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Vendors square off in pre-fair food contest

The Food Dude helps judge the A Great Taste of a Fair contest to help set the tone for Oklahoma State Fair dining.
by Dave Cathey Published: September 12, 2013

As final preparations were made for the opening of the Oklahoma State Fair, food vendors competed for cash and cachet in the Great Taste of a Fair contest.

Deep-fried, stick-skewered and bacon-wrapped fare is as important to the fair experience as any game of chance, carnival ride or building full of merchandise. And this year, fairgoers will be able to map the food with greater efficiency.

The mobile version of the fair website includes a “food finder,” which breaks down the choices in categories including Bacon, On-A-Stick, Deep-Fried, Great Taste of a Fair and All Food. Touch the categories to view choices, touch the choices and the location is mapped on your smartphone.

So, now, you can literally map out your entire fair-eating itinerary.

That Great Taste of a Fair tab includes all the participants in this year's contest, including the winners.

The contest, judged by yours truly and nearly a dozen others, was broken into three categories: classics, most unique and best tasting. Each category had four winners, first and second place for best savory and sweet items.

Contest winners

In the classic category, the iconic cinnamon rolls from Silver Dollar Bakery edged out the strawberry delight from Sweiss Bakery.

Sophie's Sidewalk Cafe took home the gold in most unique dessert with the peanut butter fudge puppy. Bringing home silver was the bacon-wrapped caramel apple from Rodney and & Lisa's.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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