Top 5 Foods You Must Eat at the 89th Annual Lake County Fair

Tis the season to eat fair fare!

The 89th Annual Lake County Fair runs Wednesday-Sunday, July 26-July 30. You’re never too far from savory eats at the annual event.

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 delectable 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 89th Annual Lake County Fair.

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Granny Annie’s

If you’ve been to the Lake County Fair in the past, you’ll remember these old-timey eats. Granny Annie’s is known for their Italian ice and ice cream, but they also offer a variety of other fan-favorite dishes. Prepare to join “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” inside a time travel phone booth, and you’ll find yourself devouring eats from the turn of the century by Madam Annie & Co.


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Lake County Local Fair Fare

Each year the Lake County Fair blesses our bellies with delicious eats. Here are a few of our neighboring culinary besties that serve Lake County local bites.

  • Tamales Diana from Mundelein: Tacos, tortas, burritos, sopes, huaraches and more.
  • Food for Your Soul Food Truck from Vernon Hills: Tacos, burgers, pulled pork, rib tips, Italian beef, fried chicken, mac & cheese, fish & chips, seafood and more.
  • Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Gurnee and Kenosha: Beef brisket, chicken, turkey, kielbasa, pulled pork, ribs, ham, sandwiches, salads and more.
  • Grub & Go: Puerto Rican cuisine.

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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.

Wisconsin Cheese

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.

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 50 of the 89 years of the Lake County Fair’s existence. The fudge and taffy are made fresh for consumers daily.

Two Guys Popcorn at the Lake County Fair

2 Guys Popcorn at the Lake County Fair

Honorable Mention: Top 5 Foods You Must Eat at the 89th Annual Lake County Fair

The Lake County Fair offers a delicious array of popcorn. A new eatery featured at the fair is 2 Guys Popcorn. The two-year-old establishment offers a variety of unique popcorn flavors including bacon cheeseburger, blue cheese, churro, five-alarm cheese, lemon pound cake, dill and more.

For more information about foods you must eat at the 89th 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 & Expo Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

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