New Food at the Fair

New food contest finalists

Ice Cream Nachos
Crisp cinnamon sugar chips covered with two scoops of cinnamon ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and caramel and sprinkled with bits of chocolate, caramel and strawberries. The dish is topped with nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. This delicious treat will help you to beat the heat this Fair.
(available at Benoit’s Nutty Bar and Root Beer Floats on Rock Island east of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage)

Not Your Mamma’s Taco
The Not Your Mamma’s Taco starts with a golden crispy deep fried flour tortilla. A layer of tender shredded and perfectly seasoned turkey is added to anchor the tortilla. Then fresh homemade veggie slaw is added to give the taco a creamy crunch. The taco is then topped with a sweet mango salsa to add color and a spicy sweet finish.
(available at the Iowa Turkey Federation Stand west of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage)

Pride of Iowa Wrap
The Pride of Iowa Wrap boasts a jalapeno cheddar tortilla with pork shoulder, sweet corn salsa, and hickory smoked bacon bits. Layered with cheddar jack cheese, fresh avocado relish, chipotle aioli and crispy tortilla bites for added texture. This wrap is sure to be a hit.  
(available at G’Mig’s  5th Street Pub southeast of the Varied Industries Building)

NEW FOOD CONTEST participants

  • 5 Buck Cowboy Cup

    A luscious layer of baked beans, mashed potatoes and shredded pork sprinkled with cheese in a grab ‘n’ go BBQ cup. 

    • Found at Steer N Stein
    • $5.00
  • Apple Fritter Bites

    An apple fritter is formed into a ball and covered with powdered sugar.   

    • Found at Applishus
    • $4.00
  • Bacon Cheddar Brat Sandwich

    A grilled pork brat with bacon & cheddar mixed into the patty. 

    • Found at Iowa Pork Producers
    • $6.00 sandwich, $8.00 meal
  • Blessed Breakfast AKA Big Boy Plate

    A fresh baked buttermilk biscuit split in half and topped with 2 slices of ham, followed with a generous portion of potato bites and scrambled eggs.  Then comes sausage gravy, shredded cheese and jalapenos (optional). All of that is served with a buttermilk biscuit to clean up your plate.

    • Found at West Des Moines Methodist Church
    • $8.00
  • Caramel Cocoa Crispy Crunch

    A frozen combination of caramel fudge, cocoa crispies, marshmallows and white chocolate.  Freshly dipped in chocolate for a mound of deliciousness.  

    • Found at Dipped in Chocolate
    • $5.00
  • Cheddar Bacon Cheese on a Stick

    Bacon cheddar cheese put on a stick and dipped in batter, deep fried until gooey and delicious. 

    • Found at Fyfe Concessions
    • $5.00
  • Fried Fruit Kabob

    Strawberries, pineapple and peaches on a stick, dipped in batter and deep fried. Topped with melted chocolate.

    • Found at Fyfe Concessions
    • $5.00
  • Funnel Bacon on a Stick

    A thick strip of bacon weaved on a wood skewer is deep fried, dipped in funnel cake batter, and then deep fried again. Topped with customer’s choice of maple butter cream, caramel or chocolate syrup.

    • Found at The Best Around
    • $5.00
  • Hawaiian Pineapple Bowls

    Half a pineapple used as a bowl, filled with white rice, chunks of fresh pineapple, and choice of Teriyaki Chicken, Maui Pork or BBQ Pork Ribs and sauce. 

    • Found at Diamond Jacks
    • $14.00
  • Ice Cream Nachos*

    Crisp cinnamon sugar chips covered with 2 scoops of cinnamon ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and caramel and sprinkled with bites of chocolate, caramel and strawberries.  Topped with nuts, whipped cream and a cherry.

    • Found at Nutty Bar & Floats
    • $7.00
  • Italian Bacon Wrap on a Stick

    Italian sausage link wrapped in bacon on a stick, then dipped in batter and fried. 

    • Found at Fyfe Concessions
    • $6.00
  • Jalapeno Double Bacon Corndog

    A deep fried bacon wrapped corndog with bacon bits and jalapeno batter.

    • Found at Campbells Concession
    • $5.00
  • Loaded Tators on a Stick

    Shredded potatoes with cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, sour cream and chives all mixed together, dipped in batter and deep fried on a stick.

    • Found at TNT Concession/Greater Taters
    • $5.00
  • Not Your Mamma's Taco*

    Start with a golden crispy deep fried flour tortilla. A layer of tender shredded and perfectly seasoned turkey is added to anchor the tortilla. Then fresh homemade veggie slaw is added to give the taco a creamy crunch. The taco is then topped with a sweet mango salsa to add color and a spicy sweet finish. 

    • Found at the Iowa Turkey Federation
    • $5.00
  • Pride of Iowa Wrap*

    A 12" warmed jalapeno cheddar tortilla with pork shoulder, sweet corn salsa, hickory smoked bacon bits, cheddar jack cheese, fresh avocado relish, chipotle aioli and crispy tortilla bites for added texture to the wrap.  

    • Found at G. Migs
    • $8.00
  • The Duke

    A cup of grilled corn cut from the cob, topped with smoked sausage, spicy BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and topped with pork rinds and chives.

    • Found at The Corn Stand
    • $6.00
  • Ultimate Bacon Brisket Grilled Cheese

    Artesian style cheddar bread smeared with a signature dry rub butter, then layered with provolone, farmer and cheddar cheese, shaved smoked beef brisket, apple wood smoked bacon and grilled until golden brown.

    • Found at The Rib Shack
    • $7.00
  • The Slopper

    Grilled foot long hot dog chopped up and added to a bag of crushed Fritos corn chips topped with chili and cheese sauce.  Additional toppings include onions, pickles, sauerkraut, sour cream and jalapeno peppers.

    • Found at Brafford's Concessions
    • $5.00
  • The Strawberry Blonde

    Light & fluffy, crispy crunchy Authentic Belgian Waffle, topped with strawberry glaze, fresh made Chantilly cream, fresh sliced strawberries and drizzled with white chocolate.

    • Found at The Belgian Waffle Café
    • $6.00

* denotes 2016 Iowa State Fair People's Choice Best New Food Finalist

Additional new foods in 2016

  • Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll (available at Buni's Cinnamon Rolls)
  • Fruit Pizza (available at Iowa Orchard)
  • Lemon Bars (available at Iowa Orchard)
  • Smoked Chicken Drummy Wrapped in Bacon (available at the Rib Shack)
  • S'mores Sunday (available at Ford Concessions)
  • Toast Brushetta BLT (available at Parlo Pizza)
  • Tot-chos (available at Hardenbrook Concessions)