If you didn’t know that the State Fair of Texas is the absolute most epic outdoor food fest in Dallas – Fort Worth, then you are obviously not from around here. Sure, it is the longest running fair in America at 24 days. And we do have the iconic “Big Tex” greet visitors as they enter the fairgrounds. We also have amazing rides. But what visitors really come for is the food!
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Each year, concessionaires vie for coveted honors of winning a Big Tex Choice Award.
The winning concoctions are then sold at the fair to hungry fairgoers. The 2017 winners and finalists (all will be sold at the fair) are:
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
Double Winner: Best Taste/Savory and Creative! The bun is deep-fried funnel cakes, the burger includes a hamburger patty, bacon, and queso, and it is finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
Best Taste/Sweet winner. The drinkable aquarium begins with Nerds® candy gravel. Next, the drink is iced and filled with a specially-formulated blue alcoholic punch. Swedish Fish® swim through the ice, and a pineapple slice serves as the lid.
Deep Fried Chicken Noodle on a Stick
Chicken noodle soup is deep fried and served on a stick. Each dish is served with a side of crackers.
Deep Fried Froot Loops.
Sweetened Froot Loops® are folded into whipped marshmallow, dipped in a creamy batter, fried to a golden brown, and then topped with a drizzle of glaze and powdered sugar.
Three Belgium mini cream puffs on a skewer are dipped in a Café Du Monde® beignet batter. They are then fried, dusted withpowdered sugar, and drizzled with a chocolate and caramel sauce.
Fried Texas Sheet Cake
A Texas-sized slice of fudgy chocolate brownie cake is coated in ground cocoa puffs, panko, and cinnamon sugar. The brownie is fried,and then glazed with a rich, dark icing made with Dr. Pepper®. The cake is served with chopped Texas pecans, a dollop of whipped cream, and garnished with a fresh strawberry carved to mimic a Lady Bird Johnson rose.
Pinot Noir Popcorn
This creative concoction is a blend of Santa Monica Kettle Corn dusted with a Pinot Noir burgundy wine powder. It is paired with cheddar cheese flavors to give a balance of sweet and savory.
Surfin' Turfin' Tator Boat
Lobster meat is marinated in lemon herb butter and partnered with seasoned steak. Both are topped with cheddar and romano cheeses after being stuffed into a baked potato with roasted garlic butter melted inside. It is topped off with a single empress cut lobster claw and a side of lemon butter for dipping.
The Tamale Donut
The "Classic Pork" Tamale Donut starts with slow-cooked pork carnitas, blended with authentic "made-from-scratch" masa. Each dish is hand-formed into the donut shape and fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The donut is finished off with a drizzle of homemade creamy jalapeno salsa.
Texas Fajita Fries
Breaded deep-fried beef fajita strips are seasoned with a sriracha spice mix and served in a bread cone. The dish is presented on a bed of Texas toothpicks (fried onions and jalapeños) with a side of pico de gallo and a spicy, sour cream guacamole hot sauce.
While noshing on your food choices, see which items were chosen as food winners in pre-fair judging.
Fruit Dessert Contests and Eateries
Try out the Fruit Desserts Cooking Contest at the Fair!
If you are lucky, you can happen by just after judging occurs on baked items.
Or check out the Chili, BBQ & 3-Pot Dutch Oven Cook-Off!
Oh my, pies!
Pie judging is a particularly popular time at the fair.
Fries are always a favorite.
You can order a heaping portion anytime during the fair.
You simply can't go to the fair and not have a Fletcher's corny dog.
There are two options: classic and a jalapeno cheese.
There are too many new items to mention, but how about a crawfish lollipop, Oreo beer, fried cheesecake stuffed apple sundae, or chicken fried spam fries, to whet your appetite?
Come ready to get your hungry on. The 2017 State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 29 – Oct. 22 at Fair Park Dallas.