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.

Best new deal winner

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.

best new food finalists

The top 3 new Fair foods will compete for the coveted 2018 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food. Fairgoers can sample the top three finalists and cast their vote Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday August 14. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 15 during the Fair. Finalists include: Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick, All Iowa Belly Up Burger and Apple Eggrolls. 

  • Smoked Chicken Leg - Best New Deal Winner

    Slow roasted hickory smoked chicken leg that can be found at Eat It's Chicken City located on the north side of Grand, south of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

  • 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.

  • Apple Egg Rolls - Best New Food Finalist

    Egg roll wrapped with Apple filling sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and can be dipped in caramel. Get an Apple Egg Roll for $5 at any Applishus Stand which include: East Canopy of the VI Building, Cultural Center Courtyard, South Side of Walk on Triangle,  North West Corner of Walnut Square.

  • 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 Portabellos Strips on a Sick - Best New Deal Contestant

    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
  • All Iowa Belly Up Burger
  • Beef Burnt Ends
  • Fresh Made Guacamole
  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends
  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters
  • Frisalino On A Stick
  • Reserve PBJ Cooler
  • Iowa Sunrise Cooler
  • Grand Champion Cooler
  • Fair Lady Cooler
  • Blue Ribbon Cooler
  • Best of Show Cooler
  • Apple Eggrolls
  • 4 leaf Clover Cooler
  • Polish Sausage Corn Dog
  • Pickle Beer
  • Duck Bacon Wonton
  • Bacon Pancake Dippers
  • Apple Dumpling
  • Cherry Pie Flurry
  • Deep Fried Pecan Pie On A Stick
  • Salty Carmel Lightning Rod Ice Cream
  • Pork Belly On A Stick
  • Lamb Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
  • Caribbean Leg of Lamb Taco
  • Toasted Turkey Bomber
  • Rube Dog
  • Rainbow Popcorn
  • Caramel Apple Popcorn
  • Muddy Pig On A Stick (Popcorn)
  • Popcorn On A Stick (Shape of Iowa)
  • Tiny Tator
  • Chicken Livers
  • Chicken Gizzards
  • Smoked Chicken Leg
  • Portobello Strips On A Stick
  • Double Dutch Almond Funnel Cake
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken
  • Cookie Dough Spaghetti
  • Cookie Dough Sundae
  • Not So Thin Mint Ice Cream
  • Peppermint Patty Bars
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla
  • Pickle Popper
  • Maple Bacon Ice Cream
  • Honey Sriracha Cheese Stix
  • Breakfast Sausage In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Chicken In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Cookie Dough In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Milky In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Snickers In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Poffertjes
  • Cappatoast
  • Fair Square – Krispy Kokonut