Thursday, July 8th 2021, 10:56 AM EDT
When the Indiana State Fair opens in three weeks, visitors will be able to enjoy a wide-ranging list of culinary treats, including 23 new food items. Organizers say nearly two dozen foods will be featured in the “Taste of the Fair” contest, ranging from funnel-cake flavored ale to a waffle sandwich loaded with melted cheese.
Fairgoers are encouraged to vote for their favorite featured food items by visiting any of the information booths or by using the QR codes displayed at each participating “Taste of the Fair” concession stand. The winning food stand will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
In addition to the new items, the state fair says it has nearly 140 food stands. The food is routinely the No. 1 reason for attending the fair. Fair organizers recommend visitors download the app, which includes a map to find the food booths.
New food items featured at this year’s Indiana State Fair include:
Beef Parfait: This dish features layers of chopped smoked beef brisket, mashed potatoes, and smokey BBQ sauce.
BBQ Suga Momma: The meal features a pulled BBQ turkey sandwiched between two fresh donuts.
Buttermilk Wafflewich: Offered by the American Dairy Association Indiana, the wafflewich is a classic grilled cheese between two buttermilk waffles.
Deep Fried Cheesecake: This sugary treat features a blend of crispy and creamy fried cheesecake bites topped with powdered sugar and strawberry drizzle.
Honey BBQ Wings: Chicken wings offering a “a sweet taste with a touch of savory, spicy delight.”
Bavarian Cream Puff: The Bavarian Cream Puff features a light, delicate pastry shell filled with a sweet vanilla cream and topped with powdered sugar or chocolate sauce.
Iced Coffee Float: A concoction of ice-cold coffee and freshly scooped ice cream, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry.
Bison Steak Fajitas: Marinated bison steak with grilled onions and peppers, served on warm flour tortillas with corn and black bean salsa, lettuce, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.
Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner: The on-the-go meal combines mac and cheese, coleslaw, and popcorn chicken topped with chives in a crunchy waffle cone bowl.
Cherry Chocolate Funk Hand Dipped Ice Cream: This new hand-dipped ice cream flavor features a blend of cherry and chocolate ice cream mixed with Bordeaux dark cherries, chocolate fudge, and chocolate chunks. It’s available at the Dairy Bar.
Philly Cheesesteak Fries: French fries are topped with Miss Piggy’s signature Mr. Beefy’s seasoned Philly cheesesteak, onions, peppers, and mild cheddar cheese.
Media Noche: Originating from Cuba, the Media Noche is a sandwich that includes garlicy bread, roasted pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and sweet pickles.
Frozen Mocha Coffee: The Indiana State Fair Dairy Bar is offering frozen mocha coffee, with a consistency similar to a milkshake.
Outlaw Burger: A quarter pound hamburger with pepper jack cheese, peanut butter, and jalapeño jelly served on a toasted bun.
Fruit Twister Paradise Pop: A popsicle with an icy twist, featuring fresh squeezed lemon, oranges, limes, pineapple tidbits, and real slice strawberries.
Fruity Pebbles Funnel Cake: Fruity Pebbles cereal and a classic funnel cake topped with powdered sugar.
Cinni Minnis: Featuring the center of a cinnamon roll dipped in funnel cake mix, deep fried and served with powdered sugar and a sweet cream cheese topping.
Chocolate Salted Carmel Milkshake: The milkshake includes chocolate and salted caramel flavors and is offered at the Dairy Barn.
Miss Piggy’s Mac Daddy: Macaroni and cheese topped with Miss Piggy’s signature sweet and savory tender pulled pork drizzled with Gresham Foods’ family recipe Sweet D’s BBQ sauce.
Loaded Brat: The vegan Brat is also 100% soy free and gluten free.
Bacon Mac & Cheese: Classic creamy macaroni and cheese is mixed with fresh, crispy bacon. It’s offered at the Indiana Pork food booth.
Mangonada Frozen Beverage: Mango puree with a salty chamoy flavoring. It includes a sprinkle of Tajín® Clásico Seasoning – a signature Mexican combination of mild chili peppers, lime, and sea salt.
Sun King Funnel Cake Pastry Ale: Sun King Brewery’s Indiana State Fair 2021 beer is inspired by a State Fair classic – funnel cake. An ale that is a dark copper brown in color. Sun King says 300 powdered sugar funnel cakes were put in the kettle during the brewing process along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.