Food Headliners: State Fair of Texas

Photo originally used by the Austin American-Statesman

Every year, the State Fair of Texas serves up foods you never knew could be deep-fried. Thanks to our fellow Texans, that list just keeps growing.

After a year-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair plans to make its grand return on Sept. 24. Also making a return is the fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards, which identifies and rewards its top food choices.

Categories for this year include best savory taste, best sweet taste, and most creative, as reported by Austin 360. This past Thursday, 32 semifinalists were named, 19 savory and 13 sweet.

Although photos of dishes were not released, names of the extravagant dishes include “pork shots” and “brisket brittle,” two of which come with their fair share of guesses on what they may look like.

Coming in #32 is an item named “Deep Fried Halloween,” which is said to be a large, chewy pretzel that includes more sugar than the candy offered on Halloween. It is said to be deep-fried (of course) and lathered in candy corn syrup and topped with rainbow sprinkles and powdered sugar. As if those toppings were not already enough, it also includes orange and white buttercream frosting and pieces of M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Mini Twix, and a whole lot more. For anyone with a big sweet tooth, this one is for you!

Coming in #1 is the "Texas Chicken Fried Steak Flauta Basket"… boy was that a mouth full. This item is a flour tortilla coated with tangy sauce and includes fried steak fingers, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, and is then rolled like a burrito and of course, you guessed it, fried. Curly fries and ranch dressing are also included with this item as if you are needing an extra kick on the side.

Both of those seem pretty intense and may need a beverage to help wash it down. Another item on the list that is sure to do the trick comes in at #30 which is Frozen ranch water. Described as a "Slurpee featuring tequila, Top Chico and lime."

While those three items are featured on the semi-finalists list, there’s a lot more to prepare for.

To view details for each of the top 32 items featured at the State Fair of Texas, click here.