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New Idea In Fair Food — Smaller Portions

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Kristy Vang dips a mini corn dog on "$2 Taste of the Fair" Thursday at the 2016 California State Fair.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Every year, the California State Fair offers full helpings of familiar recipes with new twists -often involving bacon. This year it's  corn...wrapped in bacon and asparagus...wrapped in bacon and  deep-fried peanut butter and jelly cheesecake.

But, the fair is also offering half-orders, or what it calls, "$2 Tastes of the Fair."

Sheila Davis already had a small basket of chicken and fries when she stepped up to the Funnel Cake Express stand. She says the $2 sampler is a great idea.

"I got to taste it first. Gotta make it sure it's like the fair, like Santa Cruz, like Disneyland. Gotta like it," she says.

"And if it meets your expectations?" she is asked. "Then What?"

"I'll probably buy the whole enchilada," she says with a laugh.

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Sheila Davis holds a mini funnel cake on "$2 Taste of the Fair" Thursday at the 2016 California State Fair. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio


A couple of booths down, Kristy Vang was in her yellow, white, blue and red Hot Dog On A Stick uniform lopping a hot dog in half.

She explains the process,"We stick it inside our batter, we dip it, we lift it up for about three seconds, twist it, hold it for about a second, dip it inside the fryer, wait about three-to-four minutes, and then it should be done."

She says orders for the mini corn dog have been brisk.

$2 samples are only available Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Smaller portions means more room to sample that deep-fried Twinkie.

The fair runs through July 24.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio