20 crazy new foods to find at this year’s Fair at the PNE (PHOTOS)


Global, goofy, and gut-busting seems to be mantra for the creative culinary minds behind all of the new foods that you’ll be able to chow down on this year at the Fair at the PNE. But save room for some healthier eats – or at least eats without meats – and plenty of deep-fried goodness for 2019.

Last year it was all about crickets and charcoal, while this year it’s all about pickles and ramen. And just when you thought French Fries couldn’t be anything extra, they’ve gone and made them foot-long.

For 2019, over 10 per cent of the food booths at the Fair are new, and there seems to be an increased emphasis on plant-based options. The now-ubiquitous Beyond Meat burger will be in two spots at the Fair (at the Handmade Stuffed Burger Booth on the Fair main food line or at the Lookout Grill in Playland).

Among the many new vendors showcasing veg-forward eats are Govinda’s Vegan Vegetarian Street Food and North Vancouver’s own Buddha-Ful Vegetarian Food, the latter of which will be parking their cool double-decker bus food truck on the Fair’s main food line.

But Buddha Bowls aside, there’s still heaps of bacon and Butter Beer on tap. Oh, and speaking of taps, this year, the PNE collaborated with local craft brewery Parallel 49 on an easy-drinking Mexican-inspired beer called NeFAIRious Cerveza – look for it at the Fair and at the P49 tasting room in “Yeast Van.”

With nearly-unspeakable things being done to good old cotton candy and corndogs, along with something called a “Tipsy Unicorn,” here are 20 of the standouts among the class of 2019’s new foods you can find at this year’s Fair at the PNE.

Banana Bread French Toast & Bacon Pancake Dippers

Banana Bread French Toast. Photo courtesy PNE

Butter Beer Ice Cream

Butter Beer soft-serve ice cream. Photo courtesy PNE

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corndogs

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corndogs. Photo courtesy PNE

Foot Long French Fries

Freakk Fries! Photo courtesy PNE

Devil’s Ramen

Devil’s Ramen. Photo courtesy PNE

Mighty Zeus Onion

The Mighty Zeus Onion: whole onion cut and dipped in homemade batter and garnished with green pepper, red onion, tomato, feta cheese and more. Photo courtesy PNE

Cheesy Ramen Corn Dog

Cheesy Ramen Corndog. Photo courtesy PNE

Tipsy Unicorn Dry Ice Drink

The Tipsy Unicorn. Photo courtesy PNE

Chana Tater Tots

Chana Tater Tots: Tater tots topped with sliced onion, green chilies, diced tomato, chickpeas and sliced chicken, all tossed in a house-made chana masala sauce and garnished with fresh coriander and ginger. Photo courtesy PNE

Pickle Flavour Cotton Candy

Pickle Cotton Candy. Photo courtesy PNE

Rice Burgers

Rice Burger. Photo courtesy PNE

Pizza Perogies

Pizza Perogies. Photo courtesy PNE
Plus these items:
  • Pulled Pork Tater Tot Nachos
  • Pickle Pizza
  • Traditional Mexican Street Corn
  • Watermelon Candy Floss
  • Funnel Cake Pizza
  • Jalapeno Lemonade
  • The Snickly Dog
The PNE Fair runs from August 17–September 2 (closed August 19 and 26). Info about tickets, hours, and programming is online here.
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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