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Best Bite: Finding the best fare at the Lynden fair

Poffertjes are a Dutch pastry, a cross between a pancake and a doughnut hole.
Poffertjes are a Dutch pastry, a cross between a pancake and a doughnut hole. The Bellingham Herald

One of the best attractions at any county fair is the vittles. Every midway is a smorgasbord of fast food and regional delicacies, like a dim sum of Americana.

You’ll find fare at a fair that you can’t get elsewhere: Curly fries, cotton candy and chocolate-covered frozen bananas, funnel cakes, green chili corn dogs and shave ice. There’s pretty much everything you want on a stick, from deep-fried candy bars to corn dogs, pickles and corn on the cob.

At the Northwest Washington Fair, which opens Monday, Aug. 17, visitors also revel in ginormous ice cream Moo-wiches and delectable poffertjes — a Dutch treat that’s a cross between a doughnut hole and a pancake.

“Curly fries!!!” declared Bethany Edwards of Bellingham on The Bellingham Herald’s Facebook page. “I get mine at the FFA booth every year. Their corn on the cob is good too.”

Vendors this year include popular local restaurants such as Grant’s Burgers of Ferndale and Jake’s Western Grill of Lynden — known for its Southern-style barbecue.

Find a full list of 2015 food offerings at http://nwwafair.com/p/fair-and-rodeo/northwest-washington-fair/411. But, according to responses on Herald social-media accounts, here are five foods you shouldn’t miss:

POFFERTJES

Poffertjes NW makes the sweet treat that’s among the most sought-after foods at the Lynden fair.

MOO-WICHES

The local Dairy Women group for years has mass-produced the Moo-wich, a hefty dollop of ice cream sandwiched between two massive chocolate-chip cookies. “Definitely Moo-wich, I always get one,” said Maddie Quinn of Bellingham.

KETTLE CORN

Lindsay’s Crazy For Kettle Corn offers such flavors as salted caramel, bubble gum and white Cheddar jalapeño. “Lindsay is an incredible lady who has a local business,” said Nichole Nathan of Sudden Valley. “My all-time favorite flavor is cinnamon roll.”

CURLY FRIES

Mount Baker Toppers barbershop harmony group runs a stand featuring curly fries and scones. “They cut all the potatoes per order on one of those old-fashioned, hand-crank contraptions right in front of you,” said Beverly Arnold of Sudden Valley. “I don’t think anyone else at the fair does that. They are super fresh and amazing.”

DEEP-FRIED ANYTHING

Yakima-based Creagel Concessions serves deep-fried foods, including a whole potato, skewered and spiral cut, called the Chipstix. Their novelty items change frequently, and they are known for such artery-busting treats as deep-fried butter and deep-fried Twinkies.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com. Tweeting @DressLikeADuck.

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