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  • From warm buckets of cookies in Minnesota

  • to cheesecake on a stick in Florida,

  • here are 13 food markets and fairs

  • that you have to visit in your lifetime.

  • The State Fair of Texas is home to the original corn dog,

  • the beloved meat on a stick

  • that Americans can't get enough of.

  • Fletcher's Corny Dogs

  • debuted the very first corn dog in 1938.

  • Back then, they were giving away their Corny Dogs for free

  • just to get people to try the unheard-of food.

  • Now Fletcher's is selling

  • between 500,000 and 600,000 dogs a year.

  • There are more food vendors here

  • than almost any other fair,

  • so you can expect that all the classics will be covered,

  • like old-school saltwater taffy at Sutter's Taffy,

  • funnel cakes that even double as burger buns,

  • and fried everything.

  • The Arizona State Fair is the state's largest public event,

  • and it's been dishing out classic fair foods since 1905.

  • While some of the options may sound familiar,

  • the sheer size of these foods is shocking.

  • Fair foodies will be familiar

  • with a good old-fashioned corn dog,

  • but in Arizona, they make them by the foot.

  • And the cinnamon buns aren't shy on size either --

  • or toppings.

  • Aside from its giant food options,

  • it's the hot and spicy foods

  • that really make the Arizona State Fair stand out.

  • Hot Cheeto-covered foods like turkey legs

  • and even pickles are an Arizona delicacy.

  • And all of them are layered with nacho cheese, of course.

  • People have been flocking to the LA County Fair since 1922.

  • In recent years, they featured 500 food vendors

  • during a single fair.

  • They've got classics like giant turkey legs,

  • rainbow popcorn, and fried Oreos,

  • but also some things

  • you'd have a hard time finding anywhere else.

  • Fans of the fair love to post about these giant cones

  • of extra-long curly fries from Biggy's.

  • They start by spiralizing a lot of potatoes,

  • then deep-fry them so they're golden and crunchy.

  • For another Instagrammable food,

  • you can walk over to Nitro Treats

  • to try their Unicorn's Breath.

  • It's cereal balls dipped in liquid nitrogen,

  • which makes smoke come out of your mouth and nose

  • when you take a bite.

  • And you may have heard of chicken and waffles,

  • but at the LA County Fair,

  • Chicken Charlie's takes chicken tenders,

  • puts them on a stick, covers them in waffle batter,

  • then voilà!

  • Chicken and waffles on a stick.

  • Pro tip: Ripping them in half

  • will make it a little easier to eat.

  • Brunch lovers flock to London's dedicated Brunch Fest

  • to celebrate all things eggs and pastry.

  • Guests will find sweet and savory brunch foods

  • like waffles, pancakes, and breakfast tacos.

  • All of these delicious breakfast favorites

  • are topped with syrups, jams, and hot sauces galore.

  • There are even plenty of vegan options,

  • so there's something for everyone.

  • London's best brunch spots

  • come out to highlight their most-loved menu items

  • and, of course, their booziest drinks.

  • A trip to the Bloody Mary bar, anyone?

  • Or maybe you'll have an espresso martini.

  • The Minnesota State Fair has been an institution

  • in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for over 160 years.

  • More than 2 million guests gather every year

  • for treats like the infamous Sweet Martha's cookies.

  • It's not unusual to see fairgoers

  • walking around with buckets piled high

  • with gooey chocolate chip cookies.

  • Sweet Martha's sells 1 million cookies per day on average.

  • You might also catch a glimpse

  • of equally massive buckets of french fries.

  • Fresh French Fries goes through

  • roughly 30,000 pounds of fries per day,

  • and they claim to be the freshest ever

  • because they make them to order.

  • And if you see buckets of pickles,

  • it's not what you might think.

  • These pickles have become

  • what's known at the Minnesota State Fair

  • as pickle dogs.

  • That's a pickle smeared with cream cheese

  • wrapped in pastrami.

  • You can only find this wacky snack

  • at the Minnesota State Fair.

  • The Queens Night Market

  • is famous for its global selection of foods

  • that represent over 20 different countries.

  • It's a major cultural event that has attracted vendors

  • like The Malaysian Project,

  • where burgers are wrapped in omelets.

  • This signature Malaysian dish

  • can be found all over its home country,

  • but in Queens, New York,

  • this stand is the only place making it.

  • The key is the homemade spicy mayo.

  • Catmint Wheel Cake is another food stand

  • showcasing a classic treat from abroad.

  • Wheel cakes are a traditional Taiwanese street food,

  • and these handheld desserts

  • are made right in front of your eyes.

  • Meanwhile, Sam's Fried Ice Cream

  • is a New York food fair staple.

  • Here, ice cream is coated in various toppings

  • and fried until silky and crunchy.

  • This market is the city's best late-night spot

  • to taste foods from all over the world.

  • Each year during the holiday season,

  • Manhattan's Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland

  • brimming with seasonal foods.

  • The star of the show is always the piping-hot raclette

  • loaded onto sandwiches.

  • You can never go wrong

  • with a blanket of cheese on a chilly day.

  • And that's what you'll find at Baked Cheese Haus,

  • where they serve up the Alpine staple.

  • If steaming cheese doesn't make you toasty enough,

  • you can finish off your meal

  • with hot chocolate poured into chimney cakes.

  • Chimney cakes are a traditional dessert from Hungary,

  • and in Manhattan, they're loading them up

  • with melted chocolate and marshmallows.

  • With one of these in hand,

  • there's no better place for cozy treats than this

  • during the city's coldest months.

  • Orlando's East End Market

  • gives small makers an opportunity each year

  • to show off their wares to the community.

  • It's how many Floridians discovered

  • what's known as the state's best cookies.

  • Gideon's sells out of its super-chocolaty cookies

  • every single day, but in the end,

  • it's worth it when you get your hands

  • on this giant 800-calorie cookie that's unlike any other.

  • And if that wasn't sweet enough,

  • guests can also find rainbow s'mores

  • with handmade marshmallows.

  • Every element of these colorful marshmallows

  • is crafted by hand,

  • down to the aromatic vanilla extract.

  • Even the graham crackers are handmade.

  • If you'd like to add a little savory to your sweet,

  • you can find a fried-chicken sandwich

  • on a mochi doughnut bun

  • at Dochi and Chicken Fire.

  • It's a super-Instagrammable dessert,

  • but it's the irresistible combo

  • of crunchy and chewy textures

  • that make this dish sell out every single day.

  • Singapore is world-renowned for its street food,

  • and it all comes together

  • at the city's open-air food markets called hawker centers.

  • Nestled in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre

  • is a Michelin-star-rated food stall, Hawker Chan,

  • which is world-renowned for its chicken.

  • Chef Chan Hon Meng was the very first chef

  • to ever be awarded a Michelin star for street food

  • and has since become world famous.

  • Most other stalls in the market

  • also make their foods fresh while you wait

  • and are known to showcase a variety of cuisines

  • from all over the region.

  • For foodies looking to bundle up in search of unique treats,

  • Quebec's Winter Carnival is a celebration of snow and ice.

  • This is where you can find the famous maple taffy.

  • Hot syrup is poured over snow and rolled up with a stick

  • to make a uniquely Canadian candy.