San Diego County Fair

New Food and Drink

There's always something new to eat at the San Diego County Fair. We're famous for deep-frying all sorts of foods, but we also have some awesome treats that are healthier, too.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Please check back next spring, when we will have information on the Theme Exhibit for the 2017 Fair!



2016 Food Map

When you come to the Fair, you can pick up a Food Map at the Information Booths that lists new foods and where the food booths are located. We have both sides of that map here in PDF format.
Food Map, Food Booth Locations
Food Map, List of New Foods

New Drinks

Try Our New Cocktail

Glow cupsNew cocktail to try: Stop by the Drink Me Bar in the "Mad About The Fair" theme exhibit for a fun specialty cocktail, the Topsy Turvy, served in a glorious glowing glass!

Try Our New Brew, Created Especially For The Fair

Abnormal Brewing Co. has created a "FAIR-ly Abnormal" concoction, specially brewed for the 2016 Fair's San Diego International Beer Festival, that turns lager so upside-down we're calling it an ale, and we love it so much we named a whole area at the beer festival after it! Sip some Steampunk Ale at the Steampunk Ale Pavilion while you play oversized games, participate in highly competitive contests such as "Best Pretzel Necklace" or "Best Beer Belly," or savor one of the festival's rare and unique timed beer tappings. Get more information from the San Diego International Beer Festival website.

New Location For Our Daily Wine Tasting

Our popular daily wine tasting event has moved to the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. Still at 4:00 and 5:00PM, and still hosted by 96.5 KyXy's Sam Bass, the tasting will include four 1-oz. samples of wine made in San Diego County. Get more information on the Garden Show page.



New Food Events

Join Us For Tea Time

Every Sunday is tea time in the Garden Show with Tea Time In Wonderland. Two seatings with just 48 spaces available at each. Read about it on the New Attractions page, and be sure to get your tickets early.

Hungry For Wood-Fired Treats?

The Hungry Caterpillar: A new food addition to the Sprigs and Spirits bar, with wood-fired oven-baked "naanwiches" and flatbreads. Check out the menu.


New Foods

Waffle Sunrise SandwichGrill me some cheese! Grilled Sloppy Joe Frito Crunch, Waffle Sunrise Grilled Cheese (pictured), Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese.

Cheese, Bacon AND Potatoes - Yum! Swiss Cheese Stuffed, Bacon-Encased, Smoked BBQ Potatoes.

Sweet and Savory, All In The Same Bite: French Toast Bacon Bomb (cream cheese stuffed dough, wrapped in bacon, deep fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with syrup); Cayenne Cotton Candy (cayenne-flavored cotton candy).

Deep-Fried This 'N' That: What can we deep fry? Pizza, Chicken and Waffles on a Stick, Shrimp and Rice on a Stick, Cinnamon Apple Rings, Nachos, Cookie Butter, Lemonade, Fish Taco, California-Style Chicago Dog.

Kool-Aid Hot WingsBites of Nostalgia: Kool-Aid Hot Wings (pictured; hot wings with a Kool-Aid glaze).

Sweet Tooth Celebration: Red Velvet Funnel Cake, Dole Pineapple Soft Serve Ice Cream, Chocolate-Covered Mini Cinnamon Rolls.

Meals To Eat In Wonderland! Johnny Depp Dog (all-Polish dog with grilled mushroom, shredded red cabbage and carrots, topped with ranch dressing); Mad Hatter Dog (pictured; mild Polish dog Mad Hatter Dogtopped with chipotle mayo, grilled mushrooms and onions, shredded carrots and red cabbage); Hatter's Mad Mashup Burger (pretzel bun, fresh hamburger patty, smoked bratwurst, caramelized bacon with pecans, chili sriracha mayo, bourbon sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese, with chips or fries on top.)

Sandwiches Plus: Reuben Burger (burger with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing); Lasagna Sandwich (slice of lasagna between bread); Tre Porker (sweet pork sandwich plus ham and bacon, garlic mayo, cheese, ham, sweet pork, coleslaw, BBQ sauce); Angry Chicken Sandwich (spicy chicken sandwich plus pastrami, cipotle mayo, chese, jalapeno, pepperoncini, spicy mustard); 3 in 1 Sausage Sandwich (chicken, pork and beef sausage in one sandwich).

Sound good? Check the Food Map, so you can find all these great new foods!
Food Map, Food Booth Locations
Food Map, List of New Foods

Lord of the Rings Dog Shrimp-Pineapple Bowl