State Fair to host 'Fair Food To-Go' event
The aroma of various meats bathed in sizzling oil crackles in the nostrils. Sweet mixes with savory in a polyphonous scented symphony that rides the redolent breeze flowing through the midway. Suddenly people-watching as an activity is no longer an area of focus. Rather, your attention is pulled in many directions at once as your stomach begins to rise into your consciousness as it duly begs for sustenance. Before there were food trucks, before there were pop-up menus, before farm-to-fork and gluten free, there was the bluntly instinctive, ne'er-do-well, unpremeditated devil-may-care attitude that inspired the funnel cake, the corn dog on a stick, the caveman turkey leg, and the "what else can we fry" movement that is just one of the defining characteristics of state fair food. For some, the worst aspect of the cancellation of the Oklahoma State Fair is the inability to cruise the food stalls, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a truly singular culinary experience. But fear not! They're throwing a Fair Food To-Go party August 20-23, and you're invited.
From the press release:
Oklahomans can get their fill of delicious Fair food at the upcoming Fair Food To-Go event, which will take place at the OKC Fairgrounds, August 20 – 23, 2020. This event will feature nearly a dozen food vendors that regularly attend the annual Oklahoma State Fair, where they provide some of the most iconic food staples of the yearly event. Guests can expect classics such as corndogs, funnel cakes, roasted corn, turkey legs and cinnamon rolls.
Dates & Times:
• Thursday, August 20 – 3 to 8 p.m.
• Friday, August 21 – Noon to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, August 22 – Noon to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, August 23 – Noon to 6 p.m.
Vendors will be set up in front of the Bennett Event Center. Guests are asked to enter the grounds at the main entrance, at May Avenue and Gordon Cooper Boulevard, across from Forest Lumber. No tables or benches will be provided, all food will be packaged in to-go containers. Attendees of this event are asked to maintain social distance of at least six feet from others.
“Hosting this event gives us the opportunity to invite the public to enjoy one of the largest and most popular aspects of the Fair – the amazing food,” stated Timothy J. O’Toole, President & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. “It’s also a way for our food vendors to generate some business in a safe and responsible setting, which we are happy to be able to help with.”