Favorite Carnival/Fair/Festival Foods?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Food Discussions' started by CraigC, 12 Aug 2019.

  1. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    We used to go to a Cajun Crawfish festival that the city of Ft. Lauderdale used to host. The boiled crawfish were a favorite. Now I do them at home during season. At the festival they didn't serve them with the standard veges and andouille sausage common at home boils. The festival is long gone now. frown.gif Oh, I miss the bands that played there as well, but the music is still a favorite because it reminds me of folks having a good time. Laissez les bons temps rouler!:dance:
     
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    My favourite is the BBC Good Food Show which happens twice a year in both Birmingham and London. I haven't been for a while - but the great thing is that the top TV chefs are there demonstrating their cooking and very often you can taste the results. There are also numerous food & drink exhibitors with freebie food & drink samples - one year there was a stall with malt whiskies which let us taste loads of them for free. I can't quite remember the rest of that day...
     
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  3. I would love to go to a festival like this. To me, carnival food means deep fried abominations. Having said that, I do often try a few bites of an elephant ear, knowing full well I'll be sick from it later. Here's something I would love to try if I ever see it at a fair:

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    It's a "sushi corn dog": there's a sushi roll in the middle, but it's got a corn dog coating. I would skip the mustard (unless, maybe, it's Chinese hot mustard).
     
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  4. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Corn dog. Very thinly sliced spiral potato chips. Fresh made lemonade, where they make it in front of you. Freshly made kettle corn.
     
  5. TastyReuben

    TastyReuben Active Member

    Location:
    Ohio, US
    Sugar waffles and a hobo steak sandwich!
     
  6. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Snap, I'm in too.

    Russ
     
  7. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    We have here in summer the a and p show. It's the agricultural and pastoral 4 day show, animals compete, wood chopping competitions fair ground activities. I used got air out kids when young, they loved it. My son took his three kids last year, cost him about $100 to get in, then you have to pay for rides etc. I guess it's all relative?? It's a big event here, tractors and all sorts for sale.

    Russ
     
  8. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Site Owner Staff Member

    Location:
    A Pom in NSW, Aus
    I guess the only one that immediately springs to mind is the multicultural food show that is held in Canberra city center over the course of 3 days. It is rapidly getting bigger and bigger. There are loads of food stalls with mostly Asian, Thai and various African countries food with a few European one as well. Each year we try to eat from as many as we can and each year we come back to the same conclusion. We love the Ethiopian food.

    There are also various towns harvest festivals which are good to go to for food tasting and alcohol. Last year one of the stalls was a whisky stall with free samples and next to it was a company that specialises in Braggot (ale with mead or mead with ale) again loads of free samples...
     
  9. Mountain Cat

    Mountain Cat Active Member

    I'm always amazed at the foods served at country fairs around here. Deep fried everythings -- sugars and fats all over the place.

    I was just at a fair last Friday. The only really appealing thing was the lemonade that they made while you watch... because I could say, "you know, the amount of sugar you usually put in that? Could you just add one quarter of that?" "Sure! And you can come back to the booth and I'll add more sugar if it turns out you don't like it that way."

    I liked it that way. I wish this type of lemonade stand was at all country fairs.

    A few years ago, this fair used to have a Vietnamese food truck. While it wasn't primo in comparison to most restaurants, it was tasty enough that I keep looking for it to come back. Far and away the best food at that fair! This year I had an order of mozzarella sticks, and a hot dog with mustard. Meh.

    The thing that gets me about these country fairs - the food competitions. They exhibit, and award farmers, for the best tomatoes, squash, onions, etc and leave the contestant plates sitting out all weekend. The healthiest food of all... and NO ONE is selling any of that!
     
  10. Mountain Cat

    Mountain Cat Active Member

    I'd enjoy that!
     

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