Taste something new on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair

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Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 25, 2013

If you thought the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair had over-the-top stuff to eat, get ready for the 2013 edition.

Order up some beer-battered macaroni and cheese bites with jack cheese and bacon on a stick. Or deep-fried peanut butter and bacon nuggets with Berry Weiss jelly. Or garlic-buttered new potatoes on a stick. Or BBQ pulled pastrami with zesty red cabbage slaw. Or a Krispy Kreme burger with spicy pig candy (that's also bacon-y).

Those are just some of the 70 new menu items-21 of them on a stick-for this year's State Fair, which runs Aug. 1 to 11.

Clearly, the fair is ramping up its offerings. Last year, the fair added 57 new foods, which itself was a big jump from previous year's menus. Last year, for example, the fair added a deep-fried bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog on a stick. This year, there'll be a beer-battered, bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog on a stick.

Other, um, highlights from the fair's new-foods lineup:

Bacon-alia: At least a dozen of the new offerings include bacon. In addition to the above-mentioned morsels, there's a brown sugar bacon-wrapped hot dog on a stick; a hot pretzel with bacon and chocolate sauce; and something called the Better With Bacon Bar on a stick.

Silly sweets on a stick: Speared desserts include Mela Fritta gelato, peanut butter chocolate twister and Frosted Flakes chicken-all on a stick (not the same one, of course; that'll be on next year's lineup).

You'll have to eat it to believe it: Just going by the names of these, you're in for a surprise-or a shudder: Thanksgiving waffle, garbage fries, deep-fried taco cheesecake, Elvis sundae.

The official food of Homer Simpson: Or, it should be-beer doughnuts.

All new fair foods are subject to change. For a complete list of new foods, and the vendors selling them, at the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair, go to the fair's website: wistatefair.com.


Wisconsin State Fair visitors hoping to find something new to eat won't be disappointed this year. The fair plans to offer 72 new items, including 21 things on a stick. This list is subject to change:

Bacon Brat On a Stick

Bacon Cheddar Chipotle Burger

Badger State Burger

BBQ Burger

BBQ Peel-n-Eat Shrimp

BBQ Pulled Pastrami with Zesty Red Cabbage Slaw

Beer-Battered Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Hot Dog On a Stick

Beer-Battered Brat Bites On a Stick

Beer-Battered Bratwurst On a Stick

Beer-Battered Deep-Fried Sliders

Beer-Battered Macaroni & Cheese Bites with Jack Cheese and Bacon On a Stick

Beer Doughnuts

Better with Bacon Bar On a Stick

Breakfast "Brat-Eat-O"

Brioche con Gelato La Coppa

Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog On a Stick

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Butter Burgers

Cajun Frog Legs On a Stick

Cajun Mac & Cheese

Cajun Spiced Grilled Shrimp On a Stick

Cheddar Jalapeno Bacon Brat

Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Fries

Chimichurri Steak with Green Sauce On a Stick

Chipotle Ranch Chicken Sticks

Cinnamon Knots

Cuban Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

Cuban Plantain Chips with Guacamole

Deep-Fried Nachos

Deep-Fried Peanut Butter & Bacon Nuggets with Berry Weiss Jelly

Deep-Fried Pepper Jack & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese On a Stick

Deep-Fried Pickle Bites On a Stick

Deep-Fried Taco Cheesecake

Ding Dong

Dippin' Dots Floats

Elvis Sundae

Frosted Flakes Chicken On a Stick

Fruit & Muffin Parfaits

Fry Dog On a Stick

Garbage Fries

Garlic Buttered New Potatoes On a Stick

Ham and Cheeseburger

Hot Pretzel with Bacon & Chocolate Sauce

Iced Irish Coffee Float

Jerk Chicken On a Stick

Krispy Kreme Burger with Spicy Pig


Loaded Cornbread

Mela Fritta Gelato On a Stick

Mac Attack

Minidilla (small quesadilla)

Mini Philly Sandwich

Peanut Butter Chocolate Twister On a Stick

Peanut Squares

Philly Cheese Fries

Pizza Cone

Pizza Fries

Pizza Nachos

Pork Sliders

Rasta Shrimp Sliders

Reuben Brat on a Pretzel Roll

Reuben Bites On a Pretzel Stick

Island Slaw

Spicy Pig Candy On a Stick

Spicy White Cheddar Popcorn

Steak & Egg On a Stick

Thanksgiving Waffle

Vegetable Fried Rice

Walking Taco

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