Elkhart County 4-H Fair 2015: 80 types of food at the fair, including deep-fried licorice and coffee balls


By: J.C. Lee

Julia Moss/The Elkhart Truth

There will be more than 80 kinds of food at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair from July 24 to Aug. 1, which includes at least 14 new treats.

The Orie, a funnel cake made with Oreo cookies, and the Miller, deep-fried coffee balls, will make their debuts at the fair this year. These two new treats were named after Ora “Orie” Miller, food concessions director Tim Yoder said.

Miller was once the buildings and grounds manager for the fairgrounds. He also served as the director of food concessions for the fair. He died May 19 at the age of 78.

Other new snacks at the fair include deep-fried fruit kabobs, deep-fried Kit Kat bars and deep-fried licorice. The fair will feature at least 15 kinds of deep-fried treats, including jelly beans, energy and candy bars, and Gatorade and peanut butter combined with bacon, bananas or tomatoes.

Pennsylvania pretzel company Auntie Anne’s also will sell food, which includes flavored and pepperoni pretzels.

Of course, there are still going to be your fair food favorites, including elephant ears, soft-serve ice cream, strawberry shortcakes and pie. Nelson’s BBQ returns with barbecue chicken, which will be served at vendors along Locust Street and Food Row.

Service clubs will be cooking up a storm along Food Row, such as the Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club with its 1-pound steakburger.

There also will be three pop-up restaurants at the fair this year. Bread & Chocolate and Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub will be serving desserts and entrees as part of the Dinner in the Park from 5:30 to 8:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at the Youth Ag Center, using produce from a garden in the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Antonio’s Italian Ristorante will serve entrees through a pop-up restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Youth Ag Center.

Go through the spreadsheet below for all the food vendors at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

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