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Food at the Fair

Funnel Cake place. Purveyor of many deep fried offerings.

As a historically-confirmed sucker for infomercial-type gadgets at the PNE Marketplace (anyone need an orange shammy? apparently, I do), I haven’t been back to the PNE in years. But this year is special. It’s the 100-year anniversary of the Pacific National Exhibition and the lovely miss Nansiepants invited me along to the PNE’s first annual Foodie Tweetup. You eat, you tweet. Here’s what we ate…

The original PNE hamburger... for over 80 years
The original PNE hamburger… since 1929
Wonderful fried onions at Jimmy's Lunch
Ohhh the fried onions at Jimmy’s Lunch

There’s a surprisingly wide variety of food options at the PNE — everything from curry to crepes, from perogies to spring rolls — but the dear 黃厚巽 decided very quickly on the Deluxe Cheeseburger at Jimmy’s Lunch. Since 1929, this family-owned and operated food vendor offers this humble, yet famous, cheeseburger filled with fried onions. Heaps and heaps of fresh chopped onions get seasoned and cooked down slowly into a simmering, savory and caramelized mush. It makes the burger so much more than what you’d expect.

More than just meat and potatoes

For me, I have a weakness for bratwurst, sausage, hot dogs… and I always think back to that intensely tasty sausage and potato dish that I had at the Heineken House during the Olympics, so that led me straight to the German Sausage Haus where I had $10 of a very tender bratwurst smothered in quite a mild tasting sauerkraut and complemented with some potato salad. I could eat this everyday if it promised not to make me fat.

Last Deep Fried Oreo
The last deep fried Oreo

Trying to decide what to have next was hard. But the deep fried jelly beans and oreo cookies at the Funnel Cake place were too unusual sounding not to try. The jelly beans were like the little tiny expensive Jelly Belly ones, clumped together, covered with funnel cake batter and deep fried. I think there’s a video somewhere on Youtube now of me eating one of these things. Not flattering, I’m sure. But yes, some of the jelly beans melted into a syrupy, mushy mess and other jelly beans stayed intact. In any case, it was like eating a golf ball made of pure sugar. Very yummy, but I couldn’t have more than half of one! So… bring your friends.

The deep fried oreo, on the other hand, was really interesting. It tasted almost like smoked chocolate if there was ever such a thing. Interesting enough to me to eat at least two, I think.

Our sweet surprise!

The wonderful organizers of the tweet up, Melissa Guillergan and Lauren Wainwright were so sweet to send us all home with some prizes and a candy apple for each of us! I’ve met craft and knit bloggers before, but never hung out with a group of food bloggers. It’s just always cool and inspiring to see people get excited things that they enjoy. There is indeed a video by Vancouver 24Hrs if you want to see what we were up to. And a few of my photos from the tweet up are here on flickr.

On a sugar high and narrowly escaping the purchase of a $100 Thunderhead shower head, we headed home under the sparkly lights of the fair, accompanied by the roar and screams from the rickity wooden Coaster. And as my wise friend, Jen, reminded me this morning, “The PNE is, after all, all about the food.”

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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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8 thoughts on “Food at the Fair

  1. Serene says:

    What about the sugar covered mini-donuts?!?!? You didn’t leave without a bag or two of those did you? You’ll have to go back!

    1. sweetgeorgia says:

      @Serene Ohhh, I definitely want to go back! Mini donuts, whalestails, and there was a Roaming Dragon food cart that I missed trying…

      @Silver Ilix Freshly made apples! So shiny and red.

      @Dani That’s crazy! How would you even deep fry butter? I guess the butter is frozen to begin with? Maybe the centre gets melty and the outside just melds with the batter? Crazy. Crazy, I tell you.

  2. Serene says:

    What about the sugar covered mini-donuts?!?!? You didn’t leave without a bag or two of those did you? You’ll have to go back!

    1. sweetgeorgia says:

      @Serene Ohhh, I definitely want to go back! Mini donuts, whalestails, and there was a Roaming Dragon food cart that I missed trying…

      @Silver Ilix Freshly made apples! So shiny and red.

      @Dani That’s crazy! How would you even deep fry butter? I guess the butter is frozen to begin with? Maybe the centre gets melty and the outside just melds with the batter? Crazy. Crazy, I tell you.

  3. Silver Ilix says:

    Wow….. now I’m feeling a a bit peckish. Those apples look amazing!

  4. Silver Ilix says:

    Wow….. now I’m feeling a a bit peckish. Those apples look amazing!

  5. Dani says:

    The CNE in Toronto has deep friend butter this year. Butter! Apparently it tastes a lot like a buttered bagel

  6. Dani says:

    The CNE in Toronto has deep friend butter this year. Butter! Apparently it tastes a lot like a buttered bagel

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