“Top 3” New Food: Pork Picnic in a Cup
Photo credit: Iowa Pork Producers Association
With entertainment on free stages blanketing the Iowa State Fair, the Iowa Pork Tent has found a way to create an on-the-go, picnic-style meal. It’s the perfect pairing for sunny days with blue skies.
The Pork Picnic in a Cup is filled with layers of Fritos corn chips, barbecued pulled pork, baked beans, creamy coleslaw and a drizzle of barbecue sauce garnished with a brown sugar pork belly.
Hannah Spurr, consumer outreach director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says the concept behind the Pork Picnic in a Cup came from the Pork Tent committee and members of the Iowa Pork staff.
“The idea came from members who wanted something other than a pork chop or barbecue pork sandwich, so they grabbed a cup and started mixing everything for something new and different,” she says. “We all wanted to add a new menu item this year and said, ‘What about making our creation an actual menu item?’’’
The Pork Picnic in a Cup will be available at the Pork Tent on Grand Avenue and is also a finalist for the top three fair foods, qualifying it for the People’s Choice Best New Food award.
“I believe people should vote for it because it is super delicious, and they would support their local pork producer,” Spurr says.
Not only is the Pork Picnic in a Cup unique, but it is also reasonably priced.
“At $10 a cup, you are getting an entire meal,” says Spurr. “Plus, it’s all the yummy goodness you typically find at a pork picnic.”
The Pork Tent is a popular stop for many fairgoers and keeping up with demand is something they are accustomed to doing year in and year out. They will sell approximately 48,000 pork chops on a stick throughout the 11 days of the fair and, since 1981, have served 2,595,710 servings of Iowa pork.
“It means a great deal to us to have a presence at the Iowa State Fair,” Spurr says. “It allows us to serve a delicious product to consumers and gives us the ability to talk to people about the pork industry and all that it’s doing to provide a safe and nutritious product.”