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Is That Really a Texas Wine That You Are Being Served at The Texas State Fair?

texby Andrew Chalk

This week the 2014 Texas State Fair gets into full swing and one of the attractions is the Wine Garden Presented By Go Texan and Texas Monthly. The web site informs visitors that this “…is a great way to explore Texas-made wines”. I was excited that Texas wines would get such a prominent stage in front of so many potential customers. However, before writing about it, I e-mailed the state fair organizers to confirm that I fully understood the criteria for a wine to be considered a “Texas wine” for this event — the Texas State Fair. Per Federal law, a Texas wine is a wine that is made at least 75% from Texas grapes

The results amazed me. Not only may a wine have 0% Texas grapes to qualify as ‘Texas Made’ for the state fair wine garden, it does not even have to be made in Texas. Someone could buy finished wine on the California bulk market and ship it here in a tanker truck. Then, bottle and label it in Texas (probably with a label that makes it look as though it comes from Texas – cowboys, flags, etc.) and that would meet the criteria for it to be served at the Texas State Fair Wine Garden as a Texas made wine. As long as the seller has a Texas address, it would qualify. These bulk imports with misleading labels damage Texas grape growers and Texas wineries making wine from Texas grapes, as well as misleading consumers.   Continue reading

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Rest In Peace, Big Tex

by Steven Doyle

The hot news from the Texas State Fair is that Big Tex burned to his steel frame. Gone is the iconic host which turned 60 years old today. A Fair official stated that the hydraulic line that animates Big Tex leaked then combusted and started in his jaw.    Continue reading

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Comprehensive 2012 Texas State Fair Fried Food Guide

by Steven Doyle

We are knee deep in the 2012 edition of the Texas State Fair and many are still looking to make the trek and sample some of the finest in fried cuisine. We have a handy guide to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and enjoy your Fair Day with minimal damage to your ticket count and indigestion.

The following is a list that is tried and true. Many of the items you can find each year at the Fair, and some are new editions. We also list items to avoid. Stand back and cinch the waistband, this is going to be bumpy ride.   Continue reading

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Big Tex Is Ready For The Texas State Fair

by Steven Doyle    photos by Robert Bostick

Big Tex moseyed on over to his perch at the Texas State Fair. His favorite spot is just in front of the Fletcher’s Corny Dog Stand where he stares down that the hundreds of thousands of people slop up their meat sticks with copious amounts of mustard.   Continue reading

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Texas State Fair Announces Finalists In Fried Food Competition

by Steven Doyle     photos by Robert Bostick

Just when you thought you had your arteries cleared from last year’s Texas State Fair, along with all the fried bubblegum you devoured, Big Tex is back and is setting up the competition once again at the media only event this coming Monday morning.

Abel Gonzalez has readied his latest fried concoction, and this year the multi-year winner is hedging on his fried Jambalaya. Read about all the entries for the 2012 State Fair below, and watch Monday morning for photos and a full report on this year’s winners. The following descriptions are from the contestants themselves.        Continue reading

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Alice Laussade Nominated For JBF Award

photo lifted from Alice's facebook

by Steven Doyle

Moments ago it was announced that local food humorist Alice Laussade, known best for her outrageous Cheap Bastard column at the Dallas Observer was nominated for the most prestigious  James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award in the category of humor. The particular story that won Continue reading

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