Big Fresno Fair offers something for everyone

FRESNO, Calif.

It's hard not to overindulge on food when you're at the fair but there are plenty of other options for those on any diet.

Jumbo hot dogs, burgers, fried BBQ ribs and even fried Twinkies, these are just some of the food favorites that have become synonymous with the fair. But for those who avoid the fair because they can't resist the deep fried temptations, there are some alternatives.

"We have the fish tacos grilled, we use tilapia and we put cabbage, unions, cilantro and tomato. It's very healthy," said Lola Ramirez of Pepe's Mariscos. Ceviche and the shrimp cocktail are just some of the items on the menu for those trying to watch what they eat.

"We have a lot of customers that say, 'we're so happy you're here because I don't need to eat something fried … or you're staying with my diet,'" said Ramirez.

But if your diet includes un-fried meats, then Shish Kebob Sandwich could have something for you.

"Our beef, chicken and lamb is all marinated for quite some time before we actually put it on and it's very good. You can't beat anything like that," said Anthony Rita, who prides himself on not serving anything deep fried.

"Along with serving a salad with it, it's fairly low on the calorie range. I mean as far as a healthy home-cooked meal, this is as close as you'll get," said Rita.

And for those with a sweet tooth, an Italian Gelato may come close to tasting ice cream. "It taste like ice cream, is the best way to describe it. But like a smoothie way," said fair attendee Amber Guevara of Fresno.

"Gelato is made with milk, not cream, which gives it 70% less fat than regular ice cream," said Brandon Holguin of Legendairy Gelato Italian Ice Cream. "Also, it's kept at a lower temperature, so it's creamier. It doesn't have air injected into it. So it doesn't freeze your palette, so you actually taste more the flavor when you're eating it."

If you're in the mood for a snack, why not try a cup filled with fresh fruit to fill your appetite. "Because it is healthier, more people would want lower calories than French fries or hot dogs," said Hannah Torres.

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