Here are the top new food trends for Iowa State Fair foods in 2018
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.
Every year, we wait and salivate over the top new foods at the Iowa State Fair. And every year, by opening day, many of us have already picked out our list of must-try foods.
From this year's 56 new foods, we spotted a few trends happening as we scanned down the list.
Here are a few trends we saw represented in the 2018 new foods lineup:
The Pickle Popper is a whole dill pickle that is cut in two and hollowed out. It's stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheddar, bacon, jalapeños and mandarin oranges. Then it's dipped in batter and deep-fried. Find it at Grater Taters, west of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage; $4.
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A light golden ale with a taste of pickle juice that's brewed right into the beer, which is 5.2 percent alcohol by volume. Find it at The Bird's Nest at the MidAmerican Energy Stage for $7.
Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick
This new food finalist is a quarter pound of pork belly is cut into a strip and honey-cured, coated with a brown sugar rub and cooked until crisp. Get it at the Iowa Pork Tent for $7.
All Iowa Belly Up Burger
Another new food finalist, this belly-busting burger is made from a half pound of fresh ground pork belly seasoned with a signature rub and grilled. It's topped with pulled pork, signature sauce, thick-cut candied bacon and Rib Shack Slaw on a brioche bun. Find it at The Rib Shack for $10.
Pork Belly Burnt Ends
These Kansas City-style burnt ends made from pork belly are smoked and finishes with a Kansas City barbecue sauce. Get them at Diamond Jack's on Rock Island Avenue for $8.
Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine
Kansas City-style burnt ends made from pork belly are served on top of cheesy poutine. Find it at Benoit Poutine & Fresh Cut Fries just north of the Varied Industries Building towards the west entrance for $9.
More about the new Iowa State Fair foods for 2018:
- Here's every new food for the 2018 Iowa State Fair
- Here are the top 3 new foods at the Iowa State Fair (and how to vote for your favorite)
- I tasted the Best New Foods at the Iowa State Fair and these were my scores
Coolers and juices
Two locations of the Salad Bowl in the Cultural Center and the Ag Building Balcony are serving coolers and juice blends including:
- Reserve PBJ Cooler - Blended with blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, almond milk and agave; $7.
- Iowa Sunrise Juice - Orange, mango and lime juices combined; $5.
- Grand Champion Juice - Carrot, beet, apple and celery juices combined; $5.
- Fair Lady Cooler - Blended with strawberries, pineapple, apples, lemons and agave; $7.
- Blue Ribbon Cooler - Blended with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana, lemon juice and agave; $7.
- Best of Show Cooler - Blended with mango, orange, pineapple, apple juice, agave and lemon juice; $7.
- 4 Leaf Clover Juice - celery, green apple, kiwi, pear, cucumber, spinach and lime juice combined; $6.
Cherry Pie Flurry
Vanilla soft serve ice cream mixed with cherries, a flaky crust and graham crackers. Find this treat at Ford Concessions Sundaes and Flurries on Walnut Square; $3.50.
Everything in a Waffle on a Stick
Five different foods are wrapped inside a sweet Belgian waffle at Waffle Chix in front of the DNR Building including:
- Breakfast Sausage in a Waffle on a Stick — Filled with a large link of maple-infused pork sausage, served with breakfast syrup; $6.
- Chicken in a Waffle on a Stick — Filled with savory homestyle skewered chicken, served with syrup; $6.
- Cookie Dough in a Waffle on a Stick — Filled with cookie dough, covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup; $6.
- Milky Way in a Waffle on a Stick — Filled with a Milky Way candy bar, covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup on a stick; $6.
- Snickers in a Waffle on a Stick - Filled with a Snickers candy bar, covered in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup; $6.
Chicken livers and gizzards
Fresh chicken livers and gizzards are breaded and deep-fried. Get them at Eat It's Chicken City on the north side of Grand Avenue, south of Susan Knapp Amphitheater; $5.
Rocky Mountain Oysters
We will let the power of Google define this dish for you. They're thinly sliced, tenderized and breaded with seasonings. Get them at Benoit's Tenderloins on the walkway on the west side of Riley Stage; $8.