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Stuff your face: Taste of Tacoma is this weekend

Reach way back in the closet.

No, no.

All the way in the back.

You see those stain-resistant pants with the safe-for-Thanksgiving-dinner waistband?

Prepare to move them to the front of the closet.

This weekend is Taste of Tacoma.

The three-day eating festival that starts today at Point Defiance Park isn’t a gourmet food gathering, or even an event featuring much in the form of Tacoma restaurants.

Taste of Tacoma is about stuffing your face with carnival food that’s dipped in stuff, deep fried, and slathered in sauce. In other words, the festival is full of food crimes against humanity.

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Fair chow: Chicago sandwiches, dogs and fried meat turnovers offered just outside the Puyallup Fair gates

A meat turnover from the Fleischkuechle cart just outside the Puyallup Fair.

News Tribune reporter Sara Schilling wrote in this story Monday about the end of a food era at the Puyallup Fair. For 17 years, the Fleischkuechle trailer has sold fried meat and fruit pies just outside the fair grounds. But, they will sell fried pies no longer. The fair is purchasing the property where they operate their stand. This will be their last year.

I enjoyed my last fair taste of fleischkuechle, a German-Russian turnover, late last week. The thin pocket ($3.50) released a puff of steam as I bit into the hot pie filled with savory ground beef. As I stood at the corner of Ninth Avenue Southwest and Fairview Drive, I could see a few dozen food vendors spanning the block to Meridian hawking everything from fried turnovers to something called walking tacos, corn dogs, bottled water, funnel cakes and even side-by-side booths selling Chicago hometown favorites – Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago style hot dogs. Click “more” to read about street food outside the fair. Read more »