Prepare Yourselves: New State Fair Fare

The Iowa State Fair is just a couple of weeks away. There are so many things we look forward to seeing and doing every year: riding the Sky Glider over the fairgrounds at night, wandering around and seeing live music groups playing, checking out the award-winning vegetables and flowers, watching the herding-dog competition (it’s like that kids’ movie “Babe,” without the singing livestock), and of course, getting to sample all the delicious entries into AllSpice’s State Fair contests.

But one of our biggest State Fair pleasures is wandering the fairgrounds, grazing on all sorts of outrageous, fantastic State Fair food for sale around the fairgrounds. The Fair boasts nearly 200 food stands and over 80 items available on-a-stick.

Every year, new, ever-more-outrageous menu items get added (remember the year of fried butter on a stick?) to the fair fare, along with new, tasty “normal” foods.

This year, almost sixty new items are joining the State Fair food lineup. The Des Moines Register has compiled a full list, along with the name of the food stand where you’ll find them: Cider Shake-Up – Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Apple Fritter Funnel Cake – McGrath’s Funnel Cakes
Apple Nachos – Applishus
Apple Slices with Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter – Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Bacon-Wrapped Pig Wings* – Cindy’s Place
Bauder Ultimate Bacon Crisp – Bauder’s Ice Cream
Benoits Beignets – Benoit’s Orig. Funnel Cakes & Beignets
Berkshire Bacon Balls on a Stick – Bacon Box
Boozy Pecan Caramel Apple – Iowa Orchard Association
Breakfast Sandwich – Egg, Corned Beef, and Cheese Biscuit – West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Brownie Waffle Stick – Waffle Chix
Campfire Cracker Jacks Caramel Sundae – Campfire Cones & Sippers
Caramel Apple Bites – Zag’s Popcorn
Caramel Apple Cider Shake
Chicken Bacon Ranch Poutine – Benoit’s Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries
Chicken Parmesan Stick – Waffle Chix
Chicken Street Tacos* – Chicken City
Chocolate Brownie Waffle Stick – Waffle Chix
Chuckie’s Pork Strip Basket* – Chuckie’s Famous Breaded Pork Tenderloins
Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar* – Soukup’s Wonder Bars
Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs – Cluckin’ Coop
Dessert Poutine – Benoit’s Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries
Dill Pickle Popcorn – Zag’s Popcorn
Dilly Dog
Double Pork Poutine
Fried Avocado Slices – The Veggie-Table
Funnel Fries* – Brafford’s Foot Longs
Georgie’s Roast with the Most Wrap* – GMig’s Wrap Stand
Jalapeno Popper Pizza* – Leimon’s Pizzeria
Jumbo Super Dog – Fyfe’s Cheese on a Stick and Corn Dogs
Lemon Sipper with Peppermint* – Campfire Cones & Sippers
Mexi-Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi – Castle’s Taco Salad
Monster Cookie Popcorn – Zag’s Popcorn
Orange Creamsicle Milkshake – Ford Concessions Sundaes and Flurries
Orange Sipper with Peppermint – Campfire Cones & Sippers
Peach Empanadas – Tortilla 911
Pete’s Steak Popper* – Jalapeno Pete’s
Pie Shakes (apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan, pumpkin) – Benoit’s Ice Cream & Pie Shakes
Rainbow Poutine (Sriracha sour cream, white cheese sauce and guacamole) – Benoit’s Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries
Ranch Hand Steak Salad – Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters
Salted Caramel Apple Shake
Senora Dog – Jalapeno Pete’s – Food, Jalapeno Pete’s
Sirloin Beef Tip Sandwich – Old West Roadhouse
Slaughter House Poutine – Benoit’s Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries
Slow Roasted Half Chicken Dinner – Chicken City
Smoked Ham & Eggs – Old West Roadhouse
Soft Serve Cookie Dough Cones – Dipped In Chocolate
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi – Castle’s Taco Salad
Tangled Onion Pork Po-Boy – Zag’s Po-Boys
The Chief* – The Rib Shack
The Chinese Sweet Corn Cup – The Corn Stand
The Colossus* – The Bird’s Nest
The Corn Stalker Cocktail – “It Will Sneak Up On You” – Old West Roadhouse
Tiramisu Injection Cone with Flavor Shot
Walt’s Lemonade Creamsicle – Bacon Box
White Cheddar Popcorn – Zag’s Popcorn
X-Treme Balls* – Xtreme Tenderloins

Feeling adventurous? The Des Moines Register teamed up with the Iowa State Fair to provide a Fair Food Finder app compatible with all devices.  If you’re not equipped with a smartphone, you can also use the app’s functionality as a mobile webpage.

Starred* foods are up for the Best New Food award. Fairgoers can vote on their favorite August 8 – 12, with the winner being announced August 14 at the Fair.