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Iowa State Fair New Foods

Author: Kristy

The Iowa State Fair is known for fun, interesting, and delicious food. Each year, a list of new culinary adventures from sweet to salty, to strange and yummy are announced. In 2015, the list of new foods is sure to keep everyone in the family looking for more.

The 2015 New Foods includes:

• Apple Pie On-a-Stick

• Bruschetta

• Cattleman’s Steak Wrap

• Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a Stick

• Corn in a Cup

• Deep Fried Cherry Pie

• Deep Fried Nacho Balls

• Donut Sundae

• Golden Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly on a Stick

• Gluten Free Corndog

• Kernel Kluster

• Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake

• Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster

• Ultimate Bacon Explosion

• 27° Super Chill Beer

• and of course, the newest Fair Square flavor, Chocolate Marshmallow Malt

Concessionaires offering new foods in 2015 submitted entries for the New Food Contest. The New Food Contest entries were judged on taste/flavor, presentation/appearance, value and creativity/originality.

“We have something for everyone at the Fair,” said Gary Slater, CEO for the Iowa State Fair. “But, we love the challenge of finding the next new and exciting Fair food.”

Fairgoers can sample the top three contenders and cast their vote between August 13- 17. The 2015 New Fair Food winner will be announced on August 18.

Corn in a Cup is a heaping portion of grilled Iowa Sweet Corn cut straight off the cob. The best of Iowa’s corn crop is then mixed with pork chorizo, butter, chayote cheese, lime juice, sour cream, mayo, and “Magic Dust,” The Corn Stand’s (Ruan Plaza) secret spice. It is considered the caviar of Iowa.

The Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster is a delicious combination of toasted coconut, caramel fudge, and bits of pretzel, then frozen on a stick and freshly dipped in chocolate when ordered. The perfect treat for an August day, this sweet and salty goodness will be available at the Dipped in Chocolate Stand on the outside of the Livestock Pavilion. This will bring back Girl Scout cookie memories with a 2015 twist.

The Ultimate Bacon Explosion features 8 oz. of fresh brisket trimmings infused with a light jalapeno cheese, blended with seasonings, and then wrapped in bacon. It is then smoked and lightly sauced in a homemade Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce. As if it couldn’t get any better, this is 100% gluten-free and can be found at the Rib Shack in Walnut Square.

Additional entries in the contest included Deep Fried Nacho Balls, Cattlemen’s Steak Wrap, and Apple Pie On-a-Stick.

“It is fun to see what new foods we can offer each year and even though there will be only one winner in the New Foods Contest this year, Fairgoers will be able to try all the new foods and pick their favorite,” said Slater.

To find new foods and old favorites, look for the Iowa State Fair Food Finder coming soon to iowastatefair.org.

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