Take a Bite of Carnival Eats

Carnival Eats starts Thursday, Nov. 6, at 8/7c, on Great American Country.

The Tastiest, Craziest Eats

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Check out the most over-the-top carnival foods featured on the show. 

Red Velvet Funnel Cake

If you're looking for a traditional dessert taste with a fair food feel, go for this decadent red velvet funnel cake.

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Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich

This is the new ice cream sandwich: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and topped with caramel sauce.

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Cinnamon Roll Waffle

Ah, the perfect marriage of two favorite breakfast foods: cinnamon rolls and waffles.

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Doughnut S'mores

For s'mores that taste like they were made on the campfire, but without the sticky mess, try this bowl of doughnuts topped with mini-marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate syrup.

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Apple Pie Fries

Apple pie is the American classic dessert and while it's usually sold as convenient hand pies at fairs and festivals, this interpretation as fries may be even more practical for on-the-go eating.

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Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream

Thanksgiving may only come once a year, but with this sweet potato pie ice cream, you'll taste all of the flavors from Grandma's holiday recipe.

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sundae

Ice cream sundaes and chocolate chip cookies are classic desserts by themselves, but mashing them together makes for one sweet treat.

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Maple, Pecan and Bacon Funnel Cake

Bacon on top of a funnel cake? Yep, and topped with a little maple syrup, all the flavors meld together into one sweet-and-salty dream.

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Double Bacon Cheeseburger on Doughnut Bun

This fair food might be king of the sweet-and-salty category, with the sugary doughnuts holding savory hamburger meat and cheese, topped with a salty slice of bacon.

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Fried Watermelon

Fresh fruit, like watermelon, instantly becomes fair food when deep fried, served on a stick and drizzled with syrup.

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Fried Grasshopper Pie

Chilled grasshopper pie's gooey, minty center and chocolate-cookie crust make it a refreshingly sweet treat. Deep-fry it, and the crispy outer layer creates a crispy, salty balance with the melted mint-chocolate filling.

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Praline Candy

A little bit nutty, a little bit caramel-y, pralines are the classic Southern treat.

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Chicken Wing-Flavored Ice Cream

If you're brave enough to try this crazy ice cream flavor, it's sure to satisfy both your sweet-and-spicy palate.

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Coconut-Crusted Fried Shrimp

Texas may not be known for its seafood, but this shrimp skewer encrusted in coconut flakes is fresh and full of flavor.

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Fried Crab Sandwich

Fair food doesn't always have to be over-the-top. Proof? This simple, fried soft-shell crab sandwich satisfies seafood cravings any day.

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Lobster French Fries with Lemon Aioli

This basket of fries topped with lobster and lemon aioli looks like it belongs in a hip downtown restaurant, not a carnival food stand.

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Soft Shell Crab Taco

Fans of seafood should visit Texas' Crab Fest for various sophisticated fish dishes like this soft-shell crab taco. (As if tacos weren't already delicious enough!)

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Ranch Dip

Sometimes you just want a good ol' comfort dish at the fair. These fried green tomatoes should hit the spot.

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Fried Pickle Spears

It's pretty hard to beat fried pickles when it comes to fair food. The sweet crunch of the pickle with the crispy fried outer layer never disappoints.

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18-inch Corn Dog

When it comes to fair food, you have to go big with this double-sized dog, or go home.

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Bacon-Wrapped-Pork on a Stick

It wouldn't be a carnival without food on a stick. Bacon-wrapped-anything always makes an appearance at the fair.

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Large Curly Fries

Remember when we said "Go big or go home?" The same imperative applies to French fries.

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BBQ Baked Potato

At the fair, instead of sitting down with a plate full of BBQ, coleslaw, baked potato and beans, grab this potato piled high with all the fixings of a Southern BBQ plate.

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Beef Tongue Taco

If you like beef, the soft-shell crab taco probably isn't for you. For a unique, meaty alternative, try a unique beef tongue taco.

