Fisher Flour will sell over one million scones during this year's edition of the Puyallup Fair, but there's more to eat at the fair than pastry. This week, Voracious spotlights four new-to-the-fair foods worth checking out should the scone lines grow unbearably long.
Scones may be the signature food item of the Puyallup Fair, but burgers have the cakey treats beat on ubiquity.
Fairgoers can buy burgers at two dozen concession stands, a figure that rivals the numbers put up by fairs with nationally renowned food programs. According to the Minnesota State Fair's online food finder, a searchable index of dishes sold by 312 different vendors, only 13 concessionaires sell burgers (and since the Minnesota State Fair has a reputation for edible weirdness to uphold, that count includes wild-rice burgers, lamb burgers, Spam burgers, and elk burgers).
Stampede Grill this year joined Bernie's Burgers, Hamburger Myers, Butch's Cascade Burgers, and a host of other ground-beef specialists, setting up five booths across the fairgrounds. Stampede's shtick has a locavore bent: The stand's slogan is "Eat like you live here."
With plans to return for a comprehensive burger tasting, I bypassed the Ellensburger and Blue Mountain Burger in my inaugural visit to the new stand; I opted instead for a "leavenwurst," a perfectly acceptable sausage served on a seeded white submarine roll and piled with sweet sautéed onions. The bratwurst was peppery and had a reasonable amount of snap. For eaters seeking still more crunch, the stand is also hawking deep-fried green beans--which probably pair nicely with burgers.