The OC Fair runs through August 15, which means you still have time to try some of the always outrageous, only-at-the-fair foods.
My first stop at the fair this year was to see what new crazy concoctions Chicken Charlie has created. The man who perfected the art of deep frying practically anything always has something novel in store for adventurous fairgoers, and this year is no exception.
In past years I survived Charlie’s Krispy Kreme triple decker cheeseburger with donuts serving as the bun, and his buffalo chicken chimichanga: a large tortilla containing mac and cheese, bacon, and buffalo chicken, fried and topped off with buffalo ranch and a layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
This year, Charlie added Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, served in a large waffle cone. It works. The sweetness of the waffle cone offsets the savory spices of the buffalo chicken and the mac and cheese, and you bite into the cone as you’re consuming the mac and cheese laced with generous chunks of spicy chicken.
The next day, I returned with another goal in mind: Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Burger and the Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Pickles, both courtesy of Biggys.
Crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are used to coat the top and bottom of the bun, and whole Cheetos are sprinkled on top of the burger patty. It’s messy yet delicious.
The pickle slices topped with melted cheese and a generous coating of crushed Hot Cheetos was actually my favorite crazy dish at the fair. The sweetness and crunch of the pickles worked well with the Cheetos and cheese sauce.
I also had the classic Tasti Chips, and fried brownies with buffalo sauce topped with ice cream. After all, it is only once a year.
If you go, stop by the wine pavilion and taste award-winning wines from the OC Fair wine competition, hosted by the OC Wine Society. The winners are available to taste in the wine pavilion on a rotating basis, meaning that wines you taste one day may not be there the next. More than 50 wines at a time are available for tasting.
For more information on the OC Fair including how to buy tickets (must be bought in advance for a specific date), visit www.ocfair.com.