Fabulous food from different cultures is a Texas tradition. Since 2005 The Big Tex® Choice Awards Competition has established the State Fair of Texas as the place to experience unique fair food creations.
During the off-season, concessionaires spent their time mixing, seasoning, and experimenting with original taste combinations.
When the competition begins, the creations by the extraordinary 49 entries represented by 30 concessionaires, are judged for their uniqueness, creativity, presentation, and taste.
Here are the ten creations that rose to the top!
SWEET TREATS —
BIG RED® CHICKEN BREAD This new State Fair favorite starts with a homemade, light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, Big Red®-flavored frosting, and served with a savory fried chicken wing resting in the middle of the doughnut. So long chicken and waffles, hello Big Red® Chicken Bread!
DEEP FRIED BAYOU FRUIT BITES A delectable dessert using fresh fruit wedges battered, deep-fried, and sensuously coated in a secret sweet confection. It is finished with creamy whipped topping and drizzled with warm caramel sauce. For those with an extreme sweet tooth, try these additional toppings: candy, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, and assorted berries.
FLA’MANGO TANGO Mango like you’ve never tango’d before! Treat yourself with a refreshingly creamy mango twist, fried and drizzled with a kicky citrus glaze. Topped with whipped topping and served with a side of strawberry-mango sorbet. Presto’ Chango, that tangy explosion’s a Mango Tango!
PEANUT BUTTER CUP SNOOKIE A warm, fresh-baked peanut butter cup cookie topped with vanilla ice cream, adorned with caramel and chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and a cherry.
QUICK FRIED “BLACK GOLD” TRUFFLES This decadent treat is made from thin chocolate cookies crushed into crumbs. Add deliciously rich cream cheese and mix until creamy. Super sweet mini white chocolate chips are added to make this truffle an unforgettable piece of gold. Hand-roll into balls and coated in a golden breading consisting of vanilla wafers, corn flakes, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then fry to a delicate crunch on the outside and creamy sweetness on the inside. The Quick Fried “Black Gold” Truffles are topped off with fresh whipped cream and then drizzled with chocolate syrup and juicy cherry.
SAVORY BITES —
CALYPSO ISLAND SHRIMP BOWL Tasty and colorful tropical cabbage stir fry with fresh carrots, kale, scallions, ginger, and sweet red bell peppers, served on yellow tropical rice topped with herbaceous grilled Caribbean (marinated) shrimp and a sweet and spicy tropical glaze topped off with slightly crunchy veggies.
FERNIES FRIED BURNT BURRITO Start with a large flour tortilla slathered with a jalapeno popper spread of cream cheese, savory bacon, Mexican blend cheese, and mildly spicy diced jalapenos. Add a layer of pepper jack and finish with a generous helping of smoky nuggets of pure barbecue gold burnt ends! It is folded burrito style and quickly fried to a lightly golden brown with a crispy, flaky crust. The Texas-sized burrito is cut in half and served in a basket with a side of panko-crusted crunchy onion rings dusted with a unique blend of barbeque seasoning, a sweet, tangy, spicy barbecue sauce, and a cherry pepper to top it off!
THE SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN ALFREDO ROLL This savory ball is filled with fettuccine alfredo, fried chicken bites, and mozzarella cheese topped off with fresh parsley, basil, and parmesan, then dressed up with fried asparagus spears and garlic parmesan bread on the side.
TEXAS CREAM CORN CASSEROLE FRITTERS A Texas twist on Grandma’s traditional Cream Corn Casserole includes the basics: cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cornbread. To make the dish uniquely Texan, we add bacon and jalapeno then deep fry the casserole into crispy fritters. You’ll go crazy for this mind-blowing recipe.
RUTH’S STUFFED FRIED TACO CONE The perfect grab and go meal to enjoy while strolling through the Fair. Marinated, slow-cooked barbacoa served in an ice cream cone-shaped tortilla shell with black beans and cilantro lime rice, topped with Pico de gallo, queso fresco, and salsa verde.
With all of the new foods to tickle your taste buds, you will have a delicious time at the 2019 State Fair of Texas!
Tickets are available online and at all gates starting Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Visit www.BigTex.com