UPDATE: 7/17

The top three Best New Fair Food finalists have been announced! The items that fairgoers will be able to vote on during the Iowa State Fair are:

  • Destination Grille – Lobster Corn Dog
    • A full North American lobster tail that's lightly deep-fried in scratch-made batter and seasoned with cayenne pepper and salt - topped with a lemon aioli drizzle, paprika, herbs, and 24-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Whatcha Smokin? BBQ – Iowa Sm‘Oak’ed Roll
    • "...a smoked pork tenderloin stuffed with jasmine rice, jalapeno creamed corn, smoked poblano queso and Giddy Up Texas taco sauce, and finished with poblano ranch, Giddy Up, green onion and smoked sesame seeds."
  • Winn & Sara’s Kitchen – Bacon Cheeseburger Eggroll
    • "...features a rich and flavorful blend of our deliciously seasoned ground beef, perfectly cooked smoky bacon, fresh and tangy pickles and a melty rich cheese filling, all wrapped in a crispy golden brown pastry eggroll, and then drizzled with Winn and Sara’s house-made burger sauce!"

The semi-finalists include:

  • JR’s SouthPork Ranch - Party Balls
    • AE Party Dip infused with bell pepper, parsley, and onion - covered in potato chips and deep-fried
  • The Bird’s Nest - Deep-Fried Uncrustable PB&J
    • An Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwich deep-fried in waffle batter - topped with powdered sugar and honey
  • Jada’s Concessions - Funnel Cake Burger
    • A burger topped with bacon and queso with two small funnel cakes as buns - sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • Biscuit Bar - Piggy in a Donut
    • A sausage on-a-stick that's dipped in batter, fried, rolled in sugar, and served with syrup
  • Dough Crazy - Dough-chos
    • Waffle cone chips topped with chocolate chip cookie dough, ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, brownie, and cheesecake bites
  • Bubbly Bar & Bistro - Tipsy Peach
    • Sliced peaches on a crispy sugar pearl waffle with lemon mascarpone and fresh thyme
  • Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association - Cinnamon Crunch Apple Taco
    • A cinnamon sugar tortilla with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, homemade apple pie filling, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon toast crunch sugar
  • The Snack Bar - Lemonade Donut Drops
    • Bute-sized lemonade-flavored donuts that are shaken in sugar and served in a cup

Fairgoers will be able to cast their vote for their favorite fair food finalist beginning on starting Thursday, August 8th through Wednesday, August 14th at midnight. The winner will be announced Friday, August 16th.


The Iowa State Fair is known for having all sorts of unique, delicious dishes, and this year will be no exception!

Now that we're officially less than a month away from the 2024 Iowa State Fair, all of this year's new foods have been revealed! Here are some of the interesting new foods that will debut at the fair, courtesy of the Iowa State Fair website:

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Roll
  • Beer Belly Fries
  • BLT on a Stick
  • Brunchy Burger
  • Butter Beer Ice Cream
  • Candied Bacon Gnocchi
  • Cheeseburger Corn Dog
  • Cinnamon Crunch Apple Taco
  • Cookies And Cream Ice Cream Nachos
  • Crème Brulée Stuffed French Toast
  • Deep Fried Bubble Gum
  • Deep Fried Hot Cheetos Pretzel
  • Deep Fried PB& J
  • Deep Fried Pepperoni Chips
  • Dough-Chos
  • Fiesta Egglote
  • Hot Cheeto Float
  • Funnel Cake Burger
  • Garlic Ranch Pickle Pizza
  • Hot Mess Biscuit
  • Iowa Street Corn Specialty Pizza
  • Lemonade Donut Drops
  • Lobster Corn Dog
  • Maple Bacon Bliss Sundae
  • Nachorito
  • Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies
  • Piggy in a Donut
  • Pink Lemonade Whoopie Pies
  • Pork Belly Corndog Bites
  • Ragin’ Raspberry Ravioli
  • Shoot Tequila Funnel Cake
  • Strawberries And Cream Waffle on a Stick
  • Sunrise Sugar Pearl Waffle Sandwich
  • Bacon Brisket Smash Burger
  • Two Foot Lobster Roll

You can check out the full list on the Iowa State Fair website HERE!

Some of these new items will be debuted at the 'New Food Event' on the Iowa State Fair Facebook page next Tuesday, July 16th at 1 p.m. I can't wait to see which dishes are selected for the 'Best New Fair Food' competition!

The Iowa Tenderloin Trail 2.0

Iowa's best food tour is the Iowa Tenderloin Trail, which was put together by the Iowa Pork Producers Association! Here are all 13 restaurants on the list:

Gallery Credit: Courtlin

Which Restaurant Has the Best Onion Rings in the Corridor?

Using several posts from the Cedar Rapids Area Support Local Group Facebook page, we put together a list of amazing onion rings in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. Here recommendations from Eastern Iowans from the past few years:

Gallery Credit: Courtlin