Heading to the Montana Fair for my first rodeo I had heard so much about all the crazy deep fried food at the fair I saw it as a challenge.
I will eat all of it.
It was a very ambitious undertaking and I only had an hour to find all of it before the rodeo started but I was determined to have the ultimate fair experience. To top it off, as a Canadian I have never had a Twinkie so it would be my dessert.
You may think it is strange I have never had a Twinkie as I have eaten a lot of strange things, I have also never eaten a corn dog – go figure.
I started off with deep fried cheese curds with marinara sauce. While I have eaten cheese curds plenty of times on poutine I had never heard of this but I was down for deep fried cheese.
I also learned here that the fair employees are quite friendly and not looking for long-term relationships. The guy taking my order asked me to go out after his shift and when I explained I was visiting and only here for the night he didn’t seem to have a problem with that.
It was time for something sweet and the Girl Scouts had a stand with deep fried Oreos, peaches and mac and cheese. I was so tempted by the mac and cheese but I went for the sweet.
The Oreos were a massive sugar injection – deep frying them made them soft and sweet. I didn’t need the tub of icing to dip them in and not surprisingly I had a burst of energy. The peaches were surprisingly delicious with a really light batter and covered in cream,
It was time to move onto Montana Fair’s most famous dish and one that had a very long line – the viking on a stick. It is like a big meat ball on a stick that has been battered and deep fried. It was surprisingly good and I can see what it is so popular.
Next door were deep fried Snickers candy bars and I figured why not. When I was asked if I wanted chocolate drizzled on it figured it made perfect sense, chocolate on chocolate?
But then the bad news came. It was time for the rodeo to start.
Of all of the food at the fair I needed to get the deep fried Twinkie but I made a rookie mistake and said I would get it later. But we all know later means never. Half way through the rodeo I had a sugar crash, had to buy a Coke so I would not fall asleep. When the rodeo ended the idea of eating anything deep fried seemed repulse.
So instead I had a candy apple and called it a night.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Visit Montana. They did not request I write a favourable review or encourage this first step on the road to obesity and diabetes.