Five stories that have North Texas talking: New fair food announced; Joe Straus calls for removal of “inaccurate” Confederate plaque at Capitol; Theaster Gates wins 2018 Nasher Prize; and more.
The State Fair of Texas is so close, we can smell it. Or maybe that’s just our imagination because the fair overlords announced 24 (!!) new foods to try.
Yep, two dozen more items will be available along with the 10 Big Tex Choice Award finalists throughout the fairgrounds. Additional foods include some of the semifinalists that somehow did not make it further in the annual competition, like Oreo Beer and something called Fried El Paso.
In case you were wondering, the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger and the Gulf Coast Fish Bowl took home the Big Tex honors last month.
Here are the new items — and their location in Fair Park (map).
- Fried Mango Loco at Fruteria Cano
- Jalapeño Popcorn at Pioneer Kettle Korn
- Pineapple Float at Pineapple Man
- Chicken Fried Spam Fries at Stiffler’s Sweet Spot
- Caramel Sea Salt Beer at Stiffler’s Sweet Spot
- Deep Fried Slovacek’s Garlic Pepper Jack Sausage Wrapped with Bacon on a Stick at Darn Good Corn
- Crabmeat Jalapeño Poppers at Villa’s Seafood Village
- Chicken Jalapeño Poppers at Villa’s Seafood Village
- Veggie Hot Dog at Lone Star Pizza
- Spicy Garlic Fries at Stuffed Wings
- Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Cheese by Old Mill Inn Restaurant
- Shrimp Po’ Boy w/ Sriracha Cilantro Aioli by Old Mill Inn Restaurant
- Grilled Chicken Burrito by Old Mill Inn Restaurant
- Turkey Caesar Wrap by Old Mill Inn Restaurant
- Fried Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Sundae at Ms. Ruth’s
- Dreamy Drunken Sopapilla Cheesecake Bar at Chef Cassy’s Creations
- Crawfish Lollipop at Benavides Nachos
- Fried Arroz Con Pollo at Ranchero Norteno
- Oreo Beer at Barrera’s
- Tipsy Topsy Catfish on a Stick at Chef’s Cassy’s Creations
- Cajun Fried Deviled Eggs at Larry’s Bar & Grill
- Deep Fried Root Beer Float with Dragon’s Breath by Scrumbscious Pie Company
- Fried El Paso at Trio on the Green
- Beer Battered Beef Jerky at Crazy Otto’s
The fair starts Sep. 29 and runs through Oct. 22. [KERA News]
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- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus requested on Tuesday that a Confederate plaque be removed from the state Capitol. The plaque, erected in 1959, states that the Civil War was “not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery." [The Texas Tribune]
- Chicago's Theaster Gates has been named the winner of the 2018 Nasher Prize. He's the first American and African-American artist to win the $100,000 annual prize, the largest international prize dedicated to sculpture. [Art&Seek]
- Exactly 80 years after Amelia Earhart attempted her round-the-world flight, a Texan flew his plane, “Spirit,” 28,000 miles along her intended course, ending the solo journey in Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio. [Texas Monthly]
- Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray has been named the WNBA Rookie of the Year. She’s the second player in franchise history to earn the honor, joining Cheryl Ford who won the award in 2003 when the team was the Detroit Shock. [The Associated Press]