Summerfest: I'll try everything first, so you don't have to!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

With 19 free tickets this year, I had to make my rounds to the WORLD'S LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL which is a fifteen minute ride from where I live.  Usually I show up at least a few times every summer, and usually I get the exact same food.  This year I wanted to spice it up a bit, so I tried a bunch of new things (some new to me, some new to Summerfest) and also some old favorites.  Here's where I'll share my results!  You still have four more days to go out and try it all!  Enjoy it now, because soon we'll be saying "365 more days til Summerfest" again.

I should make it clear that I usually don't even pay attention to who's playing.  This is not normal, I've heard.  I just go so that I can run into every single person I've ever met, watch a few angry drunks fight, and maybe eat some sour cream and chive fries from Saz's.  And because I usually have free tickets.  But really, I go for the chive fries.  I am 100% serious.  I don't remember how long ago I stumbled upon this delicacy, but ever since, I make sure to get at least two servings each year...On different occasions, of course.  With that said, only one dish in this picture was for me and the other was my friend Kayla's.  On my first day of Summerfest, the first stop we made was for a Blue Moon and the second was Saz's.  Hint:  Saz's Express, The side one by the Miller Lite Stage, no lines ;) 


Glorious, simply glorious.

They're crisped to perfection and sprinkled with just the right amount of seasoning.  Not to mention the sour cream they put in there is so much better than regular sour cream.  Kayla and I didn't buy anything else besides chive fries and beer that night (enough Blue Moons and Summer Shandys to make me go broke), and returned the next night to do a complete repeat of the night before.

Summerfest Day 3 was a little bit different for me.  Since my mom and I were trying to use up all our tickets, we went yesterday afternoon around 1:30, thinking it would be pretty dead.  WRONG.  It was Kid's Day, greaaaaat.  On top of that, I handed the guy my ticket at the gate and he was like, "uh, you can go right in, it's free til 3."  Having all these tickets to blow is a blessing but a curse.  Anyway, there were about 10,000 children running around Summerfest grounds and a parade of giant characters on stilts that seemed to follow us to each restaurant we stopped at.  But we persevered.


Now, how could you see an advertisement for this and NOT stop at it?
The curiosity was just too much to handle.

We decided we had to try the Chicken and Waffle Cone from Trinity.  I've been to  the real Trinity a few times and honestly didn't even know food was something they served.  But this was good!  I've also never had anything chicken and waffle flavored before, so it was a unicorn of an experience for me.


I'm not even a huge fan of fried chicken, but theirs was super tender and had really good Cajun flavor!  There was just enough bacon for what it was, and only a little extra maple-dressed slaw at the end.  Put all that goodness inside of what I think was a maple flavored cone, and you have a pretty weird snack.  Good though! Whoever threw this one together did a pretty good job.


Forgive me for the chipped nails.  I try iced chai lattes everywhere, and have never had Stone Creek Coffee's.  There isn't much to say about this one, but it was not the best iced chai tea latte that I've ever had.  I prefer spicier.  And I didn't get a cover or a human sized straw with it, so I had to dodge a lot of children making sure I didn't spill all over myself.  I'd be willing to try it again at the real Stone Creek Coffee shop though, because you never know!

We were hoping that Charcoal Grill would have stuffed mushrooms that my mom remembered having years ago, but they kinda let us down.  We found some fried ones at Mille's and figured that would do.  And they were also delicious!


Pretty typical for fried mushrooms, of which I am a huge fan, but these ones had a loooovely sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top which added nice flavor to a beloved snack. 

Moving right along, we stopped at Ward's House of Prime (new to Summerfest this year) and sampled the prime rib wrapped in bacon.  It was a little expensive for what it was, I think $7 for 6, but delicious nonetheless.  You couldn't really taste the prime rib over the bacon flavor though.  Still, who doesn't like the flavor of bacon?!


 At the same stop, we got the Scotch Eggs.  I really had no idea what to expect when I ordered it, so I was just willing to accept whatever they handed to me.  It was $4, so pretty cheap for a Summerfest food item. 


We each tried a half and determined that it must be a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage and then deep fried.  Looks crazier than it actually is.  I would eat it again!

This next one my mom wasn't a huge fan of, but it was one of my favorites of the day.  Give me pizza or give me mac and cheese and I will be a happy girl.  Give me both of those things in a cone shape and I will not be able to contain my excitement.  This was just awesome.  A cone filled with cheese, noodles, and bacon with crusted cheese and MORE bacon on top.  I was pleasantly surprised that the whole thing was filled with cheesy goodness all the way to the tip of the cone.  Not an easy thing to split in half though, I spilled a majority of the bacon onto the picnic table, whoops.



My mouth is watering.

We finished off our day at Summerfest with dessert.  For as many times as I've walked by the  Sil's mini donuts stand, you'd think I would have tried them by now.  Nope!  Nothing's better than donuts made right in front of you.




We ordered a combo of both the powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar donuts...What we got was...Not that.  They were so mixed up that I didn't really know which was supposed to be which.  That didn't stop them from being delicious!  


Overall, so far I've tried some pretty great food at Summerfest this year.  I'm going back tomorrow, but it will be after dinner so I probably won't be hungry.  I haven't got banana split Dip N' Dots yet this year though, so I can't make any promises.

If I do happen to try something new and interesting, I'll be sure to keep you updated!

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