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Fried Alligator on a Stick

Head down to Florida for the freshest interpretation of this fair food. We hear that it tastes just like chicken!

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Fried Frog Legs and Okra

Influenced by French ancestors, residents of the Deep South have been eating fried frog legs for centuries. And, of course, fried okra is a Southern staple as well. Meat lovers and curious eaters won't want to miss this delicacy.

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Nori, Mayo, Teriyaki Hot Dog

For a creative twist on the traditional dog, a Japanese-inspired version might become an adventurous meat lover's new favorite indulgence.

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About The Show

Carnival Eats celebrates today's modern gastronomic freak show and takes you on an international, food-frenzied roller coaster of culinary delights, to the new epicenter of carnival life - food! Food of every imaginable shape, size, color and taste are being created specifically for the connoisseurs who ply midways and fairgrounds, and Carnival Eats is there for every delicious bite.
Season 2, Episode 1

From Livestock to Lemons

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Texas. With over 2.5 million visitors a year, it's the perfect place for carnival concessionaires to perfect their offerings. Host Noah Cappe gets a lesson in the meat that makes Texas famous, sampling the Texas Chili Burger and the Big Texas Barbecue Baked Potato. Then he tries a local legend's tamale recipe before rounding off the day with Strawberry Waffle Bombs. Next, he arrives at Lemonade Days in Dunwoody, Georgia to discover a new breakfast concept called Rise & Shine Pizza. A Sushi Burrito is an East-West fusion food that tickles his taste buds while The Funnel Cake Dog proves that even the wackiest carnival concoctions can be a success.

Friday
Jul 20
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

From Livestock to Lemons

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Texas. With over 2.5 million visitors a year, it's the perfect place for carnival concessionaires to perfect their offerings. Host Noah Cappe gets a lesson in the meat that makes Texas famous, sampling the Texas Chili Burger and the Big Texas Barbecue Baked Potato. Then he tries a local legend's tamale recipe before rounding off the day with Strawberry Waffle Bombs. Next, he arrives at Lemonade Days in Dunwoody, Georgia to discover a new breakfast concept called Rise & Shine Pizza. A Sushi Burrito is an East-West fusion food that tickles his taste buds while The Funnel Cake Dog proves that even the wackiest carnival concoctions can be a success.

Sunday
Jan 20
6am | 5c
Season 2, Episode 14

From Fertile Fields to the Red River Valley

Noah Cappe kicks things off in Polk County, Minnesota where he goes local with the North Woods Sandwich and Barbe-chos, and feels right at home at the Red River Valley Fair with the Redneck Taco.

Sunday
Jan 20
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

89er Days Festival/Pungo Strawberry Festival

Funnyman host Noah Cappe indulges in America's favorite carnival eats at the 89er Days Festival celebrating the land run in Oklahoma's historic first capital, Guthrie. He meets a fourth generation Cherokee who teaches him the secret to authentic fry bread for Indian Tacos. He loosens his belt to take on the Giant Texas Tenderloin Sandwich and begs for more as he wolfs down the delightfully decadent Fudge Puppy. Next, he takes his pick from a field of flavours at the Pungo, Virginia Strawberry Festival where he finds himself getting sweet on Strawberry Arugala Pizza, supersizes a Strawberry Shortcake and puckers up with giant Deep Fried Pickles. Finally, it's a race against time as he discovers the crunchy creamy goodness of the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich.

Sunday
Jan 20
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 6

California State Fair/North East Fair

In North East, Penn., host Noah Cappe eats a Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich even The King would approve of, and checks out a Chicken-Stuffed Pretzel so good, it's got Noah all shook up. Next, Noah heads across the country to the California State Fair. The fair highlights the state's fresh produce in dishes like Spaghetti Ice Cream, where California strawberries are the base of the "sauce" in this frozen delight. And the famous Lobster Corn Dog gets crowds lining up to sample some of the freshest seafood on the West Coast.

