We made plans last weekend for our daughter to come home for a couple of days and attend the Iowa State Fair with us on Wednesday. The weather was not as ideal as some other days, but family plans had been made so we were sticking with them no matter what Ma Nature was going to be throwing at us. We bundled up and headed up to Des Moines for our annual Fair Fare Day yesterday afternoon/evening.
Our first stop was for a grilled in the husk ear of corn, Mac & Cheese with Brisket, and to try the #1 voted new food hit item - The Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb. In preparation, I had to reach for the red rice yeast, cinnamon, avocado, olive oil, oats, red wine, dark chocolate, red apples, carrots, beets, green tea, salmon, walnuts, legumes, garlic, and spinach just to get my cholesterol numbers down enough to enjoy a day at the fair!!! How was the bomb? GREAT! I love bacon, brisket and jalapeños. So no worries there as it satisfied all three of us as we shared one. Maybe a bit small for the $7 price, but we enjoyed it and moved on to our next item.
Stop number two was some Iowa Craft Beer to quench our thirst and head over to see the Big Boar, the Master Champion Bull, the Clydesdales, the goats, the dairy cattle, the "unusual" breeds, and what not for the livestock. Moving north and west from that section of the fair, we hit the produce to see how our garden should have looked. Actually, our cucumbers could hold their own with the winners we saw, but everything else was gorgeous. Clearly, our gardening skills need improvement. A stop at the Butter Cow moved us on up the hill for our next stop.
The gals goofing around for a photogenic moment...
We stopped at Top of the Vine just as the clouds opened up and dumped a shower. Tara ordered a wood fired oven Pizza Margherita, I got some glasses of Iowa wine in hopes it would be okay. We tried the Snus Vineyard's Edelweiß. Well, at least the pizza was good.
After the rain stopped, back down the hill we went after a nice stop to see all of the old relics and antiques. I thumbed my way through a few cookbooks and this caught my eye...
Yup, Iowa likes to down the mayonnaise. So surprise, surprise - digging through several cookbooks included recipes for various versions of Mayonnaise Cake. Reach for the red rice yeast, cinnamon, avocado, olive oil, oats, red wine, dark chocolate, red apples, carrots, beets, green tea, salmon, walnuts, legumes, garlic, and spinach to get the cholesterol numbers down after that!
Eventually, we narrowed down the best pork chop on a stick to share, sweet potato fries to share, and had to end our food quest with another award winning new item this year - Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster. Yum...
We moved on from there to try out some beds, furniture, see the sights until the buildings were closed, then moved on to hear Get the Led Out! - which is a tribute band to the music of Led Zeppelin. Or rather, music from way back in my era. The lead singer has a crystal clear and healthy singing voice which was great to hear, and I enjoyed what I heard a lot.
Our afternoon/evening came to an end and we drove back home to sleep off the 2015 Fair fare. We had a fun time walking around, eating, and seeing the sights at the 2015 Iowa State Fair.