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Fair foods: Heaven help me



FOUL:  Fried beer at the Texas State Fair tasted like a beer belch.
  • Grav Weldon
  • FOUL: Fried beer at the Texas State Fair tasted like a beer belch.
State Fairs. Yeah, I am an addict... professionally, that is. I make the bubble each fall by supplementing my income with State Fair reports. Of course, that means food.

Last year's journey to the Texas State Fair included the most foul fair food I have ever sampled: fried beer. Gawd. It tasted like a beer belch, and not in a good way. I thought I was gonna... well, I thought I was going to miss out on prime ladylike possibilities and spew forth the mess. Ack.

YAY GOAT:  Arkansas fair foods seem healthier fare.
  • Beth James
  • YAY GOAT: Arkansas fair foods seem healthier fare.
Fared far better at the Arkansas State Fair last year — where I discovered the delicious goodness of Chocolate Smooches, the most sensical use of a fried and battered product, being dough-wrapped Hershey's Kisses. I adored the Cabritas Wraps (that's basically goat soft tacos with barbecue sauce, tasty!) and the barbecued rabbit sandwiches.

Originally I was going to be expanding my state fair route with the addition of the Miinnesota State Fair this year; that just didn't happen. We'll have a report in a few days from Grav Weldon of all things, the Alaska State Fair. And I'll be covering the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith next month.

But back to the Texas State Fair. The list is out. Each year there's this big competition to see who can make the most audacious thing that'll be offered at the fair. This year's offerings look a little tame, honestly. For heaven's sake, the Arkansas State Fair had the Walking Taco two years ago — and it's just now showing up in Dallas? Heh. I'm actually looking forward to the Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake — I think it has potential.

But fried bubblegum? I think they're stretching, or they've run out of ideas. Who'd eat that?

Then again, who'd eat fried beer?

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