Fried fruit kabob, funnel bacon on a stick, ice cream nachos - 26 new foods added to Iowa State Fair

Special to the Perry Chief

Des Moines— The Iowa State Fair is known for fun, interesting, and delicious food. Each year, a list of new culinary adventures from sweet to salty, to strange and tasty are announced. Fairgoers can try out twenty-six new foods at the 2016 Fair.

The 2016 new foods include:

• Apple Fritter Bites

• Bacon Cheddar Brat Sandwich

• Blessed Breakfast AKA Big Boy Plate

• Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll

• Caramel Cocoa Crispy Crunch

• Cheddar Bacon Cheese on a Stick

• Italian Bacon Wrap on a Stick

• Fried Fruit Kabob

• Fruit Pizza

• Funnel Bacon on a Stick

• Hawaiian Pineapple Bowls

• Ice Cream Nachos*

• Jalapeno Double Bacon Corndog

• Lemon Bars

• Loaded Taters on a Stick

• Not Your Mamma’s Taco*

• Pride of Iowa Wrap*

• Smoked Chicken Drummy Wrapped in Bacon

• S’mores Sundae

• The Duke

• The Slopper

• The Strawberry Blonde

• Toast Bruschetta BLT

• Tot-chos

• Ultimate Bacon Brisket Grilled Cheese

• 5 Buck Cowboy Cup

*denotes 2016 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food Finalist

Three new fair foods will be competing for the coveted 2016 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food. Fairgoers can sample the top three finalists and cast their vote August 11- 15. The 2016 New Fair Food winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 16.

The 2016 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food finalists are:

Ice Cream Nachos: Crisp cinnamon sugar chips covered with two scoops of cinnamon ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and caramel and sprinkled with bits of chocolate, caramel and strawberries. The dish is topped with nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. This delicious treat will help you to beat the heat this Fair, and can be found at Benoit’s Nutty Bar and Root Beer Floats on Rock Island Avenue, east of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The Not Your Mamma’s Taco starts with a golden crispy deep fried flour tortilla. A layer of tender shredded and perfectly seasoned turkey is added to anchor the tortilla. Then fresh homemade veggie slaw is added to give the taco a creamy crunch. The taco is then topped with a sweet mango salsa to add color and a spicy sweet finish. The mouth watering taco can be found at the Iowa Turkey Federation Stand west of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The Pride of Iowa Wrap boasts a jalapeno cheddar tortilla with pork shoulder, sweet corn salsa, and hickory smoked bacon bits. Layered with cheddar jack cheese, fresh avocado relish, chipotle aioli and crispy tortilla bites for added texture, this wrap is sure to be a hit and is located southeast of the Varied Industries Building at the G. Migs stand.

To learn more about the 2016 New Foods, how to vote, and the Iowa State Fair Food Finder, visit