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Florida State Fair Introduces the World to the Funnel Cake Cheeseburger

Florida State Fair Introduces the World to the Funnel Cake Cheeseburger

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The Florida state fair later this month will have some out-there fatty treats like the funnel cake burger and twice-fried burger

State fairs are basically contests to create the most gut-wrenching, fried foods ever.

What will they fry next? Texas may be known as the king of fried foods at its popular annual state fair, but Florida is certainly catching up. This year’s Florida State Fair in Tampa, which starts February 4 and lasts almost two weeks, offers a plethora of activities, drinks, and fried food, including the highly-anticipated funnel cake cheeseburger. The burger is a standard bacon cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, and nestled between two sugar-dusted funnel cake “buns.”

In addition to this monster mash-up of a burger with a carnival treat, the state fair will feature the two other “people’s choice” burgers which were voted on over the past couple of months: a Parmesan-crusted burger coated with a potato chip/Parmesan cheese mixture, then twice-fried and until crispy. The burger is then topped with bacon and mayonnaise-parmesan sauce and torched until melted, according to Yahoo News. The runner-up of the crazy burger contest was the jalapeño-crusted burger: another twice-fried burger patty coated with a corn chip-jalapeño mix, then topped with shredded Mexican-style cheese (melted with a kitchen torch), guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.

All three of these really sound like a mouthful. Are you ready?

Carnival Eats

Carnival Eats is a Canadian television series about various eating establishments at carnivals in Canada and the United States. The series features host Noah Cappe as he travels to the many carnivals, state fairs and festivals to sample a variety of unique culinary creations available only at these aptly named "gastronomic freak shows". The show premiered on August 18, 2014 and airs on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. [1] [2]

Carnival Eats
GenreFood reality television
Directed bySpencer Ramsay
Presented byNoah Cappe
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes156
Executive producersJames Hyslop
Jennifer Horvath
ProducerJennifer Horvath
CinematographyMatt Braun
EditorsJeff Pereira, Chris Crosbie, Marco Pazzano, Jordan Hayles
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesAlibi Entertainment
Amusing Productions
Original networkFood Network Canada
Cooking Channel
Picture formatHD
Original releaseAugust 18, 2014 ( 2014-08-18 ) –
External links

The series airs on Food Network in Canada, and on the Cooking Channel and Great American Country in the United States.

Carnival Eats is currently airing on the Cooking Channel on Sundays at 9pm EST.

Carnival Eats

Host Noah Cappe sets sail for The Great Frederick Fair in Maryland, where he goes all in for The Whole Hog, finds his sea legs with The Crabby Dog and rounds out his plate with Cake-a-Dilla and dances for joy with the Hula Boat. At New York's Wyoming County Fair the specialties include the mouthwatering Monster Veggie Wrap, the Mexita and the Exploding Fireball Taffy.

Feast and Fries

At the Paris Fair in Ontario, Canada, Noah Cappe gets regal with Her Majesty's Feast, ponders a Meat Pie Poutine, gets down and dirty with the Dirtburger and bites off more than he can chew with the gigantic Maddy Moo's Wrap Attack. At the Washington County Fair in New York, he taps into Sugar Shack Cotton Candy, bites into Bleu Ribbon Fries and eats himself into knots with the Twisted S'More.

Funnel Cakes and Fried Fudge

The York Fair in Pennsylvania has been drawing crowds since 1765, and has had 250 years to perfect its carnival eats! Host Noah Cappe decks the halls with a Taste of Christmas, goes off on the Burger Bomb Pretzel, enjoys a Fork Free Chick'n'Waffle and the patriotic Apple Pie Funnel Cake earns a very big salute. Then, Noah heads to upstate New York to the Steuben County Fair where he attains sandwich nirvana with the Steuben Cuban, feels the burn with Five Alarm Fried Fudge and finds the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Sugar Waffle.

Clams and Cannoli

Mouthwatering midway munchies are on the menu at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, N.Y., where Noah Cappe goes wild for the Spaghizza, packs on the pork with Freshman 15 Fries, snaps to attention for the Veteran's Clam's n' Corn and communes with the Holy Cannoli. Then at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Noah's day starts off just right with the Slammin' Salmon Breakfast Biscuit, then the Bird Dog has Noah begging for more and the Dirt Road Banana Split makes him lick his bowl clean.