Sunday
Jan 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Stanislaus County Fair/Texas Crab Fest

In this episode, host Noah Cappe arrives at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, CA. He gets his paws into homemade fries topped with lobster claws and tail meat, and devours a delicious donut ice cream sandwich. Finally, he sizes up an 18" corn dog big enough to feed a family and dips his tongue into Cajun cuisine with Deep Fried Frogs Legs. Then it's down to the Gulf Coast for the Texas Crab Fest. Noah savors a soft shell crab taco, coconut encrusted shrimp and gooey Grasshopper pie while enjoying the hospitality of Crystal Beach, Texas.

Sunday
Jan 20
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 8

Ohio State Fair/NC Potato Festival

Host Noah Cappe heads to the Ohio State Fair, one of the country's oldest and biggest fairs, with food that's just as outrageous. Noah samples a perfect combination of savory meat and sweet treats in the Pulled Pork Donut. Fair classics like Funnel Cakes and the Blooming Onion and Funnel Cakes get a Ohio state spin but it's the Giant Deep Fried Gummy Bear that really gets Noah going. Then he heads to the NC Potato Festival in North Carolina, where a local specialty is a big hit: Calabash Flounder.

Sunday
Jan 20
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

ViVa! Vienna! Festival/Contraband Days Festival

This trip, Noah Cappe celebrates Memorial Day weekend at suburban DC's ViVa! Vienna! festival, where the fastest way to his heart is through divine Soul Food. He springs for Loaded Perogies, learns a new spin on an old favorite with Philly Cheese Steak Fries and sees food and eats it with Baltimore-style Crab Dip. Then, he sets course for the bayou where he uncovers some tasty treasures at the pirate-themed Contraband Days festival in Lake Charles, La. There, he gets a lesson in down-home Cajun cooking with Chicken and Crawfish Gumbo, fancies up funnel cake with maple and candied bacon and goes nuts for Creole-style Praline candies with Miss Rita.

Saturday
Mar 2
6am | 5c
Season 2, Episode 8

From Golden State to Gizzards

The Sacramento County Fair in California's state capital is the launching pad for trend-setting fair food including the famous Jalapeno Cheese Skirt Burger. Noah Cappe also investigates two new takes on some classics, and Cowboy Campfire Churros. Next, he meets the locals at Gizzard Fest in Michigan where they're serving a donut to die for, and an Onion Dog as big as his head.

Saturday
Mar 2
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

From Livestock to Lemons

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Texas. With over 2.5 million visitors a year, it's the perfect place for carnival concessionaires to perfect their offerings. Host Noah Cappe gets a lesson in the meat that makes Texas famous, sampling the Texas Chili Burger and the Big Texas Barbecue Baked Potato. Then he tries a local legend's tamale recipe before rounding off the day with Strawberry Waffle Bombs. Next, he arrives at Lemonade Days in Dunwoody, Georgia to discover a new breakfast concept called Rise & Shine Pizza. A Sushi Burrito is an East-West fusion food that tickles his taste buds while The Funnel Cake Dog proves that even the wackiest carnival concoctions can be a success.

Saturday
Mar 2
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 2

From Renaissance to Rio Grande

Young squire Noah Cappe tries his hand at making the King's Court Conch Fritters, decadent Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownie Bites, a picquant Fried Green Tomato BLT and the Cookies and Cream Sandwich. Biding adieu to his new friends, Noah heads west to Mercedes, Texas where the rough and ready cowboys and girls at the Livestock Show rustle up some western grub like Deep Fried Cheesesteak, Outlaw Fries and the enormous Suicide Taco that's so huge you need two plates and four hands to hold it.

