For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma State Fair kicked off with the Great Taste of a Fair contest, pitting 21 of the food vendors against each other in an attempt to out-skewer, out-dip and out-deep-fry each other.
The fair began on a cloudy, drippy Thursday with the second annual taste test. This year, categories were broken into four: Best Tasting Savory, Best Tasting Sweet, Most Unique Savory and Most Unique Sweet.
And the winners are ...
For the second year in a row, judges loved the chicken on a stick from the Ragin' Cajun with its signature homemade hot sauce. Pensacola, Fla.,-native James Harvell finished runner-up to Coco Flow for Best Tasting last year. Harvell took home Best Tasting Savory. Great batter, juicy chicken, memorable spicy sauce — perfect fair food. Second in that category went to the steak on a stick at Dean O Foods.
Best Tasting Sweet went to the Sweet Shop for its Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll. The Sweet Shop rolls bacon into the sweet roll slathers it in maple frosting and tops it with crispy bacon as it goes out. The result is all the flavors of a good Sunday breakfast in a sticky, delicious package. Second went to the Fresh Lemon Curd Crepe from Coco Flow.
Most Unique Savory went to D&D Concessions Jalapeno Cheese curds. This is a simple white cheese mixed with pickled jalapenos, battered and fried. This is easy to eat and packs a ton of flavor. It's unclear why every bar in the city doesn't serve this dish. Second place went to the Mozza Stix from Beckett's Mobile Bakery for its panko-