Can a family of Veggies hit the OC Fair and still have fun? We set out to find out … amongst endless carnivore pop-culture sensations.
Over the last year, we’ve grown from three to now four Vegetarians in our family; this would be my daughter’s first trip to the Fair as a Veggie. I ‘ve learned for your kids to stay Vegetarian, the key is to ensure they don’t feel like they’re “missing out.” (Factoid: I’ve been Vegetarian for 20+ years, my 8 year-old son for about six years, my baby for his whole life and my daughter now for about six months.)
So what fare did we find? Let’s just say, we ate our way through more than our fair share of the quintessential beloved foods. The kids and I were inundated with everything from pizza and corn on the cob to cupcakes and smoothies. Our stomachs ached of good fair fun like any normal family’s trip to the oversized OC carnival. No, we didn’t intend for an outing of healthy, noble eats because that’s not what’s the fair is about–and frankly doing so, would be robbing them of classic childhood memories. So we ate and ate and ate.
The kids even hit the jackpot with a Dippin’ Dots food-eating contest in the kids’ fun-zone arena. Zoe took 1st place and Ty took third place in the 9-12 year-old category. Between the brain freeze, they beamed with pride, as did I.
To my surprise, my carnivore husband (a hopeless convert) even did a food run and came back with a grilled Veggie Cob for himself.
So I’m here to say, go Veggie at the Fair and you’ll be at home and invited to “Come and Get It.”
Insider advice: visit at night, the day’s are smokin’ hot right now. We cooked for a good while, even arriving at 3 pm. So we’ll be back this season for a night trip–my favorite time with the lights and cool nights. And our next visit is courtesy of the fine folks at the OC Fair, as we followed them on Twitter during our visit and noted their impromptu photo contest. They tweeted to take your best pic by the hidden shrub animals at the Fair, and we won. So be sure to follow their fun on Twitter at: @ocfair.
Visit ocfair.com/2013 for a full listing of each day’s offerings.
The 2013 OC Fair, themed Come & Get It,is July 12 – August 11 and brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, follow us at twitter.com/ocfair or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps.