Fair season came early this year to the Mid-South with the new Delta Fair & Musical Festival. Located at the Agricenter, the Delta Fair offers all the rides, games, and entertainment that one expects from a Southern fair.
When planning their new event, local organizers Expo South didn't forget one of the most important parts of the fair -- the food.
I don't know what it is about a fair that makes me lose all inhibition when it comes to eating greasy fried goodies.
Something takes over and calorie-counting and high cholesterol woes disappear.
Even the most health- conscious consumers can be spotted munching a foot-long Pronto Pup and washing it down with a sugary shaken lemonade.
With more than 65 concession stands spread across the fair grounds, you'll find plenty of your favorites.
I had a hard time choosing among the turkey legs, salt-water taffy, cherry limeades, fried potato chips, roasted ears of corn, snow cones, fried apple pies and kettle corn.
And if funnel cakes aren't sinful enough, at one stand you can slather yours with caramel, peanut butter, chocolate or cherry preserves.
A few hometown favorites, such as Coletta's pizza and D'bo's chicken wings, are also available for munching.
So when you head out to the Agricenter for a day of fun, don't forget to go hungry, pace yourself, and remember that calories don't count at the fair. And the Mid-South Fair starts Sept. 21.
Italian wine at River Oaks
On Monday at 6:30 p.m., River Oaks hosts a wine dinner celebrating the 150th anniversary of Bertani, the Italian winery known for introducing Amarone.
Guiseppe Carraturo, North America manager for Bertani Wines, will discuss the winery and the six wines, including the renowned 1972 and 1976 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella, that will be tasted during this six-course meal.
The cost is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Great Wines & Spirits is a co-sponsor of this event. For reservations, call 683-9305.
Bayou heads to London
Bluff City Bayou-Louisiana Lunch Café, 694 Madison, closed for two weeks for summer vacation on Monday and will reopen Monday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.
Owners Les Carloss and Jeff Corrigan are traveling to London to visit Carloss' cookbook publisher, Lord David Evans of The House of Lords. (Carloss published a Cajun cookbook in England in 2000.)
Ready, set, eat!
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Memphis-based Back Yard Burgers has partnered with the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters (AICE) for the National Back Yard Burgers Hamburger Eating Contest, which will take place at the Delta Fair & Music Festival on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Red beans and rice
Folks from the New Orleans-based Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB), will be at the Cotton Museum, 65 Union, Thursday to sell copies of Christopher Blake's cookbook "Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours."
SoFAB reprinted this 1982 New Orleans classic booklet and is selling it for $8.50.
Red beans and rice (Louis Armstrong's favorite dish, by the way) will be available for sampling.
Sushi at Brooks
At 6:30 p.m. today, Chef Wally Joe will teach a class on sushi making basics during the Brooks Museum's monthly 1st Wednesday series.
Tickets are $25 per person, and include a sushi tasting. Reservations can be made at brooksmuseum.org.
Tsunami for lunch
Starting next month, Tsunami will open for lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stay tuned for exact opening information.
A sad goodbye
Longtime East Memphis favorite Lulu Grille closed its doors last Thursday.
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