At The Illinois State Fair.
OT: Artery Clogging Fair Food
In Franklin Park! Rescue dogs, art show, live acts. And the opening of the Franklin Cider Mill and it's delicious golden crispy warm donuts. Mmm
Mine is from Iowa state fair when I was in grad school there. Riblet sandwiches smothered in "Cookies BBQ sauce" and local brews to wash it down. (Like a McRib. Worst corn I ever had in my life though. I never got a good sweet ear the entire time in Iowa. Had to wait to my return to MI or farm stands in Southern Ontario.) Then got to see UofM at Kinnick Stadium twice.
I've lived in Iowa for about 5.5 years, and I haven't hit up the fair. Looks like fun, but just haven't had the time. Two weeks in August, fried anything...need to get there.
You really should. It’s a bit of a throwback and very wholesome than the MI state fair I had to base it on. The Iowans really get into the agricultural events/exhibits and draws people from everywhere in the state. Lots of the usual fair-type food and very good. (as I said the corn may disappoint, too much like field corn to me.)
One other thing I suggest. If you like baseball, make it a point to head out to some of the Single-A baseball games in the Iowa towns, Clinton, Waterloo, etc. It may have changed since I was there 15+ years ago, as Single-A has become business, but it was like a community event. We’d go on Sunday (or Saturday and stay the night) and usually after the game they’d have a BBQ for everyone. Sometimes they’d just open the fence in the outfield to a row of BBQ pits. About $8-10/plate and even the ball players from both teams would be there for their evening meal. I remember meeting Placido Polanco as one of the visiting players.
Nebraska (the corn capitol of the world) has terrible corn too. I tried side stands, Walmart, local groceries and it all has a chemical taste. I washed it with the vegetable stay extra well and no help. Strange that Iowa is the same, and my neighbor said it is because of the chemicals they use. The soil in Nebraska isn't good for growing. They are the corn huskers from what I hear too. They may want to change their name, since the product sucks.
It was a couple weeks ago, but the cheesy fries at the Belleville Strawberry Festival sort of get me primed for my typical halftime trip to the concession stands in Michigan Stadium. There is something that says "home" about watching someone squeeze "cheese" onto your basket of fries from a machine that has an outdated "Ortega" logo on it.
Mine is the: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival.
I'll be the only guy (probably) there with an ND hat on. Lets get drunk together!
I'm a Michigan Alum and my buddy who is an MSU Alum is coming in for that beer fest from Ithaca, NY. Would you prefer we re-enact Denard to Roundtree beating Notre Dame or MSU's fake field goal in OT that beat Notre Dame? Nevermind. We will obviously do both.
Nah, I'll do the ass whoopin we laid on MSU last year, and you can't possible carry that giant horseshoe through security.
Winter is better!
St Stans whooop whoop
.. at Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. They were delicious, amongst many other foods.
Cass and Berrian County fairs. Gotta go with the cheese on a stick, and lets not forget about the demolition derby's!
Oh how I miss a good demolition derby. A real demolition derby is getting harder and harder to find. It seems like more and more they are going with the offroad demolition derby (which is basically a more violent version of NASCAR on a small dirt oval). Not nearly as fun.
They have a traditional demolition and a combine derby at my (well, used to be my) county fair. Nothing like huge farm implements smashing into each other. Our fair is the last county fair in Ohio and is held when football is back in season. It's also right around my anniversary. We spent a day at the fair and got to see our wedding pictures at the photographer's booth before we left for our honeymoon. Good times.
As far as food, you can't beat a good polish sausage with onions and green peppers. I also love the fried cheese on a stick. I try to go to my HS athletic/band booster booth to support the kids. They always have some great chicken and noodles and homemade pies. Man, I wish summer was over! I'm sure a week of 90's and no power isn't helping with that. It's only supposed to be 103 today though, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.
yeah doesn't it feel like the heat is digging into your neck like a pitchfork?
I've been to the Berrien County fair almost every year since I was old enough to go. I love cheese fries, and you can't beat a plain ol' korn dog. I catch the dmolition derby when I can, it's definitely a great time.
Definitely the best fair in the area, are you from Berrian County? I live in Cass County but it's a real short commute for me to make it out every year.
I haven't been to that fair, but deep fried cheese on a stick is amazing. We typically eat pretty healthy, but as a result we love to indulge on occasion. It wasn't at the fair I went to this summer. Major disappointment.
Are there any fairs around the Cville or central VA area?
The Krispy Kreme burger: burger, bacon and cheddar cheese wedged between a warm Krispy Kreme donut sliced in half.
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I'm on a new kind of vacation for me on the New Jersey shore, and the boardwalk is like a fair all summer long. In the week that I've been here I've gained at least 5 lbs. from things like fried snickers, Oreos and my favorite after tonight, fried cheesecake. Unbelievable.
