Day 270-2 (W, 120926) — The Great State Fair of Texas

Suhweet!!!!!  This year’s Great State Fair of Texas starts this Friday, 9/28, and runs through Sunday, 10/21.

I’ve blogged about the State Fair before and let me tell you, it is a full-on experience everyone should have at least once in their life.

Mrs. NJ and the kids and I will be going next Tuesday.  Why Tuesday?  Because that’s the day both entrance and rides are discounted.

Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays Every Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5. Most rides on those Tuesdays (excluding the Thrillway, Texas Star & selected other attractions) are 5 coupons.*

It’s Gonna Be a Helluva Free Day.  The Great State Fair of Texas is the Fried Food Capital of the Universe** with anything and everything you can imagine battered and fried to a delicious golden brown.  Mmmmmm.

Here’s’s review of the items for this year, along with their cost in dollars and coupons.  This sh!t is expensive but worth it for a once-a-year treat. =)

Award Winning Food. This year’s award winners are:

Deep Fried Jambalaya — Best Taste

Deep Fried Jambalaya. A State Fair spin is given to this Cajun classic.  This “from scratch” jambalaya is created using shrimp, Cajun sausage and seasonings, then coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried to a golden perfection.  This deep-fried Southern delectable will be served with a side of “made in house” spicy ranch sauce.

Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll — Most Creative

Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Deliciously fresh cinnamon roll dipped in a special sweet pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a main course and a dessert all in one.

Other finalists in this year’s Fried Foods contest include:

Chicken Fried Cactus Bites. Fairgoers will stick with these hand-picked prickly pear cactus pads, thinly sliced, chicken battered and deep-fried to perfection.  Served with a combination of sweet & spicy secret jalapeño ranch, and agave nectar dipping sauce.

Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake. A slice of chocolate tres leches cake soaked in buttermilk batter, and fried to perfection.  A light sprinkle of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices and peaches are drizzled with a yummy syrup.

Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider. This three-cheese mac is baked until golden brown, battered in bread crumbs, deep-fried until crisp on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Placed on a slider bun with a griddled beef patty, this southern-style invention almost calls for a rocking chair and a front porch.

Fried Mexican Fire Crackers. A yummy, spicy chicken, cheese and jalapeño mix wrapped in fresh-made masa dough and deep-fried to a crispy, crunchy, explosion of flavor. OLE, JOSE! Served with fiery  TNT sauce.

Fried Pork Wing. This juicy morsel is slow cooked for six hours then lightly deep-fried, rolled and tossed in a smoked bacon chipotle glaze. Accompanied by old-school homemade potato chips lightly dusted in barbecue seasoning, it’s a sure crowd pleaser.

Picnic on a Stick. Pieces of delicious spicy fried chicken alternate tater tots and slices of dill pickle. Repeated three times on a stick then dipped in batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried until golden brown, this picnic wouldn’t be complete without its choice of BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard. BYO ants.

Classics Here to Stay.  Beyond this year’s crop of deep-fried deliciousness, there will still be some people serving popular items from years gone by, including nationwide classics such as Fried Twinkies, Snickers, and Oreos.

Other items I’ll snarf (if I can find them) include:

  • Fletcher’s Corny Dog (you have to have one; it’s the law)
  • Walking Taco
  • Deep Fried Pizza
  • Texas Fried Frito Pie
  • Deep Fried Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls
  • Chocolate Bacon Crunch Cake
  • Deep Fried Cheesecake
  • Fried Salsa
  • Deep-fried brownie balls
  • Deep fried strawberry Pop-Tart rolled in Fruity Pebbles
  • Fried Chocolate
  • Fried Ribs

And 1000 other things.

It. Will. Be.  Epic.

I’ll post a review, hopefully with pictures, next week sometime.


* For more about deals to be had at the Fair this year, check out Mommy’s Wish List2012 State Fair of Texas Deals and Discount Days.
** Here’s a great history of How the State Fair of Texas’ fried food thing got to be so big.
I was going to write “deep-fried delicacies” until I realized that these things are anything but delicate.

One response to “Day 270-2 (W, 120926) — The Great State Fair of Texas

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