Creative Cooks Re-Task State Fair Food Staples
August 19, 2017
Deanna Smith of Des Moines won first place and a $100 cash award in the Fair Delicious competition, judged Thursday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Sharon Gates of Des Moines claimed second place and $50. Anita Van Gundy of Des Moines earned third place and $25.
Contestants were challenged to create a winning dish using at least one food purchased from a vendor at the State Fair.
Entries were judged on taste.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.