Surf & turf pierogi
> Erie County Fair (New York)
Pierogies are stuffed dumplings from Eastern and Central Europe. Traditional fillings include ground meat, cheese, potato, sauerkraut, or fruits such as cherries, strawberries, or prunes. This upstate New York fair improves (?) the recipe: the dumpling contains shaved beef, mushrooms, and onions. Then it’s topped with a grilled garlic shrimp and basil-parmesan sauce — Mitteleuropa meets the Mediterranean.
Twinx (Twix-stuffed bacon-wrapped Twinkie)
> North Carolina State Fair
Many fair foods build on commercial products — Cheetos, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and the like — but this one doubles up. A Trix bar is stuffed inside a Twinkie, then the whole thing is swaddled in bacon and deep fried. Powdered sugar is sprinkled on the top, of course.