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Win a place at Fair Food Scramble 2011

It's on. Tell me why you need to be at this year's SCRAMBLE!

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Congrats Jarrod, Yayo, Susan, Mike and Danielle

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You know the drill by now…it’s the Fair Food Scramble Contest in which BiteClub takes five lucky winners (consider yourself a sort of Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, etc.) to the Sonoma County Fair, scramble for all the delicious goodness that our midway can offer. Yes, we’re a little late this year, but all the better to plan.

THE EVENT TAKES PLACE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 at 12:30 PM. So make sure you can get off work, taking care of kids, etc.

From Pasta King to turkey legs, corn dogs, barbecue and beyond, we’ll snatch up whatever goodies we can find, bring it all back to our special reserve tables and feast like the true epicures we really are. (See pix of last year’s scramble)

You should see the looks of wanton jealousy we attract.

So how do you get to participate? Flattery is always good, but to really win my heart, your best bet is to convince me that you’re the ideal candidate. How much do you love fair food? Tell me some special memories. Write a poem. Be creative. Extol your eating virtues, but most of all, be you. THIS YEAR, I’m especially interested in specialists for FRIED FOODS, BEVERAGES, MEAT and ETHNIC FOODS.

Leave your thoughts below, and five winners will be selected on MONDAY MORNING (8/1) . You’ll get the details on our funtabulous food fest, but make sure you can be available around 12:30 to about 2PM on Tuesday, AUGUST 2. (I’ll call your boss if you need me to. Cause dang it, this is really more important that whatever you’re doing at work.)

You also need to be fun and willing to share you food. Otherwise, we’ll make you sit alone. No whiners. No changies. No dramarama. Or again, we make you sit alone and make fun of you.

Make sure you leave a good email address when you post, cause I’ll be alerting folks around 10m on Monday, and i’ll need to hear from you by 3pm or we move on. Life moves fast, baby.

Good luck! (full rules)

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110 thoughts on “Win a place at Fair Food Scramble 2011

  1. After nearly 12 years living in Sonoma County, I have not yet gone to the fair! Why? Timing, an unwilling spouse (now ex-spouse), etc, etc I l spent my childhood in Sacramento and went to the State Fair every year. I have great memories of it. Perhaps I can now create great memories of the Sonoma County Fair too???

  2. After nearly 12 years living in Sonoma County, I have not yet gone to the fair! Why? Timing, an unwilling spouse (now ex-spouse), etc, etc I l spent my childhood in Sacramento and went to the State Fair every year. I have great memories of it. Perhaps I can now create great memories of the Sonoma County Fair too???

  3. One of my claims to fame is being a Sonoma County local, Santa Rosa proper, so I get more than a little excited when the Sonoma County Fair takes place for fair food is a favorite and you can only find it at the Fair! I have been in the inner circle of the fair food fete as a burger chef on the second level of the track…but my fair food fantasies were introduced to me by my parents, in particular my Mom, Mary Ann Schulz. As a devoted fair foodie she was always about THE PASTA KING (the 50-50 plate pesto& marina) and the Danish Pan Puffs, I believe they are now called Funnel Cakes.
    I get a little possesive about my cakes. Several summers ago I attended the fair solo and ran into an old beau. We chatted and I said I had to go get my funnel cake, he accompanied me to the funnel cake stand, waited with me while I ordered and walked me to my eating spot by the Hall of Flowers. As I took a few bites of my powdered sugar topped with strawberries fried dough delight he asked, for of all things a bite, in no uncertain terms did I share, he walked away bewildered.

  4. Fair Cuisine: A Five Senses Exploration

    I am pretty sure that humans are given 5 senses with the explicit intention for them to be used while dining at the fair. After all, I can’t count the number of times in my non-fair life that I cringingly asked, “Ugh, what’s that smell?” or thought, “I wish I hadn’t seen that.” But at the fair, the senses are set free in a culinary playground:
    Hath our eyes set sight on anything as lovely as a funnel cake topped with vibrant red strawberries, or the dazzling sugar-infused colors of a snow cone?
    Our noses have rarely been tempted like they are when the powerful smell of garlic fries (perhaps with an accompanying BBQ brisket sandwich) greet them on a passing breeze.
    Holding a Willie Bird’s turkey leg, with its soft, crispy, juicy meat clinging on to the delectable bone is a workout for the arm and hands that touch it, lightened with every bite.
    The sound of the fryers working day and night to cook Pronto Pups, egg rolls, fried zucchini, and all the other golden-fried goodies that one can cover with mustard and call a meal is like a symphony to a Santa Rosa native’s ears!
    And, of course, the most grateful of all the senses is the sense of taste. The other four contribute to the experience the sense of taste enjoys as a reward for the walking, waiting, and anticipation of just 2-1/2 short weeks of fair cuisine per year. The fresh cilantro and salsa of the tostadas, the creamy parmesan on the Caesar Salads, the perfect balance of basil and garlic in the Pasta King’s marinara, the fresh lemon squeezed right before one’s eyes to make the delicious lemonade…
    Ah, dining at the Sonoma County Fair is the perfect way to reward the senses and celebrate one of the great traditions in our county! Let’s Scramble!

  5. i come to the fair not to see the animals (they stink), not the flowers (I’m allergic), not the rides (motion sickness), just to eat fair food. There is something magical about the cotton candy smell, the kettle korn caramel, the aroma coming from the Willie Bird’s turkey legs, sometimes I just stand there and let the smoke coming from the barbecue smudge me haha! better than a French parfum. Then I eat that out of this world corn dogs. There is something about that corn dog. I don’t know why??? mouthwatering corn dogs. Then, I follow the smell of garlic fries until I realized that I finished the whole plate. Food just tastes better at the fair. Enough said. Thank you Heather.

  6. Hi Heather,

    I tried writing a poem but it won’t rhyme. You don’t have to worry to tell my boss I’m because I don’t have a boss (laid off). But, I am creative though. (as you indicated)

    I went to the SoCo website and tried to read the FAIR FOOD LIST and added a musical background Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. That’s my creative entry to your prestigious bite club contest.

    You da best biteclub!

  7. One of my claims to fame is being a Sonoma County local, Santa Rosa proper, so I get more than a little excited when the Sonoma County Fair takes place for fair food is a favorite and you can only find it at the Fair! I have been in the inner circle of the fair food fete as a burger chef on the second level of the track…but my fair food fantasies were introduced to me by my parents, in particular my Mom, Mary Ann Schulz. As a devoted fair foodie she was always about THE PASTA KING (the 50-50 plate pesto& marina) and the Danish Pan Puffs, I believe they are now called Funnel Cakes.
    I get a little possesive about my cakes. Several summers ago I attended the fair solo and ran into an old beau. We chatted and I said I had to go get my funnel cake, he accompanied me to the funnel cake stand, waited with me while I ordered and walked me to my eating spot by the Hall of Flowers. As I took a few bites of my powdered sugar topped with strawberries fried dough delight he asked, for of all things a bite, in no uncertain terms did I share, he walked away bewildered.

  8. It’s not fair to pick just one favorite fair foods. There are so many phenomenally good fair foods! Just the thought of fair food has made my mouth water every July for nearly all my life.

    It’s my chance to eat sinfully one day a year. I wear short sleeves; generally the grease will be running down my arms. It’s the day to ignore the rules and eat like a kid: You only have to eat what tastes good.

    Some of he best fair foods come on a stick, and I don’t mean just corn dogs. Pickles, egg rolls and cheese, Twinkies, deep fried fruit, bacon covered in chocolate. It’s not just that the stick and its spiked edible have probably spent some time in a deep fryer, but it’s also the novelty of it. Most of my food is served on a plate or flat dish which by sheer repetition is boring. And I am generally restricted to eating the entire meal/snack in one spot, for the convenience of a table. But food on a stick lets me continue about the fair being dazzled by the carnival, visiting the animal barns, checking out the ginsu knives, listening to music. Food on a stick leaves one hand free for petting the baby lambs, throwing darts or filling out raffle tickets.

    And then I consider the Sonoma spin on fair food and all of the deliciousity that implies. C’mon, what is life without Art Ibleto’s pasta or Johnny Garlic’s outrageous offerings? These are the foods that really make a ticket to the Sonoma County Fair worth its price, even worth a second ticket another day. Or, how could I pass on Mom’s Apple Pies … heck, I don’t get to eat pie hardly the rest of the year. But if you eat it at the fair it doesn’t count. Probably the best thing about fair food is the opportunity to taste the best of the local naughty food.

