A Food Guide To The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair, formally the Del Mar Fair, is home to some of the greatest fair foods ever to be had. We all look forward to those one-of-a kind wild food pairings and sweet and savory concoctions, right!?

That said, we wouldn’t be There San Diego if we didn’t scope out the roster of delicious bites for you (because we care).

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So here’s our visual menu of the most unique fair foods to check out this year:

(The fair is open June 2-July 4, 2017, closed on some Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, check out our list of 7 Simple Things You Need To Know If You’re Going To The San Diego County Fair.)

Savory With A Sweet Tooth

Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Chicken Sandwich:

Fried Meatballs Topped With Peanut Butter:

Bacon Wrapped

If it can, it will be wrapped in bacon! No explanation needed for these bacon-lover treats!

Bacon Wrapped Cactus:

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts:

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple:

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs:

Fair Classics

Roasted Corn:

Is a trip to any fair really complete without corn-on-the-cob? With several variations of corn, from grilled, fried, salted, spicy, and classic, corn is a must!

Frog Legs:

Ribbit…. ribbit… although I have yet to try frog legs, this is a classic must-try dish at the fair, because where else are you going to try them without buying a plane ticket to the South?

Curly Fries:

This year, the fair is taking curly fries to another level with nacho curly fries! Don’t worry, if you are a traditional person, the classic version is still available.

Chips On A Stick:

A true fair classic! There are countless options of toppings, but the crowd favorite is melted cheese!

Foot Longs:

Sausages, hot dogs, and corn dogs are all classics and can be found at the San Diego Fair. When trying the corn dog, make sure to try the fried lemonade – this is a new one!


Any imaginable BBQ can be found while walking the streets of the fair. Large smokers are everywhere, cooking up tri-tip, ribs, and anything in between!

Sweet Stuff


Nitrogen popcorn is a new addition to the fair. As nitrogen ice cream became popular, these creatives decided to drop some popcorn in – and here are the results! Instead of classic kettle corn, try nitro-pop. You won’t be disappointed.

Pina Colada Smoothie:

Although alcohol won’t be found in this one, who wouldn’t want to walk around with a pineapple? P.S. there are several places to buy adult beverages throughout the fair, just in case you need a little something!

Fried Oreos:

Battered and fried Oreos, served covered in chocolate, sprinkles, and more sugar… a dream come true. Also at the fair are fried Twinkies and fried Snickers to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Fried Cookie Dough:

In case the Oreos were not enough for you, fried cookie dough is the new trend. Why not throw some cookie dough in a fryer, top it with chocolate, and have a bite? Only at the fair.

Cinnamon Roll Sundae:

The traditional ooey, gooey, soft cinnamon rolls have been upgraded. Now being served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whip cream, chocolate, and topped with walnuts, these beat the banana split sundae any day!

Caramel Apples:

Fresh caramel apples can be found just about anywhere in the fair. The toppings include M&M’s, coconut, almond toffee, traditional, chocolate, and Snickers!

My Most Favorite Of Them All

Pineapple Teriyaki Bowl:

A sliced-open half of a pineapple serves as a bowl to this sweet and savory combo. Filled with grilled pineapple, chicken teriyaki, and topped with rice, this is the ‘fair food’ that I look forward to each year!

The bowl can also be ordered with shrimp or just veggies!

Whatever fair food you decide to snack on, this is the ultimate diet cheat day. Go all out, and eat the fried food!

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