Remember all the holler when Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to sell the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds to a private company? The Governator has since left Sacramento for what will surely be an Oscar-winning role in The Expendables XVII. But as the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society r ... More >>
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 start with these little piggies.The All-Alaskan Pig Races occur every afternoon in a mini arena all their own. W ... More >>
This time of year, commercial pumpkin "patches" sprout up overnight in asphalt parking lots, lighted with enough incandescent bulbs to power a cut-rate casino. Which got me thinking-- surely there must be real pumpkin patches in our paved-over county where living things grow in the earth? Where ... More >>
The fate of the Orange County Fairgrounds may be in limbo, but people's love of it during the annual OC Fair is not in doubt.The 2010, 120th anniversary fair run broke attendance records with 1,154,969 visitors.That beat previous best year 2007 by nearly half a million guests.
It's my job as a food critic to have only one moral--tell readers about the county's best-tasting food. Little time to dwell on the many philosophical debates--corporate vs. indie, veganism contra an omnivorous diet, the virtues of organic against agrobusiness--afflicting modern-day cooking. My revi ... More >>