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Old And New Food Favorites At State Fair

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August 9, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers flock to the Indiana State Fair for several reasons, but the giant at the top of the pyramid is the food. Lining the streets of the fair is a wonderland of food kiosks, with a variety of foods for all taste buds.

Within the State Fairgrounds’ 250 acres, there are enough food kiosks to keep even the most enthusiastic food lover happy.

Bette Woodward, now in her 60s, has been enjoying elephant ears at the fair since she was eight years old. Recent heart surgery, though, prevents her from eating them. So this year she took a step off of the beaten path and tried some new fair fare.

“Today, I had a BBQ sandwich [and French Fries] from Bartos,” Woodward said. “My grandson and I shared a tenderloin [sandwich] and had fresh sliced tomatoes and onions to put on them.”

Those looking for a small snack as opposed to a meal can try the “Chick–on–a–stick,” a kabob of chicken breast, fried pickle and fried onion, sure to delight the taste buds of even the pickiest eaters.

Further down the boardwalk of food, fairgoers will find a booth catering to those who prefer comfort foods, such as mashed potatoes, stir-fried onions, steak and buttered mushrooms. Even those who aren’t mushroom lovers can still appreciate the richness.

Spaghetti Eddie’s Pizza, Pasta Deli takes a new spin on the longtime favorite cheese pizza with his pizza balls. This fist-sized treat is perfect for anyone looking for a little taste of a childhood favorite.

The creator of the Pizza Ball, Ed Porcelli, whose favorite fair food is pizza, has plenty of experience with what fairgoers want most from his 52 years of traveling around fairs.  “[The Indiana State Fair] is one of the best in the country, actually. Mainly because of the people,” Porcelli said. “I like people. [They’re] very friendly, forgiving, and patient with you. They aren’t curt.”

Hot Wisconsin Cheese is known for their mozzarella sticks. Those looking to spice up their palates can try the spicy jalapeno cheese sticks. For a milder flavor or for the children in the group, the cheddar nuggets might work.

Other classic fair foods are the funnel cake, corn on the cob, popcorn and cotton candy. Among the other options are:
• Bacon-glazed doughnuts
• Reese’s chocolate funnel cakes
• Deep fried brownies
• Deep fried butter
• Deep fried Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and other treats
• The Redneck burger, featuring cheese, bacon, fried bologna, baked beans, and potato sticks
• Deep fried olives
• Buttered mushrooms
• Deep fried Oreos
• Blue Moo grilled cheese with blue cheese

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