July 26th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

You don’t need me to tell you that food festivals have gotten exponentially better since the days when a foot-long corn dog was big news. You also know that, beverage-wise, music festivals aren’t just about bad beer in plastic cups that you hope someone doesn’t throw at your head.

Still, the improvement is mind-blowing. The only problem, besides getting into some of them, is deciding whether to describe these events as food festivals or music festivals. It’s your call.

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July 12th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Krispy Kremes are the iconic, yeasty, sweet doughnuts beloved around the country. Sloppy Joes are the retro, no-frills ketchupy ground beef sandwiches that are invariably served on hamburger buns.

It was only a matter of time before someone decided to combine the two.

Sadly, you’ve missed your chance to sample the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Sandwich, at least in the way that its creator - Chicken Charlie’s concession stand at the San Diego County Fair - intended it. The fair concluded on July 4. But you can dig into any number of other inspired dishes at other great state fairs around the country while you await Chicken Charlie's owner Charlie Boghosian's long-rumored cookbook.

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How to feast at Jazz Fest
April 29th, 2012
02:48 AM ET
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Andreas Preuss is a Supervising Producer at CNN. He's based in Atlanta, but New Orleans is his happy place.

For the next two weekends, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is ground zero for music lovers, food enthusiasts and anyone who wants to soak up the culture of South Louisiana. There's a lot to offer on all these fronts. For me, as a native New Orleanian, it's the best two weekends on earth.

You really can't go wrong at the Jazz Fest; there are food booths setup in strategic locations around the site at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. Locals know how to navigate the field and for visitors it's a bit of delicious hide and seek.

One of the best ways to meet and eat is by sitting with some fellow festival goers. There are small tables set up around the food booths – and they can quickly become a sort of buffet of what people are eating. You hear a lot of "What's that?" and "Where did you find it?" and the inevitable "Wanna try a bite?" I tend to be nomadic in my Jazz Fest feasting. And just like exploring the city itself, there's a new food adventure around every corner.


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September 16th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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This past Labor Day weekend, I took my first ever visit to the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

Knowing my love of tasting new foods, some Minnesota friends of mine had been trying to get me to go to the fair for years. I have to admit, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into, but I was certainly up to the challenge.

For years I had heard tales of deep-fried [insert edible item] on-a-stick, but nothing they spoke of could have possibly prepared me for what lay ahead.

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August 30th, 2011
03:31 PM ET
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Previously - I scream, you scream, we all scream when there are cicadas in the ice cream and Health department bugs out over grasshopper tacos

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August 16th, 2011
04:55 PM ET
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Past and present politicos have tried to secure the "nom" in nominee at every state fair from Des Moines to St. Paul.

We rounded up some of the best down and dirty political shtick on a stick in the gallery above.

Be sure to keep up with the CNN Political Team as they share the juiciest food stories from the campaign trail at eatocracy.com/politicalteam.


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August 15th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Texas governor Rick Perry may hail from a beef-centric state, but he left room to grab some swine on a stick. CNN Political correspondent Peter Hamby spied the presidential hopeful going whole hog on a slab of pork.

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August 11th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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June 21st, 2011
12:10 PM ET
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iReporter Chris Morrow checks in from the San Diego Fair to say, "Fair food is gearing up and the new kid on the block is Fried Kool-Aid. Chicken Charlie's travels from fair to fair creating and frying up the ever so popular twinkies, brownies, oreos, ribs, and now Kool-Aid. Its like a beignet from Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter with cherry Kool-Aid mixed in. Pretty addictive!"

Submit your own fair food story and sample more iReports from around the globe.

Also fried? Bull testicles at the Denver airport

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