If you’re in the Iowa area this year, then checking out this list of some of the best 2017 Iowa State Fair Food may just be enough to convince you to buy your fair ticket today! Like many other famous State Fairs, Iowa features a huge collection of foods to choose from, many times featuring crazy food combinations such as a taco named “Not Your Mamma’s Taco,” that you’d never find elsewhere.
Though many items among the best 2017 Iowa State Fair Food bring a whole new definition to the term “deep friend,” fear not! The fair also offers a variety of healthy food options, some of which even made the list below, such as the delicious fruit you’ll find at “Bettie’s Watermelon Stand.” They also offer a variety of discount foods for $3 or less so that you can enjoy all the fun of chowing down on the boardwalk without having to break the bank.
While there will doubtless be many wild and crazy new choices among best 2017 Iowa State Fair Food this year, here you’ll find a round-up of staples that you’ll definitely want to check out, especially if this is your first time enjoying all the fair has to offer. So whether you’re out to experience the world’s best cheeseburger at Cattleman’s Beef Quarters or the sweet and sugary finds at JR Donuts, we’ve got you covered!
Pork Chop On-A-Stick
If there’s one thing that’s pretty much mandatory to check out at the 2017 Iowa State Fair, it’s their famous pork chop on a stick. Not only to fair-goers consume approximately 6,000 of these delicious chops a day, many politicians have stepped up to declare themselves unable to resist the urge of the meaty treat. Most recently the stick mounted pork chops been photographed being enjoyed by Hilary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
If you’re on the lookout for something sweet, you can’t go wrong with a trip to JR Donuts where you can get a bag of delicious cinnamon-sugar mini donuts. Made to order right before your eyes, there’s nothing better than a bag full of these fresh, soft little gems.
The Mixed Fruit Cup and Watermelon Cup, Beattie’s Watermelon Stand
If you and your family are looking for something a little less...deep fried at this year's State Fair, then take a trip over to Bettie's Watermelon Stand. There you'll find delicious cups of fresh watermelon and other fruits that are a great way to enjoy a refreshing snack without consuming a million calories.
Cattleman’s Beef Quarters' Cheeseburger and Fries
If you're looking for the world's best cheeseburger and fries, then head over to the Cattleman’s Beef Quarters! Here you'll find a perfectly grilled cheseburger with a scrumptious soft bun. Not only are the burgers spot on, the french fries available to pair them with can't be beat.
Not Your Mamma's Taco
Not Your Mamma's Taco, the recipient of top honors in the 2016 Iowa State Fair New Food Contest, features a luscious combo of shredded turkey, slaw, and mango salsa all inside a fried taco shell. Head over to the Iowa Turkey Federation to try out what may be a State Fair staple in the making.
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Wings
If you're in the mood for some next level chicken wings, then head over the The Rib Shack. Here you'll find deliciously smoked chicken wings with the perfect combination of sweetness and kick, wrapped in savory strips of bacon.
Hoppy's Lemonade ShakeUp
Need a refreshing drink to wash down all those crazy fried foods? You can't go wrong by seeking out one of the fair's many Hoppy's Lemonade stands. Not only can you get classic lemonade, you can also add in cherry, raspberry or a combination of their many flavors.
Perhaps no trip the fair is complete with indulging in the gooey centered cheese curds from Brad and Harry's. With a crispy outside hiding an interior of deliciously melty cheese, sometimes Brad and Harry even offer other flavors including past favorites cajun and garlic curds.
From fresh fruit to shameless treats it may be best not to tell your calorie counter app about, the Iowa State Fair is one big delicious banquet waiting to happen!
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