Strangest State Fair Food

Courtesy of Chef John of Chef du' Jour

From deep-fried pig ears to mealworm-covered candied apples, odd fair food from around the country.

Sautéed MealwormsArizona State Fair

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Billed as low in fat and high in protein—really—mealworms are cooked in olive oil, sautéed in garlic, and smothered in enough barbecue sauce to make you forget, sort of, that these are worms you’re eating. Arizona fairgoers-who-dare call it a delicacy, with a texture of fried onions and a taste similar to popcorn. Served on a bun or candied apple.

Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: Fair opens mid-October.

Strangest State Fair Food

Sautéed MealwormsArizona State Fair

Billed as low in fat and high in protein—really—mealworms are cooked in olive oil, sautéed in garlic, and smothered in enough barbecue sauce to make you forget, sort of, that these are worms you’re eating. Arizona fairgoers-who-dare call it a delicacy, with a texture of fried onions and a taste similar to popcorn. Served on a bun or candied apple.

Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: Fair opens mid-October.

Courtesy of Chef John of Chef du' Jour
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