Jeff Cummings/for metro edmonton
Sure, there’s the usual midway staples like mini-doughnuts and corndogs. But this year’s version of the Capital Ex menu includes Deep-Fried Coke, Elephant Ears and Taco In A Bag.
Among some of the food that’s unique, deep-fried and probably not healthy, Capital Ex-goers are craving Taco In A Bag, which includes a bag full of Doritos packed with lettuce, salsa, ground beef and sour cream.
“I really like this a lot because when you eat tacos, it’s usually messy,” said 13-year-old Daniel Tkach while chowing down a mouthful of greasy meat.
“I really like the fact that you can carry it around with you while not worrying about making a mess because it’s all in a bag.”
Other not-so-healthy choices include Elephant Ears, which is a very large deep-fried pastry loaded with sugar and cinnamon.
Deep-Fried Coke, a hit-and-miss with some attendees, includes chunks of deep-fried batter soaked in Coca-Cola that is draped in icing sugar and Coca-Cola syrup — enough to harm any diabetic, according to 23-year-old Amy Dowhan.
“This is definitely not for everybody,” said Dowhan while sampling a cup of Deep- Fried Coke yesterday.
“It’s deep fried and then deep fried again with sugar — I really don’t know if I like it.”
Only Granny’s Cheesecake & More, near the Grandstand, offers the cola treat.
But there’s more to food at Capital Ex than just deep-fried fare, according to spokesperson Bonni Clark.
For starters, Capital Ex-goers can check out a food fair called Sip after 5 p.m. every night at the Northlands Agricom. Food lovers here can feast on dishes from the Fairmont Hotel McDonald and celebrity chefs like Julie Van Rosendall.