You Can Still Enjoy Your Favorite Fair Food At This Florida Drive-Thru Carnival
Be there, the fair!
With stay-at-home orders redefining what is considered essential, many annual events like county fairs have been canceled or postponed. From riding on rickety roller coasters to gorging on deep-fried Oreos, participating in these simple joys were one of the few perks of living in the Sunshine State. That's why one Florida carnival food vendor decided the show must go on and has brought the fair to your door, the car door that is.
“I think it’s kind of like a getaway from reality for a lot of people,” Jake Peck, an employee of Taste of the Fair to Go told the Tampa Bay Times. “It gives people a little bit of joy, I think, when they see it. It’s hard to be sad when you’re holding cotton candy.”
Matthew Lauther and a crew of friends and family have brought the best parts of any county fair to Tampa, with their Taste of the Fair to Go. The mini-concession stand fair allows patrons to dine on funnel cakes, turkey legs, and cotton candy at this drive-thru experience in an abandoned farmer’s market.
“I’ve got the five main fair food groups,” Lauther told the Times. “Pizza, cotton candy, doughnut burgers, funnel cakes and fried Oreos.”
Since April 6, this unconventional fair has been serving customers classic carnival treats.
Like most fast-food spots, customers stay in their cars to pick up their orders.
Don't want to wait in long car lines?
Taste of the Fair to Go is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and there's a Facebook page with a list of the different options offered if you have a taste for the whimsical.