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Best bites at the Kern County Fair

Posted at 8:55 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 23:55:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The weather may be cool, but the food is piping hot and tasty at the Kern County Fair.

If you're looking for great meat, then Chillin and Grillin is your spot. Owner Carlos Farias said he went from being a one-man band churro stand to becoming a grill master with 25 employees.

“We have the chicken kabob, ribs, turkey legs, trip tip. We have everything,” said Farias.

Chillin and Grillin also serves up about 2,000 pounds of meat in one day. With their biggest seller being the smoked turkey legs.

If you’re looking for something a little spicier, then stop by Noel’s Mexican Food. By 10 a.m., they start prepping and crushing more than 50 bags of Hot Cheetos to serve up their crowd favorite, Hot Cheetos Corn.

Fresh corn mixed with butter, sour cream and gooey cheese gets the ultimate topping of freshly crushed Hot Cheetos.

“Since everybody likes Hot Cheetos we added a Hot Cheetos burrito,” said Rebecca Lopez a cashier at Noelle’s.

If you are craving something sweet, then Willamette Valley Pie Co. is a must. Owner Stephanie Compton serves up more than 100 fresh handmade pies daily.

“It’s nothing that we buy and just throw in a deep fryer or something like that it’s made from scratch,” said Compton.

Her best seller includes a special ingredient straight from her hometown of Salem Oregon called the Marion Berry.

“It's a type of a black berry, it’s a lot juicer and sweeter and less seedy. It’s like the Cadillac of black berries,” said Compton.

Working 18 hours a day, Compton says her motivation and inspiration to keep going is her late grandmother who also handmade everything from pies to the aprons she still wears every day.

For more food eats, be sure to check out our 23ABC Instagram with more details on all the good eats this year and share your favorites with us.