Taste something new on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair
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.
NEW FAIR FOODS
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 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
Better with Bacon Bar On a Stick
Brioche con Gelato La Coppa
Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog On a Stick
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
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
Cuban Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich
Cuban Plantain Chips with Guacamole
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
Dippin' Dots Floats
Frosted Flakes Chicken On a Stick
Fruit & Muffin Parfaits
Fry Dog On a Stick
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
Mela Fritta Gelato On a Stick
Minidilla (small quesadilla)
Mini Philly Sandwich
Peanut Butter Chocolate Twister On a Stick
Philly Cheese Fries
Rasta Shrimp Sliders
Reuben Brat on a Pretzel Roll
Reuben Bites On a Pretzel Stick
Spicy Pig Candy On a Stick
Spicy White Cheddar Popcorn
Steak & Egg On a Stick
Vegetable Fried Rice