    I have frequently considered making two or more trips to the fair because how much can a person eat in one day? And to be honest, I have to admit to having done that. One day is dedicated to carny food, the other to local food. After all, a turkey leg from Willie Bird takes up a lot of stomach space, as do the pork ribs from Bubba’s BBQ. And don’t forget the fish tacos in the Mexican Village.

    Some year I’m going to come to the fair and just eat the sweets. Hmmm, would kettle corn make it onto that list? But imagine the glory of eating a funnel cake PLUS a cinnamon roll in one day! And then run up to Clover’s for a cone. I’ll never forget the first time I ate fried dough, at a town fair in Belchertown, MA. It was covered with powder sugar and then drizzled with local maple syrup. Heaven on a (greasy) paper plate. And I’m not making the town name up; it’s east of UofMass Amherst, where I went to school. That fair was also where I saw my first draft horse competition.

    My goal for next year is to figure out a game plan. This would include a detailed itinerary and map of the food purveyors, and figuring out how many days to fast beforehand so that I will be hungry enough.

    A fine appreciation of fair food should be a pre-requisite to becoming a bon vivant.

  9. I LOVE SONOMA COUNTY FAIR FOOD! I can’t wait every year to eat corn dogs, sausage sandwitches, BBQ oysters, white wine margaritas, BBQ ribs, oh my, I am getting hungry now! Eating every 15 minutes between the hall of flowers and the quilts, not missing anything, but eating all day long. Sure, go see the goats, cows, horses and chickens, but then go find the animals you can eat! The savory and the sweet, plenty to pick – fudge, cotton candy, funnel cakes or pesto pasta, tacos and enchiladas, all so good! I want to try everything. Lemonade or beer equally good with the asian treats of fried rice and spring rolls. Listening to the music sitting at picnic tables laden with fried chicken, BBQ beef, a big turkey leg and a candy apple is heaven. Then it is time for some exercise walking to stand in line for the free vanilla ice crean come from Stornetta! OH, I can’t wait! French Laundry or SoNoCo Fair? This week it has to be the Fair!

  10. Fair Cuisine: A Five Senses Exploration

    I am pretty sure that humans are given 5 senses with the explicit intention for them to be used while dining at the fair. After all, I can’t count the number of times in my non-fair life that I cringingly asked, “Ugh, what’s that smell?” or thought, “I wish I hadn’t seen that.” But at the fair, the senses are set free in a culinary playground:
    Hath our eyes set sight on anything as lovely as a funnel cake topped with vibrant red strawberries, or the dazzling sugar-infused colors of a snow cone?
    Our noses have rarely been tempted like they are when the powerful smell of garlic fries (perhaps with an accompanying BBQ brisket sandwich) greet them on a passing breeze.
    Holding a Willie Bird’s turkey leg, with its soft, crispy, juicy meat clinging on to the delectable bone is a workout for the arm and hands that touch it, lightened with every bite.
    The sound of the fryers working day and night to cook Pronto Pups, egg rolls, fried zucchini, and all the other golden-fried goodies that one can cover with mustard and call a meal is like a symphony to a Santa Rosa native’s ears!
    And, of course, the most grateful of all the senses is the sense of taste. The other four contribute to the experience the sense of taste enjoys as a reward for the walking, waiting, and anticipation of just 2-1/2 short weeks of fair cuisine per year. The fresh cilantro and salsa of the tostadas, the creamy parmesan on the Caesar Salads, the perfect balance of basil and garlic in the Pasta King’s marinara, the fresh lemon squeezed right before one’s eyes to make the delicious lemonade…
    Ah, dining at the Sonoma County Fair is the perfect way to reward the senses and celebrate one of the great traditions in our county! Let’s Scramble!

  11. i come to the fair not to see the animals (they stink), not the flowers (I’m allergic), not the rides (motion sickness), just to eat fair food. There is something magical about the cotton candy smell, the kettle korn caramel, the aroma coming from the Willie Bird’s turkey legs, sometimes I just stand there and let the smoke coming from the barbecue smudge me haha! better than a French parfum. Then I eat that out of this world corn dogs. There is something about that corn dog. I don’t know why??? mouthwatering corn dogs. Then, I follow the smell of garlic fries until I realized that I finished the whole plate. Food just tastes better at the fair. Enough said. Thank you Heather.

  12. Hi Heather,

    I tried writing a poem but it won’t rhyme. You don’t have to worry to tell my boss I’m because I don’t have a boss (laid off). But, I am creative though. (as you indicated)

    I went to the SoCo website and tried to read the FAIR FOOD LIST and added a musical background Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. That’s my creative entry to your prestigious bite club contest.

    You da best biteclub!

  13. It’s not fair to pick just one favorite fair foods. There are so many phenomenally good fair foods! Just the thought of fair food has made my mouth water every July for nearly all my life.

    It’s my chance to eat sinfully one day a year. I wear short sleeves; generally the grease will be running down my arms. It’s the day to ignore the rules and eat like a kid: You only have to eat what tastes good.

    Some of he best fair foods come on a stick, and I don’t mean just corn dogs. Pickles, egg rolls and cheese, Twinkies, deep fried fruit, bacon covered in chocolate. It’s not just that the stick and its spiked edible have probably spent some time in a deep fryer, but it’s also the novelty of it. Most of my food is served on a plate or flat dish which by sheer repetition is boring. And I am generally restricted to eating the entire meal/snack in one spot, for the convenience of a table. But food on a stick lets me continue about the fair being dazzled by the carnival, visiting the animal barns, checking out the ginsu knives, listening to music. Food on a stick leaves one hand free for petting the baby lambs, throwing darts or filling out raffle tickets.

    And then I consider the Sonoma spin on fair food and all of the deliciousity that implies. C’mon, what is life without Art Ibleto’s pasta or Johnny Garlic’s outrageous offerings? These are the foods that really make a ticket to the Sonoma County Fair worth its price, even worth a second ticket another day. Or, how could I pass on Mom’s Apple Pies … heck, I don’t get to eat pie hardly the rest of the year. But if you eat it at the fair it doesn’t count. Probably the best thing about fair food is the opportunity to taste the best of the local naughty food.

    I have frequently considered making two or more trips to the fair because how much can a person eat in one day? And to be honest, I have to admit to having done that. One day is dedicated to carny food, the other to local food. After all, a turkey leg from Willie Bird takes up a lot of stomach space, as do the pork ribs from Bubba’s BBQ. And don’t forget the fish tacos in the Mexican Village.

    Some year I’m going to come to the fair and just eat the sweets. Hmmm, would kettle corn make it onto that list? But imagine the glory of eating a funnel cake PLUS a cinnamon roll in one day! And then run up to Clover’s for a cone. I’ll never forget the first time I ate fried dough, at a town fair in Belchertown, MA. It was covered with powder sugar and then drizzled with local maple syrup. Heaven on a (greasy) paper plate. And I’m not making the town name up; it’s east of UofMass Amherst, where I went to school. That fair was also where I saw my first draft horse competition.

    My goal for next year is to figure out a game plan. This would include a detailed itinerary and map of the food purveyors, and figuring out how many days to fast beforehand so that I will be hungry enough.

    A fine appreciation of fair food should be a pre-requisite to becoming a bon vivant.

  14. I realize I am a little late but hopefully better late than never, I would love to tag along and taste all the great fair food that brings me back to my childhood I have lived in the county most of my life,one of my all time favorites is the corn dogs with a close second being the funnel cakes Yum.I rally love it all,I live for the fair every year but this year being my first time being unemployed so I cant afford to go to the fair this year so I have no comittments and am completely open and ready to eat would love to meet you so please pick me I definetely wont be a boar but I’ll eat some with you HA HA!

  15. I LOVE SONOMA COUNTY FAIR FOOD! I can’t wait every year to eat corn dogs, sausage sandwitches, BBQ oysters, white wine margaritas, BBQ ribs, oh my, I am getting hungry now! Eating every 15 minutes between the hall of flowers and the quilts, not missing anything, but eating all day long. Sure, go see the goats, cows, horses and chickens, but then go find the animals you can eat! The savory and the sweet, plenty to pick – fudge, cotton candy, funnel cakes or pesto pasta, tacos and enchiladas, all so good! I want to try everything. Lemonade or beer equally good with the asian treats of fried rice and spring rolls. Listening to the music sitting at picnic tables laden with fried chicken, BBQ beef, a big turkey leg and a candy apple is heaven. Then it is time for some exercise walking to stand in line for the free vanilla ice crean come from Stornetta! OH, I can’t wait! French Laundry or SoNoCo Fair? This week it has to be the Fair!

