Food fare at the State Fair is known for being calorie-dense, overly-indulgent “comfort food.” Deep-fried items are a recurrent Fair food theme. Bacon items are also gaining in popularity. Many of the new food items debuting at State Fairs this summer will have lots and lots and LOTS of bacon in them. Here are some amazing bacon dishes you’ll be able to sample at your local State Fair this summer.
The OC fair starts July 12th and goes through August 11th in Costa Mesa, California. New dishes include: Bacon Nutella Pizza, Bacon Root Beer, Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Pickle, and Wild Boar Bacon on a Stick. I was sad to hear that Truffle Gouda Bacon Fries did not make the cut. The most anticipated new dishes are the “Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe” and the “Deep-Fried Waffle Dog,” supplied by Chicken Charlie’s, who will also be serving these bacony goodies up at the LA County Fair.
The LA County Fair runs from August 29th – September 30th in Pomona, California. In addition to Chicken Charlie’s items, you can also sample Maple Bacon Donuts and Deep-Fried Spam.
At the Minnesota State Fair, you can sample Bacon Cannoli, Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Shrimp, Cajun Pork Rinds, and the Double Bacon Corndog. The Fair runs August 22nd – September 2nd.
The Iowa State Fair dates are August 8th – August 18th. Dishes include the Bacon-Wrapped Riblet on a Stick: a pork riblet wrapped in bacon, hickory smoked and then basted with barbeque sauce. More items will be announced in early July.
Yet another California fair, the California State Fair, runs July 12th – July 28th in Sacramento. Bacony delicious dishes include Cheesy Bacon Bombs and Maple Bacon Sundae.
The Oklahoma State Fair’s new items include Bacon-Caramel Apples.
I’ve saved the best for last. The Wisconsin State Fair easily wins the prize for most bacon items, and most items available “on a stick.” Maybe they should rename their Fair the Wisconsin Bacon Festival… Get these goodies starting August 1st. Check out this mouth-watering list of foods available on a stick:
bacon & egg
bacon-wrapped shrimp tempura
beer-battered bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog
bacon-wrapped water chestnuts
beer-battered mac and cheese bites with bacon
better with bacon bar
brown sugar bacon-wrapped hot dog
country-fried bacon with gravy
chocolate covered bacon
deep-fried bacon-wrapped hog dog
deep-fried, bacon-wrapped tater tots
deep-fried cream cheese with bacon
ALL on a stick!
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