This week’s news from the web is dedicated to the 106th Kentucky State Fair, which began Thursday and continues through Sunday.
- There’s been a lot of talk about the Krispy Kreme burger, a new addition to the usual fair food available. The dish consists of a beef patty stuck between two Krispy Kreme donuts. And there’s also bacon, just in case you didn’t get enough fat in your meal. The concept is not new – Luther burgers have been around for at least a couple of years. Courier-Journal reporter Chris Quay ate it and survived. Should I?
- Tom Eblen, a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, shadowed the volunteers who have the task of judging more than 4,000 dishes entered into the fair’s culinary competition. The judges take their job seriously – check out the debate about whether an entrant’s pie crust is bought or homemade.
- Food is a big draw at fairs across the country. The fair in Montgomery County near Washington, D.C., is expanding the palates of attendees by introducing ethnic foods (in addition to classic fried foods, of course). According to the Washington Post, “as America’s population has diversified – and Montgomery County’s is among the most diverse anywhere – fair organizers in a few states have opened up their food stands to better reflect the people coming through the doors. They’re also appealing to a younger population with an increasingly sophisticated palate.” Some of the offerings at the Montgomery County fair include Ecuadorian fruit salad, Salvadorian tortillas and Greek gyros.
- Need to know what’s going on at the fair? Check out the event’s official blog, The Shake Up, for a daily rundown. The Courier-Journal also has a great page devoted to the fair.
*Photo courtesy of *Jeffrey* via Flickr