Each row of the Arizona State Fair creates unique sounds, different rides and an array of smells. The smells emanate from the more than 95 food vendors serving up dishes from traditional fair food to Arizona specialty meals.
Fair-goers have the option to delve into the seemingly unending fried food bank, vast amounts of sugary desserts, or healthier selections. But the one thing each food option has in common is its bigger than life size, concept or taste.
Some new additions to the 2017 Arizona Fair include Baja Lobster and Moana’s New Zealand Traditional Fry Bread. Both offer unique options for attendees that are not typical fair cuisine, including lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese (Baja Lobster), and a sweet New Zealand spin on Fry Bread (Moana’s).
Fry breads, whether from Moana’s or the traditional booths, are far from the only fried foods at the fair. The range of deep-fried options includes cinnamon rolls, pickles, candy bars and tamales.
The tamales served at Carne Cafe Taco Stand are not only fried, but are also served on a stick and come covered in shredded cheese. And consumers are urged to try the booth’s homemade hot sauce as a topping for the inimitable meal.
“One day me and the wife were just like, ‘Hey, let’s try a tamale on a stick,’ and, you know, we mixed it, we made it, we baked it, we did everything, and I thing we’ve got it down pretty good now,” Rick Martinez, the owner of Carne Cafe Taco Stand, says.
According to Martinez, the stand was featured on Food Network’s Carnival Eats series for their tamale creation.
New food concepts are not the only things winning over the stomachs of fair attendees. The traditional giant drumsticks, extra long corndogs and sugary funnel cakes can be seen around every corner.
Now, the unhealthy array of foods can be combatted with a natural drink option at the Drink a Fruit from the fruit stands. The booth offers all natural fruit juices in the fruit’s shell.
Made with just blended fruits and no added sugars, the juices are a great option to balance out the excess of salt and sugar from the rest of the day’s meals.
And when the day is over, there are some easy ways to take a piece of the fair’s delicacies home. Kettle corn, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted nut stands offer packaged options that will let the fair food experience last beyond the fairgrounds.