Iowa is so well known for its iconic fair food that even last year when countless fairs were canceled, fair vendors still set up shop in random spots throughout the state to give the people what they wanted!

Source: Jake Truemper Townsquare Media
Source: Jake Truemper Townsquare Media

According to Thrillist, the Iowa State Fair is one of the best fair food spots, alongside with Great New York State Fair, Minnesota State Fair, and State Fair of Texas!

is pretty much known for three things: livestock competitions, the now-iconic butter cow sculpture (it's a cow, made of butter, FYI), and putting every unhealthy food in the greater Midwest... on a stick. As far as options go, the Iowa State Fair actually has more food vendors than any other in the country, topping 200 individual booths every year.

The Iowa State Fair has been around since 1854 and is iconic. Will the 2021 list of best State Fair Foods have Iowa on it again? Only time will tell, but with what they have on the menu this year I'm sure they will find themselves on the list again!

Now let's take a look at that long list of food. This list is from 2019. (In bold are my personal favorites!)

  • Apple Cider Shake Up
  • Apple Explosion
  • Apple Fritter Funnel Cake
  • Apple Nachos
  • Apple Slices With Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
  • Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Pecan Or Pumpkin Pie Shakes
  • Bacon Wrapped Pig Wings*
  • Bauder’s Ultimate Bacon Crisp (Ice Cream)
  • Beignets
  • Berkshire Bacon Balls
  • Berkshire Bacon Balls BLT
  • Big Grove Brewery Deep Fried Apple Pie Craft Beer
  • Boozy Apple Pecan Caramel
  • Breakfast Sandwich-Egg, Corned Beef And Cheese Biscuit
  • Breakfast Skillet Tots
  • Butter Cake Shake
  • Campfire Cracker Jacks Caramel Sundae
  • Caramel Apple Bites
  • Caramel Dipped Pecan Pie On A Stick
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Poutine
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Chicken Fried Tacos
  • Chicken Parmesan Stick
  • Chicken Street Tacos*
  • Chocolate Brownie Waffle Stick
  • Cookies And Cream Wonder Bar*
  • Court Avenue Brewing Co. Corn Dog Ale Craft Beer
  • Deep Fried Deviled Eggs
  • Dill Pickle Popcorn
  • Double Pork (Pork & Bacon) Poutine
  • Farmer Jon's Cookies-N-Cream Popcorn
  • Farmer Jon's Honey Caramel Popcorn
  • Farmer Jon's Vanilla Caramel Popcorn
  • Fire Truck Punch
  • Flix Brewhouse Strawberry Sparkle Poney Craft Beer
  • Fried Avocado Slices
  • Funnel Fries*
  • Georgie's Roast With The Most Wrap*
  • Jalapeno Popper Pizza*
  • Kickin' Chicken Tots
  • Lemon Peppermint Sipper*
  • Monster Cookie Popcorn
  • Non-Fried Pickle Poppers
  • Orange Creamsicle Milk Shake
  • Orange Peppermint Sipper
  • Peach Empanadas
  • Pete's Steak Popper*
  • Pork Strip Basket With Seasoned Fries, Creamy Cheese Sauce, Bacon Bits And
  • Chives. Spicy Sriracha Sauce Is Available.*
  • Rainbow Poutine (Sriracha Sour Cream, White Cheese Sauce And Guacamole)
  • Ranch Hand Steak Salad
  • Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co. Funnel Cake Craft Beer
  • Dessert Poutine(Sweet Waffle Waffle Fries Drizzled With Chocolate And Spicy
  • Honey Topped With Italian Sweet Cream Cheese And Candy Coated Pecans)
  • Scotch Eggs
  • Senora Dog (Hot Dog)
  • Sirloin Beef Tip Sandwich
  • Slaughter House (Pork Belly, Pulled Pork & Bacon) Poutine
  • Slow Roasted Half Chicken Dinner
  • Smoked Ham & Eggs
  • Soft Serve Cookie Dough Cones
  • Steak Fajitas
  • Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi
  • Super Dog
  • Tangled Onion Pork Po-Boy
  • The Chief (Navajo Bbq Fried Bread Stuffed W/ Beef Brisket, Coleslaw, Drizzled In Salsa Cream)*
  • The Chinese Sweet Corn Cup
  • The Colossus*
  • The Corn Stalker Cocktail-Specialty Drink
  • Walt’s Lemonade Creamsicle Slushie
  • West O Beer Tee'd Off! Shandy Craft Beer
  • White Cheddar Popcorn
  • X-Treme Balls*

That's not even all of them. The best ones are always on a stick! What is your favorite fair food? You can find the 2021 Iowa State Fair new list of food here.

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