This year, 44 new foods were rolled out for the Iowa State Fair by concessionaires. And a panel of celebrity judges narrowed it down to the Top Three to be chosen by you for the People’s Choice Awards. Here are the contenders and how you can vote for your favorite. Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register
The new food lineup at the Iowa State Fair this year was one of the largest in its history at 44 entries. On July 18, the list was introduced to the public and whittled down to the Top Ten — and with the help of a panel of celebrity taste-testers, the Top Three were chosen.
Then, from August 10-15, fairgoers decided on the winner, trying all three dishes and casting their votes for their favorite new Fair food for the People’s Choice Best New Food Contest for 2017.
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And the winner is the Pork-Almighty — a crazy concoction served in its own eye-catching contraption.
The base is a 32-ounce soft drink with a bowl on top that acts as a lid for the drink. And that bowl is filled with crunchy twisty fries, pulled pork, queso cheese sauce, Cookies barbecue sauce, more queso, diced onions, green peppers and then more shredded cheese is sprinkled on top. It weighs in at just over four pounds ($12) and has more than 1,800 calories.
A straw comes up through the middle of the bowl, so you can sip and dine at the same time while strolling around the fairgrounds.
See how the Pork Almighty is made:
See how one of the newest fair foods, the Pork Almighty, is made this year at the Iowa State Fair.
The other two entries were the G. Mig’s Applewood Smoked Chicken Salad Wrap and the Iowa’s Big Pork Leg.
Three years ago, Stan and Debbie Kranovich, owners of Steer N Stein, wowed fairgoers with their patented 27-degree beer to help them cool off in the August heat. Debbie was the mastermind behind the Pork Almighty’s recipe.
“It screams ‘fair’ and it screams ‘fun,'” Kranovich said of the Pork-Almighty, who has attended the Iowa State Fair every year since he was 12 (that’s 47 years).