Every fall millions of people flock to Dallas, TX to visit the State Fair of Texas. Some come for the rides, others for the concerts, the conventions and the heated Red River Rivalry football game pitting the University of Texas vs. Oklahoma University. But let’s be real we all come for the food.
Friday, September 25, 2015 through Sunday, October 18, 2015
Gates Open at 7:00 am daily
Exhibit Buildings, Outdoor Exhibits and Food Concessions
10:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursdays
10:00 am to 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Some of the foods featured this year are listed below and they are sure going to make your head turn…
- Weirdest – Smoky Bacon Margarita: For bacon lovers everywhere, this downright weird adult beverage won the 2015 award for “Most Creative”. It features a frozen lime margarita infused with smoky bacon and topped with crunchy bacon bits. It’s sure to be a head turner and a thirst-quenching favorite or just another weird addition to your fair food memories.
- Fanciest – Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy: A little fancy mixed with a lot of Texas, this dish is an entire deep-fried lobster tail with a lemon butter and champagne gravy concoction. The dish was a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards, which highlights the best the fair has to offer. Chef Abel Gonzales says that while it’ll likely be the most expensive food at the fair, it’ll absolutely be worth it.
- Sweetest – Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly: This award-winning sweet snagged “Best Tasting” at this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards, so there’s absolutely no reason to skip dessert. The Carrot Cake Roly is made up of flattened, golden-baked cinnamon bread, carrot cake, raisons and carrots. But it doesn’t stop there. The pastry is rolled in cream cheese, breaded with breadcrumbs, graham crackers, cinnamon
- Most ‘Texas’ – Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Quesoand nutmeg: At first glance, the “Most Texas” dish at the fair should be the Lone Star Pork Handle, since it’s dipped in a batter made with Lone Star beer. But really, what’s more Texas (and harder to find done right outside state lines) than queso? The dish features spicy shredded chicken, Monterey cheese, jalepeño ranch and other tasty ingredients. And of course it’s fried.
- Most Daring – Deep Fried Alligator’s Egg Nest: Though it may be regular fare in Louisiana, alligator meat isn’t as common in Texas. And it’s certainly not common to the thousands of out-of-state visitors bustling through the fairgrounds every day. For an authentic Cajun experience and a step outside your normal meat choice (fried, of course), check out these bites that fuse alligator meat, onions, garlic and jalapeños. Don’t worry though, they’re not actually alligator eggs — just French fries.
- Cowboy Corn Crunch: You won’t be disappointed with this unassuming fried sphere. Inside the golden crisp, you’ll find even-more-golden sweet corn, jalepeño, cream cheese and bacon. For what more could you ask?
- Fried Beer-Battered BuffaloBesides: Being fun to say, this one is a satisfying piece of meat on which a whole lot of Texas was thrown. The buffalo is spiced with Pequin chili pepper, known as the state’s official native pepper, and served with a chipotle cream sauce.
- Lone Star Pork Handle: Meat lovers are in for a treat with this hearty helping of deliciousness. The Lone Star Pork Handle takes a hand-cut bone-in pork chop, marinates it with a rich pork rub, then dips it in batter made from Texas’ own Lone Star Beer®. The seasoned pork chop is then smothered in toasted breadcrumbs and deep fried to a crisp, golden brown. Finished off with a coat of bourbon barbecue glaze, this savory dish will leave you nothing short of satisfied. As defined in its name, the bone serves as a handle, making this item convenient and easy to carry!
- Last But Certainly NOT Least: The classic Fletcher’s Corny Dog, this is a must every year. There is nothing better than waiting in the long line for your turn and then getting handed a warm freshly fried corn dog! I can remember it like it was yesterday even though it been a year.
Activities for all…
The Auto Show at the State Fair is known are the largest new car show in the Southwest! Showing off 400 of the newest models from all the known manufactures. You are able to get into the driver seat and see if you truly like the ride making picking out that new car ideal. You are not able to test drive it but just being able to compare the different makes/models in the same location is perfect.
Sunday- Thursday 10 am- 9 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am-10 pm
State Fair Midway
The Midway offers the thrill of rides! Offering more than 70 different rides from the Famous State Fair Ferris wheel or the Kid way, coupons can be purchased for the rides online or at the Fair. Take a trip on the Skyway to oversee the whole Fair Park, this trip is a must if you have never been to the fair it allows you to see it all on a short trip. There are also many different games to play for prizes at the Midway.
Performances at the Fair
Whether a concert or a show is what you go to the fair for just remember to come early to get that great seat. The State Fair offers about 100 daily shows ranging from live music to animal stunts. They do not cost extra, so why not stay late to catch that live music act you have been waiting to see or make a trip over to the animal show for the kids to enjoy a great laugh. Check out http://bigtex.com/schedule/ for schedules on these events.
Old Hickory Square Apartments in Frisco hopes that you make that yearly trip to the Fair or start that annual tradition that you have been waiting to do. The State Fair is a must see for everyone!