2018 new fair foods

The Iowa State Fair is known for fun, interesting and delicious food. Each year, a list of new culinary adventures from sweet to salty, to strange and tasty are announced. Fairgoers can try over 50 new foods at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. New this year is the Best New Deal Contest, which recognizes a value food item that is budget friendly under $4

Here is a list of the past winners:

  •  2013 Leslie Soukup - Shrimp Corn Dog
  • 2014 Arnold Blewer - Funnel Sticks 
  • 2015 Rib Shack - Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb
  • 2016 Iowa Turkey Federation - Not Your Mama’s Taco
  • 2017 Steer n Stein – Pork Almighty
  • 2018 Appilshus – Apple Eggrolls

2018 Iowa State Fair New Foods

We can't wait to see what 2019 brings! 

  • 2018 Best New Deal Winner - Smoked Chicken Leg

    New this year is the Best New Deal Contest, which recognizes a new food item that is budget friendly under $4. The 2018 Winner is the Smoked Chicken Leg for $3 at Eat It's Chicken City on the south side of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

  • Apple Egg Rolls - 2018 Best New Food

    The Apple Eggroll, a new food from Applishus takes top honors in the 2018 People’s Choice Best New Food Contest. The winning Apple Eggrolls are egg roll crust stuffed with delicious Granny Smith only apple filling and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar with a side of caramel sauce. The Apple Eggroll is located at Applishus Stands throughout the Fairgrounds - East Canopy of the VI Building, Cultural Center Courtyard, South Side of Walk on Triangle and North West Corner of Walnut Square for $5 and each purchase comes with two rolls.

  • Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick - Best New Food Finalist

    Quarter pound strip of pork belly that has been honey cured, rubbed with brown sugar and cooked to crispy perfection.Get the Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick for $7 at the Iowa Pork Tent. 

  • All Iowa Belly Up Burger - Best New Food Finalist

    Half pound of fresh ground pork belly seasoned with our signature rub then grilled to perfection, topped with our pulled pork then topped with our signature sauce, followed with our thick cut candied bacon and lastly with our Rib Shack Slaw and served on a brioche bun. Get the All Iowa Belly Up Burger for $10 at The Rib Shack.

  • Beef Burnt Ends - Best New Food Contestant

    Cubed Brisket slightly chared and glazed with a light and tasty Kansas City BBQ Sauce garnished with sweet and spicy pickles. Get the Burnt Beef Ends for $13 at Diamond Jacks.

  • Honey Sriracha Cheese Sticks - Best New Food Contestant

    A savory-spicy-sweet product that combines the cheesy goodness of the classic mozzarella stick with honey sriracha breading. Get the Honey Sriracha Cheese Stick at Po-Boy on Rock Island Ave. SW of Livestock Pavilion.

  • Poffertjes - Best New Food Contestant

    Mini pancakes topped with powdered sugar icing. Can add strawberries and whipped cream toppings for $1 more. Get a plate of Poffertjes at The Wooden Shoe located north of the VI Bldg. near the west end.

  • Not So Thin Mint - Best New Food Contestant

    A creamy mint patty loaded with Andes crème de menthe pieces and dipped in chocolate. Get the Not So Thin Mint for $5 at the window of Dipped In Chocolate which is on the outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion.

  • Toasted Turkey Bomber - Best New Food Contestant

    Four juicy, Italian seasoned deep-fried turkey meatballs simmered in marinara sauce, nestled in a hoagie bun, toasted crisp and topped with bubbly melted mozzarella cheese.Get the Toasted Turkey Bomber for $7 at the Turkey Grill located on the west side of the Riley Stage.

  • Golden Fried Portabello Strips on a Sick - Best New Deal Contestant (Due to unforeseen supply issues, this new food is not available)

    Large plump slices of portobello mushrooms with a peppery breading. Get a Golden Fried Portabello Strip on a Sick for $3 at the Veggie-Table located north of the Varied Industries Building west of the main entrance.

  • Frisalino on a Stick - Best New Deal Contestant

    La quencia borsellino salami, frisian aged gouda cheese and cantaloupe on a stick. Get a Frisalino on a Stick for $4 at The Salad Bowl located in the Cultural Center and In the Agriculture Building Balcony.

