UPDATE (6/25): The County Fair has been canceled and all refunds have been taken care of.
Original entry (6/19): Where's the MoveOn.org petition to get county fairs to improve food fare once and for all? Although corn dogs and funnel cakes still give us the warm and fuzzies, we've also trapped ourselves into eating sad fried goods paired with lukewarm, gristly cheesesteak amid the buzzing rides, crowds, and too-cute animals. Until the petition of our summer food dreams comes to fruition, we'll consider getting our homey country grub fix via an outing on Sunday, June 30 to the County Fair Conductive Education Center of San Francisco (CECSF) fundraising shindig at Pizzaiolo in Oakland.
Samin Nosrat is the emcee, and the food is definitely a draw. There will also be bales of hay to play on, as well as cocktails, Kermit Lynch wine, Linden Street Brewery beer, face painting, balloon animals, caramel apples, snow cones, live music, and kid crafts.
The event raises money for a summer camp for children with disabilities and is the brainchild of Liz Prueitt from Tartine Bakery.
"The 'County Fair' is a fundraising party to benefit my nonprofit that I started last year," says Prueitt. "We sponsor a 6-week summer camp for children with physical disabilities such as our daughter has. We fly specially trained staff in from around the country, Canada, and Hungary, to work with our children, and it is a very high teacher-to-student ratio."
Pizzaiolo donated the restaurant for the night, sausage for sandwiches was donated by Belcampo Meats, Bi-Rite Market, and Bar Tartine, and buns come courtesy of Tartine Bakery.
Pie bakers and jam-makers will have an opportunity to show off their creations at the Pie & Jam Blue Ribbon Competition. Judges include June Taylor, Caitlin Williams Freeman, Michelle Polzine, Jake Godby, Kendra Baker, Charlie Hallowell, and Jessica Boncutter. There'll be a Frog Hollow Farms fruit bounty prize (holler!), and the contest fee includes entrance to the event.
County Fair Fundraiser
Where: Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Ave. (at 51st) Oakland
When: Sunday June 30, 2-8 p.m.
Cost: $50 for adults. $25 entrance to pie or jam contest. Event is free for kids under age 10. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.