It's the most wonderful time of the year for lovers of all things fall: mums, scarecrows, tractors, haystacks, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, fairytale feasts, and of course, the Bloomsburg Fair!
Another favorite Fair treat is the Grotto Pizza. Grotto Pizza is a chain restaurant with locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. While I can technically have this pizza anytime, it's just too hard to say no to that gooey cheese and sweet sauce so I had to have it. Other people must feel the same way, because the Grotto stand is always crowded every year. And for $2.50 for this single tiny slice of pizza, it better be good!
You can't visit the Bloomsburg Fair without having some Old Fashioned Birch Beer poured from a barrel!
The Fair features hundreds of different vendors selling food items, home goods, and more. I came across this little stand selling an asortment of gourmet dips and instantly fell in love. There was a sample of each dip displayed in its own wicker basket cooling container ($33). The dips (3 packets for $14) are 100% natural, containing no preservatives. They're really just dried spice mixes that you can add to cream cheese, mayonaise, sour cream, greek yogurt, etc. (And yes, you can substitute fat free yogurt, etc. to make the dips healthy!) I took home the Excellent Crab, Irish Cheddar & Ale, and Rockin' Ranch. To visit the website and try these delicious dips for yourself, click here.
The Bloomsburg Fair offers plenty of soup options to warm up the soul. One stand that I enjoy is Nana's Nook, which serves homemade New England Clam Chowder, Maryland Crab Soup and Cheddar Ale. If you want to try a sample, just ask and they are more than happy to help you.
Another option for soup is the "pot pie" stand. In Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, what they label "pot pies" are really delicious cups of a broth based soup with vegetables, ham or chicken, and homemade pieces of pasta that are similar to dumplings.
One of the most prominent offerings at the fair are the many ham/beef dinner stands which serve up hundreds of blue plate like dinner specials and sandwiches.
Anyone from Pennsylvania knows that one of best fall desserts to have is a Pumpkin Roll. I literally die for Pumpkin Rolls - and will blog about them at some point this season. If you are at the fair, you have to try the Pumpkin Roll ($8.75) from the Pennsylvania Dutch Stand near the Grandstand.
Lastly, if by some miracle you're still hungry as you're leaving the fair or you need a little something to bring home, stop by the apple stand near Gate 3. It's easy to spot - it's a booth literally carved into the shape of an apple. You can get cider, lemonade and other gluttonous fair-essential treats like fried oreo cookies and or the famous fried apple rings.