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Oklahoma State Fair begins with food fight

Heavy rains can't slow down the Oklahoma State Fair's annual Great Taste of the Fair contest.
by Dave Cathey Modified: September 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012

Finishing second in the sweet category was another local entry, Rodney and Lisa's Caramel Apple Pie Fancy Caramel Apple. Featuring a crisp Granny Smith apple coated in a thin layer of flavored Graham cracker crumbs, this dish from the Newcastle couple was welcome respite from the deep-fried treats we've come to know and later feel shame for eating.

Most Unique Savory went to Fire and Ice's Porkabella, a skewered mushroom stuffed with Gouda cheese with bacon, followed by Ledesma's Quesadilla al Pastor.

Most Unique Sweet went to the Fudge Puppy from Sophie's Sidewalk Cafe. The Fudge Puppy is a rolled Belgian waffle, baked in a special grease-free griddle, dipped in chocolate and topped with your choice of several toppings, including sprinkles or nuts and a little powdered sugar.

Second place went to the deep-fried bacon brownie, which was exactly as it was advertised.

The deep-fried cinnamon roll on a stick from the Sweet Shop narrowly missed a top-two finish.

Joining the judges' table this year was Darvin Ward, who boasts three decades in the Army National Guard. Ward, who recently spent 18 months in Afghanistan, was chosen for his written entry explaining why he'd make a great judge of state fair food.

Other judges included Dave Morris of NewsOK.com, Judy Brotton of Distinctly Oklahoma, Phil Inzinga of BOB-FM, Carly Rae of KKNG-FM, Phil Cross of KOKH-25, and Lauren Nelson of KWTV-9.

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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