On August 30, 2013, through til September 29th, Southern California is in for a treat as the LA County Fair returns to the Fairplex Fair grounds in Pomona.
We were privileged to get an early taste of some of the treats in store for fair goers.
Not only are there the usual corn on a cob, fried frog legs and French fries, but we were delighted to gluten free food from Tasti Chips - a crisp, healthy chip that uses 100% allergen free peanut oil. Their specialty is the Chipotle BBQ Beef Dirty Chips - a tasty combination of meat, cheese and chips.
At the entrance to the food court, you'll find Chicken Charlie with it's deep fried delights ranging from fried oreo, Krispy Kreme hamburgers - two doughnuts ,two hamburger patties, and a slice of cheese, Krispy Kerme sloppy joes, Totally fried bacon wrapped pickles, waffle dogs, fried Twinkies topped with chocolate or strawberry sauce, fried avocados and fried Klondike bars.
The Cornucopia Café gave us thirst quenching smoothies and offered coffee (hot and iced) as well as beer and wine and sweets as cinnamon rolls, kettle corn and regular popcorn and chiros, while Monster Dogs treated us to crisp curly fries and larger than life corn dogs.
My favorite places were 10-pound Buns which provides seven delicious mixtures of cheese, onions, garlic, meats, chicken, and bacon. I had the European, which reminded me of a Margarita pizza - tomato, basil, garlic and cheese. Fresh Fries had not only a variety of fries for a tasty vegetarian treat, but brisket sundaes with bbq beef , potatoes, and a cherry tomato on top. I enjoyed a treat called the blooming onion - fried onion with a variety of sauces.
At the Skinnygirl Bar and Food stand, known for their low calorie cocktails, we had hard apple cider. Their offerings included wines, Cosmo, Margaritas, and Twisted drinks.
New this year is the Harold and Belle's to Geaux. A Creole restaurant rich in the cuisine of New Orleans, they served fried catfish, bread pudding, crawfish etouffes, jambalaya, red beans and rice, catfish nuggets, and for a fair special offered a bowl of red beans with rice, covered with jambalaya accompanied by catfish or sausage.
Prices were competitive with most events - water $3, soda $4 and up, coffees $3-6 with meals running $7 and up.
This year's fair brings together underwater and animal adventures that rivals those in San Diego, animation workshops, and Enterprise exhibitions straight from Hollywood. In addition to the food, there are wine tasting experiences from Napa Valley as well as carnival rides and entertainment.
Fairgoers will be able to cool down at Beneath the Sea with an Underwater Adventure, watch sea lions dance, balance and retrieve at the Sea Lion Splash show, or visit a shark at the Live Shark Encounter. Mermaid Melissa will swim around to prove that mermaids do exist while guests touch stingrays, walk through coral reefs and explore the history of mysterious underwater sea monsters.
Those interested in animation should attend the Pencils to Pixels - The Art of Animation which goes into not only drawing but CGI experiences. On site instructors will guide fairgoers step by step into creating hand-drawn characters.
Last but not least is the world's largest Star Trek exhibit showing authentic props, costumes and set pieces from both the TV and movies.
For more information go to www.lacountyfair.com On the site will be promotions, ticket prices and other specials to help you plan your trip.