Yes kids, it was that time again: The pre-summer 4th Avenue Street Fair, that three day stretch of food, art, food, weird household bits you never thought you needed, food, beer, food, more beer, bad tattoos, more food, heat stoke, some guy that only paints pictures of sad clowns, excessive amounts of food and beer and, of course, fun for the kids!
It's sort of a right of passage for us Tucsonans to attend/deal with the fair, mainly because it can be totally fun while at the same time be a complete pain in the butt.
You know what I mean right?
Sure there's lots of food to be eaten and gifts to be purchased, but there is the usual insane amount of people, most of whom walk exceedingly slow, and "art" that looks more like the kind of glop you'd see in some defunct buffet trough shanty that serves up drippy ham dejection to those in overalls and elastic waisted jeans.
But let's not focus on the poopy things about the fair, shall we? No!
We at the Tucson Homeskillet had a great time eating our way through the crowds and smoke and here is just a sampling of what we got into.
Check it out...
|It can't be called a "fair" if they don't serve funnel cakes...right?|
|Just add water!|
|These lil guys were actually very tasty|
|Just a fraction of the salsa booths that lined 4th Avenue|
|Smoked bacon candy? You had me at "It'll give you night terrors!"|
|Meaty treats that are neat to consume|
|Piles and piles of deep fried...everything|
|Steamed noodles and veggies was actually a nice break from the meat heavy fare|
|Beefy dudes beefin' it up|
|Unicorn droppings...on a stick|
|This guy's cobbler was solid|
|And my Patronus is a sack of pork cracklins|
|Sooooo much kettle corn, like soooo much|
|Deeeez spiced nuts?|
|Not food but tasty indeed, our good friend Monica who owns the Rustic Candle Company enjoying the smell of smoking pork|
|Work those skewers...work them!|
|Too much going on in just one picture|
|Dry rubbed and slow cooked, this stuff was awesome|
|A well needed video game respite courtesy of Generation Cool was enjoyed after the grilled carnage we were enduring|
|And then...more meat!|
|Honestly, La Indita served up some of the best food that day, a welcome break from fried bits and weighty smoked flesh|
|And, of course, you always have to get your cup of free water, courtesy of the 4th Avenue Church to wash it all down|
|Thanks 4th Avenue Street fair....see you next time!|
Eating, Typing and Camera
"Metal" Mark Whittaker
First Few Days in April, 2016