Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We're Going to the State Fair of Texas

Big Tex

Every year as a teenager I would always look forward to the fall, it meant one big thing...THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS!!  It' such a fun place to go, so many things to see and do.  I remember one year I even went and met my then "boyfriend" there when he came up with his FFA Chapter to spend the day at the fair.   That same young fellow later became my husband and we have been married this week for 26 years!!  :) 
State Fairs are pretty romantic !!
I thought now that the grandbabies are old enough, we would try and make it a family event this year to attend the State Fair of Texas together. 
It begins on September 28th and ends on October 21st!!
My daughter and I were reading their webpage yesterday and came across "some" of the food items that will be offered at the fair this year.  She told me we would have to bring $200 just for food because it all sounds so good!! 
I had to share their "tempting" food offerings with my a preview.....

The complete info and food list can be found on their website!!


New Foods & First Time Vendors


Deep Fried Biscuits and Gravy: Breakfast of champions! A flaky biscuit filled with gravy is dipped in a light batter and deep fried. Belgian Waffle stand on Grand Ave.
Texas Steak Cone: A giant flour tortilla cone is stuffed with mixed beans, juicy steak, chicken, pico, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Squeeze on some lime juice and add red, white or green sauce to complete this tasty medley. Ole! Benz Foods on Cotton Bowl Plaza.  (THIS SOUNDS SOOO GOOD TO ME...I AM DEFINITELY TRYING ONE)
Heavenly Deep Fried Brownie: A bite-sized brownie battered and deep fried to perfection! Dusted with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and served with chocolate-cherry syrup ambrosia. Tower Building and on Grand Avenue at the Ranchero Fajitas stand.
Fried Naked Tamales: New twist on a Mexican food favorite! Fresh tamales are dipped in an egg wash and rolled in masa harina para tamales. Deep fried and delicious! Ruth’s Tamales on Cotton Bowl Plaza and MLK Blvd. across from the Coliseum.
Deep Fried Southern Hospitality: An intriguing combination of seasoned pork, fresh collard greens, and hot water cornbread. Shaped in a cone and deep fried to perfection. Served on a stick. Ruth’s Tamales on Cotton Bowl Plaza and MLK Blvd. across from the Coliseum.
Double Fried Chicken Breast Taco: Gently hand-breaded home-style chicken breast wrapped and refried in a flour tortilla. Served hot with your choice of cream gravy or jalapeno ranch dressing. Viva el taco! Grand Place Building and on MLK Blvd. beside the Texas Star.
Praline Sweet Potato Poppers: Sweet potatoes are mashed and blended with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, brandy, orange zest, chopped pecans, ginger, and marshmallows. Dipped in sweet batter. Fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Cotton Bowl Plaza at the Pizza and Nacho stand. (I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THESE AT HOME...SOUNDS SCRUMPTIOUS)
Fernie’s Deep Fried Whole Lotta Chocolatta: Fernie’s special recipe consisting of two slices of Italian bread stuffed with dark chocolate, dipped in egg wash, coated with crunchy bread crumbs, and deep fried. Served with a side of Russet potato chips, sprinkled with sea salt AND drizzled with a hard white and milk chocolate shell. Perfected with a dollop of milk chocolate whipped cream. (If 21, served with a glass of chocolate wine.) The Dock inside the Embarcadero Building on Admiral Nimitz Cir.
Fried Pecan Caramel Candy: A one of a kind confection consisting of flattened caramel candy squares deliciously dipped in pecan chocolate batter and deep fried. This trio of flavors is topped off with a buttery caramel sauce. Barrera’s on Fun Way in front of Lost Children’s Shelter.
CRISPIES located on the Midway at the intersection of MLK and Midway
Deep Fried Chicken Skin – Why bother with all of that meat? The skin has been separated from the chicken to deliver the best part of fried chicken in every mouthful. Available in MILD or HOT & SPICY. This tasty treat is lightly seasoned, battered, and then deep fried until crisp. (I LOVE CHICKEN SKIN LOL...ADMIT IT....MOST OF Y'ALL DO TOO...)
Deep Fried Cake Balls – A bite size morsel of moist crumbled cake blend with rich, chocolate or vanilla frosting. Dipped in a homemade batter and fried to a golden brown perfection, topped with a dollop of whipped cream powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Fried Loaded Mashed Potato – Twist on a Southern Classic. A Texas version of the loaded mashed potatoes in one crunchy bite! All the fixin’s are added to mashed potatoes-bacon, cheese, green onions, sour cream and butter. Rolled to perfection, then dipped in batter and deep fried. Served drizzled with brown gravy!
CASSIE’S FROZEN YOGURT located at the intersection of Pike and Fun Way on Fun Way St.
Frozen Yogurt – Frozen yogurt that will vary in flavor weekly (Red Velvet Cake, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and Old Classics).

French Dog – A grilled, all beef hot dog inserted into one half of a crispy French baguette. Condiments may be added before the dog is placed in the bread. This original doggy also comes deep fried.
COWBOY’S STYLE PHILLYS is located in the Food Court inside the Tower Building
Sirloin steak or seasoned chicken, sautéed with bell pepper, red onions, mushrooms, and cheese and served on a fresh soft, French roll.
Cowboy Style Philly sandwiches come in many different flavors: lemon, pepper, blue cheese crumble, zesty BBQ, hot-hot-hot!. Served with a side of fresh, seasoned waffle fries.
BRAIN FREEZE is located on Fun Way in front of the Lost Children’s Shelter
Self-serve frozen slushies in a bevy of flavors to chill your body and your mind, hence the name, Brain Freeze. Half priced refills on all cups to keep your mind in a total freeze. Also serving fresh brewed sweetened and unsweetened iced tea to tickle the fancy of true Southerners!
ISLAND SPOT is located on First Ave. on the lawn of the Magnolia Lounge across from the Old Mill Inn.
A taste of Jamaica with chicken leg quarters, beef patties, Sausages on a Bun and tofu. All are marinated in jerk seasonings and smoked on a grill to Jamaican jerk perfection! These island treats would not be complete without fried bread pudding!
THE ORIGINAL BERRIE KABOB is located in the Food Court inside the Tower Building
Fresh strawberries and bananas on a kabob drizzled with Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate. These beautiful kabobs are almost too pretty to eat! We also serve frozen cheesecake on a stick drizzled in Milk Chocolate.  (MMMM YUM SOUNDS GOOD)
CHIP’S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS is located on Pike Street inside the Kids Way Area
A concession location that caters to our pint size visitors with a Kid Menu featuring kid size helpings of chicken tenders or steak fingers w/cream gravy, burgers and cheeseburgers, mini corny dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and hot dogs. All are served with French fries and a juice box or small soda. Also featured the adult size of burgers and beverages.
WILLIAMS CHICKEN TENDERS is located in Cotton Bowl Plaza
Fresh Chicken Tenderloins are marinated for more than 21 hours in a specially blended marinade. Dipped in flour and deep fried to golden, crunchy perfection outside and juicy tenderness inside. Served with fries and your choice of dipping sauces.
So these are just a few of the yummy items offered in the "food" category of the many other neat things to do and see....I'm sure I will be sharing more!! 

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