  • Pickle Popper - Best New Deal Contestant

    A whole dill pickle cut in two then stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, jalapenos, mandarine oranges, dipped in a batter and deep fried. Get a pickle popper for $4 at Grater Taters located west of the Riley Stage.

  • Rube Dog - Best New Deal Contestant

    Rich combination of chopped pastrami, tangy sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing. All melded together in a creamy cheese sauce and sensibly served on a nice soft bun. Get the Rube Dog for $4 at the Pickle Dawg located on the north Side of the Walk on Triangle.

  • Brisket Mango Tango

    A waffle bowl, filled with, coleslaw seasoned with Gramma Amber’s salad dressing, then a layer of Iowa Beef Brisket, topped with mango salsa, Iowa Sweet Corn and a Gramma Amber’s dressing over the top, garnished with fresh pineapple and cornichon pickle. Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters - southeast Corner of Walnut Square $9.00

  • Fresh Made Guacamole

    Fresh made guacamole on a cart by your table served with fresh cut chips. Diamond Jacks - On Rock Island Ave $10/$12

  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends

    Kansas City style pork belly burnt ends smoked then finished off with KC BBQ sauce. Diamond Jacks - On Rock Island Ave. $8.00

  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine

    Kansas City pork belly burnt ends on top of poutine. Benoit Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries - north of Varied Industries Bldg towards west entrance $9.00

  • Rocky Mountain Oysters

    Thinly sliced, tenderized and breaded with seasonings. Benoit’s Tenderloins - On walkway west side of Riley Stage. $8.00

  • Reserve PBJ Cooler

    Blended, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, almond milk, and aguave The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony. $7.00

  • Iowa Sunrise Juice

    Juices from: oranges, mangos, and lime juice combined together. The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony $5.00

  • Grand Champion Juice

    Juices from: carrots, beets, apples and celery Juice combined together. The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony $5.00

  • Fair Lady Cooler

    Blended strawberries, pineapple, apples, lemons and agauve. The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony $7.00

  • Blue Ribbon Cooler

    Blended strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, banana, lemon juice, agave. The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony $7.00

  • Best of Show Cooler

    Blended mango, orange, pineapple, apple juice, agave, Lemon Juice The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony $7.00

  • 4 leaf Clover Juice

    Juices from: celery, green apple, kiwi, pear, cucumber, spinach, and lime juice combined together. The Salad Bowl - In Cultural Center and Ag Bldg Balcony. $7.00

  • Polish Sausage Corn Dog

    Deep-Fried Polish Sausage on a stick dipped in Campbell’s Corndog Batter and fried to perfection. Campbell’s Double Bacon - north side of Grand Ave in front of Grandstand $6.00

  • Pickle Beer

    A glorious light golden ale with a delightful tickle of pickle. Made exclusively for the Birds Nest. 5.2% ABV. The Bird’s Nest - MidAmerican - Energy Stage $7.00

  • Duck Bacon Wonton

    Crispy wontons filled with duck bacon, cream cheese, fire roasted sweet corn and green onions served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. The Bird’s Nest - MidAmerican Energy Stage $6.00

  • Bacon Pancake Dippers

    Pancake coated thick-cut bacon grilled to golden brown and served with a side of syrup. The Bird’s Nest - MidAmerican Energy Stage $5.00

  • Cherry Pie Flurry

    Vanilla soft serve mixed with cherries, flaky crust and graham crackers. Ford Concessions Sundaes and Flurries - Walnut Square $3.50

  • Deep Fried Pecan Pie On A Stick

    Deep fried, on a stick, topped with caramel and bacon bits. Deep Fried Twinkies, Oreo Cookies and Candy Bars - south side of Grandstand $5.00

  • Salty Carmel Lightning Rod Ice Cream

    2 scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with carmel topping, pretzel chunks and a pretzel stick. Bauders Ice Cream - south west side of Ag Bldg $6.00

  • Lamb Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

    Lamb Sausage patty, egg, cheese on buttermilk biscuit comes with or without gravy. Fresh American Lamb - east side of Sheep Barn $6.00/$8.00

  • Apple Dumpling

    A cinnamon dusted whole granny smith apple, wrapped in Iowa Orchard pie crust, baked in a buttery citrus soda infused syrup. Iowa Orchard Association - on Main Floor  of Ag Bldg $6.00

