Food vendors at the California State Fair are required to pass a number of health inspections, and your favorite food on a stick will get even closer scrutiny this year. The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department will be inspecting for trans fats as the State Fair begins its run Wednesday through Aug. 1. Since Jan. 1, food vendors are banned from using and serving items containing artificial trans fats. What might this mean for the deep-fried Twinkies out there? We'll soon find out as the county begins conducting its trans fat inspections at the State Fair on Tuesday.
In other fair food news, if you haven't heard by now, food at this year's Califiornia State Fair has been discounted 25 percent. Could this strategy help boost sagging fair attendance? I'll be reporting on this for Wednesday's paper and give the scoop on some new foods coming to the fair. (Think: fried scorpions and chocolate covered bacon). Bon appetit!