Mac and Cheese and Monster Meat

Noah Cappe takes a bite out of the Great New York State Fair where The Defibrillator gets his heart pumping. Then he tries on two local favorites -- the piquant Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese and the Crispy Clamwich. For dessert, he wolfs down PB&J Ice Cream. Then it's off to Columbia for the South Carolina State Fair, where the floods don't stop Noah from sinking his teeth into The Super Stick and a Monster Meatball Sub, before The King's Corn Dog gets Noah all shook up.

Shepherd's Pie and Sunday Dinner Sundaes

Noah Cappe kicks things off at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass., where he "meats up" with a deconstructed Turducken Sandwich and the award-winning Country Fried Shepherd's Pie. He ends the day on a sweet note with two desserts: Deep Fried Fruit Punch and The Big E-clair. Then, at the Gwinnett County Fair in Georgia, meat is on the menu for every course as Noah chows down on a Sunday Dinner Sundae and the Funnel Fried Bacon for dessert.

Dumplings and Pumpkins

Noah Cappe's first stop is at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, where he feels the burn with Dead Heat Tacos. He then takes on the Bacon Blast, the two and a half-foot Belly Buster Philly Cheesesteak and Reverend Larry's Oxtail. Next, he heads over the border to the Erin Fall Fair in Ontario, Canada, where he meets up with the original apple dumpling gang for their Ag Ladies Apple Dumplings, goes hog wild for Pork Belly Sliders and carries a torch for Crackle Lanterns.

Bowls and Rolls

The Norfolk County Fair in Ontario, Canada, is a culinary carnival. Noah Cappe appreciates the Thanksgiving Bowl, Butter Bacon Poutine, the Cheeseburger Eggroll, and downs it all with Ale and Apple Fritters. In South Carolina, he visits the Columbia Country Fair, where he takes a bite out of Gator Nuggets with Swamp Sauce, squeals with delight over the Hog on a Log and gets dinner and dessert together in the heavenly Angel and Devil Dogs.

Meat and Mandarins

Noah Cappe is at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair in Florence, S.C., where the Calzagna has him dancing for joy. He then peels into a Deep Fried Philly Blossom, gets hot for a Smokin' Okra Burger and investigates the Deep Fried Banana Pudding. Next, at the Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, Calif., the launches into the Atomic Habanero Tots, The Big Yum and a Mandarin Cheesecake Pizza.

Royals and the Red River City

Noah Cappe begins his journey at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, where the Blue Balsamic has Noah saying "yes, cheese" while The Mean Green is pretty nice! He tries on The Great Canadian Rosti, and tops it all off with the Massive Marshmallow Crunch. Later, he makes his way down to the State Fair of Louisiana, where the specialties include Lupita's Gorditas and The Five Pounder burger. He ends his culinary adventure with the sweet Not Yo' Average Nachos.

Lights and Literature

At the spectacular Magical Winter Lights in Houston, two very bright vendors turn Noah Cappe on to fusion favorites The Torthai and The Koagie Dog. Then Noah tries his hand at making a Deep Fried Root Beer Float and torches a Berry Brulee Waffle. Next, he snacks to the future at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, Texas, donning some Victorian finery for a trip back to Dickensian England. On the menu are Fagin's Fried Shrimp, Scotch Eggs and Deep Fried Baklava.

Burgers and Bombs

The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach is one of the first events of the calendar year, and our vendors start the season off right with whacky takes on some fairground classics, with The Waffle Burger and the Donut Philly Cheesesteak. 'Zanado Fries and a S'mores Cobbler round off the day. Then Noah Cappe heads west to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, where he gets down with The F Bomb. The Uber-Tater is the ultimate in comfort food, while the Icy Apple Dream sends Noah home on a cloud.

Cowboys and Cakes

Noah Cappe joins the crowds of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in Texas to experience the meaty Cowboy Burrito and the Texan Juicy Lucy. Then it's a big and bodacious take on the burrito, and Wake 'n' Cake, combining breakfast cereal with the classic funnel cake. At the Florida State Fair in Tampa, The Bacon Burger Bomb gets Noah's heart pumping, then there's a Funnel Cake Pizza to sample along with the Chocoberry Orie, a triple decker sweet.

Freak Show of Funnel Cakes

Noah Cappe is sampling the craziest and most delicious funnel cakes from across the country. There's a spin on this classic treat to appeal to everyone: A farm-fresh Funnel Cake Sundae in Ohio, a maple syrup-drenched Funnel Fried Bacon in Georgia, funnel cakes featuring pumpkin in Kentucky, apples in Pennsylvania, and nacho cheese and jalapenos in California.

