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State Fair Calories Don’t Count! The foods that cannot be missed in 2022

Big Tex Circle photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

As the opening day of the State Fair of Texas approaches on September 30, Fair foodies are beginning to dream of all those new fried creations that they simply must try this year. Interspersed, of course, with traditional favorites like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Belgian waffles, turkey legs, and funnel cake.

All those tantalizing aromas wafting through the air easily convince us that calories consumed at the State Fair of Texas don’t count. After all, we will surely drive them away as we look for the next big thing. Eating at the fairgrounds can be the perfect progressive meal…one that begins with brunch and continues through dinner.

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Here are some must-see stops to include on your State Fair menu this year, starting with the three winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards. The Fried Charcuterie Board, created by Tami Nevins Mayes and her daughter Josey Mayes, who came up with the idea of ​​frying a charcuterie board, was named Best Taste Savory. Featuring mozzarella, salami, and green apples in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Italian herbs, the combo is wrapped in wontons, deep-fried, topped with goat cheese, and drizzled with hot honey. It’s not only tasty but portable, always a plus for Fair Foods.

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Peanut Butter Paradise courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

New licensees Chris Easter and Nicole Sternes won Best Taste Sweet for their Peanut Butter Paradise. It begins by injecting a peanut butter-topped, caramel-fried honey bun topped with Reese’s Pieces, Butterfinger crumbles, peanut butter cups, caramel sprinkles, and powdered sugar. For peanut butter fans, this sure sounds like heaven.

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Cha Cha Chata photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

Cha-Cha Chata from the Garza family is a milkshake with vanilla ice cream and the family’s secret horchata recipe, poured into a mug rimmed with caramel and cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, sprinkled with crushed caramel, cinnamon roll cookies and fried Snacks of rice with milk. All drunk through a churro straw, and again, easily portable.

Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs

Like most fried food-loving fairgoers, my husband and I always head to the Fletcher’s Original Corny Dog booth in Big Tex Circle first. It’s the place to take selfies with Big Tex and get our first Corny Dog of the season. Fletcher’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year by giving away 80 Corny Dogs to the first 80 customers at its seven cheesy dog ​​stalls every Friday, beginning on opening day on September 30. We’re told that our best chance of getting a free cheesy dog ​​is to head to a less crowded Fletcher stand, shown on the map.

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Photo courtesy of Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs

Another favorite fried food stand, Baconation has some new Texas treats to try this year. Bacon Apple Pie Egg Roll features a cinnamon sugar apple filling, crispy bacon bits, fried in an egg roll wrapper, topped with caramel sauce, whipped cream and powdered sugar. Bacon “Hot Chik” and Cool Chik” Nachos are also new. Also new are tender bites of bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken topped with tangy cheese and a choice of ranch or sriracha sauce, hot or regular Cheetos, and topped with jalapenos.

Bacon Burrito Dog: Two hot dogs in a flour tortilla with bacon, cheese, and chili is also new. And a former Big Tex Choice Award finalist, Sweet Bakin’ Bacon, returns to satisfy your sweet tooth. Cream filled sponge cake wrapped in bacon dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried and topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. Best of all, the Baconation booth is located in the air-conditioned Tower Bldg. Food area.

State Fair Food Court

The Food Court is the ideal place to gather with friends, grab a seat at one of the tables and share a wide variety of food. Stalls selling everything from Pastel Frito and Nachos to Cinnamon Rolls are scattered throughout the food court. I can’t resist the It’s Greek to Me booth, and Pedro’s Tamales is a great place to get homemade tamales to take home with us.

Another take-home stop is the Go Texan pavilion, where I like to pick up Texas-made items like honey and gravy. Unlike most vendors, the Go Texan store accepts cash or credit cards, and that’s good news for those of us who ran out of coupons.

The State Fair of Texas will be held from September 30 to October 3. 23 this year. For more information, including a daily listing of events and attractions, visit

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