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Top 5 Foods You Must Eat at the 90th Annual Lake County Fair

Tis the season to eat fair fare!

The 90th annual Lake County Fair runs Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-July 29. You’re never too far from savory eats at the yearly event.

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The aromas waft through the air as your nose smells hints of mouth-watering funnel cakes to the beef of the foot-long corn dogs to the delicious popcorn to the candy apples and so much more. Your taste buds will thank you for this trip to Grayslake.

Treat your belly to the top 5 foods you must eat at the 90th annual Lake County Fair.

1. Anderson’s Candy Shop


You can’t take a trip through the fictional Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory in real life, but Anderson’s Candy Shop is the next best thing. The Richmond/Barrington-based shop has produced quality fudges, caramels, truffles and chocolate candies for four generations. Anderson’s Candy Shop was named among the best candy makers in North America by sources like the L.A. Times and Consumer’s Digest.

2. Wisconsin Cheese

definitely will be my favorite food next year #cheesecurdnation

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They’re not known for corny jokes, but they do have a cheesecyclopedia. Wisconsin’s unique cheese making heritage has produced excellent eats for more than 160 years. Cheesemakers have long praised the state’s elements as perfect ingredients for producing superior milk and, of course, non-steroid or preservative used cheese. Today, third-and-fourth-generation cheesemakers continue to instill classical traditions, while setting new standards in cheese making craftsmanship and artistry. The state’s 1,200 cheesemakers produce more than 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese.

3. Bauer’s Catering

That moment you realize you can mash three divine eats together is so extra. Bauer’s Catering, a Libertyville cuisine genius is delivering waffle ice cream sandwiches to a mouth near you. The family-made scrumptious delight is fresh-made and homemade. On top of the ice cream, feel free to add whip cream, hot fudge, chocolate chips, granola, blueberries, strawberries and a whole other slew of toppings.

4. Jammin’ Concessions

Jammin Confessions is a Waukegan-based food truck provides fantastic options like Philly cheesesteak, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. However, the main event of this Lake County is gator on a stick. The reptilian treat is exactly what you think it is – a fried alligator on a spit. Take your taste buds on an expedition of flavor and for many, the unknown.

5. Helen & Sons


If you’ve never tasted Helen & Sons Old Fashioned Copper Kettle Fudge and Salt Water Taffy, you haven’t lived yet. These treats have been featured at the fair inside the expo center for 51 of the 90 years of the Lake County Fair’s existence. The fudge and taffy are made fresh for consumers daily.

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Don’t limit yourself to these five goodies. Make sure you try everything! Here are a few other divine eats and drinks offered at the 90th Annual Lake County Fair.

  • Tamales Diana of Mundelein: Mexican cuisine – Tacos, tortas, burritos, spoes, huaraches and more.
  • Bayou Billy’s: Old-fashioned soda, Lousiana-style cooking like New Orleans steak, blackened chicken, andouille sausage, Jambalaya, po’boy sandwiches, Kayes sandwiches. To top it off they sell their souvenir tin mugs.
  • Delicja’s: Polish Cuisine – Potato cheese, potato pancakes, kraut, kraut mushroom, sweet cheese mushroom, fruit pierogis and cheese blintzes.
  • Brothers BBQ: Rib tips, rib sandwiches, pulled pork, shrimp, catfish, slaw, baked beans and more (don’t forget to douse the ensemble with Grandma’s Famous BBQ Sauce).

For more information about foods, you must eat at the 90th annual Lake County Fair, click here. Continue here to read our blog about 5 things you can’t miss at the fair.

Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

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