  16. AVAILABLE, WHILE I GUESS !
    A FAIR-FOOD JUNKIE? OH YES, I CONFESS

    ESPECIALLY, THE GYRO’S
    I TEND TO EAT – DOWN TO ZERO

    AND, OF COURSE; THE FRIES
    THAT EXPAND MY WAIST SIZE

    THEN THERE’S THE TAMALES’
    THAT GIVE ME MY JOLLIES

    AND I MUST HAVE THE SPAGHETTI
    THAT GET’S ME ALL SWEATY

    TURKEY LEGS? – OH, YES THOSE TOO
    I KNOW I’LL HAVE MORE THAN A FEW

    I PROBABLY TRY SOME DIM SUM
    AND I’LL EAT EVERY CRUMB !

    YES INDEED, A BRAT
    OH, THAT’S A GOOD THOUGHT !

    AND MAYBE A KEY LIME
    IF – I FIND THE TIME

    PERHAPS, A CONE FROM FLO
    WHICH COST’S ME “NO DOUGH”

    SO I’M STUFFED TO THE “GILLS”
    YES, I’VE HAD MY FILL !

    I ROLL OUT TO THE CAR
    AND HOPE IT’S NOT FAR

    AS I HEAD BACK TO MY PLACE
    A BIG “SMILE” ON MY FACE

    I LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR
    — PERHAPS — I’LL JUST HAVE A BEER !

  17. I realize I am a little late but hopefully better late than never, I would love to tag along and taste all the great fair food that brings me back to my childhood I have lived in the county most of my life,one of my all time favorites is the corn dogs with a close second being the funnel cakes Yum.I rally love it all,I live for the fair every year but this year being my first time being unemployed so I cant afford to go to the fair this year so I have no comittments and am completely open and ready to eat would love to meet you so please pick me I definetely wont be a boar but I’ll eat some with you HA HA!

  18. I am a closet fair foodie. I am a Cloverdale resident who loves to sample and compare all of the different varietiesof fair food available .Whether it’s the best corndog, the hottest salsas , or even alligator on a stick, nothing will escape my search of unique and fat-laden foods.. Like Templeton the Rat in Charlottes Web, the fair is truly a smorgasborg of delicious variety and tastes. I once walked from one end of the Marin County Fair sampling all 6 different corn dog vendors, in search of the best. I love to share my love of food with others and compare our thoughts. After reading about the Food Scramble Last Year, then trying the suggestions, I knew that this would be the job for me.

  19. The Sonoma County Fair food has become a cornucopia of tasty, guilty pleasure delights . I have loved it annually since the late 1960’s.

    My favorite are those rolled tacos that have been at the Fair since I was a little boy. In fact, when I was in college in the late 70’s, my mother surprised me by secretly buying dozens of these tasty rolled tacos during fair time and freezing them. When I left for college she gave me an ice chest packed with frozen rolled tacos! I enjoyed the Sonoma County Fair in the dead of winter every time I pulled one of those delicious tacos out of the freezer! They are still my favorite!

  20. I am a full time fireman, and part-time food blogger/cook. My birthday was last friday and I have gone to the fair every year for my birthday for the last 25 years. I will happily eat whatever you need and I will blog about it when I am done, with a link back to biteclub of course. My specialty is BBQ but I love fried food as well. God made pigs and beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy!

  21. AVAILABLE, WHILE I GUESS !
    A FAIR-FOOD JUNKIE? OH YES, I CONFESS

    ESPECIALLY, THE GYRO’S
    I TEND TO EAT – DOWN TO ZERO

    AND, OF COURSE; THE FRIES
    THAT EXPAND MY WAIST SIZE

    THEN THERE’S THE TAMALES’
    THAT GIVE ME MY JOLLIES

    AND I MUST HAVE THE SPAGHETTI
    THAT GET’S ME ALL SWEATY

    TURKEY LEGS? – OH, YES THOSE TOO
    I KNOW I’LL HAVE MORE THAN A FEW

    I PROBABLY TRY SOME DIM SUM
    AND I’LL EAT EVERY CRUMB !

    YES INDEED, A BRAT
    OH, THAT’S A GOOD THOUGHT !

    AND MAYBE A KEY LIME
    IF – I FIND THE TIME

    PERHAPS, A CONE FROM FLO
    WHICH COST’S ME “NO DOUGH”

    SO I’M STUFFED TO THE “GILLS”
    YES, I’VE HAD MY FILL !

    I ROLL OUT TO THE CAR
    AND HOPE IT’S NOT FAR

    AS I HEAD BACK TO MY PLACE
    A BIG “SMILE” ON MY FACE

    I LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR
    — PERHAPS — I’LL JUST HAVE A BEER !

  22. I am a closet fair foodie. I am a Cloverdale resident who loves to sample and compare all of the different varietiesof fair food available .Whether it’s the best corndog, the hottest salsas , or even alligator on a stick, nothing will escape my search of unique and fat-laden foods.. Like Templeton the Rat in Charlottes Web, the fair is truly a smorgasborg of delicious variety and tastes. I once walked from one end of the Marin County Fair sampling all 6 different corn dog vendors, in search of the best. I love to share my love of food with others and compare our thoughts. After reading about the Food Scramble Last Year, then trying the suggestions, I knew that this would be the job for me.

  23. The Sonoma County Fair food has become a cornucopia of tasty, guilty pleasure delights . I have loved it annually since the late 1960’s.

    My favorite are those rolled tacos that have been at the Fair since I was a little boy. In fact, when I was in college in the late 70’s, my mother surprised me by secretly buying dozens of these tasty rolled tacos during fair time and freezing them. When I left for college she gave me an ice chest packed with frozen rolled tacos! I enjoyed the Sonoma County Fair in the dead of winter every time I pulled one of those delicious tacos out of the freezer! They are still my favorite!

  24. I am a full time fireman, and part-time food blogger/cook. My birthday was last friday and I have gone to the fair every year for my birthday for the last 25 years. I will happily eat whatever you need and I will blog about it when I am done, with a link back to biteclub of course. My specialty is BBQ but I love fried food as well. God made pigs and beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy!

  25. When I was about 12, I was a dancer who was always a little bit bigger than all of the other girls! I tried to lose weight by putting a dollar in a piggy bank every time I ate something I didn’t need (I know….sad!). If I reached my goal, I got that money back to spend at the fair that summer. If I didn’t, I had to give it away to a charity. Well, just about the only thing I love more than food is having money to spend, so the motivation worked…the reward…NOT SO MUCH!!! I ended up spending a lot of my “fair money” on corn on the cob dipped in melted butter, Pasta King, frozen lemonade, and a cinnamon roll! Now…I am so glad I did! That’s what childhood (and even adulthood) is sometimes all about!

  26. When I was about 12, I was a dancer who was always a little bit bigger than all of the other girls! I tried to lose weight by putting a dollar in a piggy bank every time I ate something I didn’t need (I know….sad!). If I reached my goal, I got that money back to spend at the fair that summer. If I didn’t, I had to give it away to a charity. Well, just about the only thing I love more than food is having money to spend, so the motivation worked…the reward…NOT SO MUCH!!! I ended up spending a lot of my “fair money” on corn on the cob dipped in melted butter, Pasta King, frozen lemonade, and a cinnamon roll! Now…I am so glad I did! That’s what childhood (and even adulthood) is sometimes all about!

  27. my entry won’t post i hope you get it…i kept trying i hope you won’t get multiple entries…i apologize if i did…

  28. What, another Susan? Woo Hoo, another child of the 50’s (late 50’s) who’s mother (upon recollection) actually cooked FAIR food for our family. Yep, corn dogs too hot to handle, frozen bananas that stuck to our tongues, caramel popcorn that ended up in pockets and on pillow cases weeks later.. ahh, the memories.
    I LOVE fair food, it’s mom’s kitchen on steroids~ but this time I won’t have to share with my sister, just all you fun and crazy biteclubbers.
    Game on.
    Oh, and it would be the PERFECT way to embarrass my kids. You tube, anyone?

    1. OMGosh Susan…you decribed my mom and her cooking. Homemade corn dogs, carmel popcor..all of it. Actually, it was my mom who would take us to the Pleasenton fair every year and get us four girls corn dogs. Every one of my sisters will tell you those were precious memories. I have a question for you susan…did your mom get you Reds Tamales at the drive in movies? Loved those stick gummy things.

