Big Tex Choice Awards

More than a decade of decadence

Since 2005, the State Fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the annual exposition as the top fair for great food creations.

Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards. Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream have made the cut to become a part of an exclusive club.

2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Winners

The judges have spoken and the winners have been crowned.  Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award Winners!

Be sure to visit our State Fair of Texas Facebook Page where you can watch the live broadcast of the Big Tex Choice Awards winner announcements.  Be sure to taste these foods, and much more, this year at the fair!

2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists

The State Fair of Texas is happy to announce the ten finalists that will be competing for the titles of “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative” in the 2017 Big Tex® Choice Awards competition.


Savory Finalists


Sweet Finalists


2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi Finalists

Building on the success of 2016’s event, the Fair is excited to announce a few enhancements that will be debuting during this year’s competition. The stakes have now been raised with a third category joining the award lineup. Three winners will be crowned in 2017’s ceremony, receiving awards for “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative.” With the addition of a third category, the number of semi finalists has increased to 30, and the top 10 foods were selected as finalists.


Join in the Fun! Tickets to the Big Tex Choice Awards

Presented by returning sponsor, Visit Dallas, the main event will be held Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m. in the historic Tower Building in Fair Park.

Tickets to the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Judging / Tasting are $100. Tickets to the event are now on sale and allow you to be the first to taste the 10 finalist foods.  Included with your tickets is one admission ticket to the State Fair, a Fair-branded baseball cap, and a commemorative Big Tex refillable cup. All proceeds of the event go to the State Fair Youth Scholarship Fund.

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Previous Big Tex Choice Awards Winners

Check out past winners of the Choice Awards.

2016Best Taste Fried Jell-O®
Most CreativeState Fair Cookie Fries
2015Best Taste Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
Most CreativeSmoky Bacon Margarita
2014Best TasteFried Gulf Shrimp Boil
Most CreativeState Fair Brew - Funnel Cake Ale
2013Best TasteDeep-Fried Cuban Roll
Most CreativeFried Thanksgiving Dinner
2012Best TasteFried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
Most CreativeDeep Fried Jambalaya
2011Best TasteBuffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
Most CreativeFried Bubblegum
2010Best TasteTexas Fried FRITOS® Pie
Most CreativeFried Beer™
2009Best TasteFernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
Most CreativeDeep Fried Butter
2008Best TasteChicken Fried Bacon
Most CreativeFried Banana Split
2007Best TasteTexas Fried Cookie Dough
Most CreativeDeep Fried Latte
2006Best TasteFried Praline Perfection
Most CreativeFried Coke
2005Best TasteFried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Most CreativeViva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream