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    Fair food.

    So I went to my very first fair today. Went to the North Carolina State Fair and I guess from all the stuff I read about fairs, I was expecting bizarrely ginormous vegetables and livestock. You know, like James and the Giant Peach or Wilbur from Charlotte's Web.

    I didn't see that kind of stuff, but I did see booth after booth of fried foods. Fried twinkies, fried pickle spears, fried, cauliflower, fried onion, deep fried cheeseburger (yup, the whole cheeseburger is dipped in the hot oil), funnel cakes and I forgot what they are called but they look like funnel cakes but are a flat cake instead of being sort of stringy dough.

    So I ask, why is it that only deep fried foods are served at the fair?
    Daniel

    #2
    I went to a fair a couple weeks ago the had everything you said plus fried oreo cookies I don't eat fried foods but maybe with all the walking people do at fairs they burn off what they eat anty
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      #3
      I think part of the reason is that the space in concession trailers is so limited and fryers take up less space than grills and hold more food. Easier to cook, too.

      Course, they would have to work on finding healthier alternatives if the people demanded it. That doesn't seem to be happening.
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        #4
        Originally posted by dan_nc
        So I ask, why is it that only deep fried foods are served at the fair?
        Funnel cakes are delicious. Down here in the South, our fairs serve Jambalaya and Gumbo, along with American traditions like hot dogs and burgers. The fairs don't generally serve health foods, but then again, a fair is rather dirty place to be anyway. By dirty, I mean all the trash on ground, the fumes from the carnival rides, the pot-o-potties and the overall lack of hygiene.

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          #5
          I think a lot of people go to fairs specifically to eat the types of food you mentioned. It is sort of a "throw caution to the wind and eat whatever you want" type of day. Guilty......I have done it more than once. Later I wondered how I could eat such food, but at the time it was a lot of fun.

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            hope you had fun dan!

            I can't imagine someone eating a deep fried burger, gah!
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              #7
              Fair food is a lot of fun -it's the only time I really pig out on fried stuff. The Tri-State Fair does have more than just fried food. Some of the other stuff includes the normal burgers, calf fries, steak on a stick and the tex-mex cafe. This year hubby and I shared some fried cheese on a stick, a corndog, texas twister potatoes with cheese (homemade chips) and a fried s'mores. It was great eating it, but I sure paid for it later.

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                #8
                Dan, no offence but how old are you? you must have lived a very shelterd life. I think I was like 7-8 years old for my first fair. but I was raised out side of Portland, Or. in the 70's and they had all sorts of different foods there, but I have noticed that it is mostly fried foods these days.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dan_nc
                  and I forgot what they are called but they look like funnel cakes but are a flat cake instead of being sort of stringy dough.
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                    #10
                    I could eat funnel cakes every day of my life if I liked cooking them.

                    Something I really wasn't sure about when I seen it was fried ice cream. I had it at the Renaissance Festival a while back and it was good!
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by darrel
                      Dan, no offence but how old are you? you must have lived a very shelterd life. I think I was like 7-8 years old for my first fair. but I was raised out side of Portland, Or. in the 70's and they had all sorts of different foods there, but I have noticed that it is mostly fried foods these days.
                      Not offended in the least. I am 30 years old. I'm not sure if it's simply being sheltered or just different cultural experience. I'm city-born. We didn't have fairs, or if we did, I just never went. I've also travelled and did the touristy thing in most major cities in Europe and Asia. Just never had the opportunity to visit a state or county fair before unless you count stuff like Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Burning Man, hmmm ... and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival up in Ashland. With the exception of the last one, the others were more alcohol or creative substances than food.

                      I'll need to try the fried ice cream and fried oreos, they sound really intriguing. I will admit, the fried pickle spears taste exactly as they sound. I'll leave it at that.
                      Daniel

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                        #12
                        I always look at the big ol' fair-goers in stretch pants with the elastic sprung in the butt, lose my appetite, then wish I'd eaten that junk the next day.

                        It is amazing to me, too, that Dan managed to miss this phenomenon up to the ripe old age of 30. Welcome to the REAL America, you city slicker!
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