Never actually had it nor will I ever. But down here in good ole' Iowa country it's definitely done. I've always loved me a good corndog and funnel cake though (with a freshly squeezed lemonade). Simple, but so delightful.
the Dane County Farmers' Market encircling the capitol building here in Madison. they say it's one of the biggest farmers' markets in the nation. I tried some of that spicy cheesey bread for the first time the other weekend, it was pretty solid.
That stuff is delicious.
there is outstanding. But you should also try and make it to Sun Prairie for corn fest.
While my wife traipses around the Market I hang out on the patio at Genna's. They have an ubelievable Bloody Mary bar.
that ... is an incredible idea.
The West Side Nut Club Fall festival. First full week on October. Second largest street festival in the USA
I've been trying to avoid unhealthy food, but I had this craving for donuts from the fair tonight. Yummm
Can't get much more AMERICA than this: And as for food I always get refill after refill of rootbeer and a lot of elephant ears or funnel cakes.
The supermods were always my favorite.
Though there's something to be said for when a Super Farm does a wheel stand when they take off.
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly are the tractors supposed to be pulling?
It goes back to the days of horse pulling. The heavier plow your horse can pull, the deeper and better it can churn the earth for planting. Farmers started having competitions to see whose horse could pull the heaviest plow the furthest.
Eventually, tractors overtook horses and heavier plows could be used. Modern pulling sleds are essentially giant plows with moving, weighted boxes. As the pulling sled moves down the pulling track, the weighted box moves forward causing the plow to dig deeper and deeper into the earth until either the tractor is stopped, or it passes 300 feet, considered a "full pull".
IT's a stupid, stupid competition that is loud and smoky and angry and I love it.
But when I do, it's the Armada Fair.
Went every year until I left the area about 5 years ago. It's not half bad. Gotta go with an elephant ear on Demo Derby night.
They've had a pretty good track record at pulling in up and coming bands as well. Dierks Bentley was there one year.
I love Fiske fries with a whole bottle of vinegar and my monthly intake of salt!
You may have to wait in line for 20 minutes, but it's worth it
Chocolate dipped BACON!
This just may be one of the most epic MGoThreads ever. Deep fried twinkies from the Milford Memories festival FTW
Deep fried cheescake and garbage plates. Just last night I made some frank n beans for a stag/camping party weekend and put 17 slices of american cheese in it. Mmmmm.
People don't understand how fracking incredible these are. I miss them so much living in Ann Arbor
No better cure to a hangover has been found by mankind yet.
Also a great hangover prevention. You can drink 30 beers and eat a garbage plate, and it will soak up everything. You'll wake up with a ten pound weight in your colon but you won't be hung over.
I certainly wasn't clear in my first post, but yes, it should be devoured before one goes to sleep after drinking 30 beers.
To save anyone else the trouble-
A Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, and Nick's proprietary hot sauce, a sauce with spices and slowly simmered ground beef. It's served with rolls or Italian toast on the side
Sounds disgusting and delicious all at once.
That looks incredibly delicious. As a person with Greek ancestry, I have never understood what culinary transformation happens to a Greek cook when they move to the US and start a diner. Their traditional food is so much different, and yet they have perfected the greasy spoon menu. I'm not complaining, just enjoying the results.
Nick liked to wander through the restaurant, sit down and tell his stories to entertain the customers.
One favorite he probably told a million times: "When I married my wife she thought I was a Greek God. Now she thinks I am a god damn Greek."
That picture made me drool everywhere. It's not a "Greek restaurant" though he may be Greek. One of the major appeals of the place is the atmosphere. It's a small, dingy place with real characters behind the counter. It's like the soup Nazi. You need to know exactly what you want, have cash, and be quick about it. The first time I went I got kicked out because I asked a question. While other restaurants are good, if you make it out to Rochester, go to Tahou's. It's the original garbage plate, and though some may disagree, I think they have some of the best meat hot sauce of anywhere (yes, it's just ground beef with spices in it. Exactly what a burger needs: more meat.)
And yes, it is disgusting and delicious all in one.
Was with most ethnic immigrants if they go into the restaurant business they make food from their country. While there are certainly Greek restaurants there's a huge contingency of restaurants started by Greeks that serve food hardly considered particularly Greek, like this. The whole coney island craze in Detroit is pretty much Greek started.
But there are lots of food suggestions I haven't tried, but few that I've wanted to eat as much as this.
If you do try it, don't make the mistake of eating each part separately. You can have home fries and mac salad anywhere. What you have to do is cut up the burgers (or whatever) and mix it into a giant unrecognizable mess. The combination is what makes it so good IMO.
Oh, and don't forget to soak up all the excess grease with the bread they give you after you finish the garbage plate.
Turkey legs with a side of bbq sauce!
So, for me, staying inside in the cool AC while I continue reading the "Game of Thrones" series of books and watching "Falling Skies" works just fine for me.
Every year I look forward to my cheese on a stick at the Shiawassee County Fair. A cheese on a stick, some fair fries, and a $6 lemonade make a great meal. Then its time for an apple cider slush for desert.