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.
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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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.
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.
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!"
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It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed the guilty pleasure of walking down the midway at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. It is a stroll with sound effects. The deep engine whine from the tractor-pull. The shrieks each time the “Surf’s Up!” ride hits the stomach-churning crest. The howls as the free-fall ride hits terminal velocity.
My dad and I were searching for something much more dangerous, though, than a death-defying ride. We wanted to find the ultimate in artery-clogging cholesterol.
File under fun facts: turkey testicles are found under their left wing, rather than, uh, elsewhere.
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