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What’s To Eat?

Eating is a major San Diego County Fair activity, with more than 100 food booths, several sit-down restaurants, and food-and-beverage events.

Every year, our food vendors come up with tasty new treats to try. This year, our food vendors really got into the Oz-some theme. Be on the lookout for these and other new food items:

  • Emerald City Fire Burger at Grant’s Tasti Burgers
  • Over The Rainbow Summer Salad at the Emerald Farms Eatery
  • Yellow Brick Fudge Slice at Mackinac Island Fudge
  • Wizard of Oz Waffle Pizza at Pignotti’s Pasta Italian
  • Scarecrow Dog at Pink’s Hot Dogs
  • Emerald City Limeade at Sunset Grill
  • Flying Monkey Wings at Wood Pit BBQ
  • Auntie Em’s Brownie at Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Blizzard of Oz frozen hot chocolate at Crutchee’s Cream
  • OzSome Avocado Toast at Ten Pound Buns
  • A whole lot more!

The Fair has several restaurants and bars, most outdoors, some indoors. Among them are:

  • Paddock Tavern, on the east side of the Paddock, serving sandwiches and salads, along with craft beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Sponsored by Ballast Point.
  • 17 Hands Restaurant and Cantina, an indoor eatery between Plaza de Mexico and the Paddock. It features 20 taps of local craft beers and a full bar in a roughhewn, warm atmosphere. Sponsored by Saint Archer Brewing.
  • Emerald Farms Eatery, in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. (This name and menu changes each year to match the Fair theme.)
  • Wizard of Haze, our center-of-the-action bar, smack dab in the center of the Fair. This large bar has wooden tables supported by barrels, and it serves a beer brewed especially for the Fair, also called Wizard of Haze, from Mike Hess Brewing Company.  (This name and beer changes each year to match the Fair theme.)

Several shows in the Toyota Summer Concert Series offer a gourmet dinner package in the Fairgrounds’ famed Turf Club. The Terrace B seating offers table food & beverage service.

Somewhere on the Fairgrounds is a speakeasy with a fabulous view and equally fabulous craft cocktails. It’s open every night of the Fair , and it’s up to you to find it. Ask around!

On Thursdays from noon to 5:00PM, food vendors offer a small portion of one of their featured foods for $3.00. Great for small appetites, or for grazing your way through the Fair.

Albertsons | Vons, our presenting sponsor, has a food booth for those of you who crave healthy eating options. Located on Wyland Way, near the east end of the Grandstand, the Albertsons | Vons General Store has fruit bowls, sandwich wraps, salads, juice, nuts, baked chips and more.

Several food stands have gluten-free or healthy options. For example, Roxys and Biggys list gluten-free items on their menus, and many food stands offer salads or grilled chicken.

For a more complete list, download our Food Map or pick one up at an Information Booth. (Food Map will be available sometime in May.)

Participating food vendors offer the Kids’ Meal Deal, an entree, side and drink for $5.99. Look for the Kids Meal Deal sign at the booth.

If you have dietary restrictions, or if your child will only eat jelly sandwiches, you may bring food and factory-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages. Please see our Guest Services section for more information on what is allowed.

Food Map

Download our Food Map, pick one up at the Information Booths or view our interactive online map, so you’ll know where to find those delicious Fair treats, both the ones you’ve come to love, and some new ones, too!

Download Food Map
View Online Food Map

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