Today is the day Texans have been waiting for since last Fall! Finally, the sights, sounds, smells, and snacks of the Texas State Fair are back in Dallas. From the unveiling of the new and improved Big Tex to the opportunity to sample the latest creative fried foods, State Fair 2013 promises not to disappoint.
At the beginning of September, the winners of the annual fried food contest were announced. This was the kick-off of the fair’s annual build up that has finally given way to the opening of the gates to the wonders of what the fair has to offer.
The winner of the “most creative” category was the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner. This was the description offered for this intriguing piece: Mama’s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball. Next it’s dipped in Southern cream corn, rolled in seasoned cornmeal and fried to a golden brown. Served with old-fashioned giblet brown gravy. The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete Thanksgiving dinner — fried. Looks like the annual Thanksgiving-induced coma will come early this year.
For the best “Best Taste” category, the Deep Fried Cuban Roll won a hotly contested final. Beating out other finalists, such as the Texas Fried Fireball and the Spinach Dip Bites, the Cuban Roll took home the highest honors. It’s description was listed as: A filling of slow-cooked pork shoulder, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and secret sauce is spread onto a slice of Swiss cheese, rolled up in pastry dough and deep fried. Roll is served with a side of mojo sauce for dipping.
If you have never been to the State Fair before, be sure to take a ride on the famous Texas Star Ferris Wheel (it’s the tallest in North America!) and try a Fletcher’s corny dog. The fair runs from Sept. 27- Oct. 20 at Fair Park just east of downtown Dallas. Be sure to check out ticket deals that roll out weekly at various grocery stores like Kroger. Also, know that parking can be a headache if you plan on going on the weekend. Think about taking the DART rail into the park, since it has a stop right outside the gates.