Aside from the food vendors along the streets of the fair, there is also the Georgia Grown barn.
Farmers and local artisans from across the Peach State travel to the fair to give fairgoers a taste of something homegrown.
One Georgia baker is putting a twist on a treat to make it gluten-free while keeping it just as tasty as its inspiration.
“My grandmother’s name was Alisa Mae and my dad during my time growing up would call me Lisa Mae and I hated it. Of course, the more I hated it, the more he called me that,” said Lisa Shepley.
Shepley eventually embraced it and now the name of her bakery is Lisa Mae Cakes.
She and her small crew do your typical fare, but there is something interesting – the Whoopsie Pie.
“We call it that because it’s sort of the ugly cousin of the Whoopie Pie. They’re soft, little cake-like cookies with a filling, and ours are dense, chewy and crackly covered in powdered sugar,” she said.
Philadelphia cream cheese adds a little tang, but gives the dessert its denseness. It’s a decadent dessert, but the whole thing is gluten-free and is a nod to her family roots.
“My father-in-law was my inspiration for the whole gluten-free option for people. He had Celiac’s and everything we bought tasted horrible. It took us 6-8 years to develop some of my products,” said Shepley.
The original recipe still sits on the humble sheet of well-worn paper.
Her systems may look low-tech, but her creativity is off the charts when it comes to flavor.
“We have a pumpkin latte with the pumpkin cookie and the espresso buttercream. We have a cinnamon roll Whoopsie, which is a light cream cheese filling with a cinnamon coating. We have a chocolate mint one,” she said.
Shepley churns out hundreds of Whoopsies a week and sells them for $5.99 a pop. One day she hopes her Whoopsies will take over the world.
Happy Wyatt with Georgia Grown says the Whoopsie Pie is the only gluten-free product they have at the fair this year.