Say Cheese!

Host Noah Cappe dives into some of the cheesiest dishes featured on Carnival Eats, both savory and sweet. There's Deep Fried Mac and Cheese at the Calgary Stampede in Canada, Cowboy Pistolettes in Texas, Classic Cheese Curds in Wisconsin, and an insane bacon-covered New York Cheesecakes.

Hot Doggin'

Host Noah Cappe visits festivals and fairs across the country in search of frankly delicious dogs. From a crab dip smothered dog in Maryland, to a cheesy, spicy Chile Relleno Dog in California and dessert dogs covered in whipped cream and chocolate, it's time to "ketchup" with your family's favorites in this Carnival Eats special episode.

Everything's Better With Bacon

Resistance is futile: Everything's better with bacon and Noah Cappe is here to prove it. As he travels to festival and fairs across the country, Noah finds the biggest, baddest and best bacon dishes around.

Ice Cream Dreams

Noah Cappe samples ice cream sensations from sweet to savory. Whether it's piled on top of delicious homemade donuts, or snuggling in-between bacon wafers, these ice cream dream dishes will have you begging for more, brain freeze and all.

Fusion Fiesta

Noah Cappe lifts the lid on the American melting pot to reveal some decadent, delicious results. When fair goers meet fusion foods, the results can only be world domination.

12 Crazy Carnival Foods You Can Try This Summer

Corn dogs, cotton candy and caramel apples used to be the staple carnival food for many years but in the past decade foodies are ramping up the choices across the world. Food of every imaginable shape, size, color and taste are being created specifically for the enthusiasts who visit the fairgrounds each year. From creative burgers to deep-friend peanut butter pickles to the most expensive hot dog in the world, the fairgrounds are the hottest place to be to try new food. Discover 12 crazy carnival foods you can try for yourself this summer.

12. Deep-fried Donut Bacon Cheeseburgers

It seems that fairs and festivals love to deep-fry just about anything and it should come as no surprise that chefs are now replacing burger buns with donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts have been a favorite to use over the years in American State Fairs to produce extraordinary burgers. At the Calgary Stampede in Canada this year they are deep-frying the donuts and making their own take on this burger. These glazed donuts are deep friend and stacked together with a burger patty, cheese and bacon in between. There is no room for lettuce or tomato in these melt in your mouth, drippy goodness burgers. The glazed donuts add a little bit of sweetness to this savory burger and create the ultimate heart stopping meal.

Photo by: Jo and Sue

11. Deep-fried Kool-Aid

We’ve all heard of deep friend chocolate bars but in California at the San Diego County Fair, deep-fried everything has been taken to a new level. Visitors to this fair will have the chance to put themselves into a sugar coma as they try the newest deep-fried invention, deep-fried Kool-Aid. How does it work you may be asking? First balls of batter are created out of water, flour and Kool-Aid powder. They are then thrown into the deep-fryer for an undetermined amount of time and when they are pulled out they immediately get rolled in a tray of powdered sugar and Kool-Aid mix. The result is a bright pink ball of sugar that tastes just like cherry Kool-Aid, in food form though. If you are looking to try the newest deep-fried sensation, head to San Diego this summer!

Photo by: Bun Boy Eats LA

10. Spam Curds

The Minnesota-born mystery meat is celebrated at the Minnesota State Fair year after year and if you are looking for something other than ‘on a stick’, Spam curds are the new fad. Contrary to popular belief, Spam isn’t actually mystery meat it’s a mixture of chopped pork shoulder, ham and a bunch of preservatives and it originated in Minnesota in 1937. Today they celebrate Spam and offer up diced chunks of cheese-flavored Spam that are battered, deep-friend and served in a basket with a side of ranch dressing. The Spam booth has a permanent home at this fair and an ever popular choice is the Spam Burger. As times goes on and the deep-fried trend continues it will be interesting to see just how much more Spam innovations they come up with.

Photo by: Flickr/Bolobilly

9. Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donut Bowl

Canadians love their poutine and love to recreate this traditional dish that is made up of french friends, cheese curds and gravy. It should come as no surprise then that the Calgary Stampede is at the forefront of introducing a new and somewhat head scratching poutine choice. The Jalapeño poutine mini donut bowl starts off with the ever popular fresh mini donuts, deep-fried of course. Sliced jalapeños are then placed on top along with cheese curds. A large spoonful of gravy is poured over the entire concoction turning it into a specialty poutine (minus the traditional fries). If you like spicy food and mini donuts this sounds like the perfect combination, but if you are thinking “what the heck is this” you are just like the rest of us. The only real question here is who is bold enough to try it?