      1. Hot Tamales, abba zabbas, crazy thing was she is a dental hygienist. I still know where she hides the bags when I go home to visit!

        1. Susan, I was actually refering to the steamed tamales they sold at drive ins during the 50’s. Like Hot Tamales too though.

  29. What, another Susan? Woo Hoo, another child of the 50’s (late 50’s) who’s mother (upon recollection) actually cooked FAIR food for our family. Yep, corn dogs too hot to handle, frozen bananas that stuck to our tongues, caramel popcorn that ended up in pockets and on pillow cases weeks later.. ahh, the memories.
    I LOVE fair food, it’s mom’s kitchen on steroids~ but this time I won’t have to share with my sister, just all you fun and crazy biteclubbers.
    Game on.
    Oh, and it would be the PERFECT way to embarrass my kids. You tube, anyone?

    1. OMGosh Susan…you decribed my mom and her cooking. Homemade corn dogs, carmel popcor..all of it. Actually, it was my mom who would take us to the Pleasenton fair every year and get us four girls corn dogs. Every one of my sisters will tell you those were precious memories. I have a question for you susan…did your mom get you Reds Tamales at the drive in movies? Loved those stick gummy things.

      1. Hot Tamales, abba zabbas, crazy thing was she is a dental hygienist. I still know where she hides the bags when I go home to visit!

        1. Susan, I was actually refering to the steamed tamales they sold at drive ins during the 50’s. Like Hot Tamales too though.

  30. If chosen, I’ll make us fun hats to wear. Or do we have to go incognito?

    I survived chocolate covered bacon followed by a swing in the sling of the virtual fighter jet pilot ride. That was last year. Watchya got this year? Something equally vile I hope.

    Thanks for your consideration, Heather.

  31. For the first 31 years of my life, I was what one calls, a Meatarian. If it had a pulse at one time, I have probably eaten it.
    Last year, my doctor put me on a VEGAN diet, and yes, I did follow it strictly for the last year. With a few exceptions… one of them being FAIR FOOD.

    Come Tuesday, all bets are off. I will eat whatever you put in front of me. And, I will tell you what I think about it.

    My specialties:
    MEAT (tongue, tripe, cheek, anything from the ocean, cooked or raw)
    ETHNIC FOODS (Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Greek, Thai)
    BEVERAGES (Beer!)
    FRIED FOODS (my favorite color is golden brown)

    Pick me, I am what you are looking for.

  32. all’s fair when it’s fair food. Old grease, sloppy plates, and even wasteful styro plates by the tons, well it,s all good in the neighborhood. It’s just like camping food, that is the surroundings impart a magical ingredient into fair foods that keep most of us drooling all winter long for. After frying and eating everything under the sun at friends many fry all’s, i know I am the man for the challenge, the one who can see the beauty in any fair creation and chop it and compare it to many other festival venues such as music and rib festivals which i frequent. Of course i may be alot biased in favor of our hometown vendors but i welcome all challengers to best them.

  33. the best part of fair food has been going with my daughter and her friend so that we can SHARE everything we eat…because that way we can EAT EVERYTHING. however, my daughter is now a teenager and has forbidden me to hang with her at the fair. This limits the number of items that I can eat as I hate to waste food, especially greasy, sugary, once-a-year fair food. we’re already planning on going on the 2nd, and if I’m part of the food scramble then I won’t have to wander aimlessly by myself……

  34. FAIR FOOD!!!! It is the main reason for visiting the Fair and mainly the sonoma county fair. I have recently been divorced, (a good thing), and always put down for cooking. Now, everyone loves my cooking and most places I go, I am the one asked to BBQ or my recipes for certain items. Would love to taste all of the fair has to offer and am really laid back and fun to be around. Bite Club has a great show with Brent Ferris and always listen to what you goys have to share. I would love to experience that with you and make more people jealous including my family

  35. If chosen, I’ll make us fun hats to wear. Or do we have to go incognito?

    I survived chocolate covered bacon followed by a swing in the sling of the virtual fighter jet pilot ride. That was last year. Watchya got this year? Something equally vile I hope.

    Thanks for your consideration, Heather.

  36. For the first 31 years of my life, I was what one calls, a Meatarian. If it had a pulse at one time, I have probably eaten it.
    Last year, my doctor put me on a VEGAN diet, and yes, I did follow it strictly for the last year. With a few exceptions… one of them being FAIR FOOD.

    Come Tuesday, all bets are off. I will eat whatever you put in front of me. And, I will tell you what I think about it.

    My specialties:
    MEAT (tongue, tripe, cheek, anything from the ocean, cooked or raw)
    ETHNIC FOODS (Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Greek, Thai)
    BEVERAGES (Beer!)
    FRIED FOODS (my favorite color is golden brown)

    Pick me, I am what you are looking for.

  37. Its the one time of year I can say “screw you” to my waist line and throw on the loose fitting pants and pray to the food gods I won’t pay for it on the way out. My dream job would be just eating fair foods from across the country at the same time cautioning people to “not try this at home, I’m a professional.”
    I will absolutley share my food and completely take full advantage of the opportunity to have a blast and hope to raise awareness of the amazing fair food we have to offer.

  38. all’s fair when it’s fair food. Old grease, sloppy plates, and even wasteful styro plates by the tons, well it,s all good in the neighborhood. It’s just like camping food, that is the surroundings impart a magical ingredient into fair foods that keep most of us drooling all winter long for. After frying and eating everything under the sun at friends many fry all’s, i know I am the man for the challenge, the one who can see the beauty in any fair creation and chop it and compare it to many other festival venues such as music and rib festivals which i frequent. Of course i may be alot biased in favor of our hometown vendors but i welcome all challengers to best them.

  39. FROM KATE B

    BTW, my absolute favorite fair food, sadly is none other than Cotton Candy. Growing up in a Holistic house, sugar was the enemy. When the Easter Bunny leaves you carob coated raisins and you later find out about Cotton Candy, well….nuff said…right?

  40. the best part of fair food has been going with my daughter and her friend so that we can SHARE everything we eat…because that way we can EAT EVERYTHING. however, my daughter is now a teenager and has forbidden me to hang with her at the fair. This limits the number of items that I can eat as I hate to waste food, especially greasy, sugary, once-a-year fair food. we’re already planning on going on the 2nd, and if I’m part of the food scramble then I won’t have to wander aimlessly by myself……

  41. Fair food is fair game. We are not going for something lame. Leave that for those who are tame.

    Yes I’m older so I get an exemption from all those who feel that one MUST eat healthy. One thing about fair food is that it is for using your hands. The dripping with butter corn, the cotton candy, the barbeque sauce running down the chin, the dog on a stick, the smell of grills, onions, peppers, mixed in with the smoke drifting over the table. And of course anything that is fried whether it be some form of sandwich, appetizer, or dessert (yes think fried ice cream). I think my blood pressure just went up 3 points saying that.

    Now when it comes to liquid refreshments how can one pass up on a good local beer, or fresh squeezed lemonade, or limeade, or a good old refreshing coke? One must make certain that proper “dehyradtion” points are near.

    After all, the fair is once a year and a little stuffing to the point of uncomfortable is in order. We do it on Thanksgiving and no one says a thing. So let’s bring the fair food out of the closest and show it for what it is. Food that creates memories, cravings, and provides all those need calories to meet the rigors of the day!

