Food is one of the main attractions at the Iowa State Fair

The Fair boasts nearly 200 food stands and over 80 delectable items available on-a-stick.

The 2019 Food Vendors will be listed soon!

The 2019 new foods include:

  • Apple Cider Shake Up
  • Apple Fritter Funnel Cake
  • Apple Nachos
  • Apple Slices with Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
  • Bacon Wrapped Pig Wings*
  • Bauder Ultimate Bacon Crisp
  • Benoits Beignets
  • Berkshire Bacon Balls on a Stick
  • Boozy Pecan Caramel Apple
  • Breakfast Sandwich – Egg, Corned Beef, and Cheese Biscuit
  • Brownie Waffle Stick
  • Campfire Cracker Jacks Caramel Sundae
  • Caramel Apple Bites
  • Caramel Apple Cider Shake
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Poutine
  • Chicken Parmesan Stick
  • Chicken Street Tacos*
  • Chocolate Brownie Waffle Stick
  • Chuckie's Pork Strip Basket*
  • Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar*
  • Deep Fried Deviled Eggs
  • Dessert Poutine
  • Dill Pickle Popcorn
  • Dilly Dog
  • Double Pork Poutine
  • Fried Avocado Slices
  • Funnel Fries*
  • Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap*
  • Jalapeno Popper Pizza*
  • Jumbo Super Dog
  • Lemon Sipper with Peppermint*
  • Mexi-Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi
  • Monster Cookie Popcorn
  • Orange Creamsicle Milkshake
  • Orange Sipper with Peppermint
  • Peach Empanadas
  • Pete's Steak Popper*
  • Pie Shakes
  • Rainbow Poutine
  • Ranch Hand Steak Salad
  • Salted Caramel Apple Shake
  • Senora Dog
  • Sirloin Beef Tip Sandwich
  • Slaughter House Poutine
  • Slow Roasted Half Chicken Dinner
  • Smoked Ham & Eggs
  • Soft Serve Cookie Dough Cones
  • Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi
  • Tangled Onion Pork Po-Boy
  • The Chief*
  • The Chinese Sweet Corn Cup
  • The Colossus*
  • The Corn Stalker Cocktail
  • Tiramisu Injection Cone with Flavor Shot
  • Walt's Lemonade Creamsicle
  • White Cheddar Popcorn
  • X-Treme Balls*

*Denotes 2019 New Food Event Participant

The 2019 Best New Deal Winner:

The Best New Deal Contest recognizes a value food item that is budget friendly under $4. The Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar is the best new Fair food under $4.

Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar; Find the Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar at J&L Soukup's Wonder Bar stand. This is a new version of a traditional State Fair favorite. The hand-cut cookies and cream ice cream is dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crushed Oreo cookie pieces for a delicious treat.

The 2019 Best New Food Finalists:

Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap; $10; Located at G Mig's Wrap Stand, this new food is a cheddar tortilla wrap with tender beef pot roast, a white rice mixture containing Chorizo sausage crumbles, roasted green chilies, cheddar Jack cheese, candy corn salsa, crispy corn tortilla crumbles and a sour cream drizzle. On the side is a zest salsa verde sauce. Gluten free wraps are available at an additional cost.

The Chief; $8; Find The Chief at The Rib Shack, a new creation of Navajo BBQ fried bread with slow-smoked beef brisket topped with cilantro lime slaw and a salsa cream drizzle. A slow-smoked pork option is also available.

Cast your vote to save a new food and add it to the Top 3 New Foods for 2019. Fair enthusiasts can cast their vote for the third new food via the Iowa State Fair App. Voting closes Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m.

food finder

The Des Moines Register partners with the Iowa State Fair to provide a Fair Food Finder app compatible with all devices. The app's functionality is also available as a mobile webpage: Food Finder.


With the help of the Central Iowa Celiac Connection below is a list of specific vendors that offer some gluten free options at the 2019 Iowa State Fair:

Iowa Pork Producers
Iowa Fruit/Vegetable Growers
Midwest Dairy Association
Hill Concessions 
Iowa Turkey Federation
The Salad Bowl/Applishus
It’s Chicken City
Beattie’s Melon Patch
The Rib Shack
G’Mig’s 5th Street Pub
Dawghouse Concessions