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88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-708-1500
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  • Stick a Fork In It: 100 Favorite Dishes 2014
    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass...
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    Extreme times call for extreme entertainments, and so as the planet Earth entered the summer of 2014, the citizens of Costa Mesa have the opportunity to spend a Saturday at… the...
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    Think there aren't any hillbillies in Orange County? Anyone who looks alike a Duck Dynasty cast member surely can't be from Southern California, right? Prove yourself wrong and head to the...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Festivals
    Here are some tips from someone who went to make your evening at the OC Night Market a pleasant one. 1. Avoid this insane 6 to 8 p.m. line to buy an admission ticket. Get there earlier...
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    The Southern California tattoo culture celebrates its High Holy Day with the annual Musink festival, a weekend-long celebration of some of the best things in life: tattoos and music....
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    For the past 31 years, Labor Day weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center revolves around one thing: cars. More than 1,500 pre-1978 hot rod, classic and muscle cars make their way to the...
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    Statistics show that when it comes to road rage, women are steadily climbing up to their testosterone-laden counterparts in angry driving, furious maneuvers and four-letter verbal assaults....
  • Navel Gazing: OC Fair View
    Amid the funnel cakes, the Texas-sized corn dogs, the $11 beers, the garish carnival rides and Hall & OatEs performances and the swap meet called the Parade of Products and all the reasons...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Media
    I've been watching from the sidelines as my fellow OC Weekly/Stick a Fork In It writers rake in nominations and awards this year from the LA Press Club and Association of...
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    Some go for the continuous lineup of music concerts, some go for the nearly impossible carnival games, some for the action sports, some for the blinky-lighted ferris wheel—but we all...
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    Yes, for one split second, we actually thought that someone awesome was throwing a party for people in their 60s. We suppose that means we’re still young enough to be naïve to the...
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    Beach Fossils are still pretty underrated, which is a shame since their music has the kind of energy that disperses waves of joy through your ears and a rhythm in your bones. Their newest...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Created to Kill Us
    You may have seen it making rounds on social media. You may have even tried to avert your eyes. But there's no escaping the fact that it's heading this way. Yup, the Krispy Kreme Sloppy...
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    Touted as the world's largest of it's kind, this massive dog-and-pony show takes over the OC Fairgrounds with every adorable fluffy, scaled, or hairy quadruped fit for domestication. Bring...
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    It's a wonder why any cities in the US attempt to put on a Mardi Gras event. You are not N'awlins. You didn't emerge out of the mighty Mississippi drenched in slavery and French...
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    The American Kennel Club recently donated a vital $20,000 to the many dogs and their owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. To that, we give them a resounding paws-up. But here on the West...
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    The archaic notion that chicks can’t drive is turned on its rhinestone-studded ear any time the Damsels of Destruction get behind the wheel. Featuring bad-ass drivin’ divas...
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    When legendary musicians pass away, fans pay the ultimate homage by impersonating their acts—it’s an attempt at giving our heroes immortality. One musician we’re trying to...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Dueling Dishes
    We admit, past fairs were usually spent wandering up and down aisles and ultimately getting lost trying to find some decent grub. Not anymore. Our saucy fair connection made us aware of this...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Eat This Now
    We found ourselves at the fair thrice last week. Other than the holidays, it's the only time we can justify indulgent eating. What made it more enticing was our OC Fair contact navigating...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Bargains
    Our friends at the Fair packed so much action in this year's edition, it's almost meatier than La Super Costilla! We can't possibly cover everything....or can we? Whether you're the...
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    For restaurateurs running failing ventures across the nation, Chef Robert Irvine is a culinary savior. On the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Irvine leads an overhaul of these...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Pictures, Vids and Other Non-Writing Excuses
    The OC Fair is HERE!  On Friday the 13th, nonetheless. We spotted Charlie Boghosian (Chicken Charlie to the rest of the free world) last Friday setting up shop, and he served up a bonus...
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    There's nothing quite like the thrill of possible injury to draw crowds. But regular bull riding, with cowboys holding on for dear life while midgets wrangle golden retrievers, doesn't seem...
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    Good luck trying to travel the 405 anywhere near Costa Mesa this week. Starting Friday, the OC Fair is back with all the concerts, rides (gotta love the giant ferris wheel), games,...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Created to Kill Us
    OC Fair's Home Sweet Home theme carries an underlying bacon subtext. Don't believe us? No problem. We're gonna talk about it anyway. Meaty food porn explained after the jump, but first we...
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    A Highland Fling is not a quickie in the heather with Heather. Please try to remember that if you’re feeling all frisky after scoping out the bonny young lady dancers performing Flora...
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    What began in Long Beach back in 1978 eventually became one of the biggest craft events in SoCal—and now, the Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festival returns to the Orange County...
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    The camo-wearing, gun-loving population of Orange County comes out in full effect this weekend at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show—seriously, it's some of the best people watching...
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    Although the world may be ending in 2012, it’s time to ring in the New Year with a few thousands of your closest friends. The OC Fair is putting on its second annual NYE Block Party,...
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    Oil up your suit of armor and dust off ye old English dictionary. The time draws nigh to save yon furry critters of the urban jungle and wooded glen. No more shall knights and wenches suffer...
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    This year, the Anatolian (that would be the western two-thirds of the Asian part of Turkey to you) Festival leaves the Great Park and heads over to the OC Fairgrounds, where maybe—just...
  • Heard Mentality: festivals
    What goes together better than punk rock and tattoos? Nothing, in our opinion. The creators of the Musink Tattoo and Music Festival would undoubtedly agree. This year marks the fourth...
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    Wulf Bane represent a struggling breed in Orange County. And they readily admit it’s hard to find a scene for their raw goulash of metal, punk and general sharp-toothed ferocity. But...

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