Special K and I drove about an hour and half South/West to Tampa to go to the Florida State Fair. We took $80 cash and set our sights on crafts, expo vendors and crazy food and I'm happy to report we got all three.
In comparison to the Del Mar Fair in San Diego, the size of the fairgrounds was about the same, may have been a little bigger even. But what it lacked was Aussie Chips (sorry, couldn't find a decent link so you'll just have to trust that it's the best fair appetizer) and a large horticultural section. They had *maybe* three tables of "show" flowers, practically nothing compared to an entire hall full of flowers and arrangements at the Del Mar Fair. It could be because the fair is smack dab in the middle of winter and there is simply nothing blooming right now. BUT, I think I counted 12 jams and jellies up for judging and the woodworking area was one row mixed in with all the other craft items. We didn't even see where the animal area was!
What the Florida State Fair DID have was FOOD and lots of it!
The Grilled Meatloaf Sundae. Meatloaf with a scoop of mashed potatoes and a cherry tomato on top to make it look like an ice cream sundae. It was good! But how bad can you mess up meatloaf and mashed potatoes?
Are you ready for this... Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. It's a cheeseburger with all the fixin's (including bacon, onions and pickles) between two glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts. First let me say that our niece called us two seconds before we got to the fair and said her boyfriend had tried this last year so when we saw it on the midway, we went for it. Funny thing is, every person standing in line was a man. It's definitely a man's meal! Special K loved it! I had a small bite and it was strangely delicious.
Red Velvet Funnel Cake. What a bust. Had no flavor, it was a waste of $7.
Cheddar Nuggets. Deep fried pieces of cheddar cheese with a side of ranch. It was good but greasy. Definitely a side that should be shared.
Hot waffle ice cream sandwich. Another bust. I was thinking the waffle would be hot and melt the ice cream but it was just a hard to eat, tasteless ice cream bar. I would have been better off trying the chocolate dipped cheesecake or strawberry crepe.
Foot Long Corndog... can never be done incorrectly. It was everything you've come to expect from a State Fair food staple.
For Roo and Big E, the ones who discovered Fried Pickles.
Talk about the boy in the bubble.
Looking for our friend's wine. Oh wait, he lives in San Diego. =)
A beautiful quilt. The lady next to me said it's called a "Cathedral" quilt. Mom?
I thought this was a cool painting.
The Midway was packed!!!!
The Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger came in a Krispy Kreme hat!
Special K staking out the first food victim.
I loved the Expo area. Like Special K said, it's the same vendors every year selling the same thing since 1977. But I don't care, I love walking through it all. I also loved the photography and art exhibits. And just so you know, we spent $50 in food alone. =) I'm so glad we went, I would have wondered for the rest of my days how this fair added up and now I know.
POST EDIT: Just a side note - we shared one order of each food item and on half didn't even finish the helping. But even so, when we went to bed that night, Special K said he felt like he was going to throw up when he thought about the KK burger. =)