Florida State Fair Debuts New Food Treats

The Florida State Fair opens today and runs through May 2nd. As always, the fair is spotlighting some unusual indulgences that drive home the message: No calorie-counting at the State Fair!

The Florida State Fair, first held in Tampa in 1904, has become one of the largest events in the state, attracting more than 500,000 people during its 11-day run. There are rides, an agricultural program and animal exhibits, and a circus. But some of the most publicized attractions are its food.

Here are some of the new fair foods for 2021:

Buffalo Chicken Sundae: This sundae from DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes features hand cut french fries layered with ranch sauce, freshly battered chicken tenders smothered in southwest sauce and spicy ghirdanera relish on top.

Gelato Nachos: Brought to you by Funky Flamingo, the gelato nachos and tacos feature soft serve gelato in flavors like salted caramel, tutti frutti, espresso and cheesecake. The chips and shells are made from their secret stroopwafel recipe.

Gelatos Nachos

The Pig Rig: Who doesn’t love mac &cheese and BBQ? This year Low N’ Slow is bringing the two together for the ultimate guilty pleasure.  The Pig Rig is a grilled cheese stuffed with BBQ pulled pork and mac n’ cheese finished with their signature BBQ sauce. 

Pickle Pizza: Pickles and pizza are an uncommon pair, but Angela’s Concessions found a way to pair them together. The Pickle Pizza is made with a white garlic sauce base, topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. After it comes out of the oven, it’s garnished with ranch and dill seasoning. 

Peanut Butter and Spicy Jelly Tater Tots: The sweet and savory pair comes to us from Swift Concessions Tots.

The Flaming Hot Cheetos Funnel Cake: The Best Around is bringing the heat with their Flaming Hot Cheetos Funnel Cake. The funnel cake mix is made with cornmeal, spices, fresh jalapeños and crushed flaming hot Cheetos. After being fried to perfection, it’s topped with nacho cheese and more Cheetos.

Flaming Hot Cheetos Funnel Cake

Deep Fried Rainbow Cookie: New from Paul’s Concessions – an Italian rainbow cookie from New York dipped in a sweet batter, deep fried and put on a stick with powder sugar.

Farm Fresh Blueberry & Cream Donut: Peachey’s put a twist on their famous donut. It’s now topped with whipped cream and fresh blueberries!

Farm Fresh Blueberry & Cream Donut

Loaded Tater Burger: Carousel Foods’ new hamburger is stuffed with cottage fries and bacon then topped with a ranch dressing, toasted cheese, chives, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion.

Deep Fried Caramel Apple Sundae: DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes serves up doughnut holes rolled in cinnamon sugar, layered with cream cheese frosting, sautéed caramel apples, and topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. 

Deep Fried Molten Lava Cake: Carousel Foods has taken a molten lava cake, dipped it in funnel cake batter, then deep fried it.