Wednesday, September 22, 2010

They Fried WHAT?

It's that time again....time for the State Fair of Texas! Anyone who has ever been to the State Fair knows all about the fried everything that they serve there.  The contest is considered a friendly food fight among Fair concessionaires. Entries must be new to the Fair, unique and taste-tempting. In mid-summer, an invitation is sent to all contracted State Fair vendors with details about the contest. Interested concessionaires submit menus to a committee for review and consideration. Often the committee will request samples for taste testing before choosing the finalists for the contest. On Labor Day, judges are brought in for the final round of competition. The winner for most creative in this year's contest went to Fried Beer™ while Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie won the trophy for best taste. Come on now, Fried Beer????...they have gone too far this year! LOL and they have ruined my beloved frito the heck did they fry it!  I will try my best to find these things and take a picture of them although you can rest assure that I will not be eating all of them, especially the fried caviar! LOL  Check out these entries this year!

2010 Big Tex Choice Awards

Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie – A generous portion of savory Texas born chili accented with a hint of sharp cheddar encased in everybody’s favorite corn chip. Lightly battered and fried to a golden brown perfection. With its smooth medley of hot, meaty, crunchy, salty, cheesy, oozing goodness; “Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie” transports you back to the golden age of Fair Food. Bert’s Burgers & Fries stand in Cotton Bowl Plaza, near the entrance to the Midway. Winner of Best Taste.

Fried Beer™ - Beer-filled pretzel pocket is deep-fried to a golden brown. One bite and the escaping beer serves as a dipping sauce. 21 and over, ID required. Concessionaire contact: Belgian Waffle at the of the Esplanade and inside the Coca Cola Food Court. Winner of Most Creative.

Deep Fried S’mores Pop• Tart® – Pop• Tart® with a sensational chocolate, peanut butter, s’mores flavor is lightly battered & deep fried. Hot out of the fryer the sinfully diet-busting treat is drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream. Taste of Cuba in Cotton Bowl Plaza.

Deep Fried Frozen Margarita - Sweet & creamy funnel cake batter is deliciously coupled with margarita ingredients. Fried, dusted with a tangy lemon/lime mixture and lightly spritzed with south of the border flavor, it’s served in a salt rimmed glass. 21 and over, ID required. Desperados stand on Nimitz Drive, near the entrance to Creative Arts.

Fernie’s Fried Club Salad – Super colossal 12” spinach wrap surrounds generous layers of juicy diced ham & chicken, shredded iceberg, crunchy carrot strips, ripe cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar and hickory smoked bacon (see photo above). Deep fried until lightly crispy; topped with deep-fried sour dough croutons on a stick & served on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce. Choice of creamy Ranch, Thousand Island or Caesar dressing. The Dock Restaurant, inside the Embarcadero Building.

Fried Chocolate – A white chocolate mini candy bar + a cherry are stuffed into a mouth-watering brownie, dipped into delicious chocolate cake batter & deep fried to perfection. The finished product has a warm just-out-of-the-oven taste! Topped with powdered sugar and a rich cherry sauce and served with chocolate flavored whip cream. Nimitz Drive and on Funway inside the Midway.

Fried Lemonade – Lemon flavored pastry is made from Country Time® lemonade. First baked, then fried, this taste tempting treat is glazed with a mix of lemonade, powdered sugar, and lemon zest. Concessionaire contact: Chicken on a Stick stand located on Nimitz Drive, near the entrance to the Embarcadero.

Fried Texas Caviar – Texas version of a southern good luck staple. Black-eyed peas are fried and laced with special spices blended with Old Bay® Seasoning and are available in regular or spicy. Find them in Cotton Bowl Plaza (next to Cotton Bowl steps), inside the Auto Building, near Big Tex & on the Thrillway.

Does your state have a State Fair?  And if so, do they have any crazy foods?  Share!


  1. Wow! That's amazing! We have deep fried cheese curds, chocolate cheese and cheesecake on a stick! Of course, this is Wisconsin!

  2. Oh my! Sounds like artery-clogging goodness...though I do think the fried beer is a bit much.

  3. I think I'd go with the Margarita... maybe not fried though, ha! :)

  4. Wow, that fried margarita sounds

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  5. This takes carnival food to a whole new unheard of level! Lol

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  6. I definitely would have tried some of the fried stuff at your fair! The fair that was here in my neck of the woods thought it would be a good idea to serve deep fried bacon and deep fried butter...REALLY? Like those things need to be deep fried? Lol...great post. Some of those items sounded kind of yummy! :-)


  7. I was watching a segment on CNN and they did a thing about the Texas Fair. Fried Salad. I can't even imagine but it sounds disgusting! I want to try it though. Stopped over from the blogfrog.