty. There will also be a Food Network Wars winner featuring Ninja Pizza Cupcakes which is a tomato spiced cake with caramel mascarpone buttercream topped with candied pepperonis. It tasted like an all spice cake with sweet cream. It was very interesting especially with the candied pepperonis. I thought they were candied bacon but it also didn’t taste like bacon.
I can not wait for the San Diego County Fair to open and have get to experience everything.
This year there is something new coming to the fair and it is located at Downtown, San Diego. On Wednesday, May 24th at Island Street between 4th and 5th avenues there will be a giant cowboy party. The party will have live country music, and beer garden featuring a special beer created especially for this year’s San Diego County Fair by Mike Hess Brewing Company, “Into the Sunset,” a blood-orange IPA. Come on down for a chance to win pairs of tickets to Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and LeAnn Rimes concerts and free Fair admission tickets. This event is free and family friendly.