The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Texas. With over 2.5 million visitors a year, it's the perfect place for carnival concessionaires to perfect their offerings. Host Noah Cappe gets a lesson in the meat that makes Texas famous, sampling the Texas Chili Burger and the Big Texas Barbecue Baked Potato. Then he tries a local legend's tamale recipe before rounding off the day with Strawberry Waffle Bombs. Next, he arrives at Lemonade Days in Dunwoody, Georgia to discover a new breakfast concept called Rise & Shine Pizza. A Sushi Burrito is an East-West fusion food that tickles his taste buds while The Funnel Cake Dog proves that even the wackiest carnival concoctions can be a success.
Young squire Noah Cappe tries his hand at making the King's Court Conch Fritters, decadent Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownie Bites, a picquant Fried Green Tomato BLT and the Cookies and Cream Sandwich. Biding adieu to his new friends, Noah heads west to Mercedes, Texas where the rough and ready cowboys and girls at the Livestock Show rustle up some western grub like Deep Fried Cheesesteak, Outlaw Fries and the enormous Suicide Taco that's so huge you need two plates and four hands to hold it.
Host Noah Cappe is off to the races in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky Derby Festival. First he chows down on a custom made pizza, the Kentucky Hot Brown. Then it's time to get a little bit country with Ozark Style Loaded Fries, piled high with pork, baked beans and cheddar cheese. Ending the day are two sweet treats: Festive Funnel Cake made with pumpkin and Kentucky's Fried Cookie Dough. Next he heads to Beaumont, Texas, for the South Texas State Fair where local specialties are The Swamp Thing and Hush Kitties.
On this episode, host Noah Cappe travels to the Nederland Heritage Festival, where food from around the world is prepared by an army of volunteers. From the Cowboy Pistolettes to Sopapillas, to Chicken Fried Bacon and a very fun egg-stravaganza. Later, he travels to Farmville, NC for the Dogwood Festival - home to southern comfort food with a fair flare. From the Oh Boy! Po' Boy sandwich to Cocoa Bananas home made ice cream, these are real garden goodies.
Noah Cappe goes coastal at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. From Crawfish Cakes to Oyster Rolls, to a pair of classic carnival desserts, this festival covers all the bases from seafood to sweets. Then it's off to Porterville, California where they've got a uniquely savory funnel cake, deep fried pizza and an Inside Out Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a stick makes this event a fork-free food frenzy.
In the tiny town of Chowchilla, CA Noah Cappe discovers some carnival eats that deserve to be shared with the world. First up, it's the Deep Pit Barbeque, a meat extravaganza that takes three days to prepare. Noah also enjoys a Funnel Cake Cheeseburger and the Baja Avocado Taco. Across the country in New Jersey, the St. Michael's Italian Festival celebrates the cultural and culinary history of Italian-Americans with Zeppole, a cheesecake known as Cake 'n Bacon and a bad boy of a sandwich: The Hoboken Fat Boy.
The Brandywine Strawberry Festival in Pennsylvania is home to "The Colossal" a crab cake/roast beef combo that has host Noah Cappe going wild. Other favorites at this annual celebration include The Sizzler, the Chicken Parm'wich and Strawberry Kettle Corn. Then Noah heads to Chico, CA for the Silver Dollar Fair, where he strikes gold with the Sinfully Sweet Spicy Cheese Pretzel.
The Sacramento County Fair in California's state capital is the launching pad for trend-setting fair food including the famous Jalapeno Cheese Skirt Burger. Noah Cappe also investigates two new takes on some classics, and Cowboy Campfire Churros. Next, he meets the locals at Gizzard Fest in Michigan where they're serving a donut to die for, and an Onion Dog as big as his head.
Rockford, Mich., is home to the Start of Summer Celebration, where Noah Cappe gets busy with the Soul On A Roll sandwich, and the To Die For Casserole. Salted Caramel Apple Gelato is the thing to beat the heat, while a Beer Can Chicken Pizza Cone combines the best of two worlds. Then it's off to the corn fields of Iowa, where three generations of one fabulous fair family keep Noah entertained with the Hillbilly Hamburger, the Dream Puff and the Bacon Screamer.
In Fertile, Minn., imaginations have run wild, dreaming up some of the freshest fair eats around. Beginning with the Dynamite Dog and the North Woods Sandwich, piled high with prime rib and finishing the day with Barbe'chos, a barbecue-nachos fusion, host Noah Cappe has a field day. Later, he heads north of the border to the Red River Exhibition in Manitoba, Canada, where quintessential Canadian cuisine gets a carnival twist with Prairie Poutine and a Habanero Crunch Burger.
Pleasanton, Calif., is home to the Alameda County Fair, and some mouthwatering Carnival Eats. Noah Cappe gets his hands on the Caliente Curls and Chile Relleno Dog, and meets fried-food royalty who prepares his world famous Mac and Cheese Bacon Burger. Next, Noah arrives in Iowa for a stomping good time with Reverend Tom and his Cowboy Beans: The Sunnyside Burger looks on the bright side, while the Tropical Tantalizer tickles taste buds.
Noah Cappe says good morning to the California sunshine at the Sonoma Marin Fair with Breakfast on a Stick, and chows down on another West Coast classic-turned-carnival eats: the Green Goddess. Then it's off to Wisconsin for the Racine County Fair's Classic Cheese Curds and The Pink Taco.
The hills are alive with the sound of satisfied stomachs at the Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Sound of Music Festival, where Noah Cappe gives a rave review to a hit parade of new releases: The Rockin' Roti hits all the right notes, while the OMG Bar has Noah singing the blues after he eats the whole thing. Then Noah takes the show on the road and arrives at the Red River Valley Fair in North Dakota, where he gets up close and personal with local favorites Minneapple Pie and Jalapeno Wontons.
Noah Cappe kicks things off in Polk County, Minnesota where he goes local with the North Woods Sandwich and Barbe-chos, and feels right at home at the Red River Valley Fair with the Redneck Taco.
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