As anxious Lodians waited for the Grape Festival doors to unlock at 4 p.m. Thursday, food vendors already had the grills fired up, oil almost set to a boil and whipped cream ready to pile on everything baked and fried.
Outside, four Lodi foodies were ready to judge the best eats of the festival. News-Sentinel food columnist Robyn Grace Jennings, Alebrijes Mexican Restaurant owner and chef Ruben Larrazolo, News-Sentinel photographer Dan Evans and I stepped on the grounds and headed for one of last year's Grape Festival favorites: the corn dog.
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