The Orange County Fair will be plumping up its traditional deep-fried menu this year, adding a rotation of gourmet food trucks and celebrity chefs to the mix as part of the 2011 theme "Let's Eat!"
OC Fair President and Chief Executive Steve Beazley said the county fair, which opens Friday at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, aims to embrace tradition while sprinkling in just enough new attractions to keep it fun for visitors who go each summer.
"There's nothing that beats the tradition of coming out to the fair and eating something," he said. "'Let's eat!' is a call to action. The whole idea of eating, dining, feasting is really what most of our traditions center around."
On top of traditional fair fare in the form of funnel cakes, corn dogs and deep-fried Oreos, the 2011 edition will introduce new items on a smorgasbord pushing the envelope on deep-fried eating experiences. Thanks to fair fixture Chicken Charlie, whose taste buds appear to have no bounds, fairgoers can sample deep-fried Kool-Aid, deep-fried brownies and deep-fried Girl Scout cookies.