20 insane new foods you’ll find at the 2018 Fair at the PNE


With August comes the Fair at the PNE, and with the Fair at the PNE each year comes a fresh list of absolutely insane new foods you can get to thrill your gut and your ‘gram.

The Fair has long been a place for sugary indulgence and deep fried delights, and of course, in recent years, riffs on the biggest food trends from around the globe.

Running August 18 to September 3, the 2018 Fair at the PNE will have an array of outrageous eats alongside staples like hot dogs, cotton candy, and lots of things served on sticks.

Here are 20 insane new foods you can feed on at this year’s Fair at the PNE.

Cricket Caramel Apples

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A Caramel Apple is rolled in salty, oven-roasted Entomo Farm crickets to create a sweet and salty delight that will add a bit of crunch for the courageous.

Smoking Charcoal Soft Serve

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One of the biggest recent food trends is charcoal ice cream, and this stuff is smokin’–as in it’s got some “smoke” coming off it.

Black Charcoal Pineapple Ice Cream

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Black charcoal soft serve ice cream served right out of a fresh pineapple from the Drink A Fruit From The Fruit stand.

Wat a Melon

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The Drink a Fruit From the Fruit guys also have the Instagram-famous “Wat a Melon” which is watermelon flavoured ice cream snack served between two slices of watermelon.

Big Pizza Corndog

A corndog stuffed with Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, herbs and spices, with a side of pizza sauce will be available at the Corndog King.

Red Velvet Corndog

And for dessert, the Corndog King will have a Red Velvet Corndog.

Garlic Vanilla Milkshake Burger

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Gourmet Burgers has a 50s diner vibe with crazy concoctions like Milkshake Burgers, including one made with garlic on top of vanilla ice cream inside a buger.

Sweet and Salty Milkshake Burger

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This Milkshake Burger comes with rock salts, caramel drizzle and vanilla ice cream.

Deep-Fried Burger

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Wrapped in a bread dough and deep fried to a golden brown crisp, this is definitely a next-level burger experience.

Caramel Fried Pineapple Ring

Deep fried and topped with a warm caramel sauce.

Deep-Fried Strawberries

Dipped in funnel cake batter and served with just a hint of powdered sugar.

Chocolate Dipped Churros

Churros dipped and rolled in your favourite toppings from Churros Locos.

Churro Fries

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Churros Locos also will be making Churro Fries, which are smothered with chocolate and caramel sauce, with marshmallows tossed into the mix, available only at the PNE Marketplace.

Triple Chocolate Brownie Milkshakes

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Drink your dessert: Fresh homemade brownies crushed and mixed in warm chocolate sauce are layered through a premium hard scoop Vanilla Bean Milkshake.

Buen Gusto Street Tacos

Find the PNE’s brand new taco stand set up outside the Pacific Coliseum, offering Vancouver’s take on tacos.

1 lb. Fair Sized Meatball

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A giant meatball oozing with mozzarella and Nonna’s tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmigiana Strips

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All white meat chicken strips covered in Nonna’s tomato sauce, cheese, and torched
to perfection.


Boozy slush drinks in a variety of flavours, including Frosé, Lime, Mango, and Dark & Stormy.

KitKat Fries

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Dipped in a signature batter and deep- fried to a soft, fluffy, and chocolatey perfection while maintaining the famous KitKat crunch, you’ll find these at Steve O’s Public House.

White Chocolate Cheese Cake Mini Donuts

A new riff on the good ol’ mini donut.

See you at the PNE!


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom