Recipes Fairground Food – Some of the food is addicting, which is why some people visit the fairgrounds. There are a variety of places to search for recipes online if you want to cook your favorite snack. Here’s a list of what some of the state fairs are cooking up this year.
Iowa State Fair – August 13 to 23 – One of the most popular attractions at the state fair is a veritable Madame Tussauds of dairy, featuring giant butter sculptures of Elvis Presley, Tiger Woods and Harry Potter. And another favorite is the prize hog, weighing in at a whopping 1,257 pounds. But fairgoers have been begging for something light to pair with the 6,000 pork chops they eat daily during the event.
Minnesota State Fair – August 27 to September 7 – Teddy Roosevelt famously said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick…” at the Minnesota State Fair more than 100 years ago. He was talking about foreign policy, but today, any reference to a big stick would most likely involve something breaded and fried: It has one of the widest varieties of food on a stick in the country — more than 60 options. Deep-fried Reuben dogs and spaghetti-and-meatball balls are the crowd-pleasers, but one of the best bites of Minnesota flavor is the locally caught walleye.
Illinois State Fair – August 14 to 23; Springfield – Food lovers get to live out their competitive-eating dreams at this snack-obsessed state fair. Last year, daredevils faced off in outrageous contests like bobbing for bubble gum in mayonnaise and eating powdered doughnuts without licking their lips. And amateur cooks competed to design the best breakfast on a stick, proof that the fair puts a lot of stock in portable bites.