Category Archives: State Fair of Texas

Holiday Vignettes: Alice Lassaude

by Steven Doyle

Alice Laussade is a James Beard nominated food writer in Dallas, working for the Dallas Observer some times under the nom de plume Cheap Bastard. Her legendary wit and outrageous deadpan style has garnered her an enormous following. Alice also hosts the Annual Meat Fight which has become a cult event which raises money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Today Alice shares memories of holidays past.   Continue reading

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Texas State Fair Announces Fried Food Kings For 2013: Winner Winner, Thanksgiving Dinner – And A Fried Cuban Roll

DSC09675by Steven Doyle

Labor Day is the official start of the State Fair season in Texas with the announcement of the fried food kings for the year. Yesterday was no disappointment as the media gathered inside the Embarcadero yesterday morning. With cameras loaded and necks stretched we peered into the eyes of each judge as they quietly nibbled the likes of Fried Nutella and Chicken-Fried Meatloaf.

There were eight finalists looking to walk away with the 2013 Big Tex Choice Award for either the Most Creative or Best tasting. Winning this award historically means that you cold expect up to an additional $250,000 in sales for the year – and a plastic replica of Big Tex.  Continue reading


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Red Cross Thoughts on Big Tex Fire

by Anita Foster from Red Alert

Big Tex, the 60 year-old cowboy who towers above everything at the State Fair of Texas, is as much a part of the iconic Dallas, Texas landscape as J.R. Ewing and the Dallas Cowboys. To see him burn was a shock to fair-goers, television viewers and Twitter addicts. People felt helpless to do anything to save Big Tex. When the fire was out, all that remained were memories of better days.
At the Red Cross, we’ve talked a lot about the Big-Tex fire because the reaction of people mirrors what real victims of disaster experience every day. Your “breaking news” happens when a neighbor or your local fire department calls to tell you your home is on fire. You rush to get there.
Just as the crowd assembled at the base of Big Tex to watch the devastation unfold, your neighbors will do the same. They’ll desperately want to help save your home, but there’s nothing anyone can do so they’ll shoot some photos with a smart phone and post to their Facebook page.   Firefighters will fight the blaze with all they have

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Adam Richman Pays A Visit To State Fair This Saturday

by Jennifer Thomas

For all you Adam Richman fans, you can catch a glimpse of the Travel Channel star this Saturday at the State Fair of Texas. Known for his over-the-top eating and his programs Man v. Food Nation and Best Sandwich in America, Richman will be seeking the best of the Fair’s fried grub.

As the fair comes to a close Adam will survey the top food vendors and take a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the tastiest messes. He’ll round up the Top Five and encourage fair goers to help him crown the “Tastiest Mess in Texas.”      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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Here’s What’s Cooking Today at the Texas State Fair

by Kathy Hodges

The State Fair of Texas opens officially today at 10am  and you won’t want to miss any of the excitement. We have a short list of activities for you to hunt down. We have an abbreviated craveDFW day as our staff will be there in full force. Our editor Steven Doyle will be the emcee today at the Big Tex Celebrity Kitchen, so stop by and visit with him.  Continue reading

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Addam’s Family Dinner

by Steven Doyle

Chef Eric Shelton at the State Fair Music Hall just announced his menu for the musical Addams Family which opens October 3, 2012. If you were unaware that the Music Hall even served food you are in for a pleasant surprise. Shelton is not only a fantastic cook, but he also goes to great lengths to pair each meal with the particular musical that is currently running.   Continue reading


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