Photo by: Calgary Stampede/Cin City Donuts

8. Hot Beef Sundae

It may sound gross when you think about eating a hot beef sundae but the name is deceiving, as we have discovered after doing a little research. This hot beef sundae does in fact sound delicious, albeit a bit odd. At the Indiana State Fair, the Indiana Beef Cattle Association has created this dish which is essentially a big bowl of marinated beef, slathered in gravy and topped with mashed potatoes, a sprinkle of corn and cheese and a cherry tomato on top. Remarkably it does look like a hot fudge sundae indeed! They have gone one step further and created a pulled pork parfait as well at this fair. It consists of pulled pork smothered in sauce, topped with mashed potato and actually served in a parfait cup, complete with a spork. If you thought meat was just for dinner, think again. This state fair shows just how versatile this food can be.

Photo by: Make The Best Of Everything

7. Chocolate Covered Insects

If you are willing to try just about anything than you need to head to the Arizona State Fair where chef John loves to deep-fry insects and smother them with chocolate. We’re talking about scorpions, crickets and even grubs. These crunchy treats have long been considered a delicacy in Asia and other parts of the world but we have to ask ourselves why anyone would want to eat these. If chocolate isn’t your thing, the Arizona State Fair also offers up a caramel apple that is covered in deep-fried meal worms. Before you eat anything at this state fair, you may want to ask what really lies underneath that delicious looking chocolate as it’s known to offer up some pretty unusual foods.

Photo by: Flickriver/SerenityF

6. Deep-fried Starbucks Coffee

We have to say whoever dreamed up this creation and brought it to the fair was an absolute genius. Deep fried coffee debuted at the San Diego State Fair in California and was an immediate hit. Just how do they make it though? The dough is coffee infused with hints of cinnamon, wrapped around a Starbucks coffee bean and then fried in oil and bacon fat. It is served with coffee bean flecked whipped cream in a Starbucks cup to create one of the most delicious ‘breakfast’ meals out there. It can be described as salty and sweet with a hint of coffee flavor and not heavy enough to make you feel guilty for eating three of them. We are not sure if Starbucks has partnered up with this food stand but we certainly hope we see this new treat at many fairs across the world.

Photo by: Time/ San Diego County Fair

5. Peanut Butter Kabob

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been making a huge comeback when it comes to carnival food but this year is the first time we have seen the peanut butter kabob. Coming to the Calgary Stampede in July, this amazing combination of peanut butter, jelly and peanut butter cups has our mouth watering. First the peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich is deep-fried (all the more reason to like this treat). Next the Reese peanut butter cups get deep-fried. It comes together on a stick when the sandwich is cut into four and skewered, with the peanut butter cups between each quarter. The result is the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich, complete with desert, all in one meal.

Photo by: Calgary Stampede/The Peanut Cupboard

4. Cockroach Pizza

If you thought eating chocolate covered bugs was disgusting, this may top the list for most disgusting-sounding fair food of the year. The Calgary Stampede has taken eating bugs to a new level and plans to offer this cheesy, cockroach topped pizza at this year’s event. Yes we are talking about those disgusting, often huge bugs that invade houses and seriously gross you out. Last year the stampede featured scorpion pizza but wanted to take things to a more extreme level and is daring people with this year’s concoction. We aren’t sure yet whether the cockroaches will be on the top like pepperoni, hidden underneath the cheese or cooked into the dough. Gather your friends, buy a pizza and dare someone to take a bite of this extremely crazy pizza.

Photo by: The Star/Calgary Stampede

3. Deep-Fried Peanut Butter-Stuffed Pickle

From the creator of deep-fried Kool-Aid, the deep-fried Oreo cookie and many more crazy deep-fried foods comes the fried peanut butter-stuffed pickle. The name leaves nothing up to the imagination, as it is exactly what it sounds like. A pickle is stuffed with peanut butter, covered in cornmeal batter and put in the deep-fryer. To top things off, it is drizzled with chocolate sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. The hope is that the sweet and sour flavors play off each other in a delicious matter. Early reports from people that have tried the pickle have been mixed, although no one has claimed to love it. The San Diego State Fair is where it debuted and this may be the only year you can try it, depending on people’s reactions.

