Most things that come out of my kitchen could be classified as "fair" food. I do not consider myself a creative cook -- except for bread dough art.
Iowa State Fair people just announced the five finalists in the New Food Contest. Concessionaires were asked to submit a new value-priced item for $3 or less. The food entries were judged based on taste/flavor, presentation/appearance, value and creativity/originality. Fairgoers will be able to try each new food during the Fair and vote for their favorite finalist. The winning item will be announced during the Fair.
Here are the top five:
The Brownie Blitz offers a delicious combination of cream cheese brownie bits, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and coconut. This sweet treat is available at Bauders Ice Cream on the southwest side of the Agriculture Building.
The new Caprese Salad On-a-Stick offers a snack that is both tasty and healthy. The mouthwatering skewer of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinaigrette is available at all Salad Bowl locations.
The Rib Shack's new Smoked Brisket and Bacon Mac N Cheese, available in Walnut Square, is topped with chunks of smoked brisket and apple wood smoked bacon and tossed in a creamy three cheese sauce.
The Three Buck Bowl features two crispy potato skins filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh salsa and shredded cheddar cheese and is available at Steer N Stein located on the Grand Concourse.
Funnel Cake Sticks made with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry funnel cake batter, served on-a-stick and topped with icing, can be found at Arnold's Concessions on Rock Island Avenue across from the Livestock Pavilion.
These tasty bites make me want to go to the Iowa State Fair (since I have never been there). Perhaps it would have to be a two-day trip to taste all of these delightful sounding new food finalists.
Just from reading the descriptions, perhaps I would rank them: Smoked Brisket and Bacon Mac N Cheese at the top of my list, followed by Salad On-a-Stick and the Three Buck Bowl. Today the Brownie Blitz and Funnel Cake Sticks would be at the bottom of the list. Tomorrow they might be at the top -- just depends on the day.
What might be your favorites?
Other value-priced contest entries included Zombie Cones in six sour flavors, homemade vanilla bean, caramel, chocolate or maple bacon Jumbo Toasted Marshmallows On-a-stick and a Red Velvet Flurry ice cream treat. Fairgoers can try each of these offerings for just $3.
Other new foods this year include Pineapple Inside Out Funnel Cake, Chicken Fried Bacon, Chocolate Covered Bacon Nougat On-a-stick, Chocolate Covered Cookies N Cream On-a-stick, Mexican Grilled Corn On-the-cob and Tater Dogs On-a-stick. In addition, this year's newest Fair Square, Fair-berry, a tasty blend of crisped rice cereal, strawberry puree and melted marshmallow, will debut for just $2. For a complete list of new foods including descriptions and locations, visit iowastatefair.org.
Of course we will all enjoy a vegetable hamburger and homemade pie and ice cream at the Palo Alto County Fair. Can't beat that kind of menu!