*Cassandra Sherrill with the Winston-Salem Journal ventured to the WS Fairgrounds in search of ‘vegetarian’ goodies to eat.
For my main meal, I went back to L.I.F.E. Inc. among the brick civic booths for their vegetarian plate. For $7.50, I got pinto beans, mac and cheese, sweet potato chips and corn bread. Other choices included French fries and daily greens (collards). I love that they offer and proudly advertise their excellent meat-free sides, not often found at the fair.
A friend got vegetarian collards from the Wutyasay booth and was impressed with their savory flavor. They also offer a homemade vegan black bean burger. Along with the collards, she had her beloved smoked mac and cheese from Honey Bee’s.
My most decadent item of the day was a hot doughnut from Peachy’s. The dough was hot, sugary and practically melting. They have two locations this year, but only the one near Yesterday Village also has pretzels. I didn’t get one of those this year, but I remember it being excellent and buttery last year. Only so much room in the stomach!
For our final food of the day, three of us split a new item: Griff’s tater tots, which come with up to five nonmeat toppings for $8. It was definitely a dish to be shared, and it was a great, filling fair food, with crispy, fresh-from-the-fryer tots.
Of course there was ample opportunity for various fried vegetables: potatoes in multiple forms, green beans, onions and green tomatoes. As usual, pizza and roasted corn were available from multiple booths.
The Munchie Wagon, near the Annex, boasted tomato pie made with Musten & Crutchfield bold pimento cheese and on Saturday, their soup of the day was vegetarian vegetable.
You could get stir-fried vegetables from the Taste Jamaica trailer, and a Greek salad or grilled vegetables on a pita from the Greek booths. The Ostrich Chateau food truck, near the corner closest to Joel Coliseum, had a small but welcome vegetarian section on their menu with a veggie burger, veggie wrap and veggie quesadilla.
Back this year was the truck serving up an arepa, a sandwich of mozzarella cheese between two sweet corn patties. This could be found in the row of booths nearest the Coliseum.
If your system is in need of a healthy palate cleanser among all the fried food, try a fresh-spiraled apple for $1 from the apple truck near Yesterday Village. You really can’t get healthier than that at the fair!
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