UPDATE: 7/17

The top three Best New Fair Food finalists have been announced! The items that fairgoers will be able to vote on during the Iowa State Fair are:

  • Destination Grille – Lobster Corn Dog ($20)
    • A full North American lobster tail that's lightly deep-fried in scratch-made batter and seasoned with cayenne pepper and salt - topped with a lemon aioli drizzle, paprika, herbs, and 24-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Whatcha Smokin? BBQ – Iowa Sm‘Oak’ed Roll ($14)
    • "...a smoked pork tenderloin stuffed with jasmine rice, jalapeno creamed corn, smoked poblano queso and Giddy Up Texas taco sauce, and finished with poblano ranch, Giddy Up, green onion and smoked sesame seeds."
  • Winn & Sara’s Kitchen – Bacon Cheeseburger Eggroll ($12)
    • "...features a rich and flavorful blend of our deliciously seasoned ground beef, perfectly cooked smoky bacon, fresh and tangy pickles and a melty rich cheese filling, all wrapped in a crispy golden brown pastry eggroll, and then drizzled with Winn and Sara’s house-made burger sauce!"

The semi-finalists include:

  • JR’s SouthPork Ranch - Party Balls ($10)
    • AE Party Dip infused with bell pepper, parsley, and onion - covered in potato chips and deep-fried
  • The Bird’s Nest - Deep-Fried Uncrustable PB&J ($9)
    • An Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwich deep-fried in waffle batter - topped with powdered sugar and honey
  • Jada’s Concessions - Funnel Cake Burger ($20)
    • A burger topped with bacon and queso with two small funnel cakes as buns - sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • Biscuit Bar - Piggy in a Donut ($8)
    • A sausage on-a-stick that's dipped in batter, fried, rolled in sugar, and served with syrup
  • Dough Crazy - Dough-chos ($11)
    • Waffle cone chips topped with chocolate chip cookie dough, ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, brownie, and cheesecake bites
  • Bubbly Bar & Bistro - Tipsy Peach ($13)
    • Sliced peaches on a crispy sugar pearl waffle with lemon mascarpone and fresh thyme
  • Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association - Cinnamon Crunch Apple Taco ($6.50)
    • A cinnamon sugar tortilla with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, homemade apple pie filling, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon toast crunch sugar
  • The Snack Bar - Lemonade Donut Drops ($6)
    • Bute-sized lemonade-flavored donuts that are shaken in sugar and served in a cup

Fairgoers will be able to cast their vote for their favorite fair food finalist beginning on starting Thursday, August 8th through Wednesday, August 14th at midnight. The winner will be announced Friday, August 16th.


The Iowa State Fair is known for having all sorts of unique, delicious dishes, and this year will be no exception!

Now that we're officially less than a month away from the 2024 Iowa State Fair, all of this year's new foods have been revealed! Here are some of the interesting new foods that will debut at the fair, courtesy of the Iowa State Fair website:

  • Apple Fries
    • Deep fried apples with caramel
    • Applishus, $7
  • Barbie Era Funnel Cake
    • Funnel cake topped with white chocolate and raspberry truffle glaze, whipped cream, pink sprinkles, and Barbie décor
    • McConnell's Mac & Cheese, $11
  • Beer Belly Fries
    • Fries topped with pork belly, Sam Adam's Beer Cheese Sauce, and parsley
    • Bubbly Bar & Bistro, $15
  • BLT on a Stick
    • Bacon, lettuce, and tomato with mayo dressing on a stick
    • The Salad Bowl, $7
  • Butter Beer Ice Cream
    • Butterscotch and caramel-infused vanilla ice cream with a chocolate wafer straw
    • Coney Corner, $8
  • Candied Bacon Gnocchi
    • Destination Grille, $14
  • Cheeseburger Corn Dog
    • Ground beef and American cheese corndog topped with Horseback Sauce
    • Pioneer Wagon, $9
  • Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Nachos
    • Vanilla ice cream topped with crushed Oreos and chocolate syrup, served with waffle cone chips
    • Wonder Bars, $10
  • Crème Brulée Stuffed French Toast
    • Cluckin' Coop, $12
  • Deep Fried Bubble Gum
    • Vanilla marshmallow bites dipped in bubble gum-infused funnel cake batter and deep fried, topped with a colorful drizzle
    • Bubbly Bar & Bistro, $10
  • Deep Fried Hot Cheetos Pretzel
    • Deep fried pretzel with jalapeno cheese sauce and crushed hot Cheetos
    • Smith's, $8
  • Disco Stick
    • Freeze-dried fruity roll stuffed with marshmallow strings and rolled in tropical candies
    • Jack Frost Freeze Dried Treats, $5
  • Fiesta Egglote
    • 3 hard-boiled eggs on a stick topped with jalapeno and freeze-dried corn and hot tortilla chips
    • Cluckin' Coop, $8
  • Garlic Ranch Pickle Pizza
    • Garlic crust topped with dill pickles and ranch dressing
    • Leimon's Pizzeria, $7
  • Hot Cheeto Float
    • Taylor Concessions, $6
  • Hot Mess Biscuit
    • Biscuit Bar, $10
  • Maple Bacon Bliss Sundae
    • Maple bacon ice cream topped with waffle cone chips, bacon bits, and maple syrup
    • Over the Top, $9
  • Nachorito
    • Toasted soft shell tortilla with Fritos, lettuce, beef or chicken, black olives, jalapeños, salsa, and sour cream
    • Jalapeno Pete's, $12
  • Pink Lemonade Whoopie Pies
    • JR's SouthPork Ranch, $35
  • Pork Belly Corndog Bites
    • Pork belly bites battered and deep-fried to a golden brown, served with maple syrup or Mike's Hot Honey
    • Bubbly Bar & Bistro, $14
  • Puppy Chow Waffle
    • Sugar pearl waffle topped with puppy chow, peanut butter drizzle, chocolate, and whipped cream
    • Bubbly Bar & Bistro, $11
  • Ragin’ Raspberry Ravioli
    • Fried ricotta cheese ravioli with chipotle raspberry sauce
    • Grater Taters, $8
  • Shoot Tequila Funnel Cake
    • Funnel cake topped with powdered sugar, tequila-flavored drizzle, and limes
    • McGrath's Funnel Cakes, $13
  • Strawberries and Cream Waffle on a Stick
    • Strawberry shortcake cookie baked inside a Belgian waffle, topped with whipped cream and strawberry sauce
    • Waffle Chix, $10
  • Two Foot Lobster Roll
    • JR's SouthPork Ranch, $100

You can check out the full list on the Iowa State Fair website HERE!

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