The festival included perfect weather, food, live music, arts and crafts, mom-and-pop businesses, fun for kids, and a display of classic cars. The aroma of grilled and smoked meats and fried foods filled the air. While much of the food sold at street festivals may smell and taste great, it’s loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol that it clogs your arteries and makes you fat.
The good news is that food vendors are responding to the growing interest in healthy fare at the fairs and festivals. Submarina, a sub shop, was selling sub sandwiches this weekend, a healthier alternative with both vegetarian and vegan options available. Many vendors, even those that sell high-fat foods, offer some kind of salad, which is great (be sure to ask for the dressing on the side as they tend to drench the lettuce in dressing). I’ve even been to fairs recently with vegan food vendors. Of course, the classic giant ears of roasted sweet corn, without butter, has always been one of my favorite festival foods! And to me, one of the best things about eating healthy at festivals and fairs is feeling great after enjoying a fun-filled day!