By Ann Foster Thelen
The Iowa State Fair is a food lover’s dream, and we’ve handpicked six recipes to bring the fair straight to your kitchen. From foods on a stick to sandwiches, each creation deserves a blue ribbon!
The Iowa State Fair is the ultimate intersection of Iowa farmers, history and, of course, food! During the 11-day run of the award-winning annual event, the Iowa Food & Family Project celebrates our state’s deep agricultural roots and the faces and families who grow and raise our food.
Across the Iowa State Fairgrounds, chefs and farmers serve foods that delight the tastebuds of a million fairgoers each year. From trying a variety of new foods on a stick or making a beeline toward the tried-and-true favorites, knowing that Iowa’s farmers had a hand in the ingredients makes each meal or treat a little more special.
When the fair ends for the year, you can still enjoy many delightful and similar foods. We’ve handpicked six recipes to bring the fair straight to your kitchen. As you enjoy these handheld masterpieces from home, imagine being at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Picture yourself walking along the Avenue of Breeds, meandering along Rock Island Avenue while keeping pace with the steady clip-clop of Clydesdale horses, listening as music from free stages floats through the air, and being drawn into the pavilions to embrace Iowa’s agricultural community.
This year, “Find Your Fun” (and great food!) at the Iowa State Fair. Then, relive those fun memories by making your own fair foods at home.
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