phenomenal success of the Double Bacon Corndog at
last year's Fair [see
blog post], Campbell's Concessions trotted
out not one but two new corndogs for this year's Fair. The
first, the Deep Fried Sweet Corn Corndog offers
deep-fried kernels of sweet corn not only for garnish, but also
mixed into the cornmeal batter. Served with a side of honey,
it's fairly sweet. I love the light sweetness of fried cornmeal
paired with a meaty wiener. That said I'm not big fan of dipping
it in honey; it's overkill. Overall I'd rather spend the extra
buck for a Foot Long Corndog.
more pleased with the other new dog-on-a-stick, the Jalapeño
Cheese Corndog. Straightforward cornmeal batter
enrobing a wiener embedded with cheese and jalapeño. The
side of nacho cheese is creamy and zesty enough, but its flavor
overpowers the zippy dog within. Eat this corndog sans nacho
cheese, and save the sauce for dressing a foot long. Keep the
good times rolling!
Only one of
Brad and Harry's cheese curd stands – the one between the Varied
Industries Building and the Bill Riley Stage – offers Cajun
Cheese Curds. Perfectly golden and zesty to boot!
Salty too, but most seasoning blends are. You may want a
lemonade afterward to quench your thirst. Some squeakiness as
cheese curd I sought out refreshment at the Ice Cream Parlor
just south of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater for a large Chocolate
Phosphate – chocolate syrup mixed up with soda
water. Down the hill from there amongst the tangle of vendors at
the Triangle, I procured a Pickledawg from the
Dawg House. What's a Pickledawg you ask? Borrowing from
a classic American hors d'ouevre, they take a pickle spear
smeared with cream cheese and wrap it in either ham or pastrami.
Wheras the hors d'ouevre is sliced into bite-size wheels, a Pickledawg
is left intact. Sounds good so far, but the Dawg House also
offers them deep-fried in a plain or spicy batter. This is where
the Pickledawg becomes decidedly evil. The spicy
pastrami is a must try!
must do is a visit to Hardenbrook's sausage stand, located just
west of the Riley Stage. Hardenbrook's serves up hot dogs,
footlongs, bratwurst, and Polish sausage, with
warm sauerkraut and grilled peppers and onions for sides. I
always order a Polish with the works, forgetting my resolution
to try the tasty looking grilled bratwurst instead. Next time,
always next time.