Carnival and festival foods aren’t usually subtle. Rather, they celebrate the sweet, the salty, and the deep-fried.

Fried dough in various guises is a staple. For many hounds, this means churros. “Oh those fluffy, crunchy-on-the-outside cinnamon-sugar coated delights,” says Popkin. kattyeyes knows sweet fried dough as pizza fritte. “I don’t mind a hit of the brush with melted butter, either, before sprinkling the sugar on,” she says. The English version, says smartie, is fried doughnuts hot out of the frier, dusted with caster sugar. “[T]hey taste like funnel cakes in a way but are doughier,” says smartie. And sunangelmb loves the fried dough balls called zeppole at Italian carnivals: “So light and delicious, they were like eating sweet balloons.”

Forget fried dough—swamp thinks the best festival food is crawfish Monica, a rich pasta dish with plenty of cheese and cream. kattyeyes’ favorite is the beer-battered apple slices known as appelflappen, dusted with powdered sugar. “They used to hand out stickers ‘I only came for the appelflappen’ and I would wear mine proudly ALL DAY,” she says.

In DunkTheBiscuit‘s area, fairs usually have a curry stall serving little tubs of vegetable masala and chapatis. “You balance the very hot tub on top of the hot chapatis in a paper napkin in one hand, and juggle to break off bits of bread to scoop up the curry with the other hand,” says DunkTheBiscuit. “The precarious situation is part of the experience.” jmcarthur8 loves lemon shake-ups (made-to-order lemonade), and tzurriz has four favorites: “Pickles, the mushrooms simmered in amazing sauce all day long served in a styro bowl with a toothpick, hot sweet pecans, and fried green tomatoes. YUMMMMMM!”

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