The San Diego County Fair; Food Food Food!!

    It’s that time of year again boys and girls! FAIR TIME! Every San Diegan knows about the San Diego County Fair. Held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the fair draws 1.4 million visitors annually. 
    Some people go to the fair for the rides, others for the exhibits, but I go for the food. The delicious decadent creations from mainstays like Chicken Charlie’s get better every year. It has become something of a sport to watch what food options will be debuting each year. This year is no exception, with some mind blowing creations that seem to come straight out of a dream. 
    So what’s new on the menu this year? A LOT! Get ready to drool…
    There is a bevy of new Pork dishes, such as the BBQ Pork Skins – deep-fried pig skins tossed in BBQ seasoning – and Pig Trough, three pounds of pig skins topped with pulled pork and cheese. Other swine dining options: Sweet Pork Tacos and Burritos, Chocolate-Covered Pork Rinds (yes, they went there), a Deep-Fried Pork Sandwich and Cajun Pork Rinds.
    Bacon lovers need not worry, as there are plenty of bacon-laden offerings too, such as the Wasabi Bacon Bombs – spicy pork with wasabi wrapped in dough and bacon and fried, of course. Also on the menu: Wasabi Bacon Fries with grilled onions and peppers, Chicken-Fried Bacon, bacon in chicken-fried steak batter and the 10 feet of Bacon-on-a-Stick, which really needs no explanation.
    But my favorite fair food is the dessert. Why wait for the end of the meal for dessert when you can make an entire meal out of it? Sugary fair treats this year include the new Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Waffle Boat Sundae, Chocolate-Covered Gourmet Kettlecorn and the S’mores-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert which combines a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, a Hershey’s bar, toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and another layer of cookie dough, baked and served à la mode and garnished in hot fudge.
    Another treat that may blow your mind is something dubbed Deep-Fried Starbucks, which consists of Starbucks whole coffee beans and chocolate chips in sweet pastry dough, wrapped in bacon, deep fried, rolled in sugar and served with whipped cream. There’s also the Caramel Coconut Samoa Donut, Corn-Flavored Ice-Cream-on-the-Cob or the Fireball Donut with a spicy, cinnamon kick.
    For the fried food lovers, fair organizers say the iconic Chicken Charlie stand will fire up its deep-fryer as usual, this time offering a couple of very unique snacks: a battered, Deep-Fried Slimfast Bar and a Deep-Fried Peanut Butter Pickle – a hollowed out pickle filled with peanut butter and then deep fried.
    Meanwhile, sandwich fans may enjoy the Grilled Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich or the Brussels Sprouts Sandwich, a combination of lightly-toasted sprouts with hoisin, honey and Sriracha sauce.
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