Although I grew up in Texas, last year was my first time at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. We had a wonderful time and decided it should be an annual event for our family.
In effort to save money, we decided to drive to Dallas this year and only stay one night. We left Houston early on a Saturday morning, making a couple of stops along the way and then arrived in Dallas at 10:30 am. After parking at the hotel, we quickly hopped on the rail to Fair Park Station. There was already a long line for the entrance, but it moved quickly. We purchased our tickets and entered the fair.
The Texas State Fair is full of activities for all ages and impossible to fully explore in one day. Throughout the fairgrounds, concession stands sell a variety of fried foods- typical corndogs and funnel cakes. However, the uniqueness of majority of the food is one of the major draws of the fair. Each year, a variety of people compete for the Big Tex Choice Awards. The 2015 Big Tex Best Tasting Award was given to Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly (described as golden-baked bread swirled with cinnamon flattened and filled with moist carrot cake, plump raisins and crunchy carrots- rolled with a light coating of cream cheese and breaded with panko, graham crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg). Other award finalists for the year include: Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy, Fried Beer-Battered Buffalo and Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso. Check out the site for description of these good eats: http://bigtex.com/food/choiceawards/
In addition to the variety of food, the fair features a livestock area (this is Texas!), live music in multiple spots, shows and activities for both kids and adults, several shopping sections and rides and carnival games throughout the massive grounds.
I enjoy shopping at the fair- there is a building called the Food & Fiber Pavilion with a variety of Texas based salsas, BBQ sauces, nuts and snacks to sample and purchase. My daughter loves the specialty soaps and lip balms. We have learned to visit this area at the end of the day since we will be leaving with a bag full of goodies to take home.
In regards to food, we were not as adventuruous this year- mostly due to our time constraints, but we enjoyed the buffalo chicken in a flapjack and fried guacamole. It’s hard to go wrong with fried foods! (Most of the time I am fairly health-conscious, I do believe these delectable treats can be enjoyed on special occasions- such as the Texas State Fair!)
I can’t wait to return to the Texas State Fair next year. There is so much to do and see, I think we will make a longer weekend out of it!
Here are some photos from our day at the Texas State Fair. Enjoy!