Saturday
Mar 2
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

From Derby Day to Down State

Host Noah Cappe is off to the races in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky Derby Festival. First he chows down on a custom made pizza, the Kentucky Hot Brown. Then it's time to get a little bit country with Ozark Style Loaded Fries, piled high with pork, baked beans and cheddar cheese. Ending the day are two sweet treats: Festive Funnel Cake made with pumpkin and Kentucky's Fried Cookie Dough. Next he heads to Beaumont, Texas, for the South Texas State Fair where local specialties are The Swamp Thing and Hush Kitties.

Saturday
Mar 2
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 4

From Small Town to Farmville

On this episode, host Noah Cappe travels to the Nederland Heritage Festival, where food from around the world is prepared by an army of volunteers. From the Cowboy Pistolettes to Sopapillas, to Chicken Fried Bacon and a very fun egg-stravaganza. Later, he travels to Farmville, NC for the Dogwood Festival - home to southern comfort food with a fair flare. From the Oh Boy! Po' Boy sandwich to Cocoa Bananas home made ice cream, these are real garden goodies.

Saturday
Mar 2
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

From Crawfish to California

Noah Cappe goes coastal at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. From Crawfish Cakes to Oyster Rolls, to a pair of classic carnival desserts, this festival covers all the bases from seafood to sweets. Then it's off to Porterville, California where they've got a uniquely savory funnel cake, deep fried pizza and an Inside Out Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a stick makes this event a fork-free food frenzy.

Saturday
Apr 6
6am | 5c
Season 2, Episode 6

From Chowchilla-Madera to Ciao!

In the tiny town of Chowchilla, CA Noah Cappe discovers some carnival eats that deserve to be shared with the world. First up, it's the Deep Pit Barbeque, a meat extravaganza that takes three days to prepare. Noah also enjoys a Funnel Cake Cheeseburger and the Baja Avocado Taco. Across the country in New Jersey, the St. Michael's Italian Festival celebrates the cultural and culinary history of Italian-Americans with Zeppole, a cheesecake known as Cake 'n Bacon and a bad boy of a sandwich: The Hoboken Fat Boy.

Saturday
Apr 6
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

From Strawberry to Silver Dollar

The Brandywine Strawberry Festival in Pennsylvania is home to "The Colossal" a crab cake/roast beef combo that has host Noah Cappe going wild. Other favorites at this annual celebration include The Sizzler, the Chicken Parm'wich and Strawberry Kettle Corn. Then Noah heads to Chico, CA for the Silver Dollar Fair, where he strikes gold with the Sinfully Sweet Spicy Cheese Pretzel.

Saturday
Apr 6
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 9

From Michigan to Maize

Rockford, Mich., is home to the Start of Summer Celebration, where Noah Cappe gets busy with the Soul On A Roll sandwich, and the To Die For Casserole. Salted Caramel Apple Gelato is the thing to beat the heat, while a Beer Can Chicken Pizza Cone combines the best of two worlds. Then it's off to the corn fields of Iowa, where three generations of one fabulous fair family keep Noah entertained with the Hillbilly Hamburger, the Dream Puff and the Bacon Screamer.

Saturday
Apr 6
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 19

All You Can Meat

The midway is home to rides, games and succulent meaty treats. Noah Cappe raises the stakes with these over-the-top meat experiences. Beginning with a Tri Tip Beef Sandwich that has folks in Portland tripping out, to Chicken Wing Ice Cream - the craziest dessert ever seen at a fair, this episode is guaranteed vegetable-free.

Saturday
Apr 6
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 11

From Heatwave to Heartland

Pleasanton, Calif., is home to the Alameda County Fair, and some mouthwatering Carnival Eats. Noah Cappe gets his hands on the Caliente Curls and Chile Relleno Dog, and meets fried-food royalty who prepares his world famous Mac and Cheese Bacon Burger. Next, Noah arrives in Iowa for a stomping good time with Reverend Tom and his Cowboy Beans: The Sunnyside Burger looks on the bright side, while the Tropical Tantalizer tickles taste buds.