  42. Ode to Fair Food

    “All the world loves a fat girl” is what my grandpa always said.
    And for years I’ve been in training…being a fair “foodie” is where it led.
    When the Sonoma County Fair comes round, counting calories is out.
    Gorging myself on as much food as possible is what the fair is all about.
    Take me to the pasta king and get me a giant beer.
    Trying to fit into my jeans is no longer what I fear.
    I fill up on all the food and then go back for more.
    And when I’m done at the fair, my friends roll me out the door.
    I love cotton candy, kettle corn, and of course Clo’s ice cream.
    Being in the Fair Food Scramble would be quite the fat girl’s dream.
    Hand me Willie’s turkey leg, and forget the sticky fingers.
    Throw at me a funnel cake, and all the taste that lingers.
    Garlic fries and corn on the cob, and even frozen lemonade.
    These are all the fair memories that never really fade.
    Curly fries and apple pie, you can’t beat foods like this.
    And anything straight out of the fryer, well that is just pure bliss.
    I hope you’ll consider me as your companion at the fair.
    I willing to try any food, and, of course, I’ll also share ☺

  43. FAIR FOOD!!!! It is the main reason for visiting the Fair and mainly the sonoma county fair. I have recently been divorced, (a good thing), and always put down for cooking. Now, everyone loves my cooking and most places I go, I am the one asked to BBQ or my recipes for certain items. Would love to taste all of the fair has to offer and am really laid back and fun to be around. Bite Club has a great show with Brent Ferris and always listen to what you goys have to share. I would love to experience that with you and make more people jealous including my family

  44. Its the one time of year I can say “screw you” to my waist line and throw on the loose fitting pants and pray to the food gods I won’t pay for it on the way out. My dream job would be just eating fair foods from across the country at the same time cautioning people to “not try this at home, I’m a professional.”
    I will absolutley share my food and completely take full advantage of the opportunity to have a blast and hope to raise awareness of the amazing fair food we have to offer.

  45. FROM KATE B

    BTW, my absolute favorite fair food, sadly is none other than Cotton Candy. Growing up in a Holistic house, sugar was the enemy. When the Easter Bunny leaves you carob coated raisins and you later find out about Cotton Candy, well….nuff said…right?

  46. One more thing. When we were very young my husband died. After that I was uneasy about taking four young kids on vacations by myself. So the fair became our one vacation day per year. We would get the ride- all- day- braclet. I bought them everything they wanted to eat and drink. We were the first to get there in the morning and last to leave at night, draging ourselves to the car all filthey dirty. We walked till we dropped and ate till we popped. When they got old enough to fan out and meet back every couple of hours to “check in” with mom I was standing in line for a cinnimon roll thinking “Oh good, now I only have to buy one cinimmon roll instead of 5. As soon as I got up to the front of the line I said “One please” I heard “Hi Mom, can we have a cinnimon roll?”I looked around to see my 4 kids drooling. I told the gal..”5 please”. that ciinnamon roll for me ended up costing $30.00. 5 cinnimon rolls and 5 lemonaids. Precious fair memories.

  47. Fair food is fair game. We are not going for something lame. Leave that for those who are tame.

    Yes I’m older so I get an exemption from all those who feel that one MUST eat healthy. One thing about fair food is that it is for using your hands. The dripping with butter corn, the cotton candy, the barbeque sauce running down the chin, the dog on a stick, the smell of grills, onions, peppers, mixed in with the smoke drifting over the table. And of course anything that is fried whether it be some form of sandwich, appetizer, or dessert (yes think fried ice cream). I think my blood pressure just went up 3 points saying that.

    Now when it comes to liquid refreshments how can one pass up on a good local beer, or fresh squeezed lemonade, or limeade, or a good old refreshing coke? One must make certain that proper “dehyradtion” points are near.

    After all, the fair is once a year and a little stuffing to the point of uncomfortable is in order. We do it on Thanksgiving and no one says a thing. So let’s bring the fair food out of the closest and show it for what it is. Food that creates memories, cravings, and provides all those need calories to meet the rigors of the day!

  48. So, here’s what we do. We get there at 11:30. UPON ENTERING you get a corn dog. That is not your lunch, only an appitizer. After walking around for 45 minutes we have burned off all the corndog, we go for a plate of cajun chicken at Johnney Garlic’s. Then we go see the exhibits and listen to the usually crappy band. Walking throught the exhibit halls you have worked up yet another appetite. On tap..garlic fries and a cold beer. Not stuffed yet, just feelin good. After walking around the midway smelling the cotton candy and seeing them, there they are, carmel apples..I’ll have one with nuts. By that time it is around 3 pm, heading towards the dinner hour. It’s 5 o’clock SOMEWHERE!! Smelling the BBQ gets us going. But, EVERY year we go for the Pasta King. Generous portion. OK, now we are getting a little stuffed. We sit and listen to more crappy band music under the shade trees. We walk through Grace pavilion and look at all the merchants seeling their gadgets. Oh no!!! There they are, the cinnimon rolls. Begining to feel, if only for a minute, a bit guilty for the thousdands of calories I have consumed I order one with no icing..but lots of nuts. And lemonaid. We’ve about reached our limit. We love the Sonoma Co. fair.

  49. Ode to Fair Food

    “All the world loves a fat girl” is what my grandpa always said.
    And for years I’ve been in training…being a fair “foodie” is where it led.
    When the Sonoma County Fair comes round, counting calories is out.
    Gorging myself on as much food as possible is what the fair is all about.
    Take me to the pasta king and get me a giant beer.
    Trying to fit into my jeans is no longer what I fear.
    I fill up on all the food and then go back for more.
    And when I’m done at the fair, my friends roll me out the door.
    I love cotton candy, kettle corn, and of course Clo’s ice cream.
    Being in the Fair Food Scramble would be quite the fat girl’s dream.
    Hand me Willie’s turkey leg, and forget the sticky fingers.
    Throw at me a funnel cake, and all the taste that lingers.
    Garlic fries and corn on the cob, and even frozen lemonade.
    These are all the fair memories that never really fade.
    Curly fries and apple pie, you can’t beat foods like this.
    And anything straight out of the fryer, well that is just pure bliss.
    I hope you’ll consider me as your companion at the fair.
    I willing to try any food, and, of course, I’ll also share ☺

  50. One more thing. When we were very young my husband died. After that I was uneasy about taking four young kids on vacations by myself. So the fair became our one vacation day per year. We would get the ride- all- day- braclet. I bought them everything they wanted to eat and drink. We were the first to get there in the morning and last to leave at night, draging ourselves to the car all filthey dirty. We walked till we dropped and ate till we popped. When they got old enough to fan out and meet back every couple of hours to “check in” with mom I was standing in line for a cinnimon roll thinking “Oh good, now I only have to buy one cinimmon roll instead of 5. As soon as I got up to the front of the line I said “One please” I heard “Hi Mom, can we have a cinnimon roll?”I looked around to see my 4 kids drooling. I told the gal..”5 please”. that ciinnamon roll for me ended up costing $30.00. 5 cinnimon rolls and 5 lemonaids. Precious fair memories.

  51. So, here’s what we do. We get there at 11:30. UPON ENTERING you get a corn dog. That is not your lunch, only an appitizer. After walking around for 45 minutes we have burned off all the corndog, we go for a plate of cajun chicken at Johnney Garlic’s. Then we go see the exhibits and listen to the usually crappy band. Walking throught the exhibit halls you have worked up yet another appetite. On tap..garlic fries and a cold beer. Not stuffed yet, just feelin good. After walking around the midway smelling the cotton candy and seeing them, there they are, carmel apples..I’ll have one with nuts. By that time it is around 3 pm, heading towards the dinner hour. It’s 5 o’clock SOMEWHERE!! Smelling the BBQ gets us going. But, EVERY year we go for the Pasta King. Generous portion. OK, now we are getting a little stuffed. We sit and listen to more crappy band music under the shade trees. We walk through Grace pavilion and look at all the merchants seeling their gadgets. Oh no!!! There they are, the cinnimon rolls. Begining to feel, if only for a minute, a bit guilty for the thousdands of calories I have consumed I order one with no icing..but lots of nuts. And lemonaid. We’ve about reached our limit. We love the Sonoma Co. fair.

  52. I’ve been eating at the Sonoma County Fair my whole life, yup, bred, born and raised here in Sonoma. Now you might think I am a food snob like my other Sonomans, but see I lived in Oklahoma and New Mexico for several years, and that took the food snob right out of me. Yum, yum…..FRIED FOODS, BEVERAGES, MEAT and ETHNIC FOODS, does it get ANY better than that? NO WAY!

    I’ve been accused of being funny and the life of the party, so choose me and YOU won’t have to sit alone. Better yet, I can sit with you, share food, AND make fun of the whiners we send off to sit alone.

    Sounds like my idea of a perfect afternoon! Cheers!

  53. There are 365 days a year so 364 of which is corn dogs, funnel cakes free diet for me. One day a year is Fair Food time guilt-free!!!

