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Gourmet "Event" Food ...... 
Aug. 31, 2010 8:20 pm 
Updated: Sep. 25, 2010 12:17 am
Each year we count down the days until we can attend the State Fair under the guise of viewing and lauding all the cook's, canner's and baker's accomplishments. It's really just a pathetic excuse to stop by all those greasy little stands and eat absolutely anything and everything that's NOT good for us. 

We have fined tuned this annual trip over many years. It's always the same and it goes like this:

Enter Fair Grounds. Find the curly fry stand. Buy fries, squirt about 1/2 cup of ketchup on top and eat as we walk the promonade on our way to the livestock barn. Check out the livestock, then head to the "hand dipped" corn dog stand. Buy a corn dog and make our way to the poultry barn. By then we're really getting thirsty. So off to the "fresh squeezed" lemonade stand. Now, to the Textiles and Food Pavillion to check out the blue ribbon winners for best canned foods, baked goods, and beautiful quilts. But, first, we can't pass up the "Dairy Women's" Ice Cream stand for an ice cream waffle cone. After spending a really long time in the Food Pavillion, we need to refuel. This has really worked up our appitite, so we leave the T&F Pavillion and head direcly to the Elephant Ear stand and buy deep fried discs of dough the size of hubcaps. Of course they're sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, but I only eat one a year, sooooo! On our way out of the Fair Grounds we frantically scan the from East to West, and North to South to make sure we haven't missed anything.  Afterall, it will be another whole year before we allow ourselves this one UNhealthy day of eating food we affectionately call "Gournet Event Food!"