  • Caribbean Leg of Lamb Taco

    2 flour tortillas filled with spiced slow roasted leg of lamb, homemade slaw and peach mango salsa. Fresh American Lamb - east side of Sheep Barn by main entrance $8.50

  • Rainbow Popcorn

    Caramel popcorn in various rainbow colors. Snappy Popcorn - east of Little Hands and north of Animal Learning Center $6.00

  • Caramel Apple Popcorn

    Sweet apple popcorn mixed with crème brulee caramel popcorn. Snappy Popcorn - east of Little Hands and north of ALC $6.00

  • Muddy Pig On A Stick (Popcorn)

    Marshmallow based, soft & chewy pink popcorn half dipped in chocolate Snappy Popcorn - east of Little Hands & north of the Animal Learning Center. $4.00

  • Popcorn On A Stick (Shape of Iowa)

    Marshmallow based, soft and chewy popcorn treat Snappy Popcorn - east of Little Hands and north of Animal Learning Center. $3.00

  • Tiny Tator

    Tiny Tators are mini whole potatoes that are boiled and deep fried, then added with butter, garlic and parmesan sauce. Eat It’s Chicken City - north side of Grand, south of Susan Knapp Amphitheater. $4.00/$6.00

  • Chicken Livers

    Chicken livers breaded and deep fried Eat It’s Chicken City - north side of Grand, south of Susan Knapp Amphitheater $5.00

  • Chicken Gizzards

    Chicken gizzards breaded and deep fried Eat It’s Chicken City - North Side of Grand South of Susan Knapp Amphitheater. $5.00

  • Double Dutch Almond Funnel Cake

    A funnel cake made with an almond infused cake batter, topped with powdered sugar and our special, homemade, almond glaze & garnished with almond slivers. McGrath’s Funnel Cakes - On the Triangle $9.00

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken

    Pulled jerk chicken, cilantro vinaigrette cabbage slaw, fresh mango chunks, habanero mango curry aioli, wrapped in a jalapeno cheddar wrap. GMig’s Wrap Stand - south east of the Varied Industries Bldg $9.00

  • Cookie Dough Spaghetti

    A fun take on cookie dough in the shape of spaghetti. The “meatball” on the spaghetti is a Ferrero Rocher chocolate and hazelnut confectionery strawberry dessert sauce. Dipped in Chocolate - outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion $6.00

  • Cookie Dough Sundae

    Cookie dough with sundae topping options including Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Butterfinger, M&Ms or warm Ghirardelli chocolate. Dipped in Chocolate - outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion $5.00

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla

    A 10 inch grilled flour tortilla with Colby jack cheeses made from scratch salsa, seasoned chicken, a sprinkle of bacon, drizzled with ranch dressing and topped with a side of sour cream. Quesadilla Junction - west of Exhibition Center for $10.

  • Maple Bacon Ice Cream

    Hand-scooped ice cream with caramelized Iowa bacon. Wonder Bar - west side of Riley Stage. $4/$6

  • Breakfast Sausage In A Waffle On A Stick

    Large link of maple infused pork sausage encased in a sweet Belgian waffle. This is served with a tasty breakfast syrup! Waffle Chix - In Front of DNR Bldg $6.00

  • Chicken In A Waffle On A Stick

    Savory homestyle chicken skewered and baked in a sweet Belgian waffle, served on a stick with syrup. Waffle Chix - In front of DNR Bldg $6.00

  • Cookie Dough In A Waffle On A Stick

    Cookie dough baked in a sweet Belgian waffle. Covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup on a stick. Waffle Chix - In  front of the DNR Bldg $6.00

  • Milky In A Waffle On A Stick

     Milky Way baked in a sweet Belgian waffle. Covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup on a stick. Waffle Chix - In front of the DNR Bldg $6.00

  • Snickers In A Waffle On A Stick

    Snickers baked in a sweet Belgian waffle. Covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup on a stick. Waffle Chix - In front of the DNR Bldg $6.00

  • Chicken Corn Dog

    Foot long corn dogs are breaded and deep fried. Eat It’s Chicken City - north side of Grand, south of Susan Knapp Amphitheater $6.00

  • Fair Square – Krispy Kokonut