Wisconsin State Fair food competition finalists

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Calling all foodies! The Wisconsin State Fair is in rich traditions of food-on-a-stick, games and farm animals. And every year, the food options become more and more deep-fried and beer-battered.

Because there are so many food options to choose from, a good guide on navigating State Fair foods is none other than The Sporkies.

The Sporkies is the official food competition for the fair. There are eight finalists each year, narrowed down by a few dozen entries.

The Shepherd Express has the finalists:

-Chili-mac bottom pizza from Brew City: deep fried mac and cheese topped with beef chili, cheddar, serrano pepper crema and onion

-Deep fried old fashioned from Water Street Brewery: orange pound cake stuffed with brandy cream cheese filling, fried and topped with bitters whipped cream and orange caramel

-Elvis chicken and waffle sandwich from Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery: fried chicken breast sandwiched between peanut butter, banana and bacon waffles, topped with sriracha maple syrup

-Fiesta cookie dough on a stick from Cookie Dough Fondue: chocolate cookie dough spiced with chiles and sprinkled with spicy pepper bits

See more finalists here.