OC Fair

Fried at the Orange County Fair

What happens when a food blogger and a nutritionist head off to see what food is on offer at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa?  SHOCK, HORROR AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN , because this is America folks, and its not County fair food unless its big, battered, grease-soaked, carbo and calorie loaded , and deep fried.    

Pinks at the OC Fair

Hollywood’s world famous landmark Pink’s  was selected as the fair’s top dish creator this year with  “The Bam Dog”.  So whats on top of this hot dog –  bacon, cole slaw, jalapenos, cheese, mustard, and onions, and it looked pretty darn good.

Deep fried starbucks

Starbucks crazy   “Deep Fried Coffee” with its ground coffee inside a doughnut ball ,  is deep fried in a mixture of oil and bacon fat and then covered with sugar and whipped cream and handed to you in a regular Starbucks cup. Now thats a coffee with a difference.

And then there are  turkey legs covered with bacon,  cobs of corn jammed onto sticks, covered in cornmeal batter and deep fried in hot oil, deep fried cheeseburgers,  and pretty much anything else you could imagine battered and fried.   I confess the only things I tried were the bacon stuffed jalepenos and the cheesy bacon bombs, which were both bite sized, which is what I am accustomed to, and they were absolutely delicious.

Pork and Bacon at the OC Fair

And from there it was downhill all the way with a “Coronary Combo” of deep-fried butter and chocolate-covered bacon. This isn’t just a fried stick of butter, its a churro split in two and filled with a butter stick, which is then placed in the deep fryer until crunchy. This is then topped with a whooping pile of cream.  Add to this some chocolate coated bacon and the combo will cost you a mere $10.  Or you could try “the Widow Maker” – jumbo sized garlic butter fries, fried in oil, fortified with bacon dripping and drenched in garlic butter. I am having heart pulpatations at the very thought of it.

Coronary Combo at the OC Fair

I was hoping to see medics at each turn, as the thought of all those people eating that much fat was terrifying,  but instead, there were just thousands of people having the time of their lives.

Ice cream and beer at the OC Fair

Farmyard at OC Fair

 Chicken Charlie’s $125 caviar Twinkie seemed a little pricey, and I wonder how many people bought them, but they were on offer for anyone with a load of cash in their wallets, and a taste for adventure.  And if you were looking for something sweet thats more affordable, there are Mexican funnel cakes, churros, candy apples, and deep fried Oreos.

Twinkies covered in caviar

Mexican funnel cake and oreos

We made our way to the children’s farmyard, had some fun at the kareoke stand, and then headed over to the kiddies funfair.  We never managed to get to the adult rides and I am sure if the little ones could have lasted longer we all would have been there until well after dark.

Children dancing at the OC Fair

Fun at the childrens fair in OC


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The OC Fair ends on August 16 so get down there for some good old American fun.

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  • Reply Eric August 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Its Crazy but a lot of Fun for the family. For those that have never been ,it’s a must !!!!!

  • Reply ratna August 3, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Ha Ha, ‘Coronary combo’ and ‘Widow maker’ ? You can’t doubt their honesty, can you?

  • Reply Jen August 5, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    OH MY GOSH Ev, what an experience of the American Excesses! I am leaving on Thursday for LA and Vegas, but will certainly not be sampling that food!

    I love reading your blog.

    Jen xxx

  • Reply Georgina September 23, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Hi Ev, this place sounds so American and very exciting! Lots of curious unhealthy and greasy treats that I would love to try. Deep fried coffee? Only in the USA. Great post!

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon October 3, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      Thanks Georgina, It was the best fun – but seriously the most unhealthy place I have been in for a very long time. Every now and then you have to bust out I say !!!!!

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