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I Spy The Best Job At The Fair


Do you know what I get to do at our fair?  I literally have the most delicious job in the word… I oversee our food concessions! I spend most of the year visiting other fairs in search of new and exciting cuisine to bring to Alameda County Fair.

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What’s more important than great fair food at the Fair??? Not much! When you say the word “fair” most people immediately thing “corn dog!”  Do you dream about that once-a-year funnel cake or corn dog? MMMMMMM I do! Not only do I get to try our new foods but also I work with some of the most amazing folks in the industry. Hard working people who take pride in everything they do.  Great people and great food? Yup. Best. Job. Ever.

Each year we challenge our returning concessionaires to come up with something unique. Some of the past creations have been things like Fruity Pebble Shrimp, Smokehouse Tots and Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes, just to name a few. Some of the new offerings coming this year will be delicious Acai Berry Bowls, Elote Dog, Fruity Pebble Shrimp Po’ Boi, Teriyaki Rice Bowls and a Hawaiian stand!

Many of the Fair’s most creative foods also end up in our speed-eating contests that are held almost every day in front of the Grandstands. The food contests are as tasty as they are fun, so be sure sign up for one while you are here. How many tots can you eat in 5 minutes? Let’s find out!

New for 2019, we will be putting together a special dietary requirement list. Did you know that almost every stand at the fair has some sort of vegetarian, pescatarian or wheat-free options? As someone with food sensitivities, I know how frustrating it can be to go out with your family or friends and try to eat. You know you can order a naked weenie at a corn dog stand, but if meat is not your thing, check out the incredible fresh fruit stand near the Green Gate entrance or grab an amazing salad at one of our Greek stands. If you have never had the ceviche from Pepe Mariscos, you are missing out on some of the freshest and tastiest seafood around.


If you could not tell, I am passionate about our fair and all of the great food here! I will see everyone at the Fair June 14 through July 7!

Is it lunch time yet? All this food talk is making me hungry.