    I am imagining myself eating that crunch from my first corn dog lined with tons of mustard sauce. Then I would munch munch munch on this mound of garlic fries with a side of ketchup. Followed by the fluffy funnel cakes with whipped cream that the funnel cakes would disappear from my sight for a second. Now I am thirsty and would drink it up with that ice cold lemonade.
    Oh to be a kid again!
    Oh my, just to be on the safe side with my boss, I will request a vacation day off on
    Tuesday, August 2nd because biteclub extraordinaire —Ms. Heather Irwin is going to send yayo an email…

    POSITIVE thoughts! I am closing my eyes and yes, Heather is going to pick this entry…

  54. Having grown up in a semi vegetarian household….my mothers favorite cookbook was Laurels Kitchen circa 1978, I saw what my friends were enjoying and grieved with envy. Each year we went to the fair and I could not “indulge”. As my adult life came around, I began eating “devious” foods….many landed me in the ER but I did not deter, I knew that sin was waiting for me….at least as the holistic world saw it. So, time and time again I confronted and engaged in the funnel cake, the corn dog, the ever so delicious and loved cheeseburger! And time and time again I was met with an IV pumping fluids in me to replace what was lost as my body rejected these “toxins” as it would have it.
    I am now 41, I own a popular yet unconventional spot in Petaluma, catering to the devious delights of many but on an upper culinary scale….no lips and butts on our menu. My stomach is finally a steel trap and I am happy to say I have enjoyed many a fair food without repercussion. I would love to be considered for this seat as I know my own palette strives to seek out every “sin dipped in misery” delight that any fair has to offer in a quest to continue that never ending pleasure of “breaking the rules”.
    On a culinary note, I am versed in the Persian, Thai, Italian (true not Americanized), Spanish and Turkish pallet and kitchen…my own epicurean delights span may cultures and I have devoted years to mastering their secrets..thus the plenitude of fish sauce in my own home. Continent to continent the one true flair is street fare and that is what I believe Sonoma County Fair is holding for us, True Blue Blood American’s to devour and converse over.
    And should you not choose me, I will be attending regardless to see the outcome. Forge on Heather…you Foodie you!

  55. Having grown up in a semi vegetarian household….my mothers favorite cookbook was Laurels Kitchen circa 1978, I saw what my friends were enjoying and grieved with envy. Each year we went to the fair and I could not “indulge”. As my adult life came around, I began eating “devious” foods….many landed me in the ER but I did not deter, I knew that sin was waiting for me….at least as the holistic world saw it. So, time and time again I confronted and engaged in the funnel cake, the corn dog, the ever so delicious and loved cheeseburger! And time and time again I was met with an IV pumping fluids in me to replace what was lost as my body rejected these “toxins” as it would have it.
    I am now 41, I own a popular yet unconventional spot in Petaluma, catering to the devious delights of many but on an upper culinary scale….no lips and butts on our menu. My stomach is finally a steel trap and I am happy to say I have enjoyed many a fair food without repercussion. I would love to be considered for this seat as I know my own palette strives to seek out every “sin dipped in misery” delight that any fair has to offer in a quest to continue that never ending pleasure of “breaking the rules”.
    On a culinary note, I am versed in the Persian, Thai, Italian (true not Americanized), Spanish and Turkish pallet and kitchen…my own epicurean delights span may cultures and I have devoted years to mastering their secrets..thus the plenitude of fish sauce in my own home. Continent to continent the one true flair is street fare and that is what I believe Sonoma County Fair is holding for us, True Blue Blood American’s to devour and converse over.

  56. My love for gigantic smoked turkey legs began on the slopes of North Star. The deli at the Summit served them. They were so big that I couldn’t finish, but I couldn’t just throw it away! So I wrapped it up and stuck it in my jacket. Eventually, I knew the idea of saving this leg was just left of ludicrous, so I pulled it out in a lift line. One of the operators was watching and asks, “Is that a turkey leg in your pocket?”… “Why yes it is. Here ya go.”
    That’s my story, and that’s my favorite fair food. That and fried chicken legs. I have a thing for the birds.

  57. Can two enter as one? If so, read on because I think we would be an excellent fair foodie. #1 I spent half the day at the fair today and was not able to eat one bite of fair food due to the fact that I was working at a booth for an organization and I forgot my wallet. I mentally chose all the foods I WOULD eat if I had brought money and determined to return, one day. I have a list. #2. Tomorrow, we have a high-school age German Exchange student arriving who will spend the year living with my family. It is important that he get THOROUGH introduction to American food which would not be complete without fair food (this is where the two for one deal comes in but he is a minor and I am not his real mom so maybe we can count as one person?) #3. We’ll be spending Tuesday morning at a local elementary school where we’re putting on a special event for their summer program, and we’re going to work up a REAL appetite. #4. I am a faithful bite-club reader dedicated to my food. I feel that food is the punctuation of life. My student and I will bring a unique local foodie-european-expatriate perspective to the round up. And it will be a once in a lifetime experience for the kid!

  58. I’ve been eating at the Sonoma County Fair my whole life, yup, bred, born and raised here in Sonoma. Now you might think I am a food snob like my other Sonomans, but see I lived in Oklahoma and New Mexico for several years, and that took the food snob right out of me. Yum, yum…..FRIED FOODS, BEVERAGES, MEAT and ETHNIC FOODS, does it get ANY better than that? NO WAY!

    I’ve been accused of being funny and the life of the party, so choose me and YOU won’t have to sit alone. Better yet, I can sit with you, share food, AND make fun of the whiners we send off to sit alone.

    Sounds like my idea of a perfect afternoon! Cheers!

  59. My motto has always been “Fair time is FUN time”…..I’m an ex 4-Her and still love the smells of the County Fair : ) The food and the animals….all are wonderful memories!!! You name it I’ve tried it…I would LOVE to be part of your Foodie event…..I’m off to cook in the “So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic” contest @ the Gilroy Garlic Festival tomorrow….by Tuesday I’ll be set for some fAiR fOoD….sounds fair to me!!

  60. There are 365 days a year so 364 of which is corn dogs, funnel cakes free diet for me. One day a year is Fair Food time guilt-free!!!

    I am imagining myself eating that crunch from my first corn dog lined with tons of mustard sauce. Then I would munch munch munch on this mound of garlic fries with a side of ketchup. Followed by the fluffy funnel cakes with whipped cream that the funnel cakes would disappear from my sight for a second. Now I am thirsty and would drink it up with that ice cold lemonade.
    Oh to be a kid again!
    Oh my, just to be on the safe side with my boss, I will request a vacation day off on
    Tuesday, August 2nd because biteclub extraordinaire —Ms. Heather Irwin is going to send yayo an email…

    POSITIVE thoughts! I am closing my eyes and yes, Heather is going to pick this entry…

  61. Yum! I’m a perfect candidate for this challenge! I grew up in Sonoma County and have been attending the Sonoma County Fair since I learned to chew 🙂 I’m starting my third year as a teacher in Sonoma County and would love to end the summer with a bang. I’m an adventurous eater and particularly love all things BiteClub! What fun this would be! Gyros, Corn Dogs, and Cinnamon Rolls here I come……

  62. Forget Guy’s Diners Drive In and Dive’s …I am all about corn dogs, funnel cakes and yes garlic fries! I am happy to share that is what doesn’t spill on my shirt (but I call that fair flare). As a Texas girl I know great BBQ, corn dogs, turkey legs and funnel cakes….there is no fooling this palate …so don’t mess with Texas and pick me.

  63. Having grown up in a semi vegetarian household….my mothers favorite cookbook was Laurels Kitchen circa 1978, I saw what my friends were enjoying and grieved with envy. Each year we went to the fair and I could not “indulge”. As my adult life came around, I began eating “devious” foods….many landed me in the ER but I did not deter, I knew that sin was waiting for me….at least as the holistic world saw it. So, time and time again I confronted and engaged in the funnel cake, the corn dog, the ever so delicious and loved cheeseburger! And time and time again I was met with an IV pumping fluids in me to replace what was lost as my body rejected these “toxins” as it would have it.
    I am now 41, I own a popular yet unconventional spot in Petaluma, catering to the devious delights of many but on an upper culinary scale….no lips and butts on our menu. My stomach is finally a steel trap and I am happy to say I have enjoyed many a fair food without repercussion. I would love to be considered for this seat as I know my own palette strives to seek out every “sin dipped in misery” delight that any fair has to offer in a quest to continue that never ending pleasure of “breaking the rules”.
    On a culinary note, I am versed in the Persian, Thai, Italian (true not Americanized), Spanish and Turkish pallet and kitchen…my own epicurean delights span may cultures and I have devoted years to mastering their secrets..thus the plenitude of fish sauce in my own home. Continent to continent the one true flair is street fare and that is what I believe Sonoma County Fair is holding for us, True Blue Blood American’s to devour and converse over.
    And should you not choose me, I will be attending regardless to see the outcome. Forge on Heather…you Foodie you!

