2018 | ‘How Sweet It Is’

sd-fair.jpgThe San Diego County Fair is an annual event known for its’ fantastic foods, a tradition of full-time family fun of friendly farm animals, widget-gadget exhibit halls, and resonating rides coupled with audacious outdoor activities. This year’s annual theme is: How Sweet It Is. Sweetly themed, this exhibit elaborates on the history of candy, sweets and chocolates. Inside the exhibit, you will find endearing “sweet” memorabilia and things for kids who will want to stick their mouths too. It is an amazing array of “treats and sweets” and there is a store to purchase any of these sweets from long ago and up to present days. For the adults who want an added kick there is an alcoholic candy drink section (Personally, I think the peppermint paddy cocktail is a comforting cool drink to cling your lips to).


For recommendations | I suggest you to get to the fair early and beat the crowd or arrive in the evening to experience a night time live concert on the Grandstage. Look online to choose a day from an array of talented professional musicians. In addition, throughout a day there are 10 various stages which inherently display talent from local performers or out of towners who are of all ages. They will entertain you with no doubt while you munch on a cinnamon churro or sip an ice-cold beer.


The San Diego County Fair is located in delightful Del Mar – and the Toyota Summer Concert series also offers a dinner package for a complete evening of gourmet dining at the famed Del Mar Turf Club, which claims the best seat in the house and a “preferred parking” space. It’s an all-inclusive concert event. But if you have a hankering for the party atmosphere before a show – I suggest you upgrade your experience to the Pre-Concert Tailgate party which includes elaborate appetizers and a chance to win premium seats at your concert.

To observe the whole San Diego County Fair scene without walking, I highly recommend taking the aerial moving chair ride which gently glides you over the San Diego County Fairs’ spectacular grounds.


Or you can jump on the fabulous Ferris wheel to ride and witness the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while dazing down at the super attractions in the park.


For sampling food endeavors | Please note that every Thursday from Noon to 5pm – they have a Taste of the Fair. Food vendors/booths offer small portions of one of their featured foods for only $3.00. So, if you have a small appetite or you would like to graze by sampling delicious delectable tidbits throughout the fair – this a great way to go! Now, if you are looking for what’s new to eat at the fair there are Lasagna Nachos – highly recommended but must eat quickly to not let it get cold, or the Hot Cheetos Burrito and Waffle fries topped with BBQ beef brisket which eagerly pairs delightfully with a Sour Green Apple Lemonade. And if it’s Gluten Free items that you need to try – check out Roxy’s & Biggies food booths from their succulent selection.


Are you craving a healthy menu then find your way to the Vons’s General Store where they offer nutritional options such as: fruit bowls, sandwich wraps, salads, nut snacks and cold juice. For your children’s delights – look for the “kid’s meal deals” sign at many of the food booths. These deals consist of an entrée, side and drink for $5.99.


Otherwise, just juicily jaw down on a giant grilled turkey leg, or the seafood delicacies at the Lobster Shack – if it’s vegetarian you seek out then dive into Roxy’s robust artichoke sandwich. And at this point, I need to emphasize that there is definitely something for every pallet at this scrumptious fair – just do a little research including your tastebud.


There are also traditional bites from funnel cake, to fried pickles wrapped in bacon. My
personal favorite are the Fresh fried potato chip nachos with extra jalapenos section and fun things for the kids to look at.


For San Diego County Fair deals | Pay one price for unlimited rides all day in June on any Wednesday or Thursday. (Does not include fair admission). Website – https://sdfair.com/tickets. Or if you like to attend the San Diego County Fair more than once then buy the season pass at $28 – for unlimited admission. Also, when you arrive at the gate entrance, there is another deal offered = called the passport to savings coupon book. Cost is $5.00. This coupon book has many good deals for food, carnival rides and a free ticket to return to the 2018 SD County Fair. In addition, you can find discount admission tickets to the SD County Fair at any Albertsons / Vons grocery store. And please check to see if there are package deals offered at Costco for 4 admissions plus amenities. (subject to limited supply).


Are you looking for a Beverage Festival? | Seek this one out here on June 23rd , the Distilled Spirit & Cocktail Festival from Noon – 5pm. General admission is $33 and VIP tasting is $125 (unlimited cocktails with selections of savory bites fit for a King and Queen). This event pairs food and spirits coupled with an education in what to select when pairing food and spirits together.


For parking options | Onsitegeneral parking: $15 and preferred parking is $25. Offsite – look for free parking with free shuttles at no cost. Look on the website: https://sdfair.com – Click on plan your visit – then click on parking. This lists all available parking lots, dates and times to find free shuttles with free parking.


Creativity on display in the competitive exhibits: Design in wood, Fine Art, Flower Show, Garden Show, Gems, Minerals & Jewelry, Photography and Home & Hobby. With so much to experience, to do and to see – From Fine Art, Photography, Professional Wood working, Flower show, Garden show and Jewelry & Gem Exhibits; the San Diego County Fair is a magical world of endless opportunities to discover original creativity. So – whether you are a foodie, a gadget and gizmo collector, an animal lover, a hobbyist, a daredevil for carnival rides or a music-lover, it can all be discovered and experienced with pure delight and there maybe envy from others when sharing your day at the San Diego County Fair – 2018. *Make this opportunity of a lifetime event with a friend, a spouse, a lover, family members or by yourself – it is sweetly magical and a delicious treat for anyone*.

Dates: June 1st – July 4th, 2018

Official Website: www.SDFair.com

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SD County Fair 2018



Keely Smith-Wallace| Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | University of Pittsburgh
Keely Smith-Wallace loves to write, is an avid adventurer and adores compelling stories.  After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Degree in Communications she landed a job with British Airways and traveled the world.  People, places, movies, music, theatre and travel perpetuates her passion to seek out stimulating stories in the world of entertainment and interesting lifestyles.   Look for her insightful reviews to find out what’s new, what’s hot and where you may like to trot – for an awesome experience! Instagram: @KeelyUniqueBoutiqueView My Blogs 

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