The Food


Piggly’s – Veggie combo: Onion Rings / Zucchini Sticks
Crispy golden rings and gigantic zucchini sticks. Seasoned with seasoning salt and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for dipping.
Price: $6.75

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Poffertjes – Puffertjes
Airy “puffs” that taste like the best french toast. Sprinkled in icing sugar with a side of cinnamon cream cheese icing.
Price: $4.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


King’s Homemade Corn Dogs – Corn Dog
Large foot long corn dog. Fresh batter was thin and tasteless.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 


Sugar N Spice Mini Donuts – Spicy (Jalapeno) Cheese Curds
Looked like they had been dipped in hot sauce before frying. Not overly spicy, just right in fact.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Teens for Christ – Hand-dipped Cheese cake on a Stick
Pretty much as expected. No better or worse than any other cheese cake on a stick.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


The Whatcom County Dairy Women – Moowich
Homemade chocolate chip cookies with huge blocks of vanilla ice cream in between. Comes in a sandwich bag emphasizing the homemade feel. Cookies were a little on the sweet side.
Price: $3.50

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Review

After missing the Lynden (NW) Fair the past few years, we finally made our way there one weekday evening to celebrate their 100th year of the fair.  Our first observation was that there was a lot of selection for places to eat…especially compared to some of the larger fairs in the area (PNE, Puyallup). After first going through a bunch of typical small fair trailer concession stands, we decided we wanted to continue on and look for something a little different. Next we came upon a huge food stand called “Piggly” which served beef sandwiches and all sorts of deep fried veggies, where the deep fried onion rings and zucchini caught our eye. They were fresh, crispy and perfectly salty.

After sitting down to relax while eating the delicious fried goodies, we headed towards the midway and rides, where we were able to make a one-two punch of “not your typical fair food”. While waiting for our jalapeno cheese curds were fried to order, we could stand in a long and growing line for Puffertjes. Taking the commitment of the people in the line as a sign of good things to come, we stayed even after our curds were ready and eaten (tasty, spicy squeaky cheese!). Part of the reason for the wait was the making of the puffertjes takes a bit of time (pouring batter into many small dimples on a hot metal sheet and then combining half circle of dough into full ones when they are almost done). Plus people were ordering multiple plates full at a time! Finally it was our turn to try these simple puffed dough balls with icing sugar and cream cheese icing and they were delicious. It was reminiscent of light French toast with the icing lightly spiced with cinnamon. We then realized why people were buying multiple plates!

There are two things that we cannot pass up. Corn dogs and cheesecake on a stick. This fair trip provided opportunities for both. While there were many options for corndogs, B couldn’t pass on the KINGDOG! While waiting for the dog to fry, a lady passed by and said “Ew! Those corndogs were horrible last year!” Not a good sign. When the dog was finally ready, it was disappointing. The batter was bland and flavorless.
Cheesecake on a stick on the other hand was what was to be expected. A frozen slice of cheesecake, hand dipped in chocolate when ordered. Yum!

After cruising around the fair grounds and taking in the sounds of Weird Al from the bandstand, we ended our night with some Moowich ice cream sandwiches from the popular ice cream stand. The sandwiches came in sandwich bags which emphasized the homemade feel of them. They were large but the cookies were a bit too sweet.

The Lynden Fair was a pleasant surprise with more food opportunities than we could partake in one evening. And although we are posting this after the fair is over, we will be back next year for sure,  just make sure to save us some of our favorite eats!

Reviewers

B –  Corn Dog, Cheese Curds and Moowich.
M –  Onion rings / Zucchini sticks, Puffertjes, Hand-dipped Cheese cake on a Stick, and Moowich.

Lynden Fair (NW Fair)
1775 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264
Tel: (360) 354-4111
http://www.nwwafair.com