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State Fair Drive Thru Food Fests Are Popping Up Across the US

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Chances are all the state and county fairs will be canceled this summer. But a new phenomenon is popping up around the country – drive-thru state fair food fests.  State fairs across the country are going to look different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In order to still allow residents to enjoy fair food, numerous state fairs are rolling out a “Fair Food Drive-Thru” on their state’s fairgrounds. Vendors are set to participate in drive-thru events for the state fairs in Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and Minnesota. While the procedures are different in each state, they all have guidelines in place to allow for social distancing while people enjoy funnel cakes, turkey legs and more from their cars.
For example:
– Syracuse, New York now has two drive-thru fair food fests. Fried dough specialists Villa Pizze Fritte has held several successful events, and a group called Carnival Eats Syracuse announced its own event for at least the next two weekends featuring a range of classics like deep-fried Oreos, corn dogs, and funnel cakes.
– In California, the Big Fresno Fair runs every weekend this month, featuring taco trios, kettle corn, and even margaritas.
– Many fairgrounds in Missouri, Florida, and Ohio are having drive-thru Fair Food fests.
As word spreads, you can probably count on your local fairgrounds to have something similar in the coming weeks.

Here’s the complete story from Food & Wine.



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