There are plenty of memorable moments at the Ohio State Fair, from taking a trip down the giant yellow slide, to seeing a life-size cow made of butter. There is one tradition, however, that seems to get everyone talking: the food.
Fair food takes deep-frying to new levels and promises to leave each fairgoer thoroughly satisfied. Food at the Ohio State Fair is no exception. With 189 different vendors and 17 foods on a stick, there is something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.
At the Taste of Ohio Café, visitors can enjoy dishes made with locally-grown ingredients from one of Ohio’s commodity groups. The chicken and noodles bowl makes for excellent comfort food and the gyros are always given rave reviews. The café is also where talented chefs and local celebrities instruct on how to prepare their favorite recipes. Bonus: fairgoers get to sample the final products.
Feel like travelling abroad? Try the MarketPlace International Food Court. This (air-conditioned) facility offers Chinese, Mexican, Italian and other international cuisines, as well as an Ohio beer and wine sales location. It’s the perfect place to rest, cool off and fill up at the Fair.
The piece de resistance, however, is the WNCI Food Highway. This small heaven-on-earth is home to vendors who run the gamut, from barbeque to sausage sandwiches to deep-fried treats. Schmidt’s, a German Village favorite, is located here – celebrating their 98th year as an Ohio State Fair vendor. In that time, Schmidt’s has sold more than 840,000 jumbo cream puffs and 1,000,000 sausages.
Also along the food highway is Tracey Concessions, a family-owned and operated vendor that is known for their deep-fried Kool Aid. Need more deep-fried deliciousness? Fairgoers can also try deep-fried buckeyes, grilled cheese and manicotti. Yes, manicotti.
Even funnel cakes have gotten a makeover at the Fair this year. Apart from the traditional powdered sugar version, there is also pineapple upside down, red velvet, chocolate brownie, French vanilla and pumpkin spice funnel cake. And you can never have too much funnel cake.
All this and more awaits visitors to the Ohio State Fair. The only downside? The Fair will end on Aug. 5, so be sure to get your Fair food fix before it’s too late.
Admission gates are open from 9 am - 10 pm, except on Aug. 5 when they will close at 8 pm. Gate admission for adults ages 13-59 is $10, $8 for youth ages 5-12, $8 for seniors ages 60 and over, and children under five receive free admission. Be sure to check the Ohio State Fair website for a complete list of special days and discounts, as well as printable vendor coupons for discounts on your favorite Fair foods.