Photo by: Beyond Bites

2. Funnel Cake Cheeseburger

This crazy concoction made its debut at the Florida State Fair in February and fans can expect to find this treat popping up at fairs al over the place. It’s exactly what it sounds like a beef patty smothered in cheese, complete with bacon, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes and sandwiched between two glazed funnel cakes. Rumor has it that this delicious meal has been a staple at the Wisconsin State Fair for years and visitors have often been seen chowing down on this delight. There are different varieties out there depending on where you find this burger, some with glazed funnel cakes, some with powdered funnel cakes, but one thing remains constant: after trying this treat, you will never want to eat a regular cheeseburger again.

Photo by: Tampa Tribune/Florida State Fair

1. Dragon Dog

It could just be the most expensive hot dog in the world, and it is available at this year’s Calgary Stampede for the mere price of $100. That’s right, $100 for a foot long hot dog. So what makes this hot dog so overly expensive? It could be the $3000 a bottle Louis XIII cognac that is used to infuse the dog. Or perhaps it is the Kobe beef that is cooked in truffle oil that covers the hot dog. Or maybe the cost is so high because the hot dog includes a lobster tail in it. To top it off, the hot dog is covered in various sauces and topped with a mix of truffles, tomatoes and ricotta cheese. If you have an extra $100 hanging around, it may just be worth it to try this once-in-a-lifetime kind of hot dog.

Photo by: Calgary Stampede/Dougiedog Diner Truck

Rides, Food, and Family Fun at the Florida State Fair

Our very first visit to the Florida State Fair was a success! I took my two youngest kids to the Florida State Fair in Tampa this week and we had the best time. We made amazing memories that we will remember for years to come. And I’m pretty sure we will be heading back every year.

**The fair is open through President’s Day**

I was raised in Kissimmee, Florida and always attended our local fair. That was all I knew. When I moved to Orlando, I still headed back to our local fair and rodeo. When I was invited to take the family to the Florida State Fair in Tampa, I was a little hesitant to make the 1.5 hour drive. But I figured it was time for something new.

Our family has been so very busy with all four kids in sports, tax season (hubby is a CPA), and school, it was time for a fun family break. So, off we went! My kids work hard and play even harder!

We had a fun ride over talking about what we were going to eat and ride at the fair. We did a little research prior to heading over and the kids also had a few shows picked out to watch. Once we arrived and parked, I was happy to see a FREE tram service that took us right up to the main gate! This seriously made our day. I wasn’t looking forward to that walk. The tram brought us right to the gate where we could pick up our tickets and a map.

First things first! We went and grabbed our armbands and headed to the midway. First up, the swings.

I could not believe the amount of rides and food stands on the midway. Endless rides! I am not kidding. As I mentioned above, I had attended our local fair since I was 6 years old. It does not compare to the Florida State Fair. I have been missing out for sure! After the swings, we headed down the midway and went on ride after ride. My 10 year old son was tall enough for even the scariest rides! And my 8 year old was tall enough for everything that she wanted to ride. She is not the daredevil like her brother. He was going on rides that made me dizzy just watching:

Special memories were made! I caught these fun pictures of my youngest going on a haunted house ride with her brother. I will keep this photo forever!

When it was time for lunch, we didn’t have to roam far to find delicious fair food. Food was located all over the midway, in the events center, and mixed in near all of the shows/stages.

We ate at the Doughnut Burger! We stepped out of our comfort zone and ordered a donut burger, a mac n cheese burger, and a cheeseburger. My daughter decided she’d keep it simple with her cheeseburger!

Yes, that is a real doughnut. Actually, TWO GLAZED doughnuts with a cheeseburger, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, etc! You’re probably thinking this is a strange combo. It’s actually surprisingly delicious! My son ordered it. He was able to finish about half of the burger/doughnut combo and a few fries. So, you may want to get one meal to share. Don’t forget your funnel cake!

GIRAFFES! Yes, the Florida State Fair had giraffes to pet and feed! This was just one of the animals to see and interact with at the fair. We watched a pig race, pet giraffes, horses, llamas, and more. There was also a dog show and a bear show and a rodeo.

Needless to say, there is so much to do at the Florida State Fair with the family. Rides, food, shows, shopping, animals, and so much more. We made countless memories. This is our new go to fair. We will be back year after year. The drive from Orlando to Tampa was well worth it. Be sure to visit the Florida State Fair Site for discount offers, event listings, exhibit information, and so much more!

