INDIANAPOLIS — Fairgoers at the 2019 Indiana State Fair have the chance to participate in selecting the winning food dish in the Taste of the Fair competition.
This year, 16 vendors took part in the contest, entering a total of 22 new food dishes and combinations.
Sharon Smith, the director of communications for the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center, explained fair visitors have until the last day of the fair on Aug. 18 to try the different Taste of the Fair foods and vote for their favorite.
She said individuals can vote for the food they want to win the title of the best fair food by going to one of the Indiana State Fair Information Booths or by using the QR Code that is displayed at the concession stand of participating vendors.
Prior to the first day of the Indiana State Fair, I had the opportunity to try all the dishes in this year’s Taste of the Fair competition, and while all of the dishes are delicious, I selected my top five favorite dishes.
This dish presented by Urick Concessions topped my list for the tastiest and most creative food dish in the 2019 Taste of the Fair competition.
Although the fries have a bit of a spicy kick to them, the chicken, creamy cheddar sauce, buffalo sauce, bacon bits and blue cheese smothering the crispy potatoes makes for a mouth-watering treat.
Superhero USA All the Way Pancake
This sweet, delicious dish that was created by the Meatball Factory LLC starts with a freshly-made Dutch pancake that is then loaded with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. The flavors work together to create an out-of-this-world taste.
Bayou Concessions created an amazing jambalaya that is packed full of flavor and can have up to three different types of meat in it, depending on what fairgoers want. My favorite part of the dish was the blackened chicken, which was seasoned and cooked to perfection.
Monroe’s Midwest Hero
This dish presented by Monroe’s Big Dog Diner puts a delicious twist on a classic Indiana tenderloin. The tenderloin sandwich contains cheese, bacon and the vendor’s special sassy sauce, with a dill pickle spear to top it off.
The Hawaiian Haminator
Pork-n-More has created a one-of-a-kind ham sandwich that has a light, refreshing taste to it. The dish is made up of ham, bacon, BBQ Bacon Sauce and a famous Yum Yum Sauce that is topped with provolone cheese and two juicy pineapple slices.