  64. Having grown up in a semi vegetarian household….my mothers favorite cookbook was Laurels Kitchen circa 1978, I saw what my friends were enjoying and grieved with envy. Each year we went to the fair and I could not “indulge”. As my adult life came around, I began eating “devious” foods….many landed me in the ER but I did not deter, I knew that sin was waiting for me….at least as the holistic world saw it. So, time and time again I confronted and engaged in the funnel cake, the corn dog, the ever so delicious and loved cheeseburger! And time and time again I was met with an IV pumping fluids in me to replace what was lost as my body rejected these “toxins” as it would have it.
    I am now 41, I own a popular yet unconventional spot in Petaluma, catering to the devious delights of many but on an upper culinary scale….no lips and butts on our menu. My stomach is finally a steel trap and I am happy to say I have enjoyed many a fair food without repercussion. I would love to be considered for this seat as I know my own palette strives to seek out every “sin dipped in misery” delight that any fair has to offer in a quest to continue that never ending pleasure of “breaking the rules”.
    On a culinary note, I am versed in the Persian, Thai, Italian (true not Americanized), Spanish and Turkish pallet and kitchen…my own epicurean delights span may cultures and I have devoted years to mastering their secrets..thus the plenitude of fish sauce in my own home. Continent to continent the one true flair is street fare and that is what I believe Sonoma County Fair is holding for us, True Blue Blood American’s to devour and converse over.

  65. My love for gigantic smoked turkey legs began on the slopes of North Star. The deli at the Summit served them. They were so big that I couldn’t finish, but I couldn’t just throw it away! So I wrapped it up and stuck it in my jacket. Eventually, I knew the idea of saving this leg was just left of ludicrous, so I pulled it out in a lift line. One of the operators was watching and asks, “Is that a turkey leg in your pocket?”… “Why yes it is. Here ya go.”
    That’s my story, and that’s my favorite fair food. That and fried chicken legs. I have a thing for the birds.

  66. Can two enter as one? If so, read on because I think we would be an excellent fair foodie. #1 I spent half the day at the fair today and was not able to eat one bite of fair food due to the fact that I was working at a booth for an organization and I forgot my wallet. I mentally chose all the foods I WOULD eat if I had brought money and determined to return, one day. I have a list. #2. Tomorrow, we have a high-school age German Exchange student arriving who will spend the year living with my family. It is important that he get THOROUGH introduction to American food which would not be complete without fair food (this is where the two for one deal comes in but he is a minor and I am not his real mom so maybe we can count as one person?) #3. We’ll be spending Tuesday morning at a local elementary school where we’re putting on a special event for their summer program, and we’re going to work up a REAL appetite. #4. I am a faithful bite-club reader dedicated to my food. I feel that food is the punctuation of life. My student and I will bring a unique local foodie-european-expatriate perspective to the round up. And it will be a once in a lifetime experience for the kid!

  67. Pronto pups, funnel cakes, and curly fries, oh my! So many AMAZING fair foods to try. Frozen bananas, deep fried oreos, and of course- apple pie! Fair food is such a treat, our options at the Sonoma County Fair simply can’t be beat. Choose me, please! And good luck to the other entries 🙂

  68. My motto has always been “Fair time is FUN time”…..I’m an ex 4-Her and still love the smells of the County Fair : ) The food and the animals….all are wonderful memories!!! You name it I’ve tried it…I would LOVE to be part of your Foodie event…..I’m off to cook in the “So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic” contest @ the Gilroy Garlic Festival tomorrow….by Tuesday I’ll be set for some fAiR fOoD….sounds fair to me!!

  69. Lets see, there are so many life memories that you actually remember and many family traditions that will never be forgotten. There are certain foods that you crave when you are pregnant and only eat when you are pregnant. When you go to a ballgame, you can’t resist the Garlic Fries and Hot Dogs.

    The fair is a whole differnet tradition. What i like about the fair is the different things we can eat and do. We plan out 3 different days. One day is for the kids, one day is for the audults( Horse races), and one is to just go go go and see everything. Each day i have a diffenent food in mind. The kids and i usually have a giant corndog. When we are having fun at the horse races, Mary’s pizza or Pasta is Awesome. Our last day i can’t leave withour getting a funnel cake. I would love to start a new fair tradition and try something new.

  70. Oh I am available, I am available!!! …. and free for the fair food scramble too. I am a fantastic cook so I know my foods and fried food is my treat. I could probably tell you off the top of my head where each food vendor is located on the fairgrounds property. I mainly go to the fair to see the exhibits and eat although that probably does not make me unique. But what does make me unique is my great taste for excellent foods and my sense of humor. I love to laugh, have fun and just be me. So if you pick me you will have good food AND good company! Don’t miss out!!!!

  71. There is nothing more fantastic than fair food! We wait in anticipation all year for the upcoming favorites from corn dogs and cotton candy to turkey legs and local beer its all good when it comes to fair food. Some of the stuff could use a bit of work from time to time and that is why the Bite Club is here to let the vendors know what the people really think about the food that is being served. Without the Bite Club they would be lost! Right? Right!

    Fair food, fried food, hot food, cold food!
    Give us good food before we run!

  72. Yum! I’m a perfect candidate for this challenge! I grew up in Sonoma County and have been attending the Sonoma County Fair since I learned to chew 🙂 I’m starting my third year as a teacher in Sonoma County and would love to end the summer with a bang. I’m an adventurous eater and particularly love all things BiteClub! What fun this would be! Gyros, Corn Dogs, and Cinnamon Rolls here I come……

  73. Forget Guy’s Diners Drive In and Dive’s …I am all about corn dogs, funnel cakes and yes garlic fries! I am happy to share that is what doesn’t spill on my shirt (but I call that fair flare). As a Texas girl I know great BBQ, corn dogs, turkey legs and funnel cakes….there is no fooling this palate …so don’t mess with Texas and pick me.

  74. just recently retired and definitely have time for the fair scramble. been going to the fair since God left Chicago – think that was somewhere in the late 60’s. anyway – i’m a fair and chow hound and would be happy to lend my $.02 worth.

  75. I’m no “Spring Chicken” so I’ve had a lot of Fair food and the day the Fair closes I’m anticipating the next year…Pronto Pups, Turkey legs, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and anything new…I’ve never had Fair Food I didn’t like! My experience in the gasto, (oops!), gastronomical delights of the Fair and my silly humor should make me a great addition to your panel. I usually have a “discerning palate” but there’s a time and place for everything…

  76. Pronto pups, funnel cakes, and curly fries, oh my! So many AMAZING fair foods to try. Frozen bananas, deep fried oreos, and of course- apple pie! Fair food is such a treat, our options at the Sonoma County Fair simply can’t be beat. Choose me, please! And good luck to the other entries 🙂

  77. I am now 69 yrs old and still can eat with the best of them, just have to bring a bag of tums. My long time fav is the corn dog. I worked the fair one year, 1972 I think, when Walcott’s made those fab burgers and the bbq beef. I must have tapped 500 gallons of beer in 10 days. I do know how ro make one of those Walcotts burgers and the bbq beef too. Just get me to the grill.

  78. Lets see, there are so many life memories that you actually remember and many family traditions that will never be forgotten. There are certain foods that you crave when you are pregnant and only eat when you are pregnant. When you go to a ballgame, you can’t resist the Garlic Fries and Hot Dogs.

    The fair is a whole differnet tradition. What i like about the fair is the different things we can eat and do. We plan out 3 different days. One day is for the kids, one day is for the audults( Horse races), and one is to just go go go and see everything. Each day i have a diffenent food in mind. The kids and i usually have a giant corndog. When we are having fun at the horse races, Mary’s pizza or Pasta is Awesome. Our last day i can’t leave withour getting a funnel cake. I would love to start a new fair tradition and try something new.

  79. I can’t beleive that I am the first guy to reply to this amazing post/contest! I think that alone should give me top consideration! And I absolutely love fair food. I was at the Sonoma County Fair opening night just to get my long desired fix for my fave fair foods. Top on my list is funnel cake. And to find that I could have my funnel cake with Bavarian creme just blew my mind and my taste buds. I washed down my funnel cake with a jumbo corn dog, kettle corn, and some local-made root beer. Fair food reminds me of Fourth of July with family and warm summer nights. I love food and live to eat; to experience that next great taste. I plan to be back to the fair multiple times before it ends; especially for the great BBQ, roasted nuts, and fried food; and I know I would be the ideal candidate for the scramble! I mean, I’m getting hungry for more funnel cake just writing this! Cheers!

