The Iowa State Fair has been home to lots of delicious, creative food over the years! Here are all the previous winners of their annual 'Best New Fair Food' competition, courtesy of the Iowa State Fair website and articles from the Des Moines Register:

  • 2013 - Shrimp Corn Dog from Zag's Po Boys
    • Deep-fried shrimp on a stick that's topped with a sweet jalapeño glaze
  • 2014 - Funnel Cake on a Stick from Arnold's Concessions Brat Haus, Arnold's Funnel Cakes, and Jada's Funnell Cake
    • Vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry funnel cake batter that's topped with icing and served on a stick
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  • 2017 - The Pork Almighty from Steer ‘N’ Stein
    • A 32-ounce pop with a bowl on top that's filled with twisty fries, pulled pork, queso, Cookies barbecue sauce, onions, green peppers, and shredded cheese
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  • 2018 - The Apple Eggroll from Applishus
    • Eggrolls filled with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, served with a caramel dipping sauce
  • 2019 - Georgie’s Roast with the Most Wrap from G Mig’s Wrap Stand
    • Cheddar tortilla wrap with beef pot roast, a white rice mixture with Chorizo sausage crumbles, roasted green chilies, cheddar jack cheese, candy corn salsa, crispy corn tortilla crumbles, and a sour cream drizzle with a side of salsa verde sauce
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  • 2022 - The Finisher from The Rib Shack
    • A baked potato topped with chopped brisket, smoked pulled pork, and bacon brisket mac and cheese that's topped with BBQ sour cream and garlic rub butter
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The 2024 finalists for the Best New Fair Food have yet to be announced, but we do have a list of ALL of this year's new dishes! You can check that out HERE.

Eastern Iowans Name Their Favorite Area Food Trucks

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