Five Tasty Reasons To Visit The OC Fair

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Say nacho cheese!

Sig Alert-style traffic on the 55 South begins this Friday. The OC Fair might only be 23 days of the year, but it's a reason for excessive amounts of sunshine, fried eats and the occasional concert. Most people want to be entertained and thrilled. Me? I get that from the seasonal bliss of Chicken Charlie's menu and a good parking spot. And let's not forget concert tickets include fair admission, unlike their LA counterpart. Here are the five food-related reasons why this year, summer starts at the fairgrounds.

5. The Beer

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One of 30 breweries scheduled

They're throwing a Brew Hee Haw opening weekend. I counted 30 breweries and at least 60 beers being served. A 21-and-over round up, bring the designated driver along and meet back at the rides. Heck, bounce between the fair and Hee Haw if you want-- this event includes entry to both. Guest speakers from Stone Brewing, Ritual, Cismontane, and TAPS are scheduled to appear. Advance purchase is $50, but you add a fiver if you wait until day of. Wanting to know more? Head to ocbrewheehaw.com for information. Extra incentive: Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions are offering tickets to same-day Pacific Ampitheatre concerts.

4. The Competition

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Fighting for air? Just keep reading

For four consecutive Friday nights beginning July 18, some of our favorite chefs will be duking it out in the kitchen. Catch an opportunity to see them out of their home base and root for your favorite! I'll be there the first night judging their "Earth" theme when chefs Raya Belna and Danny Godinez throw down. July 25 "Water" features Mike Doctulero of Scott's Restaurant and Ben Wallenbeck of Ways & Means Oyster House. August 1 "Air" duels Haven's Greg Daniels with Alfonso Ramirez of Pinot Provence. Last, but not least, August 8 pits ARC's Noah Blom with Maro Wood Grill's Debra Sims in "Fire".

3.The Stars

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Ask him about the grilled cheese scene


Celebs of the food world are pretty friendly folk. We like them for their contributions to television, pop culture and tasty cuisine. They're also entertaining to listen to. The fair lined up a trio of appearances for your Thursday viewing pleasure. First up, Carla Hall and her charms will grace the stage on July 17. The series continues with Roy Choi, Kogi founder and co-producer of the movie Chef on July 24. Kelsey's Essentials Kelsey Nixon wraps up their chef visits on July 31.


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noahboyhong
noahboyhong

The roasted corn and then go to the table and shake, shake, shake:  lemon juice, el tapatio, parmesan cheese, lemon pepper on it and walk, walk, walk around the fair holding it by its husk handle chomping my way around!


hrvy420
hrvy420

My favorite treats hands down is the deep fried Twinkie and a corndog. You can never go wrong with a corndog!

Liz Roberto
Liz Roberto

Baked potato w/ all the fixings and a cold beer!

Dianne KIng
Dianne KIng

the bbq corn on the cob,the wine,funnel cakes and music

brekkiefan
brekkiefan

The OC Fair has chosen a winner! Sstarkenburg, please email commdept@ocfair.com.

jinabinet
jinabinet

I prefer an old classic, BBQ beef sandwich from the Chuck Wagon and BBQ corn.

eder_cheddar
eder_cheddar

I'm appalled by no love for CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON!!!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

The memory of last year's fried Oreos just gave me a little heartburn.

mydirtyfinger
mydirtyfinger

deep fried frog legs and deep fried thin mints! My arteries are still recovering from last year...

Angela Chavez
Angela Chavez

Mindy Dinh-Fontanilla,Cali Nguyen,Cathy Dinh, Ernesto A Fontanilla... It's that wonderful time again!!!!!

Angi
Angi

chocolate covered fruit and krispy treats by the craft tents!

Blueknight22
Blueknight22

Hands down, for me it's all about the smoked turkey legs and fried snicker bars!!

HurleyMom30
HurleyMom30

So many favorites!! I would love to try the Bacon Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro! But I would say my favorite when I visit the fair is a Funnel Cake and some tasty barbecue!!

HurleyMom30
HurleyMom30

Bacon Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro sounds real good! But I can never leave the fair without a Funnel Cake and some tasty barbecue!!

_dru_
_dru_

I'm curious about that bacon wrapped churro injected with Jack Daniels. Will they check ID?

afnum1mom
afnum1mom

My favorite was bacon wrapped, deep fried pickles! Oh and bacon wrapped, deep fried cheese! Lol Both amazing!

ablondefroglover
ablondefroglover

Deep-fried bacon wrapped pickles.  And the cinnamon rolls inside the tents.

yvettes32
yvettes32

CHICKEN CHARLIES DEEP FRIED CHICKEN SKINS YUMMY!!!!

sstarkenburg
sstarkenburg

I have so many favorites. However my go to things are the deep fried avocado and the deep fried twinkies. When it comes to the fair it is all about the food and the fried, fatty food. I always make a giant list of things I need to try. This year on my list is the deep fried doritos, I am super excited about those, another new edition is the deep fried chicken skin, I know it sounds gross but to me it sounds amazing! I am getting hungry just thinking about it!

rissa.can
rissa.can

Favorite treat at the fair? Deep fried Klondike bar! :)

jcdc749
jcdc749

Australian potatoes & clam strips!

justinerio
justinerio

how can I possibly post just ONE favorite thing I consumer ever year at the OC Fair? And even if that's not enough, I make my way out to the LA County Fair afterwards! So here's what I'm going to have to do, I'll post my top three!

3) Santa Maria Tri-Tip Sandwhiches! I tried being a vegetarian once, lasted 2hrs HA! The tri-tip at the fair is delicious, cooked to perfection & offered with a wide variety of sauces to eat it with! juicy, succulent & full of flavor with every bite!

2) Blooming Onion! Personally, I'm not so much of an onion fan to begin with. My onions have to be grilled & cooked well for me to eat them (caramelized onions YUM). Something about the blooming onion at the OC Fair keeps me coming back yearly. It might be the fact that it's deep fried, who doesn't love something deep fried! But their ranch dressing is a wonderful addition to taste! OH, and I can't forget to mention that the size of the blooming onion can feed a family of 4, huge portion!

1) Deep Fried Oreo! saved the best for last. Again, deep fried YUMMM! no matter how much I've already ate throughout the day, I'll always always always have room for deep fried Oreos. Their dough is perfectly cooked, crunchy on the outside & soft in the inside. The Oreo itself inside is melted to perfection, soft & moist. The first bite of every deep fried Oreo is life changing and it keeps me coming back for it every summer. excuse my language, but it's just sooo damn good!

missmonique586
missmonique586

My Favorite Treat: Deep Fried OREOS!!!!  YUMMMM!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Not true: a ticket to a concert at the LA County Fair includes fair admission, according to what I've been reading.  I think the change was made for this year's concert series.


blueosmium
blueosmium

I'm always a fan of the giant turkey leg.

mannylegacy
mannylegacy

@eder_cheddar - As much as I LOVE bacon,.....I will say that I wasn't a fan of the Cocolate covered bacon. Although I think if they used I higher quality bacon it would be much better

brekkiefan
brekkiefan

Finally! Because that definitely wasn't the case last year.

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