The Texas State Fair 2017

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Another year, another trip to the Texas State Fair and the Fried Food Festivities!!!

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This marks my 7th trip to the fair, and this year I visited a record 3 times! The first time was as a good host; I took my buddy Nathan who is modeling some of this year’s food below for his very first trip to the fair.  The second time was for engagement photos.  The Texas State Fair has been a tradition for Jessica and I since we first started dating.  We got some great shots, but unfortunately we didn’t have much time for the real reason why we visit the fair each and every year: THE FRIED FOOD FESTIVAL!  So naturally, we had to correct this egregious error and on the very last day of the fair, Jessica and I decided to make one more trip to the fair, and uphold our tradition of falling into a fried food induced food coma after ingesting the glorious treats displayed in this post.

 

 

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I gotta say, this year I was impress with the contestants.  We were unable to try everything, but of those we did try, I’d say overall the food was better than last year for sure, and definitely more memorable than other year’s past which included fried beer, fried coke, and fried bubblegum.  

 

My absolute favorite item was this year’s winner: The Funnel Cake Queso Bacon Burger.  Now, you may be thinking that those words should not go together in the same sentence.  But I promise that it works.  Something about the sweetness of the funnel cake combined with the savory bacon burger all wrapped up in a river of queso..I had two of these bad boys this year and I didn’t regret it one bit. 

 So we also tried Deep Fried Fruit Loops.  At first glance, I was not impressed.  It looked like I spent $8 for a fried piece of bread covered in powdered sugar with a sad, broken pile of fruit loops just thrown on top.  What you can’t see is that there is a fruit loop flavored cream filling in that deep fried dough that absolutely saves this choice.  But they gotta work on that presentation!  

So we also tried Deep Fried Fruit Loops.  At first glance, I was not impressed.  It looked like I spent $8 for a fried piece of bread covered in powdered sugar with a sad, broken pile of fruit loops just thrown on top.  What you can’t see is that there is a fruit loop flavored cream filling in that deep fried dough that absolutely saves this choice.  But they gotta work on that presentation!  

 Next up: Deep Fried Fajita Fries.  Imagine skinny pieces of fajita beef deep fried and covered with a ranch-like cream sauce with some Pico to top things off.  The whole thing sat on a very dense piece of bread that I think was suppose to be some sort of a tortilla, but it didnt’ really add to this meal.  The taste was there, high floor on this one since the flavors themselves weren’t really to out of the norm considering I’m sure there’s a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas that has something like this on their menu. I wasn’t mad at it.  

Next up: Deep Fried Fajita Fries.  Imagine skinny pieces of fajita beef deep fried and covered with a ranch-like cream sauce with some Pico to top things off.  The whole thing sat on a very dense piece of bread that I think was suppose to be some sort of a tortilla, but it didnt’ really add to this meal.  The taste was there, high floor on this one since the flavors themselves weren’t really to out of the norm considering I’m sure there’s a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas that has something like this on their menu. I wasn’t mad at it.  

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After 7 years going to the fair, I’ve learned something new.  As always, everything is overpriced given the circumstances, including bottled water.  A bottled water runs anywhere from 6 to 8 tickets ($3 to $4 dollars ) and varies depending where you are in the fair.  However, I found a random tent that was selling bottled water for just 2 tickets, or $1 dollar.   Not sure if this is the case every year, but now that I know it’s possible, I suggest asking around for the tent that sells cheap bottled water.  It wasn’t until I refused to pay 8 tickets at one tent that the lady pointed me in the direction of this other cheaper tent for water.  So grateful for this tip! Texas State Fair, you got some good people on the payroll. 

 

 The Fat Smooth I think is suppose to be a Super sweet version of the Cafe De Monde Beignet with chocolate sauce.  I didn’t mind the flavor combo, but to be honest it wasn’t my favorite.  It was also hard to find as the only place selling it was hidden away in a building right next to a Wild West showcase, which I recommend watching as well. 

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Next we have Nathan modeling the Tamale Donut, which is exactly how it sounds: the inside of a tamale deep fried in the shape of a donut covered with a cilantro lime sauce.  This one was pretty darn good. I wish it was a little crisper on the outside, but overall we liked it, especially Nathan.

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Well that’s it, another successful 3 trips to the Texas State Fair.  Can’t wait to see what next year has in store.  Until then, time to work off all this fried food loveliness.  Coming up, The Dallas Spartan UltraBeast. Aroo! 

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