State fair food: it’s either delicious or disgusting, depending on your tolerance for strange combinations and deep fat fryers. But no one can deny that, if anything, fair food is definitely memorable. At the State Fair of Texas, creative types get the chance to have their own memorable offerings immortalized at the annual Big Tex Choice Awards, a contest described as a “friendly food fight among Fair concessionaries.” While the winners won’t be announced until Labor Day (September 5, holler!), the eight finalists have been chosen and there are some mouthwatering options up for consideration.
Today the State Fair of Texas posted the finalists up on its Facebook page, asking fans to vote for their favorites. This year’s offerings are a little more family-oriented than last year’s, where fans saw deep-fried beer going up against a deep-fried margarita. But we definitely like the thinking-outside-the-box that’s going on – the Kraut Ball and the flapjack-coated buffalo chicken sound like tough acts to beat.
Hungry for more? Of course you are. Check out the rest of the nominees below.
Walking Taco - Stroll down the Midway with this concoction of seasoned hamburger meat, lettuce, onion, fresh tomato, grated cheese, sour cream, and tasty salsa. Inventively served up in a Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos® bag!
Hans’ Kraut Ball - A conglomeration of taste: browned pork sausage, onion, garlic, a zing of sauerkraut, mustard, and tasty seasonings all rolled into a mouth-watering ball of delight. Covered with seasoned bread crumbs, deep fried, and served with your choice Spicy Mustard, Rasberry Chipotle, or Ranch.
Fried Bubblegum - You’ll swear it’s bubblegum! A light as a feather bubble gum flavored marshmallow is dipped in batter and lightly fried to perfection. Decorated with a swirl of icing. A final sprinkling of powdered sugar completes this treat! It will blow you away!
Fried Autumn Pie - Fairgoers will fall for this hard to resist puff pastry infused with a scrumptious combination of pumpkin, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and fall spices. Deep fried and rolled in ginger, cinnamon, and sugar.
El Bananarito - In case you are wondering, it’s a deep fried banana rolled in a flour tortilla, topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, a dusting of cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla extract. Top it off with your choice of smooth, hot caramel or decadent chocolate syrup.
Deep Fried Texas Salsa™ - This spicy medley of jalapenos, roasted garlic, onion, tomato, and pepper is rolled together, dipped in masa, and covered in crunchy tortilla chips. Into the fryer and served with warm, deliciously creamy queso.
Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Fresh and sweet pineapple rings are delicately dipped in cake batter, fried, and coated with a caramel, sugar, and cinnamon glaze. What tropical treat is complete without a cherry on top?
Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack - A buffalo chicken strip is coated in flapjack batter, rolled in jalapeno bread crumbs, deep fried to a golden brown, skewed, and served with a side of syrup. Crowd pleasing appetizer or a meal in itself!