The Vermont State Fair, An Edible Journey
ALERT: Cookie Dough Cones
Fall is my favorite season. The brisk air that surrounds us as we travel through corn mazes, sip Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and indulge in the sights of our trees bursting with color. It is bliss. One fall activity stands out to be not only the most indulgent (calorie wise), but the most memorable. Fair season has officially started, which means, I will have endless edible journeys to write about.
The Vermont State Fair is being held currently in Rutland, Vermont. It will end on Saturday August 19th. Rutland is roughly an hour from the Upper Valley. It is worth the drive, because it holds endless agricultural exhibits, rides, games, and of course, food vendors. I attended last evening, as I drove through the gate, the excitement surrounded me. This year is likely my 20th visit to the Vermont State Fair. As far as I can remember, I’ve been attending this timeless event, even before I could even consume fried dough.
My edible journey around the Vermont State Fair started with splitting a pack of fried Oreo with my friends. The gooey center that explodes with the first bite, did not disappoint. The soft coating of warm dough and powdered sugar leaves the taste buds begging for more. But, I did stop at one, since, that was only the start of the evening.
Following the fried Oreos, it was clear that salty would have to come next. Alternating between salty and sweet is the only way to do it. We leisurely walked through the vendors booths, snagging a few free candies while enroute, but eventually stopped at Roxy’s.
Roxy’s, as many patrons know, is the crowned jewel of the Vermont State Fair. Their fries are king. Many vendors attempt to replicate, but always fall short. They are thin, crisp, and freshly fried. Made per order, which maintains their outstanding freshness. I poured vinegar on mine, which in my opinion, is the only way to get the full Roxy’s experience. If you are dropping by the fair this weekend, and fail to eat these fries, you aren’t doing the Vermont State Fair correctly.
Well, obviously sweet was next, because we are professional eaters. Prior to further eating, we decided we would travel through the agricultural sections. We fed goats, pet many different types of bunnies, and touched a few adorable cow heads. We learned a great deal about forestry tools and tree varieties in Vermont, inside the forestry barn.
Raw cookie dough cones was next. I ordered chocolate chip cookie dough, because it’s a classic. This dish is made eggless, so it is completely safe to consume. Taking the first bite, brought me back to baking with my mother, sneaking the smallest bite of dough when making holiday cookies. It is served inside of a cone, it looks surprisingly like an ice cream. This tricks your mind a bit, but once you’ve taken the magnificent first bite, you will be sending ice cream packing.
Next, we figured it was time for a real meal. Most of use ordered burgers, one friend got the corn dogs he was yapping about the entire trip. We also split a blooming onion, which was way too large for use to completely finish! It was served with a slightly spicy flavorful horseradish dipping sauce. I’m not the biggest fan of onion, but the sauce made the experience. It filled your mouth with flavor, the smallest amount altered the onion flavor enough to make it an outstanding partner to a cheese burger.
Finally, we ended our food tour of the Vermont State Fair at the maple and dairy barn. The dairy barn was offering free butter samples on crackers. Which, butter is my favorite food. So, I had to go back for seconds on that. We ended the evening splitting a small maple creamee. As it is the Vermont State Fair, the trip would not have been complete without this. The maple flavor is the cornerstone to Vermont eating. This creamee did not disappoint, it was rich and a small amount went a long way.
My stomach hurt from all the eating, but it was well worth it. Fairs create memories that last a lifetime. It is the only time of year, we can come together to eat foods that are just awful for us and learn about agriculture. It is the tradition that builds a community. I cannot wait to for the next fair!