Manitowoc County Fair food: Sampling deep-fried Oreos, maple bacon ice cream, other treats
MANITOWOC – Tuesday marked the beginning of the Manitowoc County Fair, so the Herald Times Reporter team took this opportunity to sample the special treats only found at the fair for a special edition of Savor Manitowoc.
Opening night of the fair was Tuesday, and we — reporters Alisa Schafer and Patti Zarling and photographer Josh Clark — were there at the gates within minutes of them opening. We headed for the vendors' lane to see what treats we could find.
Almost every vendor had different options ranging from the ever-popular cheese curds to ice cream sundaes made with special Cedar Crest flavors, gyros, burgers, corn on the cob, tacos and even a full steak tips dinner for those who wanted a traditional supper.
The Manitowoc County Fair is at the Expo Grounds on Expo Drive. The gates open at 8 a.m. through the last day, Sunday. Every night, there is entertainment in the grandstand, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
While we arrived too early to try out the Ferris wheel, we had a great time looking at the wild food offerings available.
We ate: Fellow reporter Patti Zarling had a giant baked potato ($7), which she said was a whole meal all in itself. It came heaped with sour cream, melted cheese, chives and bacon. I had a giant taco ($8) from the Mexican Grill (I think we may have a giant theme going on here). It came wrapped in an easy-to-eat soft shell, almost like a burrito, but it was stuffed with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Photographer Josh Clark had the Buffalo Ribbon Fries ($9) from the Eat My Bloomers stall.
Josh said about the ribbon fries: “Perfectly light, crunchy ribbon chips topped with buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, chives and jalapenos. These are up there for ribbon fries. Perfect amount of sauce keeps the chips crunchy and tasty without allowing them to get all soggy. Highly recommended.”
For dessert, we split a plate of deep-fried Oreos ($7 for six cookies) and a maple bacon ice cream sundae ($6). It was Patti’s first time trying deep-fried Oreos.
“I almost always have funnel cake when I go to a fair or festival,” Patti said. “This time I decided to try, for the first time in my life, a deep-fried Oreo. Time to get that off the bucket list. He fried them right in front of me and dipped them in the coating and fried them with a nice, warm crust. He then added powdered sugar on the top for extra flair. The cookies were yummy. How can you go wrong with a warm, gooey Oreo that’s been dipped in a deep-fried coating?”
Next time we’ll try: Cheese curds! We all agree that while we enjoyed our novelty food items, next time we need to quench our cheese curds cravings. Patti said she will pair her cheese curds with a burger, while I will be headed to the nearest corn dog station.
Name: Manitowoc County Fair
Where: 4921 Expo Drive, Manitowoc
Hours:Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eat in/carry out/delivery: Outdoor vendors, though there are picnic benches throughout the park to sit at while you eat.
Parking: Various lots around the Expo Grounds
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, and handicap parking is available in the West entrance on Expo Drive
Menu price range: $3-$12
Contact: More information about the fair is at www.mantiowoccounty.com/fair.
Got a good Manitowoc County restaurant or food favorite for the Savor Manitowoc team to try out? Contact reporter Alisa Schafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-686-2105.
Each month, the reporting staff at the Herald Times Reporter will sample some of Manitowoc County's best eats and share our photos and experiences with you. (Yumm!)
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