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 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.

Thursday
Dec 17
6pm | 5c
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
Oct 14
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.

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

Fully Loaded

Festivals and fairs are the places to pile the yumminess HIGH and host Noah Cappe has found the best examples around. There are savory treats like BBQ Baked Potatoes, fries topped with lobster and a double decker Colossal Grilled Cheese, plus a decadent dessert that combines an ice cream sundae with mini funnel cakes to create a tower of taste.

Saturday
Oct 14
9am | 8c
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
Oct 14
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.

Friday
Jul 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.

Friday
Jul 20
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 20
9am | 8c
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.

Friday
Jul 20
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 20
10am | 9c
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.

Friday
Jul 20
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 20
11am | 10c
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

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