New from Angela’s Pizza: A white garlic sauce-based pizza topped with jerk chicken, diced pineapple, ham, and mozzarella cheese. Available whole or by the slice.

Also new this year, you can burn off some of those calories at the "Deep Fried Dash," the first annual 5K and fun run at the fair, scheduled for򠿫ruary 15.

The Florida State Fair runs February 6-17 at the State Fairgrounds in Hillsborough County. 

Editor&aposs note: Photos and food descriptions are courtesy of the Florida State Fair.

Deep-Fried Starbucks Among the Insane Fare at San Diego County Fair

State fairs have a pretty delicious approach to cuisine: Just deep-fry anything -- and we mean anything -- and you're good to go.

And it seems as though every year, state fairs get more and more creative with what they throw in fryer.

Coming in strong for the 2015 season is an item you may have previously thought was un-deep-fryable: coffee. That’s right, there’s deep-fried Starbucks at this year’s San Diego County Fair. Bacon A-Fair, a popular vendor there, takes finely-ground Starbucks coffee, infuses it in a sweet pastry dough, deep-fries it until golden, rolls it in sugar and serves it with whipped cream.

“So you have that coffee, sugar and cream effect,” Bacon A-Fair owner and deep-fried coffee inventor Mike Peterson told ABC News. “It gets golden crunchy on the outside and it’s sweet and gooey on the inside, and the coffee is melted into the dough and it gets a good buzz going.”

Peterson thought up the idea as a way to avoid going to the bathroom so many times after drinking liquid coffee.

“I thought it would be great to have a caffeine shot in a form that was not liquid, so I started playing aroun dwith different ways we could deep fry it,” he said. “We’ve been having a hard time even keeping it. They’ve been our big seller this year.”

Bacon A-Fair has other crazy items at this year’s fair -– which is the country’s fourth largest -– such as deep-fried foot-long bacon, bacon-wrapped turkey legs and a bacon wrapped wasabi bomb.

We must admit that it’s not confirmed yet whether this hunk of a burger will be available again at the New York state fair, but we can’t imagine why they would deprive the world of such a thing. The Defibrillator is a cheeseburger with deep fried pickles and deep fried bacon, set in between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Naturally. Are you ready to handle all 1,605 calories? Of course you are, �use baby you’re a firework, as Katy Perry would say.

Okay, so this one isn’t as, um, filling as the other choices, but it’s intense in its own league. I mean, guys, come on, it’s spam. Spam sushi. Minnesota has gone all out for the 2016 state fair, and this is one of their new creations. You got grilled spam and fried egg tucked in between some rice and seaweed. I𠆝 like to say I𠆝 try it… but I’m not 100 percent sold on it.

Spam musubi, which I’m guessing is what this dish is loosely based off of, is about 265 calories per serving. So you could choose this as your healthier option. Or just make this your appetizer and leave everything else as the main attraction.

Carnival Eats

Noah Cappe hits the Big Butler Fair in Prospect, Pa., where he tears into the Conevore, filled to the brim with smoked brisket, pork and chicken. Then, Noah feels the fire with the Ragin' Cajun Hoagie before sampling a Fried Fruit Tart and Big Banana Pop. The folks at the San Mateo County Fair in California have a grand slam with the World Series Burger, then Noah gets wrapped up in a Chile Relleno Burrito and celebrates with Birthday Cake Popcorn Balls.

When Harry Met Salad

Noah Cappe's first stop is the Wayne County Fair in Richmond, Ind., where he takes a stroll with the Walking BBQ, feels the groove of the King with a Bacon PB&J Quesadilla, goes healthy-ish with a Deep Fried Salad, and chills out with an all-American ice cream sundae called the Burst of Freedom. Then, at the Lane County Fair in Eugene, Ore., Noah gets some golden gate goods with the Frisco Sandwich before feeling the heat of Jalapeno Popper Onion Rings and finishing off his day with some delectable Deep-Fried Coffee.

Dawn of the Bread

Noah Cappe cruises up the west coast, starting at the Columbia County Fair in St. Helens, Ore. First up is a traditional Indian fry bread stuffed with some non-traditional ingredients, then Noah dives into the coastal fusion of the Great Pacific Pita before he gets his paws on the Deep Fried Chili Dog. Finally, Noah erupts with happiness when he eats the Marionberry Volcano. Later, Noah visits the El Dorado County Fair in Placerville, Calif. where he's excited to meet the Rib Pop, taste new heights with Maui Wowies and chow down on the Banana S'more Crepe Cones!

