Nottingham's famous spectacle, Goose Fair, starts tonight and I for one won't be braving the rides, wimp that I am! All that frantic spinning and whizzing round would have me throwing up me lunch before I could say Helter Skelter and where's me toffee apple gone?
Nottingham's very own Goosey!
However I could be tempted to the Forest recreation ground for some fairground nosh. Bring on the crunchy brandy snaps, the Grantham gingerbread or a sugary bag of hot sticky doughnuts, terribly messy but delightfully naughty and moreish. Of course these days amongst the multi-coloured sticks of candy floss and rock; the dubiously named Cocks on a Stick and traditional fish and chips and ubiquitous mushy peas in mint sauce sit a myriad of burger styles, chips and curry sauces and Chinese noodles. I don't know about you but I can always manage to slop half the food down my front without even realising amongst the hustle and bustle of the dark and flashy fairground crowds! And nobody tells you! Do they? You only find out when you get home and switch on the kitchen light to reveal a winter coat coated in food stains and stuck on noodle. Suddenly you are your pet dog or cat's best mate. Slurp slurp! Never have you been so popular.
I've usually had a lovely time at fairs like Goose Fair watching the punters scream their lungs out on the glitzy and tawdry scary rides; I've heard the girls of all shapes and sizes giggle and shriek; witnessed the blokes showing off, swigging beer and preening and have secretly laughed as some bonny lass has tried to negotiate the wet and increasingly muddy fairground fields in now, not so white, stilettos. The ground behind her looks like a city of earth worms have come up to the surface for a nose around and changed their minds.
So what do you love to eat at the fair? Have you got any sharable fairground stories? Do leave a comment. I'd love to hear your stories.
A GOOSE FAIR link for anyone planning to visit the fair this year