EDITOR'S NOTE: The Oklahoman Food Editor Dave Cathey was a judge in the 2012 Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts food competition held April 24-29. The following is a excerpt from his blog.
This year, the festival had its first-ever food competition. Now that the winners have been notified, I can pass them along to the public: Best Overall: Tequila Lime Pudding from Interurban Best Sweet: Fried Peaches at Harry Bear’s Best Savory: Italian Nachos from Adella’s Best Cart item: Caramel Apples from Rodney and Lisa’s. The Italian Nachos narrowly defeated the Jaffles from the Australian Jaffles booth. In the end presentation was the deciding factor as both were delicious. The chicken croquettes from Deep Fork were in the conversation for Best Savory as was the Chicken Stroganoff from Cafe do Brasil, the fish tacos from Craig and Carter’s and the Mufuletta from Bon Appetit Catering. The Best Sweets category went much faster. The Tequila Bread Pudding was the clear winner, so clear we elected to make it Best of Show, which allowed us to give the Best Sweet to Harry Bear’s, which was the first thing I ever ate in Oklahoma City upon a visit to a girlfriend back in 1987.