Drumroll, please. The best new food at the 2019 Iowa State Fair is...
Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap won the Fair's Best New Food of 2019. The Des Moines Register
The winner of the People's Choice Best New Food for 2019 has finally been announced.
Out of 57 new foods to make the list this year, eight were chosen to be tasted by a panel of celebrity judges. The Top 8 was whittled down to two on July 16. Then, from July 16-19, the people voted for the third on the Iowa State Fair app.
Finalists included the Georgie’s Roast with the Most Wrap from G Mig’s Wrap Stand and The Chief from The Rib Shack. The third finalist, selected by the public, was Chicken Street Tacos from Chicken City.
And the winner is...
Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap
Located at G Mig’s Wrap Stand, this new food is a cheddar tortilla wrap with tender beef pot roast, a white rice mixture containing Chorizo sausage crumbles, roasted green chilies, cheddar-Jack cheese, candy corn salsa, crispy corn tortilla crumbles and a sour cream drizzle, served with a zesty salsa verde sauce on the side ($10). Gluten-free wraps are available at an additional cost.
The wrap was created by George Migliero, owner of the stand and a restaurant in West Des Moines.
That all fits in a wrap?
“Yes, it’s a big boy.”
How did you come up with it?
“I wanted to come up with something different and I wanted it to be with beef. I kept on thinking about pot roast, so I ended up deciding to go with the pot roast. Then I was thinking about other flavors and I kind of went with a little bit of a Southwest (twist), but I know how Iowans sometimes don't like things that are spicier, so I toned it down.”
How does it feel to win?
“This is my fourth year at the fair. I've been in the top three three times. Uh, I've been the bridesmaid twice. This year, I'm the bride. I finally get it, so I am very excited about that.”
The two other finalists
A new creation of Navajo barbecue fried bread with slow-smoked beef brisket topped with cilantro-lime slaw and a salsa cream drizzle ($8). Find The Chief at The Rib Shack. A slow-smoked pork option is also available.
Chicken Street Tacos
Chicken Street Tacos include grilled chicken, sliced thin and covered with fresh corn salsa and a sweet and salty lime mist, held together with a flour tortilla. A sweet pepper sour cream sauce is drizzled over the top. These tacos are located at the Chicken City stand ($9).
Best in show
The Best in Show award for best-looking overall stand went to The Cluck'n Coop, located at Midway Thrill-Ville, serving its deep-fried deviled eggs ($9).
In order to win Best in Show, the stand has to have exceptional decor, a great product and a great staff to win.
Chef Shon Bruellman helped develop the deep-fried deviled eggs. The whites are deep-fried and the deviled egg mix is served on the side.
“So the problem was how do you get from A to B because an egg is kind of difficult to get breading to stick to so it took about eight tries and we finally got a blend figured out between some batter and then a breading that worked," Bruellman said. "And then kind of our little twist on it is we added capers, we added some flavored vinegar, some things to it that just put our little spin on it. On what is a traditional great Iowa egg dish, we put our little spin on it and put it something to the fair aspect as well.”
The Cluck'n Coop is part of the Iowa Poultry Association and the Egg Council, the same group that hands out hard-boiled eggs on a stick in the Ag Building. This is the group's 16th year at the fair and over 100,000 egg-on-a-stick treats have been given away so far.
“Deviled eggs are on-trend," said Kevin Stiles, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association and the Egg Council. "If you go to any restaurant today, you can find deviled eggs, and so we wanted an opportunity to try something along those lines.”
Best new deal
The winner of the Best New Deal at the Iowa State Fair in 2019 is the Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar.
This is a new version of a traditional State Fair favorite. The hand-cut cookies and cream ice cream on a stick is dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crushed Oreo cookie pieces ($4).
“There's all kinds of pricing here at the State Fair and it’s important to have all different pricing, but for families that come out with lots of kids, this is a good option for them," Leslie Soukup-Couchman, co-owner with Tim Couchman. They have had the stand on the grounds for 16 years. "They could even share a wonder bar; they're big enough for that. So we just wanted to keep our prices so that everybody can enjoy something at the fair.”
Find the Cookies and Cream Wonder Bar at J&L Soukup’s Wonder Bar stand.
All of these items are still available to enjoy from now until Aug. 18 at the Iowa State Fair.