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 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 13
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

From West Coast to Wisconsin

Noah Cappe says good morning to the California sunshine at the Sonoma Marin Fair with Breakfast on a Stick, and chows down on another West Coast classic-turned-carnival eats: the Green Goddess. Then it's off to Wisconsin for the Racine County Fair's Classic Cheese Curds and The Pink Taco.

Saturday
Apr 20
6am | 5c
Season 2, Episode 13

From Rock and Roll to Red River

The hills are alive with the sound of satisfied stomachs at the Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Sound of Music Festival, where Noah Cappe gives a rave review to a hit parade of new releases: The Rockin' Roti hits all the right notes, while the OMG Bar has Noah singing the blues after he eats the whole thing. Then Noah takes the show on the road and arrives at the Red River Valley Fair in North Dakota, where he gets up close and personal with local favorites Minneapple Pie and Jalapeno Wontons.

Saturday
Apr 20
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Canadian National Exhibition/PrairieFest

At the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario host Noah Cappe has nothing but appreciation for the Thanksgiving Waffle: a turkey dinner served on a waffle made from classic stuffing ingredients. Ethnic food options abound with traditional Arancini and a vegetarian Tofu Bao Taco. Then it's off to PrairieFest in Oswego, Illinois, where Noah indulges in a Chicago-style Beef and Sausage extravaganza, a Kimchee Korean Dog and some homemade Churros with Deep Fried Ice Cream.

Saturday
Apr 20
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 13

Calgary Stampede

It's the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, and host Noah Cappe has arrived at the Calgary Stampede ready to eat! He starts his visit off with the Stampede's hot new hit, Scorpion Pizza -- a slice of pizza loaded with edible insects. There are fair classics like Deep Fried Butter, Hot Beef Sundae, Deep Fried Mac and Cheese and Saltwater Taffy. Noah partakes of Calgary's cowboy culture in the traditional Stampede Breakfast, and finds some fusion food in the form of the Chicken Tinga Masala Tostada.

Saturday
Apr 20
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Saturday
Apr 20
8am | 7c
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
Apr 20
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 14

North Dakota State Fair/PrairieFest

In North Dakota, host Noah Cappe chows down on Wild Rice Burgers, Idaho Tacos and Kettle Corn, which make up the regional fare in this western state. Then it's off to PrairieFest in Oswego, Illinois, where Noah indulges in a Chicago-style Beef and Sausage extravaganza, a Kimchee Korean Dog and some homemade Churros with Deep Fried Ice Cream.

Saturday
May 11
6am | 5c
Season 1, Episode 15

Go Nuts for Donuts

They're not just for breakfast any more! In this episode, host Noah Cappe explores some inventive dishes featuring one of America's national specialties: the donut. Donuts are the basis for some wacky carnival creations, from savory to sweet. From the classic Glazed Donut Bacon Cheeseburger, to the Grilled Chicken Raspberry Donut to incredible Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches, this episode highlights donut dishes from fairs across the country.

Saturday
May 11
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 16

We Deep Fried That!

Fairs and festivals are where the innovators of deep fried delights do their best work. Host Noah Cappe travels the country, sampling some of the most outrageous feats of frying around. From tacos to butter balls, mac and cheese to watermelon, these concessionaires have found a way to include a layer of deep fried deliciousness in every bite.

Saturday
May 11
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 17

All American Eats

Host Noah Cappe eats his way across America in this sampling of all American items. From Southern treats like Margaret's Soul Food Fried Chicken, to Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs to Northern surprises like Fried Green Tomatoes, and Eastern classics like Lobster Rolls and Pacific Western Apple Pie Fries, this episode salutes the culinary melting pot.

Saturday
May 11
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 18

Stick It to Me

When you're on the midway, you want foods that are built for speed. The simplest solution is to stick it on a skewer. In this episode, Noah Cappe gets straight to the point tasting more fork-free foods than you can shake a stick at. From the enormous Family Dog to the Bacon Bomber, Gator Kabobs to the Fudge Puppy, these carnival creations are worth sticking around for.

Saturday
May 11
8am | 7c
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
May 11
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Jul 21
6am | 5c
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.

Sunday
Jul 21
6:30am | 5:30c
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.

Sunday
Jul 21
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 12

From West Coast to Wisconsin

Noah Cappe says good morning to the California sunshine at the Sonoma Marin Fair with Breakfast on a Stick, and chows down on another West Coast classic-turned-carnival eats: the Green Goddess. Then it's off to Wisconsin for the Racine County Fair's Classic Cheese Curds and The Pink Taco.

Sunday
Jul 21
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

From Rock and Roll to Red River

The hills are alive with the sound of satisfied stomachs at the Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Sound of Music Festival, where Noah Cappe gives a rave review to a hit parade of new releases: The Rockin' Roti hits all the right notes, while the OMG Bar has Noah singing the blues after he eats the whole thing. Then Noah takes the show on the road and arrives at the Red River Valley Fair in North Dakota, where he gets up close and personal with local favorites Minneapple Pie and Jalapeno Wontons.

Sunday
Jul 21
8am | 7c
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
Jul 21
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Oak Mountain Spring State Fair/Apache Rattlesnake Festival

On this episode, host Noah Cappe travels to Oklahoma for the Apache Rattlesnake Festival. He bravely samples the Deep Fried Rattlesnake, the namesake dish of the festival. Then it's back to more carnival classics like Texas Twister Fries and the spicy Mexi-Dog. Later, Noah takes in the treats at Alabama's Oak Mountain Spring Fair. Starting with Dre's Barbeque Baked Potato, and moving onto cheese-stuffed gilled pork balls, jambalaya stuffed peppers and finishing up with Deep Fried Bread Pudding, it's southern comfort food with a fair flare!

Sunday
Jul 21
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 4

Portland Rose Festival/Got to be NC Fair

Noah Cappe heads to North Carolina for the Got To Be NC Fest. Local pecans top the Cinnamon Roll Waffles and Noah tries the only Donut Sloppy Joe on offer on the east coast fair circuit. Then it's across the country for the Portland Rose Festival. He devours smoked mac & cheese, a dish so amazing it's got the people of Portland dancing in the streets. Next, the classic American apple pie gets the carnival eats treatment and is transformed into Apple Pie Fries. Beef Tongue Tacos prove that Portland is still keeping it weird.

Sunday
Jul 21
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Jul 21
10am | 9c
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
Jul 21
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 1, Episode 16

We Deep Fried That!

Fairs and festivals are where the innovators of deep fried delights do their best work. Host Noah Cappe travels the country, sampling some of the most outrageous feats of frying around. From tacos to butter balls, mac and cheese to watermelon, these concessionaires have found a way to include a layer of deep fried deliciousness in every bite.

Sunday
Jul 21
11am | 10c
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
Jul 21
11:30am | 10:30c
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
Jul 21
12pm | 11c

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