Here's how you can vote for a Best New Food for the 2018 Iowa State Fair
A panel of celebrity judges picked a Best New Deal winner and two finalists for the Best New Food as the Iowa State Fair unveiled all the new foods for 2018.
Get ready to loosen your belts and chow down, Iowa. The New Food List at the Iowa State Fair has been released, and we can start counting down the days while dreaming of tasting these new delights.
The doors will open at the fair on Aug. 9 for 11 straight days of fun — rides, games, concerts and contests. And, of course, you can enjoy all kinds of State Fair delicacies, many of them served on a stick for easy mobility.
Two of the New Fair Food Finalists were chosen by a panel of judges and it's up to you to pick the third, Iowa. Cast your vote to add what new food you think should be a New Fair Food Finalist.
Voting closes on Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m., so download the app and save your favorite new food today.
The top three new Fair Foods will compete for the coveted 2018 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food.
Fairgoers can sample the top three finalists and cast their vote from Aug. 9 through Tuesday, Aug.14. The winner will be announced Aug. 15 during the fair.
Here are both of the Best New Food Finalists at the Iowa State Fair for 2018:
All Iowa Belly Up Burger
A half pound of ground pork belly seasoned with a signature rub and grilled, topped with pulled pork and a signature sauce, followed by a thick-cut candied bacon and Rib Shack Slaw on a brioche bun.
Get this burger at The Rib Shack for $10.
Apple Egg Roll
A crispy egg roll wrapped around apple filling dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with caramel sauce for dipping.
Get them at any Applishus Stand: the East Canopy of the VI Building, the Cultural Center courtyard, the south side of the walk on Triangle and the northwest corner of Walnut Square for $5.
Other best new food contestants are:
The Not So Thin Mint
This dessert dish is a creamy mint patty loaded with pieces of Andes creme de menthe and dipped in chocolate.
Get them from the window of Dipped in Chocolate on the outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion for $5.
Dutch mini-pancakes drizzled with a powdered sugar icing and served warm with optional strawberry and whipped cream toppings.
Get them at The Wooden Shoe, north of the VI building near the west end for $5.
Beef Burnt Ends
Cubes of charred beef brisket, glazed with a zesty Kansas City barbecue sauce and garnished with crispy thin onion rings and sweet and spicy onion rings.
Get them at Diamond Jacks for $13.
Toasted Turkey Bomber
Four deep-fried turkey meatballs flavored with Italian seasonings and simmered in marinara sauce, served on a hoagie bun with mozzarella cheese and toasted.
Get it on the west side of the Riley Stage for $7.
Honey Sriracha Cheese Sticks
Five deep-fried mozzarella sticks with a honey-sriracha breading served with a trio of sauces: ranch, sweet chili glaze and sriracha.
Get them at Po-Boy on Rock Island Avenue, southwest of the Livestock Pavilion for $6.
Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick
This is how bacon wants to be reincarnated — a quarter-pound of honey-cured pork belly, cut into a strip and rubbed with brown sugar and seared.
Get this at the Iowa Pork Tent for $7.
New to the fair this year are the Best New Deals. Here are foods that you can get for $4 or less:
Smoked Chicken Leg
Winner of the Best New Deals contest, this slow-roasted hickory-smoked chicken leg is served with a side of barbecue sauce for dipping. This is the vendor's first year at the fair.
Get this item at Eat It's Chicken City on the north side of Grand Avenue, south of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater for $3.
Golden Fried Portobello Strips on a Stick
Large slices of portobello mushrooms with a peppery breading and deep fried.
Get these at the Veggie-Table, north of the Varied Industries Building west of the main entrance for $3.
Frisalino on a Stick
Skewers of sliced spicy La Quercia Borsellino Salami, Frisian Farms aged Gouda cheese and cubed cantaloupe on a stick.
Get these at The Salad Bowl, located in the Cultural Center and on the Agriculture Building Balcony for $4.
A whole dill pickle cut in half and stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, jalapenos, mandarin oranges, dipped in batter and deep fried.
Get one at Grater Taters, west of the Riley Stage for $4.
A combination of chopped pastrami, tangy sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing all melded together in a cream cheese topping on a hot dog, nestled into a soft white bun.
Get one at the Pickle Dawg on the north side of the Walk on Triangle for $4.
Vote for your favorite!
Let us know which fair food you're most excited about in our poll below: One of the six — decided by fairgoers through the Iowa State Fair app — will stand alongside the All Iowa Belly Up Burger and the Apple Eggrolls (chosen Tuesday by the judges) in the coveted 2018 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food contest.