For the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, food vendors entered their best dishes into a competition. Among the three judges who sampled
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The Kona Ice, Maui Wowie smoothies, Dippin' Dots and Italian Ice were welcome respite on a warm day, edging dangerously toward hot — though after last summer we got a new definition for the term.
The assortment of caramel apples at Rodney and Lisa's could've been from Willy Wonka's factory, offering dreamy caramel apples dappled with decadence for every heart's desire.
My Reese's Pieces apple was a time machine to a spring day seated on a park bench, legs swinging over the sidewalk, face smeared with caramel and apple juice.
Hazel Purkey, of Gore, offered expertly made
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One of the new booths this year is the Australian Jaffle booth, which specializes in the aforementioned waffle-pancake variation from Down Under. Jaffles are used like sandwich bread to house sweet and savory choices. We were served the savory, which was filled with
The Spicy Gyros Sandwich from PaPa's Greek Food was a nice twist on the usual pita wrapped around ground lamb loaf shavings. Carter and Craig's fish tacos were tasty as ever, and I noticed some fried okra on the
Gopuram offered a nice sampling of the Indian cuisine they've become known for. The tacos from the Indian Tacos booth were spot-on.
Cafe do Brasil has become a mainstay at the festival in recent years for good reason, their Chicken Stroganoff was a light, pleasing dish in a sea of deep-
Speaking of deep-
Among the sweets were Helmut's Fruit Cup, which was a refreshing departure. The Caramel Knowledge sundae from Bon Appetit Catering will be a hit with children.
Two annual stalwarts, Strawberries Newport and the Tequila Bread pudding, proved why they're among the most popular entries every year.
Winners will be announced Thursday at a festival breakfast. Check back with NewsOK.com for an updated story and on the Food Dude blog for some behind-
The festival continues through Sunday.