Now through Sunday, October 2, the L.A. County Fair is counting down to its final week for this year. There are lots of changes, especially to the fair layout. They have moved the midway closer to the yellow gate. It’s almost feels like you are in Vegas – lots of flashing lights, games, and rides everywhere.
There are lots of entertainment options from viewing the tapestry exhibit which houses photography, crafts, jewelry, and clothing to the many culinary competitions like tablescaping and baked goods. There are excellent cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Check out the Fun Guide to plan your day around the demonstrations and shows. Visit the Plan Your Visit page for information: http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/planyourvisit/planYourVisit.asp
As you know, the fair is all about food and lots of it. This year, they have added gourmet food trucks into the mix. There are 4 trucks that are there everyday of the fair: Brats Berlin, Calbi Truck, and Crepe Bonaparte, and Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels.
On the weekends, there is a much greater variety of trucks that participate: Macho Nacho Truck, Temaki, Chunk ‘N Chip, Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream, The Hungry Nomad, My Tornado Potato, Uncle Lau’s Island BBQ, Fresh Fries, Flavor Rush, Gourmet Genie, Bite Me Foods, The Gourmet Sausage Co, and The Yummy One. This coming weekend is the last weekend so check them out. If it’s hot on Saturday or Sunday, definitely stop by the Chunk ‘N Chip truck. Claudia and team will help you get cool and let you relish in her awesome cookie and ice cream combinations. BOO-YAH!
Let’s do a quick run down of the trucks that have really made the extra effort to serve it up daily.
Brats Berlin: First thing, can’t miss that truck. It looks like a piece of the Berlin Wall on wheels – a colorful graffiti-wrapped truck. As the name implies, they do brats, really good brats. And they have a nice variety. Choose your heat level which ranges from mild bratwurst to spicy Cajun. Don’t forget to get some Belgian Fries with it!
Calbi Truck: Korean meats made into tacos and burritos. There is an also an item tailor-made for the fair: Kim Chee Quesadilla. I know, it sounds weird, but the taste is out-of-this-world. You’ll have to try one and taste for yourself. It’s definitely on my “Must Eat Again” list.
Crepes Bonaparte: This competitor from The Great Food Truck Race Season 1 is definitely on its game. For a sweet treat, try the Spicy Apple Bottoms Crepe. It’s the best crepe I’ve ever had. Their crepe batter is truly phenomenal!
Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels: You just can’t go wrong with anything on this truck. Chef Piaggio and his team crank out gourmet food for hungry foodies like well-oiled machine! At the OC Fair, Piaggio unveiled The EmpaDog; another tailor-made treat for the fair atmosphere and quite addictive indeed!
The farm is still in the back corner and there are lots of new babies – piglets, lambs, and calves. They are so cute and their fur is so soft. While you’re in the farm area, make sure you get your fresh bottle of chocolate or regular milk. It’s ice cold and creamy.
Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream is a definite “Must Eat” as well. He has all the standard flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. But, they don’t call him, Doctor, for nothing. He also comes up with inventive flavor combinations that peak your adventurous side. Last year, it was soy sauce. This year – Ginger. It’s candied ginger in a fluffy vanilla base, but there are some bites that can knock your socks off, literally. Also, the Black Raspberry is luscious and smooth. It’s full of raspberry flavor and tastes like gourmet frozen yogurt.
Only 5 more days left and lots of special promotions for you to partake. Have some fun and grab some great grub at the LA County Fair!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
Promotions this week:
- $5 after 5pm – Wednesdays through Fridays; a perfect way to spend an evening. Coupon must be presented to receive discount. To download your coupon, http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/planyourvisit/documents/5after5couponwebsitelow.pdf
- $5 Kids Meals after 5pm – Offered at various concession stands after 5 p.m. every Wednesday. Find a complete list of concessionaires at Guest Services.
- Seniors ages 60 and older are admitted for $14 weekends, $9 weekdays and just $6 Wednesdays, Senior Days RCS offers free rides on Ferris wheels in the carnival. Now that’s a sweet deal!
- Ralphs Any-Day Ticket – Come to any participating Ralphs grocery store beginning Aug. 22 to purchase admission tickets for just $10 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. Each Ralphs adults and child any-day admission ticket comes with an exclusive unlimited ride carnival wristband discount coupon (additional purchase is required for wristband, wristband good one day only. Non-transferable. Redeem by 9 p.m. for use until 11 p.m. weekdays, by 4 p.m. for use until 7 p.m. on Sat/Sun).
- Costco Savings Pack – Available beginning Aug. 15 at participating Costco stores for just $54.99, includes four any-day Fair admissions, one parking pass and 44 RCS ride/game tickets. Rides and games require multiple tickets.
- Thirsty Thursdays – 50% off fountain drinks and bottled water ALL DAY. Find a complete list of concessionaires at Guest Services.
- Ralphs Food Drive Fridays – Guests must bring five Ralphs private label canned products Fridays for a free Fair admission good that day only, noon- 6 p.m. only. The canned products will be collected by Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. A portion of the canned goods will be donated to the honored community of the day for distribution to their charity.
For more information:
LA County Fair
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768-1639