Saturday
Apr 6
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

State Fair Meadowlands/Gardendale Magnolia Festival

Noah Cappe jets into State Fair Meadowlands to check out the freak show of food, beginning with Cream Cheese Larvets. He also indulges in the Pig in Mud: chocolate covered, deep fried bacon. Next, it's down south to Alabama. Local Vendor Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs are the talk of the fair, but it's the Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream churned in a tractor that converts Noah into a believer.

Saturday
Apr 13
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 6

California State Fair/North East Fair

In North East, Penn., host Noah Cappe eats a Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich even The King would approve of, and checks out a Chicken-Stuffed Pretzel so good, it's got Noah all shook up. Next, Noah heads across the country to the California State Fair. The fair highlights the state's fresh produce in dishes like Spaghetti Ice Cream, where California strawberries are the base of the "sauce" in this frozen delight. And the famous Lobster Corn Dog gets crowds lining up to sample some of the freshest seafood on the West Coast.

Saturday
Apr 13
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Stanislaus County Fair/Texas Crab Fest

In this episode, host Noah Cappe arrives at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, CA. He gets his paws into homemade fries topped with lobster claws and tail meat, and devours a delicious donut ice cream sandwich. Finally, he sizes up an 18" corn dog big enough to feed a family and dips his tongue into Cajun cuisine with Deep Fried Frogs Legs. Then it's down to the Gulf Coast for the Texas Crab Fest. Noah savors a soft shell crab taco, coconut encrusted shrimp and gooey Grasshopper pie while enjoying the hospitality of Crystal Beach, Texas.

Saturday
Apr 13
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 8

Ohio State Fair/NC Potato Festival

Host Noah Cappe heads to the Ohio State Fair, one of the country's oldest and biggest fairs, with food that's just as outrageous. Noah samples a perfect combination of savory meat and sweet treats in the Pulled Pork Donut. Fair classics like Funnel Cakes and the Blooming Onion and Funnel Cakes get a Ohio state spin but it's the Giant Deep Fried Gummy Bear that really gets Noah going. Then he heads to the NC Potato Festival in North Carolina, where a local specialty is a big hit: Calabash Flounder.

Saturday
Apr 13
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Indiana State Fair/Old Canal Days

The Indiana State Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country, with some of the best fair foods around. Noah constructs, and devours a Colossal Grilled Cheese Sandwich with the help of the state dairy association. Next he takes the classic elephant ear to the next level by packing it full of fruit filling before frying it up. YaYa's Tomato Balls, a Greek family favorite, is his final dish of the day. Then it's over to neighboring Illinois for Old Canal Days in Lockport. Noah samples some insanely loaded potato bites before chowing down on Chicago-style pizza pie. A uniquely sweet donut treat rounds out another day of carnival eating.

Saturday
Apr 13
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 10

Illinois State Fair/Erie County Fair

The Illinois State Fair is one of the longest running fairs in the U.S. and luckily for host Noah Cappe, he's able to sample a taste of Illinois history with the Horseshoe Sandwich: a deep fried pork tenderloin topped with French fries and creamy cheese sauce. Then he puts together an over-the-top deep fried peanut butter sandwich, topped with homemade fluff. Next, Noah travels to New York for the Erie County Fair where he chows down on some local Buffalo favourites like Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza, Beef on Weck Eggrolls and the Bacon Bomber.

Saturday
Apr 13
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 1, Episode 11

K-Days/North Dakota State Fair

In this episode, host Noah Cappe travels to Edmonton, Alberta for K-Days. He starts the day off right with a Canadian specialty turned into brunch: Breakfast Poutine. The creative combos continue with a fusion-inspired Japanese Dog and a S'mores Mini Donuts, with the summer camp favorite topping the perennial carnival classic. Across the border in North Dakota, Wild Rice Burgers, Idaho Tacos and Kettle Corn make up the regional fare in this prairie state.

Saturday
Apr 13
12pm | 11c

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