For many parts of the U.S., August means time for your county and state fairs. In Central Restaurant’s home town of Indianapolis, the 157th Indiana State Fair kicks off Friday August 1st. While this blogger prefers the thrills and dizziness of the carnival rides during his visits, many of the near 1 million visitors expected at this years event will sample (probably even devour) the dozens of unique foods presented by over 140 food vendors.
2014 Indiana State Fair Featured Foods
Every year, the food vendors compete to have their unique offering crowned that year’s ‘Signature Food’. This year, the competition’s theme incorporated the re-opening of the famed State Fair Coliseum after an 18-month renovation. Vendors were asked to submit “Reconstructed/Deconstructed” foods and a panel of 6 local celebrities voted on a winner earlier this summer.
The winner was the Fruit Twister Shake-Up from Goodwin Family Products based in Muncie, Indiana. Their take on the classic lemon shake-up adds fresh oranges, pineapple and strawberries to a refreshing mix of sugar (or zero-calorie Splenda), ice and water. This new summer treat, along with the other nominees will be available at the Fair from August 1st through the 17th.
Other nominated foods (with their official Indiana State Fair descriptions) include:
- Cheeseburger Basket on a Stick (Barto’s Catering): Barto’s Signature Cheeseburger Basket all rolled into one. Fresh seasoned ground beef and Sharp Aged Cheddar cheese tucked in a hash brown potato ball and rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and deep-fried to golden brown. Served on a stick.
- The Mac Daddy (Gobble Gobble): Gobble Gooble’s signature homemade macaroni and cheese topped with their pulled BBQ turkey.
- Funnel Cake Ice Cream Sandwich (Urick Concessions): Creamy, soft-served vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two golden brown mini funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
- Colossal Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Salted Chocolate Carmel Shake (American Dairy Association): Three columns of breaded mozzarella sandwiched between two slices of American cheese grilled to perfection on Sour Dough Bread. This colossal sandwich is accompanied by a delicious Salted Chocolate Caramel Milkshake.
We Can Help You With Your Signature Foods
Central is proud to have done business with several of this year’s winners over the years, and we can help you too. Whether you are full time on the fair circuit or equipping your fixed location – finding the right equipment to expertly prepare your ‘signature dishes’ is what we do everyday. Talk with a product consultant today at 800-215-9293 and they can walk your through our selection of Concession Equipment, Commercial Deep Fryers or Soft Serve Ice Cream Machines.
And, if you are from out-of-town and looking to sample a Fruit Twister Shake-up for yourself, your product consultant might be able to include one with your next shipped order! (OK, maybe not.)