Give yourself 50 points if you can name every food featured in the 'Big Tex Bowl' featured in the above picture.  It's one of the new food items that will served up at this year's State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Here's the answer - It’s mac and cheese covered with a rich and creamy three-cheese sauce topped with smoked brisket, sharp cheddar, French fried onions, chives, applewood smoked bacon, candied jalapeños, and a BBQ cream sauce. When you order this from the concessionaire you might as well ask for the whole container of napkins.

The State Fair of Texas is known for taking culinary creativity to new heights, and 2021 is no exception. Fairgoers have the opportunity to taste all of the finalists of the Big Tex Choice Awards and decide if they agree with the judges’ selections for “Best Taste – Savory,” “Best Taste – Sweet,” and “Most Creative.” Additionally, a select portion of the 2021 semi-finalist dishes will be offered at this year’s Fair.

In 2020, the Big Tex Choice Awards shifted to a virtual contest, where Fair fans voted for the “Best of the Best” Big Tex Choice Award. Bert Concession’s 2010 winner, Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie, took home the trophy. This year, fairgoers can find the savory item at select locations.

In addition to the deep-fried delicacies that are debuted each year as part of the Big Tex Choice Awards, the concessionaires continue to create new delectable delights for fairgoers. For a full list of new foods and where to find them, visit

Here's a look at some of the new foods that will be served up this year.

State Fair of Texas 2021 New Foods

The State Fair of Texas gets underway on September 24 and runs through October 17. Daily admission tickets are available now at The health and safety of all fairgoers and staff continues to be a top priority for the State Fair of Texas. For more information on the precautions currently in place for the State Fair of Texas, please visit

If you do make it to this year's fair, and you're wanting to know exactly where to go to try some of these new fair foods, here's a guide of where to find them.



Name of DishConcessionaire Stand
Bacon Jam Corn BombsBailey’s
Bag of EggrollsCrunchies Eggrolls and More
Big Tex BowlMac Loaded
Bucket of FriesTracy’s Fry Trailer
Chicken on a Stick – Combo #4Chans Chicken on a Stick
Country Fried Shrimp GritsBenavides & Benavides Foods
Dallas Hot BirddogFletcher’s®
Deep Fried PancakesVandalay Industries
Deep Fried PB & RazbrûléeScumbscious Pieshakes
Deep Fried Peach Cobbler Soul RollsPearlie’s Southern Kitchen
Deep Fried Shrimp ÉtoufféePearlie’s Southern Kitchen
Deep Fried ToffeeJack’s Mexican Stand
Fried Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)Deep Fried Love
Frozen Ranch WaterBeer Barn
Gobble BallsFerris Wheelers BBQ
Helmut’s StrudelHelmut’s Strudel
Lobster Corn DogTrio on the Green
Quesabirria, with ConsomméTony’s Taco Shops
The Realest CheesesteakTexas Cheesesteaks SouthSide Steaks & Cakes
Southern Fried Lemon Ice Box Pie BallsGourmet Royale & Southern Fried Chicken
Texas BBQ Brisket Banh MiBW’s Fried Ribs
Texas Easter EggsScrumbscious Pieshakes
Texas Fried Fritos® PieBert’s Concessions
Texas Fried Surf and TurfGulf Coast Grill
Twice-Fried Albondigas (Mexican Meatballs)Deep Fried Love





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