From a $70 10-pound mega burger with the works to deep fried dough that will make you say “olé,” there are plenty of outrageous foods to hunt down this year at the Fair at the PNE.
The vendors represent a meld of veteran PNE food sellers whose family-run operations have been serving up eats for generation after generation and a new wave of trend-savvy food creatives at Vancouver’s 106-year-old annual fest.
While you can of course get your fill of hot mini doughnuts (even with a drizzle of everyone’s favourite trademarked chocolate hazelnut spread), this year the Fair made sure to include more fresh options, given Vancouver’s rep for being a health-conscious town.
Still, if you are on the prowl for some naughty, indulgent, over-the-top eats, slide on your stretchy pants, head to the 2016 Fair at the PNE, and check out these 8 outrageous eats.
Sure, perogies have been a beloved Canadian staple adopted from abroad, but BC’s Ryan Carlos is using the potato dumplings to pay homage to a handful of global flavours. Among those is the standout representing a taste of Japan, reimagined as perogies topped with fried chicken strips, teriyaki sauce, sauteed onions, nori (seaweed), and with the requisite sour cream on the side.
Ogopogo’s Lorne Beckett and his java-jolted bites of fried dough nabbed an award at this year’s Calgary Stampede for sweet eats, and for good reason. These coffee-flavoured orbs come doused in your choice of sauces, including French Vanilla, Espresso Flake, or Salted Caramel.
“There’s nothing more Canadian than Mac and Cheese and a burger!” declares Jason Au of Handmade Burgers. So why not marry them between two buns? Ooey, gooey, cheesy noodles fill the centre of their beef patty, making for one very decadent burger.
So a pickle walked into a corn dog…and damn, was it yummy. Packing some major heft on a stick, the addition of a pickle to the usual corn dog ingredients takes this fair food to a new level of epic, with a nice sour tang. Chicky’s Chicken suggests you eat it like you would a hot dog, with your pick of ketchup and/or mustard.
Gourmet Burgers is where you head when you want to try some exotic meats, like camel or kangaroo. But for 2016, the Jones family decided to take things to a whole new level: EPIC. Their Hercules Burger is a full 10 pounds–the bun on its own is a whopping two pounds–loaded with the works. It will set you back $70, but you’re going to need several eating buddies to spilt this beast (and the bill).
If there was an “it” food for fair foods of 2016, the Oreo is the one. The humble sandwich cookie has made its way into all sorts of amped up treats, from rice pudding milkshakes to funnel cake to Steve O’s cream-filled and sugar dusted chocolatey churros.
Steve O’s also offers one of this summer’s culinary curiosities: Deep Fried Tequila bites. While you may not want to lick any salt or suck on a lime wedge at any time while your shooting these fried doughy bits into your gullet, there is definitely an appreciable novelty factor at work here.
Why settle for a stick of regular ol’ spun sugar when you can tuck into some “candy floss” flavoured with bacon? Luckily for those who crave the smoky bacon flavour but keep meat off their lips, this is made as a vegetarian treat. Go figure.