For the past two years now, I have been to the Arizona State Fair. I’ve been here for almost 12 years and I’ve never been before last year. In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been invited. I had a vision of what the Arizona State Fair was and I’m happy to admit I was wrong. I’ve been asked multiple times if it is worth it to go to the fair, it seems I wasn’t the only person unsure of what to expect. Let’s just say that I’ll be going every year now with my family and I’ll probably end up going more than once. After scarfing down fair food, I end up running around with my older son to get on as many rides as we can and then we go check out all the animals with the baby and try our hand at winning some of those poop hats, I mean ice cream emjoi hats…
For your information, in case you’d love to join me. I’ll be back on the 22nd from 2-3 to teach a food photography class with one of my fabulous contributors Rheana from sip.eat.sleep.rhepeat. We’re going to share some of our tips and tricks on how to make your food photos look drool worthy by using your phone. That’s right, the majority of those pics you see now, including all the pics in this post are from my phone. Why lug around a huge camera when your phone camera is pretty dope. You don’t have to sign up, you only need to show up.
At the fair, it can be hard to decide how and what to eat. My theory, especially after last year, where all I did was try the fried stuff, is to get that healthier stuff into your system, so you don’t overdo the delicious fried calorie monsters. There’s plenty of protein options like turkey legs or sausages but my new fair favorite is the pineapple filled with rice, teriyaki chicken (although you can choose shrimp, rib and other proteins), slaw and some pineapple. Start with something like this before you fill up on all things like fried butter. Yes, I ate fried butter! I’m sorry to say I really liked it and I had to restrain from eating it all. It’s basically like a pancaked filled with an insane amount of butter that has melted from the hot frying. I know it might not sound like something you’d want to try but it is. DO IT!
For my last trick, I made the deep fried banana split disappear. Just kidding, my husband did, I was too full from all the other stuff. I did take a couple bites but I was able to put the weapon down and pass it on. No need to tempt getting sick on the rides I was about to go on. The banana is perfectly fried and then covered in ice cream and whip cream and sauce and all kinds of goodness and then topped with a cherry. Don’t try to eat this on your own, seriously, it’s ridiculously huge!
Just remember, fair food is all about adding to the fun of the experience. And this year, I feel like the fair has gotten a whole lot bigger and much more entertaining. So take a look at the new dinosaur exhibit, ride the ferris wheel, say hi to Gus the goat (please don’t steal him this time) and stop in on my food photography class and say hey! 🙂
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