Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 28, 2013

Fair foods take over summer

— — Would you eat a Twilly? For one day only, a restaurant unleashed their spin on hot dogs and Twinkies. The restaurant named Pittsburg Willy, a gourmet hot dog eatery — it is really located in Arizona despite its name — created the strange concoction on National Hot Dog Day. It combines 1 Twinkie, split down the middle and a grilled six-inch all-beef hot dog. The Twilly is covered in bacon bits and yes, peanut butter. The weird combination will probably end up on a menu somewhere soon. I have friends who would eat a Twilly; I am sure there are a few in the newsroom and a lot of readers who would order a Twilly, mostly out of curiosity.

As we approach the end of summer, foodies in southern West Virginia have more than one opportunity to satisfy their taste buds at local fairs and festivals. From the Bluefield Lemonade Festival to the State Fair of West Virginia, food vendors will sell everything from deep-fried Oreos to sweet savory BBQ to tempt the young and old. There will be traditional favorites like cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, funnel cakes and giant cinnamon rolls. But for the adventure-seeker, there is plenty of unusual and unique treats, like the Twilly and more.

l In Florida, find cheeseburger with fried ice cream. One newspaper described it as a “milk-shake burger.”

l A foodie can find a hot beef sundae in Indiana. Layered with mashed potatoes, marinated beef, gravy, cheese and corn and top with a cherry tomato, this replaced the signature sandwich at the fair.

l  Texas has fried beer. The coating is pretzel dough and the recipe won 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair.

l Further up north, folks in Montana fried butter.

l Want your pickle on the side? Kansas foodies enjoy a pickle popsicle — frozen just like a freeze pop — with their BBQ.

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