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Let's eat.

From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Better Than Fair Fare at the Monterey County Fair

Corn dogs are more than delicious. They are proof that God loves us—and examples of how he can save us. After all, they are mortal hot dogs baptized in everlasting batter.

And here they come, starting with Monterey County Fair's first day today, in all their food-on-a-stick glory, flanked by buckets of barbecue, corn on the cob, funnel cake, caramel apples and kettle korn.

But to think the county fair edible opportunities end there is merely to demonstrate your ferris wheel doesn't go all the way around.

The Monterey County Fair Cake Eating Contest returns 4pm on Military Day, Friday, Sept. 3, at the Community Stage featuring two rounds of cake eating youth contestants devouring the storied cakes from Rosine’s Restaurant (375-1400) in Monterey. Look at those kids. They're dangerously cute and they haven't even started jamming cupcakes in their faces and pasting frosting on their little persons. (While supplies last, more cake will be provided by Rosine’s during the Military Day Flag Raising Ceremony at 11:30am at Gate 3.)

A little more adult action happens with the “Taste of the Vine” wine tasting 5:30-7:30pm Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Turf Club featuring winning wines from the Central Coast Wine Competition. There were some impressive wines last year, though Monterey County was weirdly under-represented. Still, this ticket is a deal given its $20 tag includes $8 fair admission and some (albeit so-so) snacks. Tickets may be purchased on the website or in the admin office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Then there are the new hits reflecting poppy trends, from Colossal Gelato to infused milk teas. Brooklyn Deli will serve fresh sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as breakfast muffins with hash browns along with some dessert options like carrot cake, cheesecake and cookies.

The first ever Monterey County Fair Ice Cream Eating Contest happens 2pm Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6 with goods from The Ice Cream Shoppe/Beatles & Rock Museum in Pacific Grove.

The Ag Building also features fresh, locally grown produce fairgoers can purchase—which is almost as cool as the Cinderella-carriage-size pumpkins and ungodly zucchini people coddled in hopes of winning various contests.

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