And, tomorrow........ flushing the system. Steel Cut Oatmeal and Salad, salad, salad. Where's my tums?
Aug. 31, 2010 8:51 pm
Candice: Sounds like you've got your agenda planned! Have a great time!
Aug. 31, 2010 8:54 pm
BRAVO!!! I whole heartily agree! Funny blog and I swear, in my minds eye, I could "See" you at every turn getting that special fair food! But have you tried the fried avacado? Me neither! LOL I do love the fried snickers and will pass on the fried pickle. Oh so Good! thanks Sweety, fun blog:)
Aug. 31, 2010 9:33 pm
Bikerfamily; We had a very good time. It's 9:30pm and I'm just now getting a little hungry. Think I'll just have a small cup of yogurt. Patty Cakes; At one stand we stopped by today, they had fried Twinkies and Snickers. I just couldn't go there. Thanks, we had a really good time. (I'm bloated up like all get out, but it was totally worth it.)
Aug. 31, 2010 9:48 pm
Don't you love it when a plan comes together?? But...but...but...you passed on the fried snickers and twinkies? For shame!
Aug. 31, 2010 9:59 pm
Mimosa; I get butterflies in my stomach every year planning our trip to the Fair. And, you are so right! I need to mentally prepare myself next year ..... you know, convince myself I won't die if I eat just ONE Fried Twinkie or Fried Snicker. Patty Cakes; I'd love to taste a Fried Avocado.
Sep. 1, 2010 6:08 am
Did you know they are Deep Frying Beer & Nargaritas at the Texas State Fair ? And I would expect something huckleberry on the menu if you are in oregon.
Sep. 1, 2010 6:09 am
MARGARITAS (I should really learn how to type)
Sep. 1, 2010 8:47 am
I've heard about the Texas State Fair; that they Deep Fry just about everything. But, Beer and Margaritas? How on earth would you do that? Now, Deep Fried Huckleberries or our every famous Marionberries.....wow, that sounds good!
Sep. 1, 2010 11:21 am
I even heard about>>> {Drum Roll}}} FRIED BEER!! Yep! It looks like a ravioli but with beer for the filling! Now, beat that! LOL
Sep. 1, 2010 11:21 am
Sounds like you had a good time. Don't you wish you could just get bite-sized samples of all of these fried delicacies? I don't want a whole fried Snickers or Twinkie, but don't you just want to know what it tastes like? Fried avocado? Hmm... Not sure about that one. Deep fried pickles are good, that's becoming a staple on a lot of appetizer menus around here. Beer & Margaritas????? Just the logistics of it, never mind the taste...
Sep. 1, 2010 1:53 pm
Patty Cakes; Wouldn't the beer evaporate when fried? Holy smokes! I'm spending why too much time trying to figure this out. Magnolia Blossom; I think you might be on to something. "Deep Fried Sampler Platter." I'll be looking for it next year. LOL!!!
Sep. 1, 2010 10:54 pm
Just thought I would say Hi from another cook from Albany-Or.great weekend for cooking on my part 6 family members including me have birthdays.We cook 1 big party.mawchef1
Sep. 2, 2010 7:47 am
You seem to have a similar agenda to us when we went to the Puyallup fair annually. Did you even notice that you end up spending about $50 on junk food when you are there and then head to a restaurant for dinner afterward? LOL
Sep. 2, 2010 11:56 am
Well, a great big HELLO Mawchef. Yes, it's been a great week for cooking here in Albany. I am very pleased to meet you. (Just made you a "Cook I like" too. Gotta have me an Albany Gal!) Yesterday, I worked on my Sweet Potato Orange Cupcake recipe; which was a dismal failure. Made 4 batches, arrrrgggghhhhh! But, I will keep trying. I've got the cupcake bug and I will not give up. Mauigirl; I am LOL right now, because that's exactly what we did. Ate all day at the Fair, then headed over to Mongolian Grill by the Mall afterwards. I was so bloated up afterwards and our wallets were about $100 lighter, but oh my, we did have fun!
Sep. 2, 2010 12:26 pm
I used to LOVE going to the Iowa State Fair every year. Illinois just doesn't compare well. thanks for your comment on my blog.
Sep. 2, 2010 1:15 pm
Actually, I'm going to make that this weekend. Grandkids are coming over and I have a big watermelon in the frig.
Sep. 5, 2010 1:10 pm
Oh, that was toooo funny. I loved your post........yes, I'm still laughing....
Sep. 5, 2010 4:12 pm
Great blog and thanks for the laughs. It reminded me of the annual craft fairs we have here in this area. Crafts? What is crafts? I hate crafts. Every year I head straight for the big black pot that has those wonderful fried taters and onions in it and then I head to the nacho cart. YUMMO! Who needs crafts? I pay $5 for parking and fight all of the crowds just to wrap my lips around those scrumptious taters every year :)
Sep. 5, 2010 7:36 pm
Oh NO!! Did you miss the Blooming Onions?! Ice cream and Deep fried what could be better?!
Sep. 6, 2010 8:44 am
CC: I am so glad I could make you laugh. "Laugh" has become my new motto in life. Try to have one good belly laugh every day. It is "good medicine for the soul.
Sep. 6, 2010 8:48 am
Cat Hill: You know what? I saw this guy walking around with a Bloomin' Onion on a big paper plate. He noticed me lurking at his treasure, covered it over with his hand and walked off in the other direction. He could tell I was a Food Perv.
Sep. 6, 2010 8:51 am
SLN: Welcome to AR. I've been reading your posts on RE and have really enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. I'm with you on the Craft Fairs. Although I knit and crochet, I'm not much interested in them; that is, unless of course there is FOOD to be had. Them..... "get out the way" .... coming through. Have a great Labor to all.
Sep. 11, 2010 1:42 am
Fun, Fun, Fun... We all deserve a local fair, food event from time to time to remind us what it was like to be kids/teens eating everything and anything!!! Everything you described sounded scrumptious to me... thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll be following yours too!!! ~Jeff
Sep. 22, 2010 1:10 pm
You are very welcome Jeff. I love the County & State Fairs for that very reason. Then I spend the rest of the year trying to purge the icky-ness from my system. Thanks again for following my blog. I'm following you too!
Sep. 25, 2010 12:17 am
I just found your blog on Allrecipes and am enjoying it! Love, Love, Love your sense of humor! Oh how I can relate to your State Fair visit, aka, GEF!!Sounds like our L.A. County Fair experience here in Southern California! Thank heaven it only comes once a year! Looking forward to reading upcoming entries!
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