Every year, the Coastal Carolina Fair adjusts its vendor lineup so attendees can get a crack at whatever’s burning up the fried-food circuit. And every year, on the fair’s first day, spokesman Joe Bolchoz makes a beeline for the longstanding Fiske French Fries booth.
“I’m ashamed to say I have this ritual,” Bolchoz says. “I start out with a guy named Fiske. He has the best French fry I have ever eaten. It’s a double fry. The gentleman who started it has passed away, but he was very particular about where he got his potatoes. Fiske Fries. That’s all he does.”
In addition to the three Fiske stands, this year’s concession lineup includes vendors selling gator mac-and-cheese, apple dumplings, pig butt-on-a-stick, beef ribs, bread pudding and pork chop-on-a-stick. Bayou Billy, an outfit specializing in jambalaya and andouille sausage platters, also will join the fair.
“Well, I think the Cajun cooking is going to be something really new for us,” Bolchoz says. “That’s not something you normally find in this area. I’m a big fan myself of those po-boys: That and a Dixie beer, and you’re set to go.”
Fairgoers may have to make do without the Dixie: No alcohol is allowed at the fair.
But there aren’t any prohibitions on bacon, which Bolchoz says is holding strong as a fan favorite. New vendor Bubba’s Bacon will offer bacon-on-a-stick, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon popcorn and a burger that consists of equal parts ground beef and ground bacon.
“I have to back off at a certain point or my cardiologist will be rolling on the floor,” Bolchoz says of his personal consumption. “But life’s too short not to enjoy something.”
The Coastal Carolina Fair, held at Exchange Park in Ladson, begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and runs through Nov. 8. For hours and more information, visit coastal carolinafair.org.