Meat, Pray, Love

Noah Cappe starts at the Delaware State Fair, where he'll eat the very stately Delaware Dog, a hot dog loaded with scrapple. Then, he'll try to tackle the funnel cake-filled Frankenfunnel Burger and the octopus-loaded Octotaco. Finally, he indulges with the Killer Cereal Treat, a deep-fried fruity breakfast smothered in ice cream. His second stop is the Obion County Fair in Union City, Tenn., where Noah snacks on some authentic Tennessee Wings, praises the Pope's Polish Pizza, and digs into the strawberry-est funnel cake on the fairgrounds.

Zacho Libre

Noah Cappe heads to Charlotte, Mich. for the Eaton County Fair, where he takes a swing at the PB Battered Burger, then goes coco-nutty for the Pina Colada Shrimp Tacos. The eating's also good in Eaton when he digs into fried zucchini Z'achos and a Super Fried Strawberry Shortcake. Later on, Noah heads to the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, Md. where he tastes some Pigs in a Pancake, gets a little corny with Columbian Street Corn and finds a partner with the Matcha Made in Heaven.

Jurassic Pork

At the Wilson County Fair, nestled in Lebanon, Tenn., Noah Cappe bites into some classic Tennessee Hot Chicken, tastes authentic home cooking with Meme's Meatloaf Sammy, and samples a pair of sinfully sweet fusion treats: the Apple Pie Cheesecake and the Cotton Candy Cupcake. At the Pickaway County Fair in Circleville, Ohio, Noah huffs and puffs his way through the Three Little Pigs Melt, goes long with the Buffalo Chicken Stromboli and gets hog-wild for the Big PLT.

A Guac to Remember

Noah Cappe takes the west coast by storm, starting with the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. He gorges on the Big Pickle Dog, then stands at attention for the Colonel Katsu Bao, an Asian-inspired chicken taco. For dessert, Noah chills out with the Deep Fried Margarita and snacks on the Churroreo. Noah's second west coast stop is at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif., where he dips into some Deep Fried Guacamole, porks out on the Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly and finally, bites into The Noah, a spicy-sweet dessert made just for him.

Cheesy Rider

At the Prince William County Fair in Manassas, Va., Noah Cappe eats big with the Monumental Grilled Cheese and has his interested peaked by the crab dip-topped Chesapeake Bay Poutine. While there, he also indulges in some Big Daddy's BBQ Rolls and Peach Blossom Dumplings. Then, at the Western Fair in London, Ontario, he dives into a Poutine Dog, the Bacaroni Bowl and Cherry Cheesecake Tempura.

Get Him to the Greek Pizza

Noah Cappe's first stop is The Big Butler Fair in Butler, Penn., where he dines on a Euro-fusion Greek Pizza, a Crabby Patty burger and a Deep Fried Chili Dog, before finally tasting a Fluffernutter Elephant Ear pasty. Then, at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Miss., he tucks into a Beer-Battered Burger, Porkchos and a Mississippi Mud Fry.

The Rainbow Confection

Noah Cappe lands at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. for some sunny west coast eats, like the Jackfruit Torta, PB Meatballs, and cherry candy-coated Cherry Punch Hot Wings. Finally, Noah takes a tasty stroll through the rainbow Ice Cream Garden, a treat as beautiful as it is tasty. Later, Noah heads to the Markham Fair in Ontario for the colorful and delicious Pulled Pork Rainbow Melt. He also tastes a Frosted Fried Turkey Leg, coated in sugary cereal, and for dessert, the Crispy Cruncher.

50 Shades of Crepe

Noah Cappe heads to Vancouver to sample some amazing eats, like the truly Canadian Poutine Stuffed Burger, Shrimp Fried Rice Balls, Jerk Chicken Dumplings, and the Donuccino, a meal and a milkshake all in one. Later, Noah seeks out the main attractions at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine, where he finds heaven with the Pig Pile in Paradise and eats local favorites like a Lobster Roll and Maine Blueberry Crepes.


Noah Cappe knows Dela-where to find amazing fresh seafood, the Delaware State Fair in Harrington! He starts with the Shrimp Dog, then feels some soul with the Crabtastic Po' Boy. He also samples a local Delaware classic with the Apple Scrapple Burger before feeding his sweet tooth with a beer-battered Deep Fried Key Lime Pie. From there, Noah heads to the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix for the Chili Pie Burger, a Deep Fried Tamale, and a massive desert dessert: the Cinnamonster.