  80. Oh I am available, I am available!!! …. and free for the fair food scramble too. I am a fantastic cook so I know my foods and fried food is my treat. I could probably tell you off the top of my head where each food vendor is located on the fairgrounds property. I mainly go to the fair to see the exhibits and eat although that probably does not make me unique. But what does make me unique is my great taste for excellent foods and my sense of humor. I love to laugh, have fun and just be me. So if you pick me you will have good food AND good company! Don’t miss out!!!!

  81. There is nothing more fantastic than fair food! We wait in anticipation all year for the upcoming favorites from corn dogs and cotton candy to turkey legs and local beer its all good when it comes to fair food. Some of the stuff could use a bit of work from time to time and that is why the Bite Club is here to let the vendors know what the people really think about the food that is being served. Without the Bite Club they would be lost! Right? Right!

    Fair food, fried food, hot food, cold food!
    Give us good food before we run!

  82. I’ve lost 17 lbs this month in anticipation of Fair food. Am willing to push back my ‘cheat day’ to Tuesday the 2nd for the sake of scientific research.

  83. just recently retired and definitely have time for the fair scramble. been going to the fair since God left Chicago – think that was somewhere in the late 60’s. anyway – i’m a fair and chow hound and would be happy to lend my $.02 worth.

  84. I’m no “Spring Chicken” so I’ve had a lot of Fair food and the day the Fair closes I’m anticipating the next year…Pronto Pups, Turkey legs, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and anything new…I’ve never had Fair Food I didn’t like! My experience in the gasto, (oops!), gastronomical delights of the Fair and my silly humor should make me a great addition to your panel. I usually have a “discerning palate” but there’s a time and place for everything…

  85. I am now 69 yrs old and still can eat with the best of them, just have to bring a bag of tums. My long time fav is the corn dog. I worked the fair one year, 1972 I think, when Walcott’s made those fab burgers and the bbq beef. I must have tapped 500 gallons of beer in 10 days. I do know how ro make one of those Walcotts burgers and the bbq beef too. Just get me to the grill.

  86. I can’t beleive that I am the first guy to reply to this amazing post/contest! I think that alone should give me top consideration! And I absolutely love fair food. I was at the Sonoma County Fair opening night just to get my long desired fix for my fave fair foods. Top on my list is funnel cake. And to find that I could have my funnel cake with Bavarian creme just blew my mind and my taste buds. I washed down my funnel cake with a jumbo corn dog, kettle corn, and some local-made root beer. Fair food reminds me of Fourth of July with family and warm summer nights. I love food and live to eat; to experience that next great taste. I plan to be back to the fair multiple times before it ends; especially for the great BBQ, roasted nuts, and fried food; and I know I would be the ideal candidate for the scramble! I mean, I’m getting hungry for more funnel cake just writing this! Cheers!

  87. I’ve lost 17 lbs this month in anticipation of Fair food. Am willing to push back my ‘cheat day’ to Tuesday the 2nd for the sake of scientific research.

  88. Beverages—check (I dearly wish to try each and every flavor Agua Frescas).
    Meat—oh yeah—check (I’m game for every bit of BBQ’d (especially) meat at the fair).
    Ethnic—mmmmm……..Gyros. Mmmmm, Ceviche. Mmmmm……Garlic fries (that’s gotta be ethnic, right?? lol) Ok, how about Philly Cheese Steak? 😉
    I’m not a poet, I’m not creative (unless behind a camera), but I do love to live outside the box. I’ll even jump through hoops for shrimp tacos. I also drive my Mother nutz while chanting “Sushi, Sushi, Sushi, Sushi….every time she asks where we’re eating out.
    I’ve been in the county for seven years, and I think I need about ten more before I’ll feel that I’ve truly sampled all the fair has to offer. I’d love it if you’d shave a few of those years off for me by letting me run wild through the fair food!

  89. I’m a Pronto Pup gal from way back. Back when West Coat Shows ran the midway (whatever happened to them?/ and when the only place you could get a taco was at the fair – I kid you not! Back when Clover gave out samples of milk, buttermilk, and chocolate milk, but nary an ice-cream cone! Back when I could stand in front of the salt-water-taffy booth and watch that machine pulling the taffy for fifteen minutes at a time. I remember getting a Cid-R-Lick, which was basically apple juice frozen in a paper cup with a stick stuck in it, and being proud that I could shove the whole thing into my mouth, and my mother screaming that I was going to choke on it and die! Those were the days! But I tell you, the great variety of luscious-looking foods I’ve seen at the fair in recent years is tempting me to give up my hyper-frugal, curmudgeonly, sack-lunch-toting ways at least for one day when I can totally cut loose and pig out. Yeah. Hold on. Let me put that on my bucket list. Everything but the corn on the cob. You need front teeth for that.

  90. Beverages—check (I dearly wish to try each and every flavor Agua Frescas).
    Meat—oh yeah—check (I’m game for every bit of BBQ’d (especially) meat at the fair).
    Ethnic—mmmmm……..Gyros. Mmmmm, Ceviche. Mmmmm……Garlic fries (that’s gotta be ethnic, right?? lol) Ok, how about Philly Cheese Steak? 😉
    I’m not a poet, I’m not creative (unless behind a camera), but I do love to live outside the box. I’ll even jump through hoops for shrimp tacos. I also drive my Mother nutz while chanting “Sushi, Sushi, Sushi, Sushi….every time she asks where we’re eating out.
    I’ve been in the county for seven years, and I think I need about ten more before I’ll feel that I’ve truly sampled all the fair has to offer. I’d love it if you’d shave a few of those years off for me by letting me run wild through the fair food!

  91. Today my husband Roger and myself celebrate our 37 year ” day we met” anniversery. It took him about 5 yrs when he realized that everything I ate I would say “I LOve it. Fair Food is about the best “i Love It” food around Please pick me. It would make this day even more memorable!

  92. I’m a Pronto Pup gal from way back. Back when West Coat Shows ran the midway (whatever happened to them?/ and when the only place you could get a taco was at the fair – I kid you not! Back when Clover gave out samples of milk, buttermilk, and chocolate milk, but nary an ice-cream cone! Back when I could stand in front of the salt-water-taffy booth and watch that machine pulling the taffy for fifteen minutes at a time. I remember getting a Cid-R-Lick, which was basically apple juice frozen in a paper cup with a stick stuck in it, and being proud that I could shove the whole thing into my mouth, and my mother screaming that I was going to choke on it and die! Those were the days! But I tell you, the great variety of luscious-looking foods I’ve seen at the fair in recent years is tempting me to give up my hyper-frugal, curmudgeonly, sack-lunch-toting ways at least for one day when I can totally cut loose and pig out. Yeah. Hold on. Let me put that on my bucket list. Everything but the corn on the cob. You need front teeth for that.

  93. I can’t write poems and I have nothing real witty to say to make you pick me but I LOVE FAIR FOOD. I go to the fair just to have certain “must haves” (funnel cake, cheese cake on a stick, garlic fries, kettle corn, free ice cream cone from Clover) but I also try one new thing every year. Last year it was the pork sliders by Johnny Garlics. This year???? Not sure yet… I think I need to do the Food Scramble to find out. Love all things fried and ethnic and am currently involved in a “What kind of beer do I like?” experiment this summer. So consider the beer tasting portion of this scramble covered too. PICK ME!! PICK ME!

  94. Today my husband Roger and myself celebrate our 37 year ” day we met” anniversery. It took him about 5 yrs when he realized that everything I ate I would say “I LOve it. Fair Food is about the best “i Love It” food around Please pick me. It would make this day even more memorable!

  95. I can’t write poems and I have nothing real witty to say to make you pick me but I LOVE FAIR FOOD. I go to the fair just to have certain “must haves” (funnel cake, cheese cake on a stick, garlic fries, kettle corn, free ice cream cone from Clover) but I also try one new thing every year. Last year it was the pork sliders by Johnny Garlics. This year???? Not sure yet… I think I need to do the Food Scramble to find out. Love all things fried and ethnic and am currently involved in a “What kind of beer do I like?” experiment this summer. So consider the beer tasting portion of this scramble covered too. PICK ME!! PICK ME!

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