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State Fair of Texas introduces food finalists in 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards

The finalists will then compete for three winning titles: "Best Taste - Sweet," "Best Taste - Savory," and "Most Creative."

The State Fair of Texas introduces its top 10 finalists for its 15th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. 

The State Fair announced Wednesday morning which food creations made the cut, showcasing a variety of sweet and savory foods.

The finalists will then compete for three winning titles: "Best Taste - Sweet," "Best Taste - Savory," and "Most Creative."

Here's what foods made the list:

Savory Finalists

  • Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl by Stephen Alade
    A very colorful dish! Grilled Carribean shrimp in a spicy tropical glaze served with yellow rice and a vegetable stir fry of carrots, ginger, red peppers, scallions, carrots and kale
  • Fernie’s Fried Burnt End Burrito by Winter Family Concessions
    A Texas-sized burrito filled with smoky BBQ burnt ends, slathered on jalapeno cream cheese, bacon, a Mexican-blend cheese, mildly spicy diced jalapenos. It's then quickly fried and served with a side of panko-crusted onion rings sprinkled with BBQ seasoning and a cherry pepper topper.
  • Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone by Ruth Hauntz
    A handheld treat of slow-cooked barbacoa held in an ice cream cone-shaped tortilla mixed with black beans, cilantro lime rice. It's topped with salsa verde, pico de gallo, some queso fresco.
  • Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball by Greg Parish
    Best way to describe this dish -- your favorite Italian flavors with a Southern flair. A fettuccine alfredo fried ball of chicken bites, mozzarella cheese, prepared with alfredo sauce, parmesan cheese, Italian parsley, fresh basil and cracked pepper. It comes with flash-fried lemon pepper asparagus spears and a garlic parmesan baguette. 
  • Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters by Clint Probst
    It's grandma's original recipe but add in the bacon and diced jalapenos. Savor these fluffy pillows of fried goodness -- cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream, cornbread mix, and cheddar cheese. Don't forget the to dip them in the cream corn queso blanco!

Sweet Finalists

  • Big Red® Chicken Bread by Brent & Juan Reaves
    Sweet and salty, savory fried chicken resting on a light and fluffy, Big Red flavored frosted doughnut
  • Deep-Fried Bayou Fruit Bites by Terrence & Lisa Henderson
    Fresh fruit wedges deep-fried and coated in a secret confection then garnished with creamy whipped topping and warm caramel sauce. Sweet tooth lovers can add on more toppings if you dare: candy, walnuts, pecans, berries, chocolate chips
  • Fla’Mango Tango by The Garza Family
    A creamy mango twist fried and drizzled with a citrus glaze. It comes with a side of strawberry-mango sorbet. 
  • Peanut Butter Cup Snookie by Michelle Edwards
    A wonderful marriage of peanut butter and chocolate: a peanut butter cup cookie with vanilla ice cream -- covered in caramel and chocolate drizzle, whip cream and a cherry
  • Quick Fried “Black Gold” Truffles by Glen & Sherri Kusak
    Crushed, thin chocolate chip cookies mixed with cream cheese and white chocolate chips then rolled into balls -- coated in a golden breading of vanilla wafers, corn flakes, cinnamon and nutmeg and then fried to perfection. It's drizzled with chocolate syrup and a cherry.

The winners will be announced at this year's Big Tex Choice Awards ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Tower Building at Fair Park.

The State Fair of Texas celebrates all aspects of Lone Star culture during a 24-day extravaganza from Friday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 20. at Fair Park in Dallas. 

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