The Good, The Bacon, The Ugly

Noah Cappe heads for the Lone Star state to eat his way through the Texas State Fair in Dallas, featuring some inventive foods like the Bacon-tilla and the indulgent masterpiece of Chicken Fried Lobster. For dessert, Noah feeds his sweet tooth with a pair of earthy treats, the Carrot Cake Roly and the creamy Deep Fried Sweet Potato Pie. Later, Noah heads to the Oakland County Fair in Davisburg, Mich. to eat the Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap, the Rodeo Pizza, and The Whole Farm, a sandwich loaded with farm-fresh favorites.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, takes the stage in this special episode. Noah digs into morning meals with something for everyone, from the sinfully sweet Cinnamon Roll Waffle to the hearty and delicious Breakfast Poutine.

Berry Delicious

Berries might be little but they're full of huge flavor, just like the seven berry sweet dishes Noah will be sampling in this episode. Noah will so discover that berries are good on everything from savory Strawberry Arugula Pizza to the perfectly named Strawberry Waffle Bomb.

Get Stuffed

This is an episode stuffed with foods that are stuffed! From spicy southern stuffed peppers to a sweet cherry stuffed dessert, Noah will indulge in some of the best stuffed sensations North America has to offer.

Tacos Del Carnival

Tacos are more than a staple of Mexican cuisine, they're a carnival favorite! Join Noah as he eats seven of the nation's most creative tacos. From a fresh succulent Soft Shell Crab Taco to authentic Tacos Al Pastor, Noah gets wrapped up in tantalizing tacos.

Carnival Italiano

Don't tell Nona, but in this episode, Noah says Mangia! Mangia! as everyone's favorite Italian food gets a carnival makeover. In this special episode, Noah tries a clever calzone/Lasagna hybrid and a special pizza/pasta combo. Finally Noah tries a delicious deep fried cannoli at the Delaware County Fair. You won't want to past-a these dishes up!


When it comes to midway munchies, bigger is definitely better. On this episode, Noah's safe word is more, as he takes it to the limit with seven of the most belly-busting carnival eats around.

The Heat Is On

Hot, hot, hot carnival treats are the stars of this episode. From pleasingly piquant pretzels in California, to sweet and fiery desserts in New York, Noah gets up the courage to sample seven of the spiciest midway munchies from coast to coast.

Everything's Bigger and Better In Texas

The Lone Star state's best carnival food takes center stage in this episode. From a giant BBQ stuffed baked potato at the Houston Livestock show, to a Forth Worth Tex Mex Burrito almost as big as the state itself, Noah discovers that everything is bigger, and yummier, in Texas.

California Dreamin'

Noah is California dreamin' for the Golden State's best carnival eats. He sets things on fire with a Deep Pit BBQ dinner, gets groovy with the Green Goddess and celebrates with Birthday Cake Crepes.

Burger Bonanza

In this episode, Noah Cappe explores the huge variety of options carnival cooks have come up with to honor America's much loved sandwich. From classic beef burgers to exotic meats, buns made from pretzels and even donuts, these burgers will inspire your next barbecue.

Pizza Party

It's everyone's favorite lunch, dinner, breakfast and even dessert? On the fairground, Noah Cappe discovers some amazing pizzas including a breakfast pizza in Georgia, an awesome pizza in a cone and even a funnel cake pizza at the Florida State Fair!

'Tis The Season

Why save your holiday favorites for the holidays, when you can enjoy them year round at the fair? Some of your favorite holiday dishes get the carnival eats treatment. Noah gets a Taste of Christmas in Pennsylvania and discovers a To Die For Casserole in Michigan. The results will have you cancelling Thanksgiving at Grandma's and instead, spending it with Noah Cappe.

Just when you thought you’d heard it all! Florida‘s State Fair made the news with this wacky creation. It comes with cheese, pickles, bacon (no surprise there) and finally a huge scoop of deep fried ice cream sprinkled in corn flakes and drizzled in cinnamon – all sandwiched between bread buns of course.

This beloved American fairground treat is essentially deep fried cake batter served with powder sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, caramel or jam. Rumour has it that at the 2015 Florida State Fair a funnel cake cheeseburger will be launched… why am I not surprised?

Watch the video: The Florida State Fair wants you to vote for the Peoples Choice Burger (August 2022).