L.A. County Fair Food

By Jaqueline Gutierrez

“Food is always a big attraction at the L.A. County Fair, and this year we’re debuting some amazing all-new items along with hundreds of returning favorites,” said L.A. County Fair Association interim CEO Michael Ortiz.

I don’t know about you, but food is definitely what I look forward to most when gearing up to visit the L.A. County Fair. Aside from the world’s smallest pony, the rides, the art, shopping and everything in between, it’s just not complete unless you have something deep-fried, dipped in chocolate, sprinkled in bacon and, of course, on a stick. Believe it or not, the fair has something like that this year, with all those delights combined into one. I know, dream come true, right?

The man behind this creation is the legend himself, fried-food phenom Charles “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian. This should come as no surprise, for this is the man that gave us totally-fried-Kool-Aid, the deep-fried pop tart and the triple-decker Krispy Kreme cheeseburger. This year he’s outdone himself with quite a few new additions, most notably the totally fried bacon s’mores, deep-fried hot sauce, and chicken and waffles on a stick.

The totally fried s’mores are a force to be reckoned with at about twice the width of a fair corn dog. That is what it resembles on the outside – a pudgy corndog lying peacefully in a paper boat drizzled generously with chocolate sauce and covered with powdered sugar and bacon crumbles. When you take your first bite, it’s like an avalanche of marshmallow fluff. An ooey-gooey marshmallow with bacon crumbles to cut through the sweetness.

The deep-fried hot sauce was a pleasant surprise with its main flavor being Frank’s Red-Hot. That familiar tang automatically makes your mouth water. It’s served with a spicy creamy dipping sauce and a roasted jalapeño.

The chicken and waffles on a stick was my personal favorite; the novelty definitely works for them, making this meal portable. It’s a waffle as big a dinner plate with crispy fried chicken tenders cooked right into the waffle itself. Dump maple syrup all over it and you’re golden.

 “We love how our guests are always up for a dare when it comes to trying new foods,” said Ortiz. That sounds like a challenge to me. Each food is like a dare in itself, because of the size or maybe unexpected combinations.

Chicken Charlie isn’t the only one stepping up their fried game this year. Other vendors step up to the plate with items like deep-fried pickle on a stick, deep fried pizza, cheesy French toast bacon bombs and fried butter. That’s right, fried butter.

You may be thinking to yourself that all of this sounds delicious, but maybe you have health concerns that don’t allow for such decadent foods. Or maybe you’ve made the responsible choice to be vegan. Don’t worry, Plant Food for People has got you covered. The vegan specialists are an exclusive L.A. County Fair food partner that will debut jackfruit tacos, (which taste exactly like al-pastor with the texture of carnitas), burritos and nachos.

This is definitely the year to visit the fair and be a foodie for the day. Bring your friends and unabashedly post those #fried #corndogselfie #daretofair Instagram pics. Just don’t forget to tag us with #iegoodtimes and we just might repost your pictures.