"Make sure you enter the event from South 18th Street, not from Fair Avenue!" That is the biggest takeaway I got from Kathy Kramer, the President and CEO of State Fair Park. Kramer was telling us about the best way we members of the public can enter the Spring Fair Food Fest 2021.

If you weren't around the Yakima Valley last fall, the folks at the Central Washington State Fair figured out a way to soothe the public's insatiable need for fair food even though our state fair had been canceled due to the COVID pandemic. It was a pretty genius idea to have people do a drive-thru to order fair food favorites at the fairgrounds. I was able to attend the event last year, but like I mentioned in this article here, my daughter and I made the not-so-brilliant idea to take our new kitten along for the ride with us. We didn't know what to expect as far as the waiting situation for the 2020 Fair Food Fest, and we ended up being stuck in traffic for nearly two hours before we reached our turn in the drive-thru line.

I decided it was worth the wait, mainly because I didn't have any other choice, but also because I got to eat a funnel cake and Willow got to eat a caramel apple. Funnel cakes are my fave fair food and cotton candy is hers. This year, there is cotton candy available and a whole lot more fair food favorites! Check out the photo gallery below to see the samples they spread out for Media Day.

I got to try some Elote for the first time and it was sooooo good. I felt brave and tried the "Flaming Hot Cheetos Elote". It wasn't as spicy as I thought it would be; it was just the right amount of spice! I also tried the funnel cake (I snuck two samples because, come on, it's my favorite)!

WHAT: Spring Fair Food Fest, presented by State Fair Park and HAPO Credit Union

WHEN: Thursday, June 10 - Sunday, June 13, 2021. Open 11 AM TO 9 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.

WHERE: State Fair Park, 1301 S Fair Ave

COST: Free to attend; Food vendor prices vary. CHECK OUT THE FULL MENU and PRICE LIST HERE.

Spring Fair Food Fest 2021

Spring Fair Food Fest 2021

Spring Fair Food Fest 2021 Vendors:
  1. BBQ Turkey Legs
  2. Candy Castle
  3. Daniel's Taco Cart
  4. Elephant Ears
  5. Fire Roasted Corn
  6. Funnel Cakes
  7. Gabby's Churros
  8. Hawaiian Teriyaki
  9. Pioneer Popcorn
  10. Southern Oregon