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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Food is a family affair at the fair


Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal

At the San Mateo County Fair, patrons can enjoy potato chips with melted cheese, turkey legs and deep-fried Oreos.
June 18, 2011
By Sally Schilling Daily Journal correspondent
A visit to the fair undoubtedly means being inundated with an array of gluttonous goodies, from funnel cakes to corn dogs to deep-fried Twinkies.
At the San Mateo County Fair, patrons can even find potato chips with melted cheese, turkey legs and deep-fried Oreos.
But what is less apparent than the flashy trailers and the over-the-top menus is the longtime family tradition behind many of the food vendors at the San Mateo County Fair.“What most people don’t realize is that most of us are family-owned businesses that people are born or married into,” said Erin Magdaleno, who owns a 33-year-old cinnamon roll business with her two sisters.Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, started by Magdaleno’s parents in 1978, was awarded this year’s “Best Outdoor Vendor” ribbon on Thursday. Their rolls are made with their own blend of specially milled flour and a cream cheese frosting made from scratch.“The nuts and raisins are from local farmers,” added Magdaleno’s 8-year-old daughter Maya, as she cut cinnamon rolls and set them in a baking tray.Magdaleno is on the road with her husband Augie and two children from May to October.
“It’s important for our kids to see what mom and dad are doing every day,” said Magdaleno pointing to Maya. Being on the road together, she explained, allows her to keep her family as her priority.
Magdaleno and her sisters have 10 vending trailers and work 30 events in California each year. “It takes a very special breed to travel around,” she said. Their next stop is the Marin County Fair.
read more at:http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=161231&title=Food%20is%20a%20family%20affair%20at%20the%20fairRobert Cline 10:28pm Jun 25

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