Pig Out in the Park has begun. Spokane's Riverfront Park is back after a three-year pandemic-forced hiatus. It's time to celebrate! It's time to treat yourself to:

  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Chicken Gyros
  • Deep Fried Mac & Cheese
  • Corn Dogs
  • Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs
  • Garlic Fries
  • Cheese Curds
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Grilled Triple Cheese Sandwich
  • Sushi Burritos
  • Lobster Fries
  • Southern Roasted Corn on the Cob
  • Elk Burgers
  • Nachos Supreme
  • And more!

Look, it's not a health-food convention. It's a time to let loose. Indulge. And enjoy six days of live music, arts and crafts, a quick lunch, a messy dinner, and some good people watching. Chase it down with a crunchy, doughy, chilly, or fruity treat.

Personally I love Ben & Jerry's Ice-Cream. Oddly, I seem to favor the flavors named after Late Night TV hosts; Tonight Dough with Jimmy Fallon; Steve Colbert's Americone Dream. But I swear it's not just because I'm a fan of the comedians - these are some of Ben & Jerry's best.

Dippin' Dots is another fun one, and somehow less filling than traditional ice-cream. Remember what a conversation Dots were when they first came out? They're still yummy and fun.

Shaved Ice (Shave Ice, if you prefer) was never a thing I was interested in, but the North Shore of Hawaii made me a believer.

Yes, it's clear I favor frosty treats, but I also love Kettle Corn at a baseball game. And grabbing a sack of mini-donuts to go is always a fun way to do dessert. It can be romantic, too, if you keep the date going and walk along the sidewalks of downtown, each of you reaching your hands in that single bag of goodies and occasionally grabbing at the same time.

So those are my go-to favorites, but I've put together a tasty Pig Out in the Park list of 10 snack and dessert suggestions below. Certainly you'll find something to love.

10 Treats We Love at Spokane's Pig Out in the Park

  • Ben & Jerry's Spokane, Facebook
    Ben & Jerry's Spokane, Facebook

    Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

    How great is Ben & Jerry's? They're so great that when you crave some, you don't say "let's go for ice-cream." You say, "let's get some Ben & Jerry's!"

  • Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

    Berry Ka Bob

    For some reason, when you eat food outdoors, it tastes better on a stick. Fruit and chocolate is no exception.

  • Charlie's Cheesecakes, Facebook
    Charlie's Cheesecakes, Facebook

    Charlie's Cheesecakes

    The Hayden Idaho caterer is a perennial favorite at Pig Out in the Park.

  • Photo by Emilio Guzman on Unsplash
    Photo by Emilio Guzman on Unsplash

    Character Cotton Candy

    Yeah, it gets sticky and messy. But it smells so good and it's like eating a cloud!

  • Photo by Albany Capture on Unsplash

    Deep Fried Goodness

    Even better than food on a stick is deep fried... anything.

  • Dippin' Dots, Facebook
    Dippin' Dots, Facebook

    Dippin' Dots

    Remember the first time you had Dippin' Dots? I'll bet you do. They invented their own category of chill treat.

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    Kona Ice

    Shaved ice is staple in Hawaii, and thanks to Kona Ice of Spokane, it's become a summer treat in the Inland Northwest as well.

  • Mary Lou's Milk Bottle, Facebook
    Mary Lou's Milk Bottle, Facebook

    Mary Lou's Ice Cream

    The Milk Bottle is iconic. The ice-cream is delicious.

  • Old Fashion Kettle Corn Co., Facebook
    Old Fashion Kettle Corn Co., Facebook

    Old Fashion Kettle Corn Co.

    OMG, Kettle Corn... You always think the bag is too much to eat, and next thing you know it's all gone.

  • Sweet Snack Attack, Facebook
    Sweet Snack Attack, Facebook

    Sweet Snack Attack

    Good things come in small, soft, powdered and cinnamon flavors.

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