Made in Alaska: Alaska State Fair Food
Unusual food draws fairgoers from all over the state
PALMER - One of the biggest draws at the Alaska State Fair is the food, but it's not just traditional treats you'll find out there.
It’s not just sweet treats and sticky snacks, but a lot of meat on a stick that makes fairgoers mouths water.
“It’s my first stop every year,” said Anchorage resident Alex Cortez. “I like them cause they’re flavorful and you can’t get them anywhere else."
The Alaskan Food Adventure Booth is known for its pork chops. "The other white meat" sold at the stand comes from Mikes Quality Meats, in Eagle River.
“The first person is here 10 minutes before we open, the last person is here 10 minutes after we close,” said Dave Anderson, pork chop grill master.
If seafood is more your style, you can find fresh shucked oysters, and for many they're a must have fair food.
“Always,” said Gary Seltenreich of Wasilla. “Every year for the three years. These are the best oysters."
During the Alaska State Fair, Pristine Products will go through about 25,000 oysters. Each one grows for more than five years at the family’s farm in the Prince William Sound.
Some fairgoers love slurping them down, but the owners know not everyone will be a fan.
“We get a lot of first timers,” said Ursa Lively, Pristine Products' owner. “Sometimes they like [them] and say, 'holy cow these are good,' other times, 'I'm never doing it again.' But it's something to try. You eat your way through the fair and you try it. You're not going to like everything you try.”
But with cuisine as diverse as our state, there are plenty of options to satisfy your carnival cravings.