State Fair of Texas Big Tex Choice Awards Top Ten Finalists are Here
The State Fair of Texas is scheduled for September 27 through October 20 at Fair Park in Dallas.
Outside of the Texas - OU game, rides and entertainment, you come for the wildest concoctions of food you will find anywhere. This year is no exception.
Every year, the Big Tex Choice Awards hands out their top prize to three of the craziest fair food mixtures in three categories; Best Taste - Sweet, Best Taste - Savory and Most Creative.
The Top Ten finalists have been nailed down and winners will be picked Sunday, August 25.
If you would like to attend, tickets are available for $125 at bigtex.com/buy-tickets. All the proceeds are donated to the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program. $12.5 million has been handed out to 2,400 students from the scholarship program through the 27 years of the program.
Take a look at the finalists below.
Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters by Clint Probst - Savory
Grandma's traditional Cream Corn Casserole with a Texas twist! Cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cornbread mix are combined into a batter, just like the classic recipe! To make our dish uniquely Texan, we add chopped bacon and freshly diced jalapenos. Instead of baking, we fry (duh!) the Corn Casserole into crispy, lightly browned fluffy pillows of frittery goodness! Four to an order are arranged around our signature Cream Corn Queso Blanco for dipping and sharing!
Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone by Ruth Hauntz - Savory
Tender, savory, marinated, slow-cooked barbacoa served in an ice cream cone-shaped tortilla shell with black beans and cilantro lime rice. It is topped with pico de gallo, queso fresco, and homemade salsa verde. The perfect handheld treat to enjoy while strolling through the State Fair of Texas.
Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball by Greg Parish - Savory
A golden fried ball, filled with fettuccine alfredo, Southern fried chicken bites, and fresh mozzarella cheese. The ball is garnished with our house made alfredo sauce, grated parmesan cheese, Italian parsley, fresh basil, and cracked black pepper. Served with a side of flash fried lemon pepper asparagus spears, and a toasted garlic parmesan baguette. A beautiful fusion where rustic Italian flavors are treated to our Southern hospitality. Gustare!
Quick Fried “Black Gold” Truffles by Glen & Sherri Kusak - Sweet
This little decadent treat is made from thin chocolate cookies crushed into crumbs. We then 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. We hand-roll into balls and coat them 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 a juicy cherry.
Peanut Butter Cup Snookie by Michelle Edwards - Sweet
Warm, fresh baked peanut butter cup cookie with vanilla ice cream adorned with caramel and chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and a cherry.
Fernie’s Fried Burnt End Burrito by Winter Family Concessions - Savory
The pinnacle of barbecue combined with everyone's favorite spicy appetizer! Starts with a large flour tortilla slathered with a jalapeno popper spread of cream cheese, savory bacon, Mexican blend cheese, and mildly spicy diced jalapenos. Next we 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 quick fried lightly golden brown with a crispy, flaky crust. Our Texas sized burrito is cut in half and served in a basket with a side of panko crusted crunchy onion rings dusted with a special blend of barbeque seasoning, a sweet tangy, spicy barbecue sauce, and a cherry pepper to top it off! The succulent, charred crispy bits of beefy parts with the creamy, spicy jalapeno popper spread and melty cheeses are the definitive Texas feast!
Fla’Mango Tango by The Garza Family - Sweet
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!
Deep Fried Bayou Fruit Bites by Terrence & Lisa Henderson - Sweet
This delectable dessert is produced using fresh fruit wedges that are 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, we offer these additional toppings: candy, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, and assorted berries. These Bayou fruit bites are deliriously delicious!
Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl by Stephen Alade - Savory
Tasty and colorful tropical cabbage stir fry with fresh carrots, kale, scallions, ginger, and sweet red bell peppers, served on a yellow tropical rice topped with herbaceous grilled Caribbean (marinated) shrimp and a sweet and spicy tropical glaze. Not only does it look like the tropics, but it offers tremendous flavor as well. The veggies are cooked just right on a high heat to provide a slight crunch. The shrimp offers a succulent herbaceous note and the sweet and spicy chili glaze kicks it up a notch, providing a tantalizing finish.
Big Red® Chicken Bread by Brent & Juan Reaves - Sweet
This new 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!