ok kids, judging by the number of you scoping out last years and 2009s lists i can say with confidence that this years line-up will be appreciated! the hubby and i trotted through the fairgrounds for a whopping 8 1/2 hours of food, fun, and people watching and were able to find new vegan food options. hold on to your seats, kids! because i cared so damn much about feeding my face, as well as ensuring you could feed yours, i spent sunday night reading the entire food vendor list (for reals) and each item offered (double for reals) and made two lists; the “already confirmed vegan list”, and the “look into this” list.
Here’s everything i’ve confirmed over the past 3 years.
Everything I’ve Ever Eaten At The Fair
*i didn’t eat everything listed yesterday, promise!
Fried Pickles– order original w/out cream cheese
las lomas tamales, vegetarian tamale– only available for 4 days, check the state fair’s site for this years days
Fresh Cut French Fries
Harry Singh’s Jerk Fries
The Potato Man and Sweetie Sweet Potato “Fries”
Harry Singh’s Carribbean-
Strawberries N’ Creme Strawberry Cup w/Non-Dairy Whipped Topping -these are by no means healthy as the “whipped topping” ingredients have some creepy chemicals, but hey, as far as i can tell, it’s vegan!
Somosas and Somali Samosas
Hummus and Pita
Fried Green Tomatoes- i almost preferred these to the pickles!
Roasted Corn– ask for no butter, it’s divine!
Island Noodles– original, they now offer teriyaki chicken, but its pre-cooked and kept in a roasting pan away from the noodles so that they are still happily vegan!
Kettle Corn– always yummy
Fresh Fruit- there’s a stand across from the international bazaar with GIANT, ripe peaches and nectarines.
Potato Tornado– its just a big potato chip, get fries instead!
Veggie Pie- frozen fruit on a stick.
now for some food porn! *having a partner in crime, or two, will ensure that you don’t fall into a food coma. he he he.
we couldn’t find the citypages booth, or their infamous ‘bachmann eyes’, so we befriended an ellen fan instead.
cool refreshing nectar of the gods
i have just been informed that surly uses isinglass to filter their beers. bummer. i have now been informed that surly uses a centrifuge system for filtration and no longer rely on animal products! rejoice!
yum! these were brand-spankin’ new this year, and they did not disappoint. lightly golden-fried, these had a crisp exterior and a fluffy interior-and weren’t over-browned. the jerk seasoning was flavorful without being overbearing, and the more you ate, the hotter the burn!
goofing off at the eco-exhibit. also, i find it annoying when people pronounce eco as “echo”.
like i said, the ingredients are definitely creepy and chemical-laden, but if you eat fairly organic and local, whats a little high fructose corn syrup mixed with partially hydrogenated oils? i was raised on that shit!
basmati rice, fried onions, lentils, elbow macaroni, and spiced tomato sauce. i could definitely describe this as “middle eastern hot dish”, especially with the random inclusion of elbow macaroni. i would have loved it to have been heavier on the sauce and onions, but if you’re looking for a more substantial nosh, go for this, or the island noodles.
we couldn’t say no to a fruit loving mountain lion, could you?
these peaches were so effin amazing! you needed at least 3 napkins to catch the juice.
i think i loved these more than the pickles, and ellen loved them, too.
you can’t not eat it, so why stop yourself?
island noodles, always a classic.
and that